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Herbert Herndon
Herbert Herndon

Thank you for reminding us that Memorial Day started as a day to remember those who died in the Civil War.  Unlike other wars, before and since, all of those who died in the Civil War were Americans. 

Carol Music
Carol Music

These are great historical photos and have very interesting stories with each. I am finally in the last season of my life, becoming more and more interested in our history! My paternal grandfather was in the Civil War, but just for 100 days. My maternal grandfather was an Army Medic in France in WWI and I believe he said he shipped out from NYC, maybe on the ship you show. My husband's father served in WWII in the Navy and was stationed in the Philippines until the war ended. 


My only question is why didn't you also include photos from Viet Nam and our two wars in the Middle East? Makes me sad that these more current wars were ignored.

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