Just wondering if any of the folks around here know their history and whether their family was involved in wars or not. I'll start:
The earliest is my great great relatives fought in the Civil War for the confederates. Survived through Gettysburg and have some amazing artifacts left over from that war. My family definitely owned people in the past
My grandfather on my Dad's side was the main inventor of the Phalanx Weapon System which is still used today on Naval ships to defend from oncoming missiles. It can shoot oncoming projectiles out of the sky before it hits the ship. This technology was carried over to a lot of the modern weapons we use today.
My Mom's side of the family was Austrian and fought for them during WW1 but after the war their city became part of Italy (a little fishing town called Trieste). When the war started, my grandma's father and brother formed a secret resistance group called the Underground that was italians trying to form a coup against Mussolini. They were pretty instrumental in having him captured and killed. Her brother was killed by "friendly fire" (I think he was murdered) and her father was hung by the Nazis.
My father got a draft notice to fight in Vietnam, but his paperwork got mixed up with someone who was a paraplegic. By the time the paperwork was sorted out, the war was over, so no war for him.
What's your story?