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Subject: Re: [STAMPER-FAMILY-PROJECT] Any replacementoutthereforAncestry.com?
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2007 12:54:29 EDT
I do have a Margaret Peggy mentioned but not much info on her. The Absher
and Handy families are not in my line because I have never come across them
before. The military is big in my family too. My brother James Larkin
Townsend retired a colonel. He flew a small Piper Cub on recon flights over the
bridge at Remagan (sp) and was forced down in Germany and a german girl hid him
in a cellar until our army made it through there. Also he was the first
pilot a land a plane east of the Rhine. I have news clipping about it.
He was with Pattons army.
My brother Barney R. Townsend (Ray) was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941
when it was bombed. He was in the Signal Corp. He went from Island to Island
until the war was over. I was in the third and fourth grades and was so
afraid he would get hurt. My mom and dad were divorced and he was like a father
instead of a brother so I really was a worrier for one so young.
Both Barney Ray and James Larkin stayed in the military until they retired.
They both got out early on and just couldn't adjust to civilian life. Both
their families had gotten used to living all over the world and it was hard
to settle in one spot.
I remember James Larkins wife talking about serving tea for Mamie
Eisenhower. All the other women were too nervous to do so and Irene said I can do it
so she did. My family was lucky because my brothers were able to return home
in one piece. Both of them have since passed on.
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