I am myself a veteran, having joined the Army while still in high school back in 1974 and then retiring back in 1996. The Army took me around the world and across the USA.
My initial service was within the Signal Corps, but through a fluke of conversation I found myself joining military intelligence in 1975 as a member of the Army Security Agency (ASA). Through the years, military service took me from the nitty-gritty of being a 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment soldier to working at the national level.
It is something that I would do all over again. The Army and military service made me a better person. I learned to overcome. I learned that bad can happen but our mission is to get beyond that. Focus. Set an objective. Move forward.
Like most American families, there were numerous of my relatives that served in the U.S. Armed Services during World War II.
One of them was my great uncle John Davis Norfleet of Hickory (Chesapeake), Virginia.
John Norfleet was a Navy storekeeper (logistics & supply) that learned the trade at a school hastily setup in a hotel in Boston, Massachusetts and then he shipped out to Attu in the Aleutian Islands where he finished out the war.
Postscript: After the war John Norfleet returned home for a short while and then went the University of Virginia, graduating in 1952 with a degree in law. He died in 1985 at Hickory, Virginia.
Am a family historian of the Norfleet family (came to America in 1636/37 at Jamestown from Norfleet, England) and the Richard Golden family (came to America at Savannah, Georgia by way of Ireland). I welcome your photos, stories and memories. If you have no one to leave them to the please consider sending them to me. I promise to keep them safe, to digitize them, and to share them with the world. You can reach me at BillG@GWorx.com