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    I came out to see the fam and my mom surprised me with this cool album of my family's service in WW2 and WW1! Here's some highlights.Click image for larger version. 

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    The angry young fella at the top was apparently lost at sea and the recipient of the purple heart. The guys with all the flags were in San Diego, and I believe it's about 1939, but there's no date on the photo itself, however, I believe it's the same guy who was lost at sea. The guy on the motorcycle also served in the navy, but I had to sneak in a photo of him having fun after the war. The sailor with his mom is dated 1940. The "San Angelo Army Airfield" pic was a bomber school and the guy graduated in 1944. I had no idea that my family had ever been Canadian(!), but the fact that he's a cavalry guy makes it a bit better, haha.

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    Looking at the cap badge he's still artillery not cavalry. I'd keep quiet about the Canadian bit, don't upset the neighbours. He may have been a 'temporary' Canadian as U.S citizens did join Canadian units to get into the war before the U.S's entry. They had to pretend to be Canadian 1 to join 2 not to lose their U.S citizenship this being automatically revoked by joining a foreign army.

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    Haha, I was kidding of course, Vancouver BC where the photo was taken, is incredibly beautiful, and I'd love to visit again. Wow, I did not know that about joining the Canadian Army, that makes sense, our family is from Oregon, and Vancouver is only 5 hours away.

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    Yes it look like he was a Field Gunner with a Canadian RFA Battery , most Artillery was horsedrawn in WW1 aprt from the Heavy Howitzers , very interesting photos thanks for posting.
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Nice family photos .
    SteveR

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    Great family pics.

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