A Salute to My Father Uncles and Grandfathers on Veterans Day
Though I have not personally served in the military, I humbly reached the rank of Eagle Scout as a youth. As a child and well into adulthood, grew up in the company of military heroes who have shared their stories of sacrifice, insights, memorabilia and instilled in me an immeasurable respect for the fighting men and women of this great country.
My family’s lineage dates back to the 2nd Mayflower’s voyage to the new world that we now know as the United States of America. His heritage includes a considerable share of Iroquois Indian blood and extensive history of defending freedom that begins with the French-Indian and Revolutionary War and includes every call-to-arms to date.
US Revolutionary War- General Washington Crossing the Delaware
I have a great appreciation for all of the efforts his family has contributed to the military which has resulted in allowing all Americans, including myself, the opportunity to attend college, care for our families, and strive for our American Dream.
Needless to say, I was drawn to create military designs and have been doing so for over 20 years. At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com Im lucky to be creating amazing, unique and dare I say, “bad-ass” designs for the military.
VSW asked me to share my family’s military lineage. Below is list of my known ancestors both past and present who have served…
A Salute to My Father, Uncle and Grandfathers on Veterans Day
Military Service on Frost Call’s Mother’s side include:
Served with 28th Division 112th Infantry American Expeditionary Force in World War I
Enlisted August 5, 1917 and Honorably Discharged on May 8, 1919
Enlisted in Co. C 16th Pennsylvania Infantry National Guard in Bradford, PA. and was later trasferred to Company B in Oil City, PA. Had basic training in Augusta, GA. Later was attached to battalion headquarters of the 112th Infantry and was promoted to sergeant of scouts. Known as the “Keystone Division”, the 28th and Sgt Denning participated in the following engagements during World War I.
The division suffered 2,531 battle deaths, 13,746 wounded and 726 captured by the enemy.
Awards and Citations
Distinguished Service Cross
3 Bravery citations
My Grandfather, David Foyle England, served in the 1st Marine Division in Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester and Peleliu in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II.
Marine Corps Sgt David Foyle England
Served with 1st Marine Division Asiatic-Pacific Theater World War II
Enlisted January 6th, 1942 and Honorably Discharged on January 24th, 1946
Enlisted in Stockton, NY one month after Pearl Harbor and joined the hard-boiled grunts of the 1st Marine Division. After a grueling 2 months on Guatalcanal eating mullet and rice he contracted malaria. Later as Bomb Disposal Technician, Sgt, England received 2 field commissions for performing duties at great risk to himself disarming all types of unexploded ordnance for both United States and Japanese forces during operations against the enemy on Cape Gloucester, New Britain, handling dangerously sensitive fuses under enemy fire and again in Peleliu Island Palau Group. He volunteered with great risk to his life on many occasions clearing enemy mine fields as well as disposing of numerous unexploded bombs and projectiles most of which were in a highly sensitive condition with no prior knowledge of enemy weaponry.
Guadalcanal, November 11th, 1942 – January 5th, 1943
Cape Gloucester, New Britain, December 26th, 1943 – March 1st, 1944
Peleliu, Palua Group, September 15th, 1944 – October 14th, 1944
Awards and Citations
Presidential Unit Citation w/ Star
Asiatic Pacific Ribbon w/ 3 Stars
Good Conduct Medal
Military Service on Frost Call’s Father’s side include:
My father, Donald Raymond Frost, served in the Navy as an Aviation Machinists Mate, 2nd Class from 1966 to 1970. His service with the Patrol Squadron 44 took him to the North Atlantic Ocean, Norwegian, and North Sea during the Cold War against the Soviet Union.
Navy Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Donald Ray Frost
Served with Patrol Squadron 44 in the North Atlantic Ocean, Norwegian, and North Sea during Cold War operations against the Soviet Union Enlisted January 18th 1966 and Honorably Discharged on January 17th 1970 After enlisting, he quickly shipped out to the Navy Great Lakes Training Center in Great Lakes, IL for 2 and half months of boot camp. Afterwards he completed 6 months of “A” School training in NAS Memphis, TN to learn how to maintenance and repair aircraft. After completing his training he was sent to duty station Patrol Squdron 44, ASW, P3A, B Orion’s, NAX Pax River, MD. His deployment stations throughout the North Atlantic and Baltics engaged primarily in maritime patrol, reconnaissance, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare with P-3 Orions and other aircraft against Soviet submarine and surface ships for the next 2 years in the brutal Arctic circle.
NAS Keflavik, Iceland
My Uncle, Dan Ernest Frost (his father’s brother), who served in the 1st Air Cavalry as an Army Specialist Five during the Vietnam war.
Army Specialist Five Dan Ernest Frost
Awards and CitationsArmy Combat Infantry Badge
Army Bronze Star with Cluster
Army Commendation Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (Unit Award)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Presidential Unit Citation with Cluster
Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
Rifle Markemanship Badge
My Grandfather, Ernest Raymond Frost (on his father’s side), who served with the 3rd Division “Cotton Balers” 7th Army European Theater during World War II from Naples, Southern France, Battle of the Bulge, The Rhine, Colmar Pocket Campaign and Strasbourg, Germany.
Army Private First Class Ernest Raymond Frost
Served with 3rd Division 7th Army European Theater World War II
Enlisted December 17th 1943 and Honorably Discharged on January 31st 1946
On March 25, 1943 he was drafted in the United States Army. He received his basic training in Camp Croft, South Carolina for 17 weeks. He was shipped out with the famous 7th Infantry 3rd Division to Europe. There he saw combat in Italy, France, and Germany from 1944-1945. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge, The Valley of Purple Hearts and many small skirmishes along the way primarily as a scout and sniper. He received the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart with clusters from two wounds received from mortar fire and an anti-tank shell as well as the French Croix de Guerre with palm.
ARDENNES * RHINELAND * CENTRAL EUROPE 1944 – 1945
Wounded France January 25th 1945 and January 30th 1945
Awards and Citations
Purple Heart with cluster
French Croix de Guerre with palm
Presidential Unit Citation
Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
European-African-Middle East Medal WW II
Victory Medal WW II
Combat Infantry Badge
Numerous video interviews of Ernest Raymond Frost are available on our site. Listen to his first-hand accounts of his military experience during World War II.
Lineage from Frost Calls’ Grandmother, Musette Cobb Frost, wife of Ernest R. Frost:
His Great Uncle, Donald C. Cobb, (his Grandmother Musette’s Brother) was killed in action near the French/Belgium border in 1944.
Army Private First Class Donald C. Cobb
Killed in Action French/Belgium Border 1944
His Great Uncle, Morris Cobb, (his Grandmother Musette’s Younger Brother) served in the U.S. Air Force as Airman Second Class.
Frost Call’s family military lineage dates back to the Revolutionary and French Indian Wars.
Below is a copy of the original Calvary Certification issued for Samuel Richey, a family lineage linked through Frost Call’s Grandmother, Musette (Cobb) Frost’s family.
It states the date of enlistment and specific wars that Samuel Richey (Richie) participated in during the Civil War from 1864 to 1865.
In addition, it is noted that Samuel Richey’s Great Grandfather Richey served under Captain George Washington during both the French Indian Wars (1754 to 1763) and the Revolutionary War (1775 to 1783).
Samuel Richey’s Grandfather also served as Captain in the War of 1812.
Samuel’s brother, Benjamin Richey served for a term of three years in the Civil War under served in COC Reg. 115th Ohio Infantry.
Andrew Gardner, Greatgrandfather of Mrs. Richey, Samuel Richey’s wife, served as Captain of Morgan Riflemen, which served as General Washington’s Body Guard.
Frost Call’s Grandmother, Musette Cobb Frost, is a descendant of Samuel Richey by way of his youngest daughter, Blanche, his Great Grandmother.
Below is a closer look at the text inscribed in the above document:
THIS IS TO CERTIFY
SAMUEL RICHEY (RICHIE)
Enlisted from Alleheny County, State of Pennsylvania, September 9, 1864 and was mustered into the United States Service at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a Private to server for a term of one year or spring during the war under Captain Guy Bryan and Col. T.F. Rodenbaughm. Company A 18th Regiment Pennsylvania Voluntary Calvary.
The Regiment was attached to Calvary Brigade Army of the Shenandoah and Comrade Richey participated in the following engagements:
* Battle of Opequon Winchester, September 19, 1864 near to Cedarville September 20th,
* Frank Royal September 21st,
* Fishers Hill September 22nd,
* Milford September 22nd,
* Waynesboro September, Near Brock Gap October 6th,
* Toms Brook October 8th & 9th, 1864,
* Cedar Creek November 11th, Newton November 12th,
* Mount Jackson November 22, 1864,
* Expedition to Lacy Springs December 19th to 22nd,
* Duty Winchester till May 1865,
* Scout to Edenburg March 17th to 19th, 1865
The regiment was on duty at Cumberland, Maryland till June 1865. He was honorably discharged June 13th, 1865 at Cumberland, Maryland by reason of close of war.
Memo of Gen. Griffin, Post G.H.R. No. 207, Homestead, Pennsylvania. Samuel Richey, Great grandfather of Comrade Richey served during Revolutionary War also in French and Indian Wars under Captain George Washington. Samuel Richey, Grandfather of Comrade Richey, served as Captain in the War of 1812 with distinction.
Samuel, father of Comrade Richey, enlisted in COC 24th Ohio Infantry and re-enlisted as a veteran for three years.
Benjamin, brother, served in COC Reg. 115th Ohio Infantry and served for a term of three years.
Andrew Gardner, Greatgrandfather of Mrs. Richey, served in Revolutionary War, as Captain of Morgan’s Riflemen, which served as General Washington’s body guard.
Presented by Comrade Richey to his wife Ella and children: James, Samuel, Ella, George, Stella and Blanche.
We were certainly amazed at how well Frost Call has maintained a close tie to his family’s impressive military lineage dating so far back in American history.