Since the inception of America her way of life has been threatened by outside forces dedicated to take away the freedoms it has established as the hallmark of its culture. Freedom of speech. Freedom to bear arms. Freedom of imagination, creativity and the right to live without the fear of a monarchy usurping the god given rights bestowed on all of us.
When a nation like America has had her will tested and when other countries, lunatic dictators or anarchists wanting to upturn our way of life have presented themselves and fired at us we as American have responded. We have responded with generations of Americans that have heard the call of battle, taken up arms and have gone to war to defend America.
These greatest of generations of Americans were minutemen, doughboys, grunts, devil dogs, dog faces, squids, SEALS, flyboys, coasties, tin can sailors, dolphins, red legs, zoomies, gun bunnies and so much more. They went to distant lands and they fought an enemy they had never met until then, exchanged their youth for experiences they might no otherwise have asked for, fought alongside heroes and for the fortunate returned home to find a quiet and hopeful peaceful place they would call home. Each and everyone of them shared the same title: US Veteran.
One does not say congratulations, or have a great Veteran’s Day to our veterans. They shake their hand, speak a little softer in their presence, offer a kind word and above all respect them by simply remembering them. The greatest gift you can offer a US veteran is peace.
On this Veteran’s Day shake the hand of a veteran, offer a smile, and above all allow them this day that they remember their brothers and sisters and allow them to gather thoughts and reflect on their accomplishments. They earned it.
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.
In America, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11. On this day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which concluded World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in the year 1918. On this day veterans are thanked personally for their committments and services to the US on Veterans Day. Veterans Day in United States is extremely important because it stands as a reminder that our men and women put country ahead of everything else. Our veterans traveled to far and distant locations in times of war, while on deployment, leaving family and friends behind. They put life on hold so they could deal with America’s enemies, terrorism, dictators hellbent on destroying their own countries and its citizens or bringing fairness, equality and freedom to cultures that had never known it.
Vision-Strike-Wear.Com as a labor of love to our veterans and their families instituted a program years ago whereby families of our veterans could show their freinds , family and loved ones a digital shadowbox which graphically displays their veterans image, often in uniform, history of their servie and career, units they served in, wars and battles they were involved in and their citations hostory and accomplishments while serving in any of the military branches of the United States. Below are examples of these military digital shadowboxes which serve as examples of the importance these American veterans have to all of us.
ARMY SGT. MICHAEL P. SCUSA
ARMY SPECIALIST JEREMY ORMAN
NAVY AVIATION MACHINIST’S MATE 2ND CLASS
DONALD RAY FROST
A New Chapter In Veteran Support!
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A Vetereran’s Day Gift!
In honor of our veterans Vision-Strike-Wear.Com would like to announce that this Veteran’s Day all purchases over 50.00 will receive a free commeorative veteran certificate for our Vieetnam, Desert Storm and OIF veterans. Each of these posters come with features that allow custom branch informatioin, unit and dates of service to be added. A great gift for your vetern.
All our veterans are important as is their feedback. After receiving many inquires for commeorative certificates and posters Vision-Strike-Wear.Com has developed this Vietnam Commemorative design for our Vietnam veterans.
Desert Storm Veterans!
A commemorative plaque with options for updating text to make it personal and specific to your veteran of Desert Storm.
We thank you for your time and recognition of all of our American veterans this Veteran’s Day! Vision-Strike-Wear.Com welcomes your thoughts, comments and support.
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
PHOTO: Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation“ which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”
President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. From left: Alvin J. King, Wayne Richards, Arthur J. Connell, John T. Nation, Edward Rees, Richard L. Trombla, Howard W. Watts
On that same day, President Eisenhower sent a letter to the Honorable Harvey V. Higley, Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), designating him as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee.
In 1958, the White House advised VA’s General Counsel that the 1954 designation of the VA Administrator as Chairman of the Veterans Day National Committee applied to all subsequent VA Administrators. Since March 1989 when VA was elevated to a cabinet level department, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs has served as the committee’s chairman.
The Uniform Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) was signed on June 28, 1968, and was intended to ensure three-day weekends for Federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. It was thought that these extended weekends would encourage travel, recreational and cultural activities and stimulate greater industrial and commercial production. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holidays on their original dates.
The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on October 25, 1971. It was quite apparent that the commemoration of this day was a matter of historic and patriotic significance to a great number of our citizens, and so on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action supported the desires of the overwhelming majority of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
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Veterans Day is an official United States holiday which honors people who have served in armed service also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.)
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.
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