Gold Star Mothers Day

Gold Star Mother plaque

Gold Star Mother plaque

The Gold Star Mother’s Club was started after the First War to End All Wars.

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A living serviceman has a blue star on the banner, the deceased troops are assigned the gold star.

Aletta Sullivan

Aletta Sullivan

The single most famous Gold Star Mother (and rightly so…) was Aletta Sullivan, mother of the 5 Sullivan brothers.

Memorial at Yonkers, NY

Memorial at Yonkers, NY

Memorial at Stanton Plaza, Manchester, NH

Memorial at Stanton Plaza, Manchester, NH

The Gold Star Mothers deserved our honor and respect and especially on this day.

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Click on images to enlarge.

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Current WWII news – 

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fig_05.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge (800x569)The island of Kiska, Alaska, in the Aleutians was the site of Japanese invasion and battles.  Today it is the site of untouched relics from those days.  These photos were taken by a research team allowed on the island by special permission.

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FOR ANYONE WHO OWNS A CELL PHONE!!

*or has a child that does *

http://www.youtube.com/embed/JHixeIr_6BM?rel=0&autoplay=1&iv_load_policy=3

courtesy of  Lord Beari of Bow who can be located HERE!

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Farewell Salutes – 

Peter Allen – Evanston, IL; US Army, WWII, engineers, Korea, Captain, MP 8th Army

Cora @ Fresh Start

Cora @ Fresh Start

Kerry Briand – Ottawa, CAN; RC Navy, Lt., HMCS Magnificent & Bonaventure

Carl Clark – Keyser, WV; US Navy, WWII

Frank Mariano – Solvay, NY; US Army, Korea

Allen Murphy, Albany, NZ; RNZ Navy # 12507, CPO (Ret.)

John Starsky – Lawrence, KS; US Navy, WWII, PTO

Howard Warren – Gadsden, AL; US Army, Vietnam

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on September 28, 2014, in Korean War, Uncategorized, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 59 Comments.

  1. GP – The Gold Star Mother program was an important way of honoring the sacrifices those at home made throughout the war.
    The piece about Kiska was absolutely fabulous. It makes me wonder if my Uncle Ced ever flew to Kiska. I do know that he was sent out to rescue planes – He would locate them and land. Then he would figure out what was needed to repair it, have that air dropped to him, repair the plane and bring it back. Logic tells me that at some point, there needed to be two pilots !!! Very interesting.

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  2. That family has a great history to be proud of, and the mother must be exceptional, five sons to have worried and prayed over, great piece of military history gpcox.
    Am I right in seeing a postage stamp depicting that award ?
    Ian

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  3. As you’ve said along the way : It takes a family to fight a war . Another fine post . Thanks .

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  4. Wonderful post, gpcox. And I echo some of the comments above. Certainly, that pride for country and our sons and daughters – and especially for these mothers – has become lost in the past recent years. Now its more on TV of how a mother lost a child through drug deals gone bad or a gang killing. And I now know of these memorials. Thank you. Sorry I’ve been away for the past couple of weeks!

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    • Just checking to make certain you were alright. I imagine you do see more of those ‘drug deals gone bad’ episodes, what with L.A. and all, we have them here, just not quite as often. Military families are strong – where do you think the people in the service got that spunk! Good to see you, Koji.

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  5. Mothers and families, deserve a great deal of respect. Waiting for that telegram must have been dreadful.

    The photos are haunting too, what a place.

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  6. Yes, we need to remember the mothers. The pictures from Alaska were extraordinary. Is there a reason why Kiska is closed off?

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  7. Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I really enjoy your blog and and how helpful you are to other bloggers, like me. I’ve learned a great deal from your writing, research techniques and insights. My grandmother was one of the Gold Star Mothers from World War Two.
    To accept this award, please:
    1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog.
    2. Share seven things about yourself.
    3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!).
    4. Contact your bloggers to let them know that you’ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award
    Congratulations! I have posted my nominations at:
    http://genealogysisters.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/one-lovely-blog-award-a-wonderful-surprise/
    Warm regards, Maryann

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    • I greatly appreciate your comments and nomination, but I’m afraid I don’t accept them. Yes, I do the research, but the troops did all the work. By your comment, it means to me that I’m on the right track and at least helping a few people. I do sincerely thank you and hope the links I add to the posts and reblogs for fellow bloggers will suffice as being helpful. Thanks again Maryann!!

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  8. Our son Tony flew helicopters for the Marines in Iraq. The war had just started when Peggy got a call from Radio KGO in San Francisco. An embedded reporter had just flown on a rescue mission with Tony through a sandstorm and talked to Peggy immediately after the event. Talk about heart-stopping. Mother’s indeed, deserve to be recognized.

    On another note: Tony now flies helicopters for the Coastguard out of Kodiak. One of the places he helps with rescue operations are the Aleutians. Last year Peggy and I drove up the Alaska Highway which was originally built as a response to the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands. Talk about a heroic effort… Curt

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  9. I am, but should not be, how few people know the term “Gold Star Mother” and what it means. Perhaps young people — people 60 and under — can be excused because no one has taken the time to tell them. Perhaps there needs to be a “Gold Star Mother” stamp reissued. Our government has honored a number of less than honorable people on our stamps. Maybe it is time to do better.

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    • Outstanding suggestion!!! I’m afraid I have to agree about the under 60 remark – nowadays it seems people don’t become patriotic unless their own necks might be in danger (9-11, Boston bombings, etc) – we have lost so many more service people since WWII in defense of the rest of the world and yet, youngsters are NOT informed about their sacrifice or that of their families.

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  10. Interesting! Your posts are always informative. I can use this bit of information in my work-in-progress novel. Thanks for that!

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  11. I remember hearing about the Gold Star. There was a movie I believe called “The Sullivan’s”. In the movie there was a solid square hanging in the window and she kept adding the gold stars as she heard about her sons. I was young but remember how much it touched me. Great post!

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  12. Love the photos of Kiska, wonder if Ced and the boys new anything about it?

    By the way, the video you linked at the end…chilling!

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    • I tried to hold off until Judy felt better and ask her about Kiska and her uncle Ced, then I thought differently about bothering her during her recuperation…..
      Thanks for spending so much time here, Mrs. P.

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  13. Reblogged this on Elaine's Random Thoughts and commented:
    In honor of all the Gold Star moms, those Moms who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country. God bless them all for the sacrifices made by them. Thank you!

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  14. I recently read a novel which was a fictional story with a basis on the first Gold Star Mothers. It was a wonderful read. http://aprilsmith.net/a-star-for-mrs-blake/

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  15. Thanks for posting GP, I’ll look out for that stamp, a venerable addition to a collection.

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    • I thought you might like that. I used to collect stamps when I was younger, Smitty taught me how to treat them and put them in the albums. Finding this one would be a fine addition to your collections. Thanks for coming by Tom.

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  16. Though I “think” I can imagine what a Gold Star Mother goes through, I know that I have no idea. Thank you for the post.

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  17. Mothers must surely bear the biggest burden in any war. And talking of Kiska as a “sort of frozen in time museum”, our British version of Sky TV is showing a PBS documentary next week about a B-29 frozen solid in the Greenland icecap. Hopefully, they thawed it out and flew back in it!

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  18. ‘Military families have to be as strong as their soldiers sometimes’. Very true.

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  19. My Mothers Day posts are usually about Gold Star Mothers.

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  20. Respect indeed… The Wikipedia write up is an interesting read too.
    Nice photos from Kiska by the way, looks like my sort of photo destination.

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  21. Reblogged this on Our Ancestors and commented:
    Odna Lagasse Ritchie was one…
    She was a Gold Star Mother twice.

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  22. Thank you for citing me as a source of your curiosity – things like this are what urge me to continue.

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