Sgt. Tommy Flynn, CAC team Papa Three, USMC, Vietnam
|Sgt. Tommy Flynn|
My father's cousin lived with villagers in the mountains near Cam Lo just a few miles south of the DMZ.
"The idea was to somewhat integrate with the Vietnamese people in order to gain their trust and friendship and ultimately military intelligence that would help us find the bad guys. It sounds good, and at times it was probably very good, because the Vietnamese were helped with schools and sanitation and protection from the Viet Cong. But it was also an extremely dangerous assignment. CAC soldiers lived near a village and survived mostly on their own. It was a small compound that was flooded when it rained and was overrun several times by the Viet Cong. On one such occasion, Mr. Flynn was severely wounded in the face, neck and thigh. He spent weeks in several hospitals and then a hospital ship with his jaw wired shut, before being mistakenly sent back to the war. He was given a choice; he could work in the rear or go back to his CAC squad. He was either a little nuts, or little bit more brave than most of us, because he chose to return to his squad."-- from Joni Bour's review of A Voice of Hope by Thomas Flynn+ + +
|Joe Flynn was discharged as corporal|
Pfc. Joseph Flynn, 5th Eng. Btn., 5th Marine Division, USMCMy father served on Iwo Jima and in the Japanese Occupation. The photo on the right is the only time he ever wore dress blues.
As a combat engineer, Joe had the task of blowing things up, a task at which he had had practice, since he had once blown up his bedroom at home while electrolysizing water into oxygen and (alas) hydrogen. He was assigned to battalion liaison for the landing, which meant he landed with the first wave on Iwo Jima and would take word to his company of battalion location. His buddies all figured he was a dead duck. The beach was volcanic sand so fine and slippery that it was hard to get traction, and the Japanese had always dealt harshly with the first wave.
|On the beaches at Iwo Jima|
TOF asked the Old Man once when he first felt old, and he said on his 21st birthday, when he left Iwo Jima.
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Pfc. Harry Singley, 304th Eng., 72nd "Rainbow" Div., AEF
|Harry Singley and his wife Helen Schwar|
"It was on Sept. 26 when the big drive started in the Argonne Forest and I saw all kinds of things that I never witnessed before. We started out on the night of the 25th. At 9 o'clock we commenced a tank road and worked our way almost to the German's front line trenches. At 2:30 one of the greatest of all barrages was opened. It was said that between 3500 and 4000 guns, some of them of very large calibre, went off at that hour just like clock work. We worked on this road under shell fire until about 3:45 and then went back until the infantry went over the top at 5 oclock. We followed with the tanks. That is the way the Americans started and kept pounding and pushing ahead until the great day on Nov. 11. ...
|First day of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive|
26 Sept. 1918
"Somebody will wake up soon when the boys get back to the States..."
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Pvt. John H. Hammontree, Co. H, 5th Tenn. Inf., US Vol.
|Photograph of John's cousin, Hiram. |
Nine Hammontrees served in Co.H, 5th Tennessee
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Pvt. James Hammontree, Capt. Duncan's Co., Col. Bunch's Regt.
(2nd Regt, East Tennessee Militia)
|Battle of Horseshoe Bend|
Andrew Jackson's official report of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (27 March 1814) mentions that "a few companies" of Colonel Bunch were part of the right line of the American forces at this engagement. More than likely, some of those companies included Captains Francis Berry, Nicholas Gibbs (who was killed at the battle), Jones Griffin, and John McNair. In addition, muster rolls show some casualties from this battle in the companies led by Captains Moses Davis, Joseph Duncan, and John Houk. Other men from this regiment remained at Fort Williams prior to Horseshoe Bend to guard the post -- provision returns indicate that there were 283 men from Bunch's regiment at the fort at the time of the battle.
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Pvt. John Hammontree,
Capt. John Mountjoy's Co. of Foot, 10th Virginia, Continental Line.
James Hammontree's great uncle John enlisted in the 10th Virginia at an unknown date and may have seen action with the regiment at Brandywine and Germantown before entering winter quarters at Valley Forge. In January 1778, he was reported "sick in camp" and he died there on 24 Feb 1778.
Pvt. Harris[on] Hammontree,
The 1st Virginia has a long ancestry, and exists today as the 276th Eng. Battalion of the Virginian National Guard. John Hammontree's younger brother Harris Hammontree enlisted in the 1st Virginia on Feb. 12, 1778, after the regiment had gone into encampment at Valley Forge. In April and June he was reported as "sick," but unlike his older brother, he survived. He may have participated in the battle of Monmouth in June 1778. Most of the regiment was captured by the British at Charlestown, South Carolina, on May 12, 1780, but Harris may or may not have still been with the regiment at that point. He was killed by Indians on the Virginia frontier, 25 Jul. 1781.
Capt. Wm. Cunningham's Co. of Foot, 1st Virginia, Continental Line.
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Earlier engagements by the Flynns don't count. While it might be gratifying to read that Cromwell's Council issued an order to apprehend the person of Fiachra O'Flynn, describing him as armed and dangerous, it isn't covered by US Memorial Days. The Flynns arrived in the US after the Civil War and TOF's paternal grandfather was in the cadet corps in WWI when the Armistice was signed. TOF himself was in artillery ROTC (so he can call down shells on your location. You have been warned.) but was classified 4F by a wise military.