Sunday, November 11, 2012

Band of Brothers - Brothers in Arms

Band of Brothers from Golspie, Scotland - Willie, Archie and Jack

"Through these fields of destruction
Baptisms of fire
I've witnessed your suffering
As the battles raged higher
And though they hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms"

"Brothers In Arms", Dire Straits

On this Veteran's Day, I celebrate my own Band of Brothers/Brothers in Arms - the four Munro brothres from Scotland, the three Munro brothers from Crosby, ND, and others too - my brother, my husband, my father and his father.

Great Uncle Archibald "Archie" Munro, Canadian Army,
WWI, gassed April 1915,
Ypres, France, died in 1921 as a result

Great Uncle John Alexander "Jack" Munro,
King's Own Scottish Borders (Scotland), WWI,
Killed April 12, 1917, in France.
Awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry.

Great Uncle William Munro,
Seaforth Higlanders, Scotland,
WWI, killed Nov. 13, 1916,
in Beaumont Hamel, France

Maternal Grandfather Duncan Munro, Canadian Rifles.
WWI ended before he could be sent overseas.

Paternal Grandfather Clarence Bartell Rockney,
 (no photo available), U. S. Army "doughboy",
Served in France, WWI

Father Forrest "Sonny" Rockney, U.S. Navy, WWII

Uncle Donald Alexander Munro, U.S. Army
Served in Germany in WWII

Uncle James "Scotty" Munro, U.S. Army
Served in Germany in WWII

Uncle David Allan Munro, U.S. Army
Served in Germany, peacetime

Husband Daniel Bruce Fredericksen,
U. S. Navy, Served in Vietnam, 1968-1969

Brother John Allan Johnson
82nd Airborne (paratrooper),
U. S. Army, served in peacetime. 

For Veterans' Day 2009 I wrote an entire post devoted to Archie, William and Jack. To read it, click here:

Postcard created by my Scottish 2nd cousin Shirley,
featuring William and Jack Munro and the WWI monument
in Golspie, Scotland with a backdrop of Golspie.

"At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember"


Annie Jeffries said...

What a fine line up of family members, Julie. Honoring yours and all of them today.

Strawberry Lane said...

This leaves one without words ... but a heart filled with gratitude.

Rose H (UK) said...

A very moving memorial Julie.
Rose H