Operation Ancestor Search (OAS) Dates

Patrick Henry Chapter Compatriots,

Our next Operation Ancestor Search (OAS) scheduled meetings in 2016 are January 12 & 20, February 9 &24

Many of you are looking for a way to help our brave men and women in uniform.

Our Chapter has a successful Operation Ancestor Search (OAS) program at Fort Hood helping Wounded Warriors conduct family searches.  There are over 450 Wounded Warriors at Fort Hood and many of them need your help for only a few hours each month.

You don’t need to be a genealogy expert; we can train you how to help these wounded warriors find their families through Ancestry.com.  We meet twice a month for lunch and car pool to Ft. Hood, arriving about 1:00 pm.  The sessions are usually over before 4:00 pm and you will leave knowing you made a difference.

Operation Ancestor Search provides these following benefits to the Wounded Warriors:

  • A sense of accomplishment, independence and personal fulfillment
  • Establishes a personal connection with families and possible past relatives, who served in the military
  • Reduces stress
  • Is a social outlet
  • Helps reintegration back into the hometown community

Many Wounded Warriors have a long road to recovery and spend months, if not years recovering from their injuries at military hospitals.  Your help will give these heroic men and women a respite from the constant reminder of their injuries.

Compatriots and Veterans answer the call to serve by contacting Jeff Gammon at 512-861-5782 or jjgm71@sbcglobal.net

Annual Awards and Christmas Banquet

This past Saturday we held our annual awards banquet along with our yearly celebration of Christmas. KR Wood entertained us with his story telling and songs and our guest speaker was William Groneman who discussed his book Davy Crockett – Hero of the Common Man.  As is customary during our year-end meeting, awards were given and several members of our chapter were recognized for their sustained and outstanding performance of their duties as officers of our chapter, as model citizens, and as former military personnel that served in a military conflict.

Distinguished service medal.  The Chapter Medal of Distinguished Service is the highest Medal that can be awarded by a chapter president during each year of his term of office. It is presented to a Compatriot for distinguished service rendered to the chapter during a chapter president’s term of office.

Jeff Wise

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Jeff wise accepting his award from Jim Nelson & David S. Smith

Bronze Color Guard Medal

Jeff Wise

War service medal

Max Miller & Andrew McVeigh III

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Max Miller accepting his award from Jim Nelson & David S. Smith

 Bronze Good Citizenship Medal

Jim Clements, Jim Nelson, & Jeff Gammon

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Jim Clements and Jim Nelson Accepting the award from David S. Smith

Bronze Roger Sherman Medal – The Roger Sherman Medal may be awarded to SAR members who have rendered faithful service to their chapter, state society, or to the National Society over multiple years. This medal is awarded for significant service.  Suggested minimum Eligibility Guidelines: Served as an active Officer for a minimum of two (2) years, or Served as an active Committee Chairman for a minimum of three (3) years, or Served as an active Committee Member for a period of four (4) years.

This Medal is named after Roger Sherman (April 19, 1721 – July 23, 1793) was an early American lawyer and politician, as well as a founding father. He served on the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence, and was also a representative and senator in the new republic. He was the only person to sign all four great state papers of the U.S.: the ContinentalAssociation, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. Roger Sherman had a large part in what is known as the “Great Compromise”. In 1787 this combined the “New Jersey Plan” which proposed a one house national legislature where each state could cast one vote, and the “Virginia Plan” where representation would be based upon a state’s population. The “Great Compromise” created a bicameral legislature, meaning there will be two houses, one housewill have equal representation, while the other is based on population of the state.

Jeff Gammon, John Knox, Kevin Miller, Max Miller, Kris Navarro, Jim Nelson, Christian Nelson, Tom Ridpath, Henry Shoenfelt, David Smith, Ken Tooke, Ron Walcik, Jeff Wise & Marvin Morgan

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Jeff Gammon and OAS

Compatriots and Friends,

Many of you are looking for a way to help our brave men and women in uniform.

Our Chapter has a successful Operation Ancestor Search (OAS) program at Fort Hood helping Wounded Warriors conduct family searches.  There are over 450 Wounded Warriors at Fort Hood and many of them need your help for only a few hours each month.

You don’t need to be a genealogy expert, we can train you how to help these wounded warriors find their families through Ancestry.com.  We car pool and leave at 8 AM in order to arrive in time to help the Wounded Warriors from 10 AM to Noon.  We stop for lunch at noon and return before 2 PM.  You will leave knowing you made a difference.

Our next scheduled meetings are scheduled for March 20th, April 10th and April 24th.

Operation Ancestor Search provides these following benefits to the Wounded Warriors:

  • Provides a sense of accomplishment, independence and personal fulfillment
  • Establishes a personal connection with possible past relatives, who served in the military
  • Reduces stress
  • Is a social outlet
  • Helps reintegration back into the hometown community

Many Wounded Warriors have a long road to recovery and spend months, if not years recovering from their injuries at military hospitals.  Your help will give these heroic men and women a respite from the constant reminder of their injuries.

Compatriots and Veterans answer the call to serve by contacting Jeff Gammon at 512-861-5782 or jjgm71@sbcglobal.net .

More info on Operation Ancestor search can be found here: What is Operation Ancestor Search

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