Received a very Special Gift

Discussion in 'The Tiki Bar' started by dwna1a, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Ive received a very special gift today from my fathers side of the family. As some of you know I am very proud to be a true Virginian, just as my father and his before him. The Williams family started along the banks of the bay, built boats and ships for any that paid. Built a seafood packing and shipping company at the mouth of the York River that still survives. Then moved to Portsmouth to build ships for the CSA. Then the USN.

    My Great Uncle lived near my father and was a great help sorting out my fathers things when he passed. Tomorrow is my 60th trip around the sun. He sent me my, many generations back Dogtags along with a button and shot. He served the CSA in the 1st VA In. Company E.

    The tag was made from a silver dollar that was hammered out then stamped. Tags back then weren't meant for the Army but for families to locate their kin.
    He survived until the Battle of Petersburg, his company was killed when they tried to tunnel under the lines and blow it up, The Crater.
     
  2. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    That's quite a storied history! Enjoy.
     
  3. WV 320 Dancer

    WV 320 Dancer Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    685
    Oct 28, 2018
    2003 Sea Ray Sundancer 320
    Twin 350 MAG - V Drive
    Great story! What a Family memory to be the caretaker of.
     
  4. Ezsteps

    Ezsteps Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    757
    Nov 14, 2015
    Lake St. Clair-- Michigan (MacRay Harbor)
    1999 400 Sundancer, YL310 Zodiac
    7.4 Mercuisers Horizons 380 hp ea., 9.9 hp Mercury
    Awesome story and gift.
     
  5. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Man how cool is that! Hopefully you will display it somewhere special and have someone you can pass that on to in the future. What a family history.
     
  6. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    That is a true family heirloom from a family with a long history in Virginia. You are rightfully very proud of your family's history.

    I'd consider getting one of these to display it in and also keep the silver dollar from being handled.

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  7. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    2006 Crownline 250CR. 5.7 Merc BIII
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer. 260 Merc Alpha 1 Gen 1
    5.7 Merc BIII
    Those are awesome stories and a priceless heirloom.
    My great uncle was at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked. He was an Army staff sgt and was in a Jeep when the attack happened. They were blown over a hillside and my uncle had a crushed chest. His friend had a broken leg that was bleeding badly so my uncle applied a tourniquet and helped him back up the hill. My uncle then gave up his hospital bed for those that were injured worse than him (didn't know this until a local news story ran Dec 7th, a few weeks ago). He turned 100 earlier this year.

    Anyway, he has a display case full of medals that his descendants will inherit that they should be very proud of.

    His name is Joseph Gasper https://www.post-gazette.com/life/l...seph-Gasper-Ellwood-City/stories/201805220038
     
  8. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Boatman, my namesake my mothers father. Philip Mairr was on many USN ships. That's how my dad and mom met in school. He was stationed on the Arizona which came into Norflok Navel for a refit. I have crew shots of him under the number 2 turret. He was injured at San Diego and sent back to Portsmouth. The ship went on.

    I have found a cabinet maker that's willing to make me a shadow box out of some heart pine that we rescued from our old barn. My brothers tags, my fathers, and now these tags as well as my fathers 1911 and service revolver will go in this box.
     
  9. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    2006 Crownline 250CR. 5.7 Merc BIII
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer. 260 Merc Alpha 1 Gen 1
    5.7 Merc BIII
    That is cool. I don't know what the medals are that my uncle has but he has a shadow box with them inside. Either way, they are great heirlooms and you are lucky to have them along with the story behind them!
     

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