WW2 USAWallace Scott
USN Korea 1952
USN WW2Merle Scott
USAF Vietnam Era
Shortly after my column on the second set of five brothers who
served in the military appeared, I received an email from Dixon,
Missouri telling me about a family of six brothers from DeKalb
who all served their country over a period of 24 years.
Turns out this family produced two sheriffs for DeKalb
CountyWilbur Scott from 1970 to 1984, then his brother
Roger, 12 years his junior, was elected sheriff and still holds
that office today.
When talking to Steve Scott who provided most of the information
for this story, he explained that he is a career Army man, retiring
in 2006 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, then going to work as a civilian
at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. His father Wilbur, now 84,
and uncle Roger are the only two brothers alive today.
Starting with the oldest, Russell, he served in the Army
Air Corps during World War II in the European Theatre. Also in
the same war brother Charles served with the Navy Amphibious
Forces in the Pacific. Incidentally, his LCI (R) amphibious ship
was nearby when Japanese Kamikaze pilots off Okinawa sunk other
ships and they came to their aid. The third brother, Wallace,
entered the service about the end of the war, serving as part
of the Occupation Forces in Japan.
Then during the Korean War the next oldest brother Merle
was an Army Combat Engineer. Wilbur was part of the Navy Amphibious
Forces taking part in the fighting at Pusan and Wonsan. The youngest,
Roger, joined the Air Force, serving most of the time in Turkey
during the Vietnam War. He was discharged with the rank of Sergeant.
Some of the brothers had sons and even grandsons who also served
in the US military. Rogers son Thomas, for example, was
in the 425th Airborne that went to Afghanistan.
As Steve Scott pointed out, Can you imagine being
the mother (or father) of six boys, three of whom were in combat
in World War II at the same time, two fighting in Korea at the
same time, and the other in Turkey. He said, I can
only imagine what my mother and wife went through while I was
overseas. He added, It is not just the people in
uniform who deserve our thanks, but the families as well; especially
the ones with Gold Stars in their windows.
Reflecting on this one familys sacrifices, it is
sobering thought for this Memorial Day weekend. As I often say
to those I see in uniform today: Thanks for your service.
Hope some who read this column will take the time to attend
a Memorial Day remembrance or visit a cemetery and pay respects
to family members or friends who served their country.