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This family had six brothers
who served their country

By Barry Schrader Senior Columnist.............................May 26, 2018

Russell Scott
WW2 USA

Wallace Scott
WW2 USA

Wilbur Scott
USN Korea 1952

The
Scott
Brothers

Charles Scott
USN WW2

Merle Scott
Korea USA

Roger 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 County—Wilbur 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. Roger’s 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 family’s 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.

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