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In 1917 war raged across Europe, thousands of miles from Western New York. Men from the rural farming community of Parma answered their nation's call to bear arms. From privilege to poverty, they walked off the farm, stopped working on the railroad, cut short their secondary education ambitions, and left established professions to serve. Whether at home or abroad, their experiences were shared in the pages of a small, weekly paper for a community to remain "With Our Boys" in their triumphs-and tragedies. Nine would not survive the war, their stories tragic yet vastly different. Returning home, these soldiers, sailors, and Marines traded their uniforms for civilian attire and immersed themselves in society. From legacies to notoriety and ingenuity to determination, those that survived attempted to pick up where they left off. Some succeeded while others suffered the lingering effects of war. Generations removed and one hundred years later, their histories nearly forgotten, With Our Boys-Honor Roll explores the lives of the ninety-nine veterans, enshrined on a painting, who once called Parma home.Everyone has a story - it just needs to be told.All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the Parma Hilton Historical Society.
About the Author
Always looking for the next adventure, Tammy Mullen combines her love of travel and exploration (and lack of GPS skills), with thirty-five years of genealogical research experience, to uncover the histories of lives lived. Her passion is the thrill of the hunt-starting with a name, re-creating a family tree, and uncovering the hidden stories that built the branches. In her spare time, she teaches family genealogists how to interpret basic DNA results and use genetic genealogy tools to uncover their family's past. Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Kyle Mullen, with twenty-two years of joint military service experience and an avid interest in military unit histories and heraldry (and innate map-reading skills to keep Tammy from getting lost), brings a critical eye to uncover military stories hidden behind the paper records. Together they live the adventure of exploring local and family histories (without getting lost), uncovering unknown secrets, and places long forgotten.