My Heroes

These four people are part of my family. They are my heroes. They have served our country. I love these people so much and am forever grateful for their sacrifice for their country and their family.

Thomas W. Dougherty (1896-1970)

Thomas was my great-grandfather. He enlisted into the army in 1918. After he completed his calvary training, he was shipped overseas to France just a couple weeks before the war was over.

Paul Dougherty

Grandpa was drafted into the service in 1942. After Basic Training, he went to Airplane Mechanic school and was put to work on P-39 planes. After graduating he was sent to Advanced Training school in California for pilots flying the P-39's and larger planes. He was stationed there from 1942-1946

Ralph Gillham (1894-1981)

(front row, second from right)

Great-Grandpa Ralph was trained at Camp Clark in Nevada, Missouri. He was a bugler, stationed in Klackamus Washington. Due to health issues, he was never deployed.

(front row, far right)

Edward M. Cass

Grandpa was part of the B-29 bomber quadrant and was stationed in India during WWII. He was part of the 24 hour bomb raid on Tokyo, Japan.

(back row, 3rd from right)
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy


  1. I am so proud of my Grandpa's and for the part they played in fighting for there country's freedom! -h

  2. I loved this post. I also have many relatives who have fought in America's wars for freedom, but I don't know many stories about them. I wish I did. I'd write them down and put them with their pictures.

  3. Bekah, I remember you showing me a picture once of one of your relatives in uniform...I just remember looooving the picture! I wish I knew each story behind each picture we have.

  4. very fine tribute you have done..I'm proud of my daughters work...


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