On this Memorial Day, I remember Albert Lloyd Croy, the only extended family member to die in battle. He died at the World War I Battle of the Argonne Forest on the first day of the campaign, September 26, 1918. Commanded by General Pershing, the battle, on the notorious Western Front, resulted in 26,277 killed and 95,786 injured, the worst of the war. Albert had joined the army only one year before his death and left behind two children, Norvin Albert, and Margaret. He was 31 years old.
Other family members who served in war include:
- Jacob Croy (about 1759-about 1806,)
- Samuel Payne (1733-1813)
- Robert, William, Greer, David, Nathan, Duncan, and Calvin (see https://croywright.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/seven-brothers-and-the-war-of-rebellion-part-one/ and subsequent posts)
World War I
- Albert Lloyd Croy (1887-1918)
- Gardner Lester Croy (1890-1920)
- David Harrison Croy (1892-1944)
World War II
- Ralph Lewis Croy (1912-2004)
- Attilio DeBernardi (1919-1976)
…and my mother, still living, a member of the Women’s Army Corp (WAC)
To those currently unknown to me and not represented here, I give my apologies.
The pictures shown here are from The Oklahoma Spirit compiled by Welch and Aldride, Historical Publishing Co. Oklahoma City, OK 1926 and can be found here https://archive.org/details/oklahomaspiritof00np