To all veterans, thanks. And I'll drop the name of only one, as an ancestor or relative has served in every nearly every conflict this nation has had. So far as I know, he is the only one killed in battle.
Rufus Laws, Private, 3rd NC Mounted Infantry (Union)- he and his brothers hid from the Confederate draft, then joined a Union regiment. I do not know for sure why they did- just that they did. Rufus left behind a pregnant wife and his beard. The beard is in my family's possession, a reminder that all that we have has a price, and that some things are more important than ourselves. Or so I take it, anyway.