Family Military History

Past and Current Family who have Served The United States Military

Borlin Family Military History

Marion Borlin

Great-Grandfather of current generation

    • World War I, Army-12th Company, Sargent Rank

    • 2nd Motor Mechanics, Stationed in Nanterre, France (5 miles North-west of Paris)

>>> Read Marion's Letters from World War One <<<

>>> See Marion's World War One medals <<<

Marion Borlin

Sargent Marion Borlin

Marion Borlin

Sargent Marion Borlin

Eising Family Military History

Norbert (John) Eising - John Eising Sr. - John Eising Jr.

>>> Great-Grandfather of current generation <<<

    • World War II, Army, Staff Sergeant

    • Stationed in Canada and Cheyenne, Wyoming

    • Provided administrative support for the construction of the ALCAN (Alaskan) Highway, built by the US Army as an overland military supply route from the contiguous United States through Canada to the Alaska territory

    • Fort D. A. Russell (now Fort Francis E. Warren AFB) in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

John Norb Eising

Staff Sergeant Norbert (John) Eising

John Eising

Staff Sergeant Norbert (John) Eising

John Eising

Staff Sergeant Norbert (John) Eising

John Eising Sr. (Father)

John Eising Sr. retirement

John Eising

John N. Eising Jr. (Son)

Earl Francis Eising

Great, Great Uncle

    • Army Medical Core

    • Obtained the rank of Sargent first class

    • Fought in WWII, stationed in Central China (almost 3 years)

    • Purple Heart

    • Good Conduct Metal

Scott Kennedy

    • 2nd Cousin

    • Navy

    • Fought in Dessert Storm

Earl Eising

Good Conduct Metal

Wesley "Wes" Hochgraber

Great Uncle of current generation,

    • World War II, Air Force, Corporal

    • Bomb sight specialist (set the targets)

    • 3 years 3 months 3 days served

    • Got Malaria and Yellow Jaundice - 90 lbs. is what he weighed. A nurse saved his life by insisting he drink water when he had Yellow Jaundice

    • While stationed in the Philippines, their responsibilities was to take decommissioned / damaged aircraft and bury them. Later in life, Wes had wanted to go back and sell them for scrap.

    • He was stationed in Manila, Philippines, New Guinea and Texas

Story: Wes and a buddy befriended a family in New Guinea who lived in a house on stilts. Their last night there they were invited for a chicken dinner. Chicken would be unusual. While inside, they heard someone climbing the ladder. By the light of the candle on the table they saw the glint of a knife. The guy yelled "I'll get you Joe" (Americans were Joe). Wes and his friend threw him down the ladder

Wesley "Wes" Hochgraber

Wes Hograber

Corporal Wesley "Wes" Hochgraber

Wes in Manila

Wesley "Wes" Hochgraber

Wesley "Wes" Hochgraber

Wes in front of one of his jobs

Baker Pegram

Fifth Great-Grandson of current generation

American artist Harrington G. Fitzgerald (1847-1930) painted this version of General George Washington’s famous 1776 crossing of the Delaware River about 100 years after the Revolutionary War. Instead of showing the actual crossing of the Delaware, Fitzgerald shows the Continental Army soldiers on the New Jersey side of the river as they regroup and prepare to march on Trenton.

Valley Forge encampment in Pennsylvania during the American Revolution during the winter of 1777-1778



Roehl Family Military History

William Roehl

    • Great-Great-Grandfather of current generation -- World War I, Army, Sergeant

    • Illinois Quartermaster Corps

    • Stationed in Ft. Dodge, Iowa

William Roehl

Sergeant William Roehl

William Roehl

Sergeant William Roehl

Richard Roehl

    • Great Great Uncle of current generation

    • World War II - Navy

    • Stationed on USS Chevalier (DD/DDR-805) - Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy

    • As a 8 year old child, Rich met and took photo with Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple


Rich Roehl


Rich Roehl


Roy Van Meter

Van Meter Family Military History

Roy Van Meter

Grandfather of current generation

    • US Army

    • Honorable discharge as private

Forest Van Meter

Great-Great-Uncle of current generation

    • Served during World War II

Scott Shields

Shields Family Military History

Scott Shields - Cousin of current generation

Aaron Doutt

  • Cousin of current generation

  • Simulations Operations / Brigade Chief of Plans at United States Army

  • Enlisted 2018

Jeff Admiral Shields

Jeff Shields

Jeff Admiral Shields

Jeff Shields Awards

Jeff Admiral Shields

Jeff Shields Retirement

Jeff Admiral Shields

Todd Dorrell Shields

Todd Dorrell Shields

Todd Dorrell Shields

    • 2nd cousin, younger brother of Jeff Shields, first cousin Vicki Borlin and nephew to your grandmother Judi Van Meter.

    • Petty Officer Third Class (Machinery Repairman - (Machinist)

    • Service: U.S. Navy from 1980 to 1984

    • Honorably Discharged

Robin Shields

Robin Shields

Robin Shields

Cousin, honorable discharge as US Army - Wife of Alexander Scott Coulter (KIA 2013)

    • E-4 Rank (Specialist - SPC)

    • Service: Late 1980s to early 1990s

    • Participated in Desert Storm

    • Honorably Discharged

Alexander Scott Coulter

Husband of Robin Shields 2nd cousin -- Died November 17, 2003 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

Alexander Scott Coulter

Alexander Scott Coulter

Alexander Scott Coulter

Alexander Scott Coulter

Alexander Scott Coulter

Alexander Scott Coulter

Larry Shields

Larry Shields

Larry Shields

(Great Uncle – Judi Van Meter's older brother) -- Larry Shields Obituary

Steve Shields

great uncle, US Air Force - Retired out of NASA as an O-4, Major, Senior Pilot, with 22 years’ service

    • Enlisted for 7 years and held ranks from E1, Airman Basic, through E-5, Staff Sergeant then after commissioning O-1 through O-4

    • Significant Achievements:

      • Rescue mission - Icelandic coast rescue of capsized German trawler performed in November 1983

      • Inspector General report of Icelandic Mission in 1983

      • Lead Landing Support Officer at NASA - Listen to audio recording

        • Controlled all the ground and rescue forces propositioned at potential landing sites across the Atlantic in case of a single engine failure or other anomaly that would abort the mission and require a Trans-oceanic Abort Landing (TAL) in one of several potential sites in Western Africa and Europe.

Awards / Commendations

Steve Shields

Steve Shields

Steve Shields

Steve Shields

Steve Shields

Steve Shields

Wallace Shields

US Marines, Korean War

  • Called up in 1945 and went to training at Camp Pendleton, CA.

  • Scheduled to board some ship and head out across the Pacific, but the atomic bombs were dropped and the war ended so he did not ship out

  • Stationed in Nebraska for a short time before separating from armed services

  • Prior to being called up to service, both Wally and his wife got jobs at the Douglas Aircraft and moved to a small house in Santa Monica sometime in late 1944. Aunt Judi remembers living there so she must have been around 3 or 4 years old. So Granny was a "rivet girl!"

Wally Shields

Wallace Shields

Wally Shields

Wallace Shields

Orville "Lester" Rusher

great-great-uncle

>>> Further details and dedication can be found here <<<

Orville Lester Russel

Orville "Lester" Rusher

Arizona Pearl Harbor

USS Arizona @ Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

Orville "Lester" Rusher inscription upon the USS Arizona Memorial

Tony Dorrell

Great-great-uncle to current generation

Tony Dorrell

Tony Dorrell

USS Houston

Sinking of the USS Houston

Francis Martin Finch

Francis (Frank) Martin Finch

Great-great-great uncle,

  • US Army Air Corps

  • Served during World War II

Francis Martin Fitch
Nathaniel Henry

Nathaniel Henry

William Shields

Great grandfather x 6, was born in 1774 in Western Virginia

    • William Shields was the son of the John Shields who died on the ocean voyage to America

    • He was born in County Armagh on July 14, 1728. Died in 1797 at age 69

    • Revolutionary War Service

    • By the outbreak of the American Revolution, William's older sons had reached adulthood, and several (John and James to our certain knowledge, and possible one or more others) served with him in the Frederick County Military Company which he organized and commanded as a Captain.

    • His later Revolutionary career included service with the Continental Army as a Major in a regiment organized by a member of the prominent Maryland Goldsborough family.

    • Major Shields is believed to have participated in several important early engagements of the Revolutionary War, most notably the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, Long Island on August 27, 1776 and the Battle of White Plains, New York on October 28, 1776.

    • During these confrontations, his company served in the Continental Line under direct command of General George Washington during the period of his majority in the later stages of the war.

Hank Dorrell - US Navy

Robert Shields - US Army

Hadie Shields - Great Great Grandfather, U.S. Army