Saturday, May 23, 2015

Serving Our Country

My husband's grandmother had three sons who fought in World War II. 

Johanna Hudson Franckevitch (1888-1958) was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England and emigrated to British Columbia where she married Casimir Franckevitch on 14 Oct 1911. The family moved to Seattle where they raised four daughters and four sons.

In 2006 we went to Seattle for a "cousin reunion" and I came home with a large envelope of family memorabilia. This World War II window flag belonged to Johanna. One star for each family member serving our country.

The eldest son, Kas (1912-1980) enlisted on 16 Jun 1942. 

Johanna with Joe taken June 6, 1943. Joe's plane was shot down northwest of Kobe, Japan in 1945. You can read his story on last year's blog here. Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of that post and read the moving comment left by his granddaughter, Kerrigan.  

Pete enlisted 7 July 1943 shortly after he graduated from high school. According to his obituary ". . . he trained as a heavy machine gunner and was qualified as an expert and combat infantryman marksman. He served in the Eastern Mandates in the Southern Philippines, Luzon and Ryukyus. . . he earned a Bronze Star, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal."  

His final resting place is Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. 


One of the things I love about our town is Memorial Park with its war memorials.

 The men of Livingston Township 
who volunteered in the service
of their country 
in the Civil War 

In honor of the former pupils of the 
Livingston Township public schools
who served their country in
*The World War 1917-1918*
May their names be held in
lasting reverence. 

In memory of 
those who made the supreme
sacrifice in the defense of
their country. 

World War II

To those who served our country in time of war. 
They gave their today for our tomorrow.  

(L) Korea
In memory of 54,236 fallen Americans
and to those still missing in action
where sacrifice and courage were common virtues. 
Dedicated Memorial Day 1987

(R) Vietnam
In memory of those who died 
In honor of those who served
We Remember
Dedicated Memorial Day 1987

(L) Combat Wounded Veterans
Military Order of the Purple Heart
1782  1932

(R) "The road to freedom
is often paved with blood"

The Purple Heart medal 
is bestowed upon those
brave men and women 
who shed their blood
for our country.

This monument is dedicated
to the memory of the
Purple Heart recipients 
who shed their blood
or gave their lives
so that freedom and
liberty may prevail.

In memory of those Livingston veterans
who have earned their Purple Heart. 

The Homecoming

This light will shine until that time
when all our servicemen and women
are safe at home and peace reigns
throughout the world.

Livingston Cares
November 11, 2007

Copyright 2015, Barbara Schaffer


  1. great Memorial Day post. Wonderful photos and I love that bullet frame - never seen anything like that before!
    Wonderful Memorial markers

  2. Who are you married to? Is it Steve? This is also my grandmother. Steve's mom was Jane and Dad was Ben, right?

    1. I'm married to Steve's brother, B.J. Yes, their parents were Jane and Ben. How are you related? Feel free to email me at Thanks for visiting!