Veterans Day 2008 [updated]

| November 11, 2008

[UPDATED 0428 MDT 11/12/08 — OK, so I’m lying awake in bed at, well, 4:20 am and I suddenly realize that I’ve forgotten the newest veteran in our family: my nephew, Darren Green. The list below is now updated; apologies to Darren.]

Last Veterans Day, Bruce Henderson and I posted a list of our relatives who have served in the Armed Forces (either American or British). Henderson himself served in the USMC (see yesterday’s post); here are the rest in rough reverse chronological order:

Bruce Webster:

  • Darren Green, USMC (active) — currently in training for deployment to Afghanistan [nephew]
  • Jon A. Webster, USMC (active) — serving in al Rutbah, Iraq [son]
  • Heather Harris, US Army National Guard (former) — [daughter]
  • Greg Barsic, USMC (former), USCG (active) — currently serving in the US Coast Guard in San Diego [son-in-law]
  • Frank Wallace, USMC (former) — [married to my niece]
  • Brad Poeltler, USN (ret.) — former Naval aviator in the F-14 RAG [brother-in-law]
  • Robert Wendt, USN (ret.) —  former Navy pilot [former brother-in-law]
  • Bill Lowell, US Army (former) — [former brother-in-law]
  • John A. Webster, USN (ret.) — served in both WW II and Vietnam [my father]
  • James Francis Webster, USN — served in WW II [my paternal grandfather]
  • John Silas Fickes, CSM, USN — served in WW I, Mexican War (1920), and WW II [my maternal grandfather]
  • John William Fickes, 1st Sgt., Co. A, PA Militia, 8th Reg. Infantry — served in Spanish-American War [my great-grandfather]
  • James Edward Taylor, Pvt. Co. D, II PA Volunteer Infantry — Civil War [my great-great-grandfather]

Bruce Henderson:

  • Andy Henderson, USN (active) — [nephew] Currently at sea with the forward deployed USS George Washington out of Yokosuka, Japan.
  • Bruce Henderson, USMC (former) — Yes, I was a Jar Head
  • Peter Anderson, USMC — My dear departed uncle Peter served with Marine Intel during Vietnam
  • Jim Zimmerman, Illinois National Guard (former) — My uncle Jim served 2 tours in the National Guard
  • Ian Henderson, RAF — [my dear departed father] RAF pilot who served the crown during the Battle of Britain as well the far east as a flight leader. He lied about his age to join the flight corps and was a decorated Ace for combat action.
  • Ron Henderson, RAF — [uncle] RAF radio man,
  • Robert Zimmerman, USN — My dear departed step-grandfather served in the US Navy during WW2
  • Howard Martin, USN — My biological grandfather was a pilot who died in WWII when my mother was just a child

God bless them all, and God bless America. ..bruce w..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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