TIDBITS ABOUT THE LIVES OF OUR ANCESTORS
by Barb Chandler
Like many men after the bombing at Pearl Harbor John I. Foster joined the Air Force. He enlisted in 1942, After training he was assigned to the 14th Air Force with the “Flying Tigers,” and was sent overseas in 1943. He returned to the United States in 1946.
In 1943 the 14th Air Force was established by a special order from the President. Prior to this date the squadron was made up of volunteers, the American Volunteer Group (AVG), chosen from active duty servicemen. Their mission was to reorganize China’s Air Force and to provide aid to China in the form of airplanes.
“The Flying Tigers of 14th AF conducted fighter and bomber operations along a wide front that stretched from the bend of the Yellow River and Tsinan in the north to Indochina in the south, from Chengtu and the Salween River in the west to the China Sea and the island of Formosa in the east. Members of the 14th AF were also instrumental in supplying Chinese forces through the airlift of cargo across “The Hump” in the China-Burma-India theater.” Source: 14th Air Force Flying Tigers, http://www.military.com/HomePage/UnitPageFullText/0,13476,703323,00.html
John’s lineage is: Edmund Chandler <b 1587 ENG >Joseph Chandler<b 1646 MA >Edmund Chandler <b 1670 MA> Capt. John Chandler<b 1696 MA> Jonathan Chandler<b 1731 MA>Ichabod Chandler<b1762 MA>Elihu Chandler<b 1795 ME>James Chandler<b 1836 IA>Sophronia Jane Chandler<b 1857 IA>+John “Smiley Foster<b 1855 IA>Clarance “Cap” Foster< b 1886 IA>
Everett Chandler worked at the post office since 1939, when he enlisted in 1942 he served in the Naval Fleet post office out of San Francisco until his discharge in 1945.
“After Pearl Harbor, when wartime secrecy shrouded the movement of ships, it became necessary to have a central distribution point. Two main Navy post offices were established – one in San Francisco, California and one in New York City. All mail for ships and stations in the West or Pacific Ocean was directed to San Francisco. Mail for East Coast Stations and the Atlantic Ocean went to New York City. In this manner the locations of ships and stations remained unknown to all with the exception of those charged with routing the mail.” Source: United States Fleet Post Office http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/fposf.htm
Everett’s lineage is: Edmund Chandler <b 1587 ENG >Joseph Chandler<b 1646 MA >Edmund Chandler <b 1670 MA> Capt. John Chandler<b 1696 MA> Jonathan Chandler<b 1731 MA>Ichabod Chandler<b1762 MA>Sylvanus Chandler<b 1799 ME>Elbridge Gerry<b 1827 ME>Vestel Noah Chandler<b 1869 IA>
Floyd’s lineage is; Edmund Chandler <b 1587 ENG >Joseph Chandler<b 1646 MA >Edmund Chandler <b 1670 MA> Capt. John Chandler<b 1696 MA> Jonathan Chandler<b 1731 MA>Ichabod Chandler<b1762 MA><Rev. Abel Chandler b 1796 ME>Abel Chandler Jr.<b 1821 ME>Charles B. Chandler<b 1840 ME>Charles Aubrey Chandler<b 1877 ME>
During World War II Harvey S. Dartt, Jr(1908-1997)was a member of the Seabees in Okinawa.
“The Seabees played a key role in the last big operation of the island war, the seizure of Okinawa. The main invasion forces landed on Okinawa’s west coast Hagushi beaches on Easter Sunday, 1 April 1945. Off the amphibious landing craft and over pontoons placed by the 130th Naval Construction Battalion went the 24th Army Corps and Third Amphibious Corps. Right beside them were the 58th, 71st and 145th Naval Construction Battalions. A few days later, two additional Naval Construction Battalions, the 44th and 130th, landed. The fighting was heavy and prolonged, and organized resistance did not cease until 21 June 1945. The Seabees’ task on Okinawa was truly immense. On this agrarian island, whose physical facilities a fierce bombardment had all but destroyed, they built ocean ports, a grid of roads, bomber and fighter fields, a seaplane base, quonset villages, tank farms, storage dumps, hospitals, and ship repair facilities.Nearly 55,000 Seabees, organized into four brigades, participated in Okinawa construction operations. By the beginning of August 1945, sufficient facilities, supplies, and manpower were at hand to mount an invasion of the Japanese home islands.” Source: Seabee History: Formation of the Seabees and World War Two http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq67-3.htm
- Harvey’s lineage is; Edmund Chandler <b 1587 ENG >Joseph Chandler<b 1646 MA >Edmund Chandler <b 1670 MA> Capt. John Chandler<b 1696 MA> Jonathan Chandler<b 1731 MA>Ichabod Chandler<b1762 MA>Elbridge Gerry Chandler<b 1827 ME>Sarah Newella Mae Chandler(Adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hanworth)+Harvey Dartt, Sr<b 1866 WI>
ATTENTION CIVIL WAR ENTHUSIASTS
There are Civil War records for two men who have the name Charles H. Chandler. One is listed as a private in the 2nd Maine Calvary, and the second is listed as a Lieutenant Colonel with the 6th Maine Infantry. Neither man has a birth date listed on the military records on Ancestry. Can any of you tell by the uniform if this is an officer or enlisted man?
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