This page is dedicated to honoring our family veterans who served our country. If you have a photo of a family member who served our country or if you would like to be included, please contact us. Please include who is in the picture and the approximate year of service. We would also like to include anything that you would like to share about your or your loved one’s service. Please include the branch of service and number of years served. Family veterans are listed alphabetically.

Debora Birchmeier

De’Bora Irene Birchmeier
Served during: Desert Storm and Persian Gulf War from November 1990 to 1998
Branch: Navy

De’Bora I. Birchmeier served 4 years Active Duty and 4 years Active Reserves. She completed basic training in Orlando, FL. and was in the Active Reserves at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mt. Clemens, MI. Her Naval Reservist homeport was Barbers Point, HI. She was a Radio Man 3rd class Petty officer. She served in Yokosuka, Japan at a Navcomtelsta, Japan, toured all over East Asia on the USS Blue Ridge LCC-19 based out of Yokosuka, Japan, USS Independence CV-62; based out of Yokosuka, Japan and the USS Cape Cod AD-43; based out of San Diego, CA. In 1991, she was one of the four women chosen to do a test of placing women on board battleships to see if women could be on board with out any problems. (A guinea pig so to speak). Today, there are women all over the battleships.

De’Bora is the daughter of Alice Edwards and Gerald Birchmeier and the granddaughter of Jean and Elmer Edwards. She is the great-granddaughter of Trigg Edwards and Bessie (Hackney) Edwards, and great, great-granddaughter of Noah Edwards and Lucretia “Crissie” Deel and great, great, great-granddaughter of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Andrew Jackson Colley

Andrew Jackson Colley
Served during: WW II From Aug. 20, 1943 to Nov. 4, 1945
Branch: Army

Andrew Jackson Colley served in the Combat Attachment of Company C, 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion. Campaigns: D-Day- Utah Beach, Normandy Campaign, Northern France Campaign, Rineland Campaign, Ardennes Campaign, and Centeral European Campaign. Medals: 5 Battle Stars, Arrowhead for the invasion, Good Conduct Medal, President’s Citation, Sharp Shooter, 2 Unit Citations.

“Jack” is the husband of Retta Edwards Colley and the son of Lawrence and Mae Edwards Colley. Retta Edwards Colley is the daughter of Fred and Hettie (Hackney) Edwards, granddaughter of Noah Edwards and Lucretia “Crissie” Deel and great-granddaughter of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

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Thomas Colley, Sr.
Served during: Revolutionary War

Thomas Colley, Sr. – b. ca. 1740; d. bef. 1800 – Washington County, VA records lists Thomas Colley as a Revolutionary War Soldier who fought at the Battle of King’s Mountain in 1780. His son, Thomas Colley told his grandson, Thomas Colley Johnson that he remembered when his father left to fight with Col. William Campbell’s “Over the Mountain Men”.

Ambrose Wilson Edwards

Ambrose “Wilson” Edwards
Served during: WWII
Branch: Navy and Army

Wilson served in Navy first (served term) and reenlisted with the army. He spent quite a bit of time in Japan.

Wilson is the son of Jettie Frances Hackney and Linden Edwards. He is the grandson of Ambrose Wilson Edwards and Pollie Jane Counts and great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

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Brice Edwards
Served during: War of 1812

Brice Edwards b. ca. 1779; d. 1856 served in the War of 1812. Information has been obtained from his application for bounty land and the pension application for his widow, Jane Rakes Edwards. This is part of these records: Brice applied for bounty land on 25 November 1850. At that time, he claimed to have been 72 years old and a resident of Patrick County, VA. He further declared that he “is the identical Brice Edwards who was a private in the company commanded by Captain William Jones in the 5th Regiment of VA of Virginia Militia commanded by George Hairston in the War with Great Britain declared by the United States on the 18th day of June 1812. That he was drafted into the service at Franklin County Courthouse in the State of VA on or about the 9th day of March 1814 for the term of three months and continued in service in said war for the term of three months and was honorably discharged at Contanment (sic) Peach Orchard 22 June 1814 by Colonel George Hairston.” Jane applied for a widow’s pension on 3 August 1871, John H. Edwards made oath that Mrs. Jane Edwards, whose maiden name was Jane Rakes was for some years before 21 December 1814, known and recognized by the witness and her neighbors and acquaintances as the lawful wife of the said Brice Edwards. Jane was 88 years old and a resident of Dan River Twp., Patrick County, VA. Her pension application indicates that Brice d. 18 January 1860; however his will was submitted for probate at the February, 1856 Court, so he apparently died 18 January 1856 instead. Note: Brice Edwards is the great-grandfather of Brice Hamilton Edwards. For a genealogy chart, please go to: Brice Hamilton Edwards Ancestor Chart.

Andrew Jackson Edwards

Andrew Jackson Edwards
Served during: Civil War
Branch: Va State Line and 21st Virginia Cav

During the Civil War, Andrew Jackson Edwards was a Lt, Va State Line and later in Co E, 21st Va Cav.

Andrew Jackson Edwards is the son of Elder Lewis Edwards and Nancy Howell. He is the father of Brice Hamilton Edwards.

Ceaphus Edwards

Ceaphus Ellis Edwards
Served during: WWII
Branch: Army

Ceaphus Ellis Edwards served in the Army during WWII, as a Military Police Officer. He is the son of Basil Edwards and Lillie Fair Yates and the grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay. Ceaphus was b. 23 Feb 1914; d. 28 Nov 2001; m. Lola June Clevinger.

Clayton Edwards

Clayton Edwards
Served during: WWII from November 1942 to December 1945
Branch: Army

Clayton spend two years in the South Pacific. He is the son of Noah M. Edwards and Rhonda Ella Fuller. He is the grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Clinton Wayne Edwards

Clinton Wayne Edwards
Served during: Vietnam from Nov. 21, 1966 to Nov. 21, 1969
Branch: Army

Stationed in Okinawa. Clinton Wayne Edwards also served in the Ohio National Guard from January 1977 to January 1979.

Clint is the husband of Judy Colley Edwards and the son of Clinton and Inez Sutherland Edwards. He is the grandson of Basil Edwards and Lillie Fair Yates and great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Curtis Edwards

Curtis Edwards
Served during: WWII from March 31, 1943 to January 3, 1946
Branch: United States Army

Curtis spent just over a year and 4 months in Central Europe (France, Italy, England and Germany). He was a Private First Class having served with Battery B, 681st Glider Field Artillery Battalion with the 17th Airborne Division. His decorations and citations included: Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with Bronze Arrowhead, World War II Victory Ribbon and the Purple Heart Medal.

This is how he earned his Purple Heart: He was a part of Operation Varsity, the last major airborne operation of WWII. And so, sitting in a jeep, inside a glider, he came through the heaviest concentration of antiaircraft fire experienced in all airborne operations. His glider went down after crossing the Rhine on March 24, 1945. It is not known if enemy fire caused the crash. It was for injuries he sustained in this crash that he was awarded the Purple Heart.

Curtis is the son of Garland Bruce Edwards and Aily E. Hay. He is the grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Durward Edwards

Durward Edwards
Served during: WWII from 1943 – __ POW
Branch: Army

Durward trained in Oklahoma and Texas camps. He served with the Third Army in Northern France. He arrived overseas on December 11, 1943 and was reported missing on January 6, 1944. His parents later received word that he had been taken as a prisoner of war. He had been captured by the Germans. He was liberated and released by the Russians on May 9th. For more, please see Durward Edwards articles.

Durward is the son of Fred and Hettie (Hackney) Edwards, the grandson of Noah Edwards and Lucretia “Crissie” Deel, and great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Elmer Edwards

Elmer Edwards
Served during: WWII from July 6, 1945 to July 28, 1946
Branch: Navy

Elmer served in the Active Naval Reserves and was stationed at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a Fireman, 2nd Class, a Master of Arms for six months, and finally in Public Works closing the base down. He was discharged 28 July 1946 and served in the Inactive Naval Reserves through 1951.

Elmer is the son of Trigg Edwards and Bessie (Hackney) Edwards. He is the grandson of Noah Edwards and Lucretia “Crissie” Deel and great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Garman "Earsle" Edwards

Garman “Earsle” Edwards
Served during: WWII
Branch: Navy

Garman Earsle Edwards is the son of Noah M. Edwards and Rhonda Ella Fuller. He is the grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Gary Dennis "Denny" Edwards

Gary Dennis “Denny” Edwards
Served during:
Branch:

“Denny” Edwards is the son of Clayton and Juanita Winston Edwards. He is the grandson of Noah M. Edwards and Rhonda Ella Fuller and great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

George Edmund Edwards

George Edmund Edwards
Served: July 11, 1957 to July 10, 1959
Branch: Army

George Edmund Edwards served in the Army, rank PFC. He was drafted and went in July 11th 1957 and was discharged July 10th 1959. He took his basic training at Ft. Jackson South Carolina and spent the rest of his time at Ft. McClellan Alabama.

George is the son of Jettie Frances Hackney and Linden Edwards. He is the grandson of Ambrose Wilson Edwards and Polly Jane Counts and great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Gobel Edwards

Gobel Edwards
Served during: WWII
Branch:

Gobel Edwards is the son of Stacey Edwards and Sindusty Hackney and grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

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Gordon Lee Edwards
Served during: WWII from 1942-1944
Branch: Navy

Gordon Lee Edwards served in the air force branch of the navy during the last part of WWII as a radioman. He is the son of Henry Patton Edwards and Mary “Mollie” Elizabeth Grizzle and grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

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Henry Vern Edwards
Served during: Vietnam
Branch: Army

Henry Vern Edwards is the son of Gordon Lee Edwards and Elsie Estelle Deel, grandson of Henry Patton Edwards and Mary “Mollie” Elizabeth Grizzle and great grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Lt. Col. Johnny P. Edwards

Lt. Col. Johnny P. Edwards
Served: 30 years of service from 1964 – 1994
Branch: Air Force

Lt. Col. Johnny P. Edwards served for 30 years in the U.S. Air Force. He served 10 years in enlisted service and the rest in commissioned services.

Lt. Col. Johnny P. Edwards is the son of Jettie Frances Hackney and Linden Edwards. He is the grandson of Ambrose Wilson Edwards and Polly Jane Counts and great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Kenneth Miles Edwards

Kenneth Miles Edwards
Served during: Vietnam War from ___ to February 28, 1967
Branch: U.S. Army

Kenneth was a PFC in the U.S. Army. Kenneth died from multiple fragmentation wounds on February 28, 1967 in Tay Ninh, South Vietnam. His body was recovered. He was only 19 years old when he died. PFC Kenneth Miles Edwards is on Panel 15E, line 115 of the Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. He was born June 4, 1947 in Royal Oak, MI.

The Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall of Faces – Kenneth Miles Edwards

Kenneth was the son of Gusta and Clyde Edwards (04/09/1914 – 09/02/2002)
Grandson of Stephen “Walker” Edwards (abt. 1886 – 10/11/1926)
Great-grandson of Noah Counts Edwards (09/02/1861 – 04/06/1937)
Great, great-grandson of Andrew Jackson Edwards & Lucretia “Crissie” Deel.

Lassie Edwards

Lassie Edwards
Served during: WWII from August 12, 1943 to March 14, 1946
Branch: United States Navy

Lassie was in the Navy during WWII, he entered on August 12th, 1943 and was honorably discharged on March 14th, 1946. He served on the “Albert W Grant”, a destroyer. Lassie is the son of Basil Edwards and Lillie Fair Yates.

Linden "Gene" Edwards

Linden “Gene” Edwards
Served during:
Branch: United States Navy

“Gene” is the son of Jettie Frances Hackney and Linden Edwards. He is the grandson of Ambrose Wilson Edwards and Polly Jane Counts and great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Nelson Edwards

Nelson Carter Edwards
Served during: WWII from September 15, 1944 – 1955 to
Branch: Navy (44-47), Inactive Naval Reserves (47-51) and Air Force (51-55)

Nelson joined the Navy on Sept. 15, 1944 at Great Lakes, Illinois. Joining him from Dickenson Co. were Dallas Yates and Birchie Belcher. They were sworn in at Roanoke, VA. On Dec. 18, 1947 he went into the Inactive Naval Reserves. He stayed there until 1951 when he joined the Air Force. He stayed in the Air Force until 1955.

In the Navy, he reached the rank of SSMB 3rd Class Petty Officer. First, he did amphibious training in Florida. He was on the USS AKA37 Roxanne and the USS Tarawa. His tour took him to Japan, Okinawa, Philippines, Hawaii, and China. He was trained as a barber in the Navy.

In the Air Force he was stationed at Fort Myers, VA on the Potomac River. He was near the National Cemetery. He was a Corporal. He worked in food services in this branch.

After leaving the military, Nelson used the skills that he had learned there. For a while, he had his own barbershop and was a meat cutter for a local grocery and in a plant in Ohio.

Nelson is the son of Jettie Frances Hackney and Linden Edwards. He is the grandson of Ambrose Wilson Edwards and Polly Jane Counts and great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards
Served during: WWII
Branch: Navy

Paul is the son of Evans and Una Deel Edwards and grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

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Ulyss “Vance” Edwards
Served during:
Branch:

“Vance” is the son of Jettie Frances Hackney and Linden Edwards. He is the grandson of Ambrose Wilson Edwards and Polly Jane Counts and great grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Rickie G. Fleming

Rickie G. Fleming
Served during: U.S. Army from 1980 to 2000
Branch: Army

Rickie G. Fleming was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1980 through R.O.T.C. He served 20 years in the Army with various assignments in the U.S. and overseas, obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before his retirement in 2000.

Rickie is the son of Rita Edwards Becraft
Grandson of Richard and Roma Edwards.
Great-grandson of Charles Bruce Edwards
Great, great-grandson of Noah Counts Edwards
Great, great, great-grandson of Andrew Jackson Edwards
Great, great, great, great-grandson of Lewis Edwards
Great, great, great, great, great-grandson of Brice Edwards.

Eugene Fuller

Eugene C. Fuller
Served during: Korean War from 1950 to 1952
Branch: Army

Eugene Fuller served in the army during the Korean War, serving from 1950 to 1952. He was stationed in Germany. Eugene is the son of Silas and Clara (Edwards) Fuller, the grandson of Noah Edwards and Lucretia “Crissie” Deel and great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Kenoah Henning

Kenoah William Henning
Served during: Vietnam
Branch: Army

Kenoah Henning was a Laboratory Technician in the Army from 2/10/69 to 12/3/1970. He finished his degree in Medical Technology in 1970. He was with the 25th Medical Batallion in Vietnam, attached to the 25th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, The Bronze Star, and was soldier of the month in May 1970. He was honorably discharged as an E-5.

Kenoah is the son of Opal Edwards and Kenneth Henning. He is the grandson of Noah Edwards and Loretta Hackney, and great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Steve Henning

Steven John Henning
Served during: Vietnam 1969-1973
Branch: U.S. Navy

Steven John Henning served as 2nd Class Petty Officer, Instructor/Maintenance Supervisor on Flight Simulator for Heavy Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, and RA5C Vigilante.

Steve is the son of Opal Edwards and Kenneth Henning. He is the grandson of Noah Edwards and Loretta Hackney and great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Thomas Joseph Hobbs PFC AAF

Thomas Joseph Hobbs PFC AAF
Served during: WWII from March 12, 1943 – March 25, 1946
Branch: Army Air Force

315th Depot Supply SQ 14th AF date of entry into active service: 12 Mar 1943 at Detroit, MI Military Occupational Specialty: Special Vehicle Oper 932 Military Qualification: Carbine SS Battles & Campaigns: China, Central Burma, China War Memorial Badge & Ribbon Decorations & Citations: American Theater Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal 45, Victory Medal Date of Separation: 25 Mar 1946 Camp McCoy, WI

Thomas is the husband of Lena Edwards Hobbs and son-in-law of Trigg Edwards and Bessie (Hackney) Edwards. Trigg is the son of Noah Edwards and Lucretia “Crissie” Deel, and grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

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Joseph McReynolds
Served during: Revolutionary War

Joseph McReynolds 1760 – 1838

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Robert McReynolds
Served during: Revolutionary War

Robert McReynolds 1737 – 1814

Daniel Morris

Daniel Morris
Served during: January 1998 to present, Global War on Terrorism
Branch: Navy

Daniel Morris currently serves as Electrician’s Mate First Class and is temporarily assigned to Sewells Point Police Presinct in Norfolk, VA as a representative in the Auxillary Security Force from the Mid-Altantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC). He is stationed to MARMC’s Calibration Laboratory which he is responsible for the proper maintenance and calibration of physical measuring devices for all commands on the East Coast of the United States. His first ship for 5 years was the USS Dwight Eisenhower (CVN-69) which was homeported out of Norfolk, VA. He went on one deployment in 2000 onboard in support of operations in the former country of Yugoslavia and enforcing the no-fly zones in Iraq. Then, he assisted in the ship’s Refueling and Complex Overhaul shipyard time during the last 4 years in Newport News, VA. He has also been assigned to Charleston Naval Weapons Station for 1 year, went to “A” School in Orlando, FL, and completed basic training in Great Lakes, Il.

Daniel is the son of Roger and Linda (Thomas) Morris, the grandson of Bronson and Verna Wilma (Edwards) Thomas, the great-grandson of Basil Edwards and Lillie Fair Yates, and great-great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

David Morris

David Morris
Served during: June 24, 1998 to present
Branch: Navy

David Morris currently serves in the US Navy Reserve as a Cryptology Technician. Served 4 years of active duty service onboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), during which supported Operations Allied Force (Kosovo) and Noble Anvil. A by name request as an Imagery Collection Manager for US Central Command in support of high tempo contingency operations of Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and counter terrorism. Currently assists the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency with signals intelligence for operations throughout the world.

David is the son of Roger and Linda (Thomas) Morris, the grandson of Bronson and Verna Wilma (Edwards) Thomas, the great-grandson of Basil Edwards and Lillie Fair Yates and great,-great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

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Thomas Self
Served during: Revolutionary War

Thomas Self – b. 1759; d. 13 March 1836 – Russell County, VA Law Order Book 11, pg. 537 7 October 1846 – John Hay, witness for Oney Self (pension application) of Russell County. “This day appeared John Hay in open Court, a credible witness, who duly sworn, deposeth and saith, that he first became acquanited with Thomas Self and family about 40 years ago in Pittsylvania County, VA, and has been intimately acquanited with them ever since. Upon witness’ first acquaintance and ever since the present appliant, Oney Self was passed and reputed to be the lawful wife of said Thomas, living with him as such; that they then had three children, the eldest of which must have been about 20 years old. Witness has lived in the he immediate neighborhood of the family ever since. He and they removed to the County of Russell about 23 years ago and have still remained in the same neighborhood. Witness, ever since his first acquaintance with them, heard from all the family that they had originally come from Amelia County. He has also frequently heard them, long ago, speak of Thomas Self being a Revolutionary Soldier – has heard said Thomas detail his tours of service, both before and after his marriage, heard him speak of his tours in Camden, Portsmouth, Williamsburg, and Norfolk. Said Thomas Self died in this County about the 13th of March 1836, leaving the present Oney Self, his widow.”

Lt Colonel Jonathan Andrew Sutherland

Jonathan Andrew Sutherland
Served during: From October 6, 1983 to October 1, 2019
Branch: Air Force

Jonathan A. Sutherland served 33 years in the United States Air Force before retiring as a Colonel in 2019. He entered the Air Force in 1983 and served 6 years in the enlisted corps at Fairchild AFB, Washington, Kadena AB in Okinawa, Japan, and at Strategic Air Command Headquarters at Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska. Upon receiving his commission in 1992, he served multiple positions in Colorado, Illinois, Washington, Virginia, and Alabama before commanding the 48th Communications Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath in East Anglia, England. He spent two assignments in the Pentagon working for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In 2008, he commanded the 1st Communications Squadron at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, and followed that assignment by attending National War College in Washington, DC. In 2012, he commanded the 50th Network Operations Group at Schriever AFB in Colorado Springs. In 2014, he deployed to Al Udied Air Base in Qatar where he served as the senior Air Force Communications (InfoTech) Officer in the Middle East. In 2015, he was selected to serve as the senior Air Force Officer in charge of Communications (Information Technology) in the European and African Theaters.

He and his family were stationed at Ramstein Air Base, in Germany until his retirement in 2019. In addition to his deployment to Qatar in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq), he also deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia shortly after 9-11 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Following his retirement from the military, Jon now works for AT&T supporting the Air Force in Delaware, Ohio

“Jon” or “Andrew” is married to the former Debra Schlesiman of Omaha Nebraska and has 3 daughters (Erin, Katie and Lauren). He is the son of Mitchell “Don” Sutherland, grandson of Kellis Sutherland and Cornie Edwards, the great-grandson of Basil Edwards and Lillie Fair Yates, and the great, great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay. On his mothers side, he is the son of Betty Edwards Jones, the grandson of Freddie Edwards and Hettie Hackney, the great grandson of Noah Edwards and Lucretia “Crissie” Deel, and the great, great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Michael Keith Sutherland

Michael Keith Sutherland
Served during: From December 29, 1989 to August 1, 2012
Branch: Air Force

Michael K. Sutherland served 22 years in the United States Air Force before retiring as a Major in 2012. He entered the Air Force in 1989 and served 11 years in the enlisted corps at Royal Air Force (RAF) Alconbury & RAF Molesworth in England, and Cannon AFB in New Mexico where he served as a Vehicle Transportation Specialist, and Langley AFB in Virginia where he served as a Communications (IT) Specialist.

In 1995, he deployed to Panama in support of counter-drug operations in South America. Upon receiving his commission in 2001 and graduating from technical school as a Communications Officer, he served multiple positions at Schriever AFB and Peterson AFB in Colorado before being assigned to Kunsan Air Base in Korea from 2006-2007. He then returned to Peterson AFB in Colorado leading testing and evaluation of the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military satellite communications system. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2012. Following his retirement from the military, Michael now works for a LinQuest supporting the Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Michael K. Sutherland is married to the former Amy Sylvester of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and has a son (Nathan Ryan Sutherland) and a daughter (Kayla Nicole Sutherland). He is the son of Mitchell “Don” Sutherland, grandson of Kellis Sutherland and Cornie Edwards, the great-grandson of Basil Edwards and Lillie Fair Yates, and the great, great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay. On his mother’s side, he is the son of Betty Edwards Jones, the grandson of Freddie Edwards and Hettie Hackney, the great-grandson of Noah Edwards and Lucretia “Crissie” Deel, and the great, great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Mitchell Don Sutherland

Mitchell Don Sutherland
Served during: From 1962 to 1966
Branch: United States Air Force

Stationed in Goose Bay, Labrador (Newfoundland) and Bellefontaine, Ohio.

“Don” is the son of Kellis Sutherland and Cornie Edwards, the grandson of Basil Edwards and Lillie Fair Yates, and the great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Darwin Joel Thomas

Darwin Joel Thomas
Served during: Vietnam War – Through October 14, 1966
Branch: Naval Reserve

Darwin Joel Thomas served as a pilot in the Vietnam War. His plane was shot down just two months prior to the end of his tour of duty. The family received a telegram in October of 1966 saying that Darwin’s plane had been shot down in a bomb run over Vietnam and his body was never recovered.

The Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall – Darwin Joel Thomas

Darwin is the son of Bronson Harlow and Vernie Wilma Edwards Thomas
Grandson of Basil Edwards and Lillie Fair Yates
Great-grandson of Brice Hamilton Edwards and Sallie Hay.

Darwin was married to Linda Lou Hurley. He was born 28 Apr 1943 in Royal Oak, MI and died 14 Oct 1966 in North Vietnam.

James Kenneth VanLoon

James Kenneth VanLoon
Served: November 22, 1990 to May 1995
Branch: U.S. Army

“I went active duty on November 22nd 1990. I was stationed at Ft. Wainwright, AK for 3 1/2 years – 6th Infantry Division Light. There I was assigned to a water purification unit, and then became Battalion Sgt. Major’s driver. Then moved up to Battalion Commander’s driver. That’s when I became the Division’s Commander’s Driver. (General Eberhart) I transferred to Ft. Lewis, WA in April 1994. I was assigned to 55th trans/ 7th Division. And finished my time in May 1995. I left the Army as a Specialist (E-4). I then went Reserve for 3 months in Minnesota in 1997. Then, I went inactive ready reserve, which ended in November 1998. And I truly miss it!”

James is the son of Linda (Edwards) and Orrin VanLoon III
Grandson of Jean (Quirie) and Elmer Edwards.
Great-grandson of Bessie (Hackney) Trigg Edwards
Great, great-grandson of Lucretia “Crissie” (Deel) and Noah Edwards
Great, great, great-grandson of Sallie (Hay) and Brice Hamilton Edwards.

James Owen Akers

James Owen Akers
Served: April 14, 1958 to June 15, 1962
Branch: Air Force

Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force on April 14, 1958. He served as an Airman Basic and ultimately an Air Policeman until his release on June 15, 1962. His last duty assignment was with the 19th Combat Defense Squad (SAC).

He was stationed in a number of places including Homestead, Florida, Lackland, Texas, Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada, and Spokane, Washington. He flew into Vietnam two times as an Air Policeman dropping off supplies.

Jim served in the Air Force Reserve until April 13, 1964. His modals and honors include:

  • GCM – Good Conduct Medal, April 14, 1958 – April 1961
  • SO M-204, August 14, 1961
  • 4082 Strat Wg
  • AFLSA – Air force Longevity Service Award, April 13, 1958
  • AFR – Air Force Reserve 900-10

Jim was the husband of Dawn Marie Edwards. Dawn is the daughter of Jean (Quirie) and Elmer Edwards, granddaughter of Bessie (Hackney) and Trigg Edwards, great-granddaughter of Lucretia “Crissie” (Deel) and Noah Edwards, and great, great-granddaughter of Sallie (Hay) and Brice Hamilton Edwards.