Watch The “50 Story Salute” Today Honoring Our Nation’s Fallen Heroes
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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Memorial Day as a federal holiday, Ancestry® created a “50 Story Salute” -- a joint tribute in partnership with Wounded Warrior Project, The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation, Combined Arms and Jewish War Veterans. The tribute, going live today, will honor those who did not make it home with a curated montage of military heroes through time, highlighting powerful stories of strength and hope. Tune in to the Ancestry Instagram, Facebook or YouTube to watch.


Share Your Stories

Join in on this nationwide tribute by finding and sharing stories, photos and records of military heroes in your family using #ISaluteFor and tagging Ancestry on Instagram (@Ancestry) and Facebook (@AncestryUS). 


Free Access Today

To help you find stories to share, Ancestry is also offering free access today to search all military records on Fold3® and personalized stories on using our StoryScout™ tool, which quickly sifts through millions of records and can curate stories about your ancestors to help you make meaningful discoveries with no research needed. 


A special thank you to our customers and family members of the fallen who shared their stories for our “50 Story Salute” tribute: 

  • William Krul was hit by a bullet in 1944 while securing higher ground in France serving in the Army during WWII. While his body was not returned for two and a half years later, his children were reunited with a lost heirloom -- a pocket watch that daughter Kathryn Kruhl carries in William’s memory. 
  • Blanche F. Sigman, Army Nurse Corps, was killed in service in February 1944 on Anzio beachhead just two years after entering the Army Nurse Corps. Lt. Sigman had been at Anzio less than two weeks when a German shell struck near the hospital tent where she was on duty. 
  • Bruce Kane, assigned to 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve died while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan at just 22 years of age. 
  • After MIA in WWII, Herb Harms’ death was discovered through AncestryDNA and, after his niece received a message from a veteran in Germany describing Herb and his friendship. Herb, who served in the Air Force in WWII, was killed when a plane was shot down and was not brought home until 2018. 
  • Osmond Kelly Ingram, Petty Officer First Class in the Navy during WWII, was killed in action on February 17, 1944 in Nettuna, Italy, just one month after celebrating his 20th birthday. Years later, he received a Purple Heart for his service and sacrifice. 
  • In our “50 Story Salute,” we also remember and honor: Stephen E. Austin, Vincent Bell, Jesse L.Brown, Nathan Bruckenthal, Jack Cahill, Tom Cahill, John Henry Chavis Jr., Alfredo Cid, George Gaffney, Merlin German, John Gibson, Marty Gonzalez, Stephen A. Graves, Richard Gustafson, Hozie Harris, Jack Harris, James Harris, Raph H. Heller, Harvey Hicks, Buddy Hughie, George Hummer, Jeremy Kane, Charles Knop, Theodore Roosevelt Lambert, Arnold LaVoy, Salaman Lerma, Gervais Raoul V. Lufbery, M. McDonald, Jody Missildine, Alex Mulkeski, Edwin Mulhall, Stephen J. Mulhall, Ross Nesheim, Leland Peterson, Lloyd E. Rodell, John Rumage, Rene A. Santos, Carl Smith, George Smith, Daniel Tallouzi, Peter Taub, Kenneth Thompson, Richard G. Wilson, Stuart Adam Wolfer and Carson A. Woodruff. 


Honor Military Heroes With Us 

This Memorial Day, visit Ancestry to find those in your family who sacrificed for our freedom and who lived through these remarkable chapters in history. Share your stories on social media with #ISaluteFor and tag Ancestry.