Saturday, May 24, 2008

America the Beautiful Free Mini Kit

Join me as we celebrate America and honor the men and women who have died serving our country. My family is a Navy family and have served with distinction and honor. Today's post will honor my great Uncle William Merrill Corry, Jr.

This information is from the Naval History Page here.

Lieutenant Commander William M. Corry, Jr., USN (1889-1920)

William Merrill Corry, Jr. was born on 5 October 1889 at Quincy, Florida. Admitted to the the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1906, he graduated in 1910 and spent the next five years serving in the battleship Kansas. In mid-1915, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Corry began instruction in aviation at Pensacola, Florida, and was designated Naval Aviator # 23 in March 1916. He had a flying positions with the armored cruiser Seattle between November 1916 and May 1917, then was an officer in the armored cruiser North Carolina.

In August 1917, Lieutenant Corry began World War I service in France, where he commanded Naval Air Stations at Le Croisic and Brest during 1918 and early 1919. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in July 1918. Corry remained in France for the rest of 1919 and the first half of 1920, involved in removing U.S. Naval Aviation forces from Europe as part of the post-war demobilization. In mid-1920 Lieutenant Commander Corry was assigned as aviation aide to the Commander in Chief, Atlantic Fleet, stationed on the Fleet's flagship, USS Pennsylvania.

While on a flight from Long Island, New York, with another pilot in early October 1920, the plane crashed near Hartford, Connecticut. Though thrown clear of the wreckage, the injured Corry ran back to pull the other officer free of the flaming aircraft. Badly burned during this rescue, William M. Corry died at Hartford on 7 October 1920. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during that accident.

Airfields at Pensacola, Florida, and three destroyers have been named in honor of Lieutenant Commander Corry. The ships are: USS Corry (DD-334) of 1921-1930, USS Corry (DD-463) of 1941-1944, and USS Corry (DD-817) of 1946-1981.

Patriotism was instilled in us at an early age. I made America the Beautiful in homage to my family and all the other men and women who have served so valiantly and honorably.

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Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today.

Anonymous said...

Amanda, thanks for the pretty kit and for sharing about your great uncle. My husband is a retired Marine aviator, and we started out our married life and his flight school in Pensacola in January 1966. So our uncle's name and the airfield and ships are familiar to me. How nice to put someone I "know" with his face and name. How proud you must be of him and your heritage!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the freebie.

My mother served in the Navy during the Korean War. She was one of the first groups of women to go in as commisioned officers. Her cousin later followed her into the Navy and made it her career, retiring in the early 70's as a Commander.

ccynden said...

Thank you for this beautiful mini kit, I enjoyed reading about your uncle. God Bless America!!

Cheryl Vanatti said...

Thanks :-)

Sharon said...

This is a very beautiful kit! Thank you for the mini :)

LovelyMissKait said...

Thank you so much for sharing your family history and sampler with us.
How proud you must all be of his bravery. TFS.

puck said...

I read your article with great interest because i'm particularly attached to people who make past still alive (not forgetting those years where history would have probably been different !). Just a little thing : you mentionned 2 towns in France (i'm french) and the name of one of the towns is LE CROISIC and not La Croisic.
Again thks.

Shirley said...

Came for the "freebie" and found a wonderful article with it. Thank you so much for both. (We are also a Navy family.)

Gramma Shirley

nancypinct said...

What a beautiful set - I love these colors! Your uncle is very lucky to have a niece that remembers him and carries on the family heritage information. Thank you so much for sharing this with me - the goodies and the story!

Anonymous said...

Thank you,