With the National Archives at Denver closed on Monday in observance of Veterans Day, we here would like to wish all of our nation’s service members, both past and present, an early happy Veterans Day! It can be very stressful just having one family member serve in the military overseas, but during World War II, Andrew and Cecilia Schildt of rural Glacier County, Montana, had twice the worry when two of their three boys shipped out. 
Joseph and Harry Schildt, seen in this photograph from our Bureau of Indian Affairs Blackfeet holdings, both joined the Army in November 1943. 
But despite Harry being wounded in the Pacific theater (he earned the Purple Heart medal for his injury), both boys returned home safe following the war.Image: RG 75 Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, accession 8NS-75-96-133 “Decimal Correspondence Files, 1913-57,” Box 63, ARC identifier 7329402

With the National Archives at Denver closed on Monday in observance of Veterans Day, we here would like to wish all of our nation’s service members, both past and present, an early happy Veterans Day!

It can be very stressful just having one family member serve in the military overseas, but during World War II, Andrew and Cecilia Schildt of rural Glacier County, Montana, had twice the worry when two of their three boys shipped out.

Joseph and Harry Schildt, seen in this photograph from our Bureau of Indian Affairs Blackfeet holdings, both joined the Army in November 1943.

But despite Harry being wounded in the Pacific theater (he earned the Purple Heart medal for his injury), both boys returned home safe following the war.

Image: RG 75 Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, accession 8NS-75-96-133 “Decimal Correspondence Files, 1913-57,” Box 63, ARC identifier 7329402