Military Stories Archive

Regarding Military Reunions, this is a very personal reunion that touched all of us at Research Etc., Inc. In 2005, Russ Hamilton, husband of our president, Kristen, returned from a 15 month tour of duty in Iraq on Valentine's Day. His arrival date was kept a secret from their 10-year-old daughter, and the school made arrangements to call her to the office during class, having her father standing outside in the courtyard to surprise her.  The teachers and kids all came out to watch, and the local newspaper was there and covered the event, with not a dry eye anywhere.


February 15, 2005

Read entire article:   Returning Iraq reservist catches daughter unaware

by Paul Giblin, Tribune Columnist


11 Oct 2006    Military Reunion - 52 Years Later

In May of 1995, Research, Etc. was contacted by Jack and Bea Billingsly of Cottonwood, Arizona asking if we could locate Jacks’ old Cammander, Elude Fisher of Company D, 79th Infantry Training Battalion, Camp Roberts, California. They were stationed there in 1942 and 1943. The following story was taken from a letter that we received from Jack and Bea:

We are sending you a photo of the Billingslys and the Fishers taken while they were visiting us this summer. We had not seen each other in 52 years...

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20 Sep 2006    The Mystery of the Trunk in the Attic
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Several months ago, we saw a special interest story on the local news about a young couple who had just purchased their first house and when installing insulation in the attic, found an old trunk overflowing with mementos from WWII. This trunk belonged to a man we’ll call Ivan. Ivan was born in 1916 and had an extremely uncommon name. We thought, “Hey, no problem! We’ll solve the case and help these folks return the trunk!” Well, it wasn’t that easy...

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17 Apr 2006    WWII Paratroopers, 511th Airborne Prepare for Reunion!

J.D. Carothers of San Jose, California didn’t know what he was getting into when he contacted us after a long night of reminiscing about his best army buddies from WWII. As members of the 511th Airborne unit stationed in Morikai, Japan, these Paratroopers really knew what depending on your fellow soldier was all about — friendships, that they soon found out would stand the test of time - 50 years to be exact! When J.D. contacted us to find eight of his closest buddies, we set to work...

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