Jim takes some time out this Memorial Day weekend to honor his McCormack relatives who served in the United States military…
As I researched my family history I noted that the following served our country in military service and I wanted to remember them on Memorial Day.
- John Lambert McCormack
- Philip Columbus McCormick
- Benjamin Patrick McCormick
- Michael Burns
- Pat Burns
- William Flannery
- Bernard Flannery
- John Patrick McCormick
- Jack Nugent
- Phil Nugent
- William McCormack (Army)
- James F. McCormack (Army, Aleutian Islands)
- Philly McCormack (Army, Pacific)
- Zach Kruger (Army, Pacific)
- Phillip Eugene McCormick (Navy)
- Phil McDonald (Navy)
- Patrick Frances McCormick(Army Air Corps, 35 Missions over Europe)
- Jimmy Flannery (Army, Europe)
Post WW II
- Ed Burns (Army, Korea)
- K.J. McDonald (Air Force, Korea)
- Patrick Benjamin McCormick (Army)
My Uncle Jimmy Flannery was one of my boyhood heroes. Because of heart trouble he was not accepted for service early in the war. Finally they let him into the army. He was with the invasion force in Europe and went in to Normandy shortly after D-Day. He fought through France, Holland, and Belgium and into Germany. He was in the thick of the “Battle of the Bulge” and met up with the Russians on the Elbe River at Magdeburg. He died at the very young age of 42 of a heart attack. He left behind eight children under the age of twelve.
This photo is my father (on the right) giving his brother his separation pay at Camp McCoy Wisconsin. My father also signed the discharge papers for his brother-in-law Jimmy Flannery as well as other residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Mike Burns who died in France in the closing days of the First World War is the only descendant of John Cormack who has been killed in action.