Posted by: notsofancynancy | July 6, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

The Five Guys Who Went to the War

The Five Guys Who Went off to War together

My Grandfather is the second from the right. He stands with his brother and three other buddies. The one in the middle will marry my grandmother’s sister. On this day all five of them went off to join the Army and fight in World War I. Taken about 1917.

I had seen this picture for many years without knowing the story of it. Last year I found my grandmother’s photo album which told that these five all went off to war on this day.


  1. Wow…… before the Sullivan Brothers tragedy, of course. WWI survivability was so much poorer than WWII as we had penicillin by then. I hope they returned home…

    • I was curious too so I looked them all up and they did all make it back!

  2. THAT is pretty darned awesome!!!!!

  3. Great choice for the photo challenge.

    • Thanks that would have been a big day! Very nostalgic!

  4. Your grandfather looks like he would be the life of the party.

    • Yes he was a cut up. And don’t they all look proud?

  5. They do all look proud!

    • They really do. I am glad they all made it home!

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