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To Honor those who served....
This page is dedicated to the special memory of Donald 'Cowboy' VanEstenbridge (1949-2000). Don served in Vietnam, September 1970 - March 1971 and was a member of the Americal Division of the US Army, 23rd Military Police at LZ Hawk Hill. Don was a dear, dear friend of our family. We will miss him and will always remember the 'Don stories'.

A special THANK YOU to all of our veterans and service men out there!!
God Bless you and keep you safe.

To Strive, To Seek, To Find
And Not To Yield
...Alfred Lord Tennyson

ADAMS, John (b. 3 Nov 1759 - d. 12 Dec 1826) (My 5 G Grandfather)

  • Tombstone inscription states 'A Soldier of the Revolution'.
  • Confirmed by the Daughters of the Revolution (DAR).

BAUDER, Richard (b. abt. 1928 - d. 5 Sep 2000)

  • Served as Chaplain in the Army Researve for 30 years and was a member of the Military Chaplain Association.
  • Retired with the rank of Colonel in 1986 and was awarded the Legion of Merit.

BOUGHER, Jason D "Jake" (b. 23 Nov 1922 - d. 8 Oct 1992)

  • He served in the Marine Corps during WWII.

BOUGHER, Moses (b. 5 Aug 1790 - d. 10 Dec 1877)

  • GAR marker on grave, no futher information known at this time.

BOUGHER, Samuel J (b: 20 Oct 1820-d: 23 Aug 1874) (My GGG Grandfather)

  • Tombstone has a war veteran flag, no other information is known at this time.

BRODHEAD, Daniel (b. 17 Oct 1736 - d. 15 Nov 1809)

  • In July, 1775, he was appointed a delegate from Berks county to the provincial convention in Philadelphia.
  • At the breaking out of the Revolution, Daniel was elected a lieutenant-colonel (commissioned October 25, 1776) and subsequently became colonel of the Eighth Pennsylvania Regiment, his promotion was March 12, 1777, to rank from September 29, 1776.
  • He participated in the battle of Long Island, and in other battles in which Washington's army was engaged.
  • He marched to Fort Pitt in the summer of 1778, his regiment forming a part of Brigadier-General Lachlan McIntosh's command in the Western Department. Here he served until the next spring, when he succeeded to the command in the West, headquarters at Fort Pitt. He retained this position until September 17, 1781, making a very efficient and active commander, twice leading expeditions into the Indian country, in both of which he was successful; but was superceded in his command at Pittsburgh by Colonel John Gibson.Brodhead was, at that date, colonel of the First Pennsylvania Regiment, to which position he was assigned January 17, 1781.
  • After the war, he was Surveyor General of Pennsylvania. He was appointed to that office November 3, 1789 and held the place eleven years, he having previously served in the General Assembly.
  • He died at Milford, Pike county, November 15, 1809.

BRODHEAD, Garret (b. 31 Jan 1733 - d. 1804)

  • He enlisted in the New York Colonal troops as sergeant, April 4, 1758.
  • Promoted lieutenant of the Second Regiment, Ulster county troops, in 1760.
  • He located in Smithfield township, Northampton county, Pennsylvania, between the years 1770-72, as he was taxed there in the later year, thus: "Garrett Brodhead £70 s10 - and in 1785 £5 s4 d8 for six hundred acres land, five horses, seven cattle."
  • He was in service on the frontier during the Revolution and held a lieutenant's commission.

BRODHEAD, Harold Laubach (b: Jul 14, 1924 - d: Sep 18, 1959) (My Grandfather)

  • Active duty 23 Oct 1944 - 25 Mar 1946 in the 158th Infantry Regiment 'Bushmasters'
  • 5 months, 18 days of continental service (basic training) and 11 months, 15 days of foreign service.
  • He achieved a rank of Technician 5th Grade and was a 'Truck Driver, Heavy'. Which means he drove all types of army vehicles up to 5 ton tractor-trailers. He hauled supplies, rations, equipment, clothing and other military necessities.
  • Participated in the Luzon campaign (15 Dec 1944-4 July 1945) in the Philippine Islands.
  • Was a part of the occupation of Yokohama, Japan until his discharge.
  • He returned to the U.S. on the Gen. Pope and was discharged from Fort Dix, New Jersey.
  • Awards, Citation and Badges: Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (2), Good Conduct Medal (2), Philippines Liberation Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal, WWII Occupation Medal / Japan, American Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Marksman Badge with Rifle bar, Honorable Discharge Pin aka Ruptured Duck. (There may be others, I'm still looking for possible Unit Citations)


Bushmaster Unit Patch
158th Regiment "Bushmasters"

BRODHEAD, Jacob (b. 27 July 1824 - d. 7 Aug 1891) (My GGG Grandfather)

  • Drafted, Private in Company E, 174th Regiment PA Volunteers during the Civil War.

BRODHEAD, Luke (b: abt 1741 - d: 19 Jun 1806) (My 5G Grandfather)

  • Enlisted - Spring 1776 as 3rd Lieutenant of the First American Rifle Regiment (Revolutionary War)
  • Appointed 2nd Lieutenant on 24 Oct 1776 in Major Simon Williams' Regiment.
  • He was wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Long Island and was wounded at the battle of Brandywine.
  • He was later commissioned Captain of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under Colonel Magaw.
  • Incapacitated by his wounds Luke retired in 1778.

BRODHEAD, Richard (b: 1666 - d. 1758) (My 7G Grandfather)

  • Held a Captain's commission in the Ulster County (New York) Militia in 1728, and it is likely that he was engaged in the Indian wars of that period.

BRODHEAD, Richard 'Dick' Donald (b: Oct 20, 1925 - d: Sep 6, 1998) (My Great Uncle)

  • Served during Vietman

BRODHEAD, Stanley E (b: 15 Jun 1933-d: 24 Jul 1997) (My Great Uncle)

  • Army veteran serving during Korea.

BRODHEAD, Thornton Fleming (b: 1822 - d: 31 Aug 1862)

  • Died in Alexandria, Virginia, 31 August, 1862. He studied law at Harvard, and practiced in Detroit, Michigan. He served through the Mexican war as an officer in the 15th infantry, and was twice brevetted for bravery. Resuming the practice of his profession after the war, he was elected to the state senate, and in 1852 appointed postmaster of Detroit. At the beginning of the civil war he raised the 1st Michigan cavalry regiment, at the head of which he served under Generals Banks, Fremont, and Pope. He died of wounds received at the second battle of Bull Run. (More notes and sources on Thornton Fleming Brodhead)

CLARKE, Norman H. (b. abt 1916 - d. 3 July 1997)

  • Army veteran of WWII

DECKER, Andrew F. (b. 12 Dec 1931 - d. 4 Aug 1987)

  • Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

DECKER, Lewis (b. 13 Sept 1817 - d. 15 Feb 1867)

  • GAR 1861-1865 flag on his grave.

DECKER, William J Jr (b: about 1938-d: June 9, 1998)

  • Navy veteran serving during Korea.

DROSNOCK, John P. 'Junior' (b. 1935 - d. 14 Oct 1994)

  • He was a Marine veteran of the Korean War and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, having received a Bronze Star in both wars.
ENGLEMAN, Leon G (b. 14 July 1918 - d. 14 Mar 1945) (Husband's Grandfather)
  • First served 1936-1938 in Battery "D" 11th Field Artillery "On Time", Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
  • He was discharged and returned to Allentown, PA where he married and started a family.
  • He re-enlisted on 1 June 1944, again went through basic training and arrived in Europe sometime in December 1944 where he joined the HDQ CO 60th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored "Phantom" Division as a Private First Class.
  • Participated in the Central European Campaign and the Rhineland Campaign.
  • Took part in the taking of the Ludendorff Bridge on 7 March 1945, he was KIA 14 March 1945 while charging a hill on the eastern side of the bridge. 17 March 1945 the bridge collapsed, probably from the heavy artillery firing that had been going on for 10 days.
  • Originally buried in Henri Chapelle Cemetery, Belgium on 18 March 1945.
  • Disinterred on 10 Sept 1947 for shipment to US for burial in Gettysburg National Cemetery. Before the remains were shipped Beaty changed her mind and had the remains shipped to Derr Funeral Home to be buried in Arlington Cemetery, Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. <view grave>
  • Awards, Citation and Badges: Purple Heart, European Campaign Medal (2), Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Sharpshooter Badge w/ Rifle bar, WWII Victory Medal, Belgium Fourragere, French Fourragere, Presidential Unit Citation (There may be others, I am still looking into it)

24th Infantry
'Hawaiian Division'

9th Armored

EPPLER, Martin (b. 20 Aug 1824 - d. 27 Jul 1893) (My GGG Grandfather)

  • 9th PA Volunteers Company G. Recruited in Easton, mustered in 24 April 1861 for 3 months 'Easton Jaegers'.
  • 47th PA Volunteers Company A. Recruited at Easton; mustered in Sept. 16, 1861 for 3 years. Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate on 12 April 1864. No further details at this time.

EPPLER, Walter Richard (b: 5 Dec 1916-d: 20 Aug 1968) (My Great Uncle)

  • Veteran of WWII.
  • Tombstone inscription reads - T/4 834th AAA BN.

FRITCHMAN, Harold W. (b. 28 Oct 1917 - d. 30 Jul 1958)

  • He was a Navy veteran of WWII

GIBSON, Clifford C. 'Tex' (b. 16 Nov 1920 - d. 20 Apr 2000)

  • He was a Navy veteran of WWII.

HILLEGASS, Allen Ulysses (b. 17 Jun 1899 - d. 7 Mar 1972)

  • Army veteran of WWI

HILLEGASS, Nathaniel (b. abt 1831 - d. 18 June 1864) (My GGG Grandfather)

  • He was a member of the 54th PA Co K.
  • He enlisted 4 Jan 1862.
  • Taken prisoner at Little Cacapon, West Virginia on 4 Oct 1862 and was confined at Richmond 14 Oct 1862. He was paroled at City Point, Virginia 30 Nov 1862 and reported to Camp Parole, Maryland on 2 Dec 1862 and was sent to Fort Monroe on 6 Dec 1862.
  • He was discharged 11 Mar 1864
  • Re-enlisted 12 Mar 1864.
  • Nathaniel was killed at the Battle of Lynchburg on 18 June 1864.
  • He was from Allentown, Pennsylvania and was married to Elizabeth Fegley.

HILLEGASS, Peter (b. 15 Sep 1836 - d. 17 Sep 1876)

  • He was a private in the 128th PA Vol. Co D.
  • Mustered in on 13 Aug 1862
  • Mustered out on 19 May 1863.

HILLEGASS, Robert Ralph (b. 1 Dec 1925 - d. 1 Dec 1996)

  • He was a Navy veteran of WWII, serving on the USS Eursale in the South Pacific as the ships cook.
  • He was also a Seaman First Class.
  • The ship he served on was a SubTender.
  • Member of the VFW post 13 of Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

HILLEGASS, William Forrest Sr. (b. 30 may 1927 - d. 3 Feb 2000)

  • He was an Army veteran of WWII

JUDD, Arthur (b. 1 Nov 1925 - d. 8 Jan 1989)

  • He was a Navy veteran of WWII.

JUDD, Bishop Derr (b. 4 Jun 1838 - d. 4 Jan 1929)

  • Served in Corp. Co. 45 Reg P.V. (tombstone transcription)

JUDD, Earl (b. 4 Feb 1923 - d. 21 Nov 1976)

  • He was an Army veteran of WWII, stationed in Japan.

JUDD, Ernest J. (b. 29 Feb 1916 - d. 3 Feb 1996)

  • He was an Army veteran of WWII.

JUDD, Jacob (b: 18 Jun 1830-d: 15 Jan 1908) (My GGG Grandfather)

  • He was a veteran of the Civil War.

JUDD, Stanley A. (b. 21 May 1921 - d. 8 Aug 1999)

  • He was in the US Navy during WWII, stationed in California.

KITCHEN, Arthur (b. abt 1911 - d. 17 Oct 1994)

  • He was an Army veteran of WWII.

MC CANN, James A (b. 26 May 1889 - d. 30 Apr 1951)

  • Buried in Arlington National Cemetery, near McClellan Gate.
  • Lt. Commander, Navy (doctor).
  • He was in the mustard gas attack by the Germans during the Battle of Belleau Wood; stood his ground and manned his surgical station in spite of the gas; received the Navy Cross and the French Croix de Guerre for bravery.

OSMUN, James Edward (b. 3 Jun 1895 - d. 11 Sep 1984)

  • He was an Army veteran of WWI.

PETTIT, Samuel (b. 28 May 1842 - d. 23 Jan 1916)

  • He served first with Company E, Seventh Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers (same company as brother William H) from 24 Aug 1861 until he was transferred to Company D on 1 May 1864.

PETTIT, William H (b. abt 1837 - d. 6 Dec 1903) (My GGG Grandfather)

  • He served during the Civil War from 24 Aug 1861 to 7 Oct 1864 with Company E, Seventh Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers.
  • Wounded at the battle of Gettysburg (June 2, 1863) and was hospitalized for 18 months. He receive a pension of $8.00 a month for his time of service.

PRECHTEL, Charles Edward (b: 15 Feb 1919-d: 15 Oct 1986)

  • Army veteran serving during WWII.

SNYDER. Cary (b. abt 1949 - d. 8 Jul 1998)

  • Marine Corp. during Vietnam.

SNYDER, Edward E (b: 5 Jan 1862-d: 14 Dec 1922) (My GG Grandfather)

  • Tombstone has a war veteran flag, no other information is know at this time)

TRAPP, Peter John (b. 20 Oct 1897 - d. 6 Mar 1995) (My Great Grandfather)

  • He was a member of the Army Calvary the Mexican Border Campaigns.
  • Veteran of the Army Calvary during the 'Punitive Expedition' (March 6, 1916 - February 1917). Stationed in San Antonio, TX where he fought against the Mexicans & Pancho Villa.
  • He used to talk about his black horse named 'Blacky'.
  • His name appears on the veteran monument in the center of Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

TRAPP, William Henry (b. 26 Nov 1927 - d. 12 March 1990) (My Great Uncle)

  • He was a Master Sergeant in then Army serving from 1946 to 1949.



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February 10, 2014