When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Monday, May 27, 2013

Three Brothers-Three Telegrams: Remembering on Memorial Day

Telegram 1
Sent to my Grand Aunt Bertie Lee Roberts in August of 1944 letting her know that her brother Edman, who had been listed as Missing in Action, had now been declared dead.

Telegram 2
Sent on October 20, 1944, to my Grandmother Azile Daughrity Roberts informing her of the death of her husband, my Grandfather, Gilbert Roberts.

Telegram 3
Sent on October 20, 1944, by Bertie Lee Roberts to a friend letting her know that both of her brothers Gilbert and Wilbert had been killed.

In November of 1948, the remains of Gilbert and Wilbert were returned to their families. Edman's body was never recovered. A memorial service was held at Quaker Cemetery in Camden, SC for all three Roberts brothers.

Graveside service for Gilbert, Wilbert and Edman Roberts
November 1948
Quaker Cemetery, Camden, SC
© Cheri Hudson Passey

The Roberts' Family Plot
Quaker Cemetery
Camden, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudson Passey

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  1. Cheri,
    This is a wonderful remembrance of your grandfather and great uncles service to our country and their sacrifice for all of us.
    I'm thankful to them and their bravery. May they rest in peace.

    1. I can't imagine what the family went through.
      Thanks so much for your comment!

  2. Such special mementos for your family.

  3. So grateful to have them. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post and leave a comment, Amie.

  4. I am thinking about your family’s horrific loss and ultimate sacrifice for our country in World War II on this Memorial Day Weekend. My Dad, Robert Branham, served in the Navy during the War and took part in the Memorial Service in 1948 (he was in the National Guard). He’s shared your families story with me every time we pass the family home on Hwy 1. We have payed our respects at the Quaker Cemetery plot many times over the years. I often wondered if there were any news articles about this and came across your post. Thanks for sharing this. Jody Branham

  5. Thank you so much! I would love to hear the memories our dad has about the three brothers!