The History

 

On January 22,1942 the Flint News Advertiser printed a coupon asking Mothers of serviceman to return the coupon after filling it out. The following February 1st 300 mothers met in the Duran Hotel, in Flint Michigan. Captain George H. Maines, who had conceived the idea for this group, acted as the chair of this first meeting. It was decided that after receiving 1000 responses from the ad to form a permanent organization.
 

On February 6th the organization was reported on Congressional record. Chapters then formed in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, California, Iowa and Washington. In June of 1960 the organization was chartered by congress. Mothers volunteered throughout the tough times of World War II. They worked in hospitals, train stations, packed care packages for soldiers and were a working part of homeland security during times of war. The organization waned in size over the years but has held together by mothers showing pride in both their children and country. In recent times we have begun to grow in strength. Being attacked on our own soil has once again started mothers hanging flags in their windows at home, proclaiming pride in the fact that we have children protecting our freedom during time of war.

Source: http://www.txbluestarmoms.org/

 


  • Blue Star Mother  A Mother or Step Mother (since the child was of the age of thirteen) who has a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States. Services included are the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserve Units, and the Merchant Marines

  • Blue Star Dad  A Father or Step Father (since the child was of the age of thirteen) who has a son or daughter who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States. Services included are the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserve Units, and the Merchant Marines

  • Associate Member  A spouse, sister, brother, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or friend of someone who is serving, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States. Services included are the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserve Units, and the Merchant Marines

Source: http://www.txbluestarmoms.org/

 


Display of the Service Star Banner first came about during World War I. During WWI and WWII most flags were hand made by mothers across the nation. One of the most famous flags was that of the five Sullivan brothers who all perished on the U.S.S. Juneau.

Each blue star on the flag represents a service member in active duty. A gold star is displayed if a service member is killed in action or dies in service. If several stars are displayed in one family the gold star takes the honor of being placed at the top.

Display of a Service Star Banner is done during times of war.

http://www.txbluestarmoms.org/

 

 

 

Iraq War - Texas Coastal Bend Casualties

 

SPC. Edward John Anguiano

United States Army

PVT. Robert Lewis Frantz

United States Army

 

SGT. Alex F. Landa

United States Army

 

SSG. Hector Rene Perez

United States Army

 

SPC. Jose Amancio Perez III

United States Army

 

1SG. Joe Garza

United States Army

 

SGT. Henry Ybarra III

United States Army

 

SSG. Anselmo Martinez III

United States Army

 

SPC. John Paul Barta

United States Army

 

CPL. Andy Aguilar, Jr.

United States Marines

 

SPC. James C. Kesinger

United States Army

 

CPL. Paul C. Holter, III

United States Marines

 

CPL. Zachary A. Kolda

United States Marines

 

PFC. Danny L. Anderson

United States Army

 

CAPT. Paul C. Alaniz

United States Marines

 

Lance CPL. Hilario F. Lopez

United States Marines

 

SGT. Jonathan J. Simpson

United States Marines

 

Lance CPL. Matthew W. Holloway

United States Marines

 

CPL. John M. Longoria

United States Marines

 

SSG. Michael Chadwick Lloyd

United States Army

 

SGT. Garrett McLead

United States Army

 

SGT. John Russell

United States Army

 

SPC. Rogelio R. Garza Jr.

United States Army

 

 

 

 

For more information on the Texas Coastal Bend Chapter visit the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.


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