2:20 p.m. update: Poignant tribute to LCPL Richard Z. James, killed in Iraq in 2006: "RIP Ricky, Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Your smile and enthusiasm for life will never be forgotten."
There's also the touching, like this description of Aaron N. Seesan: "1st. Lieutenant United States Army, 73rd Engineer Company, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Lewis, WA. 2003 Graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Killed May 22, 2005 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in Mosul, Iraq. When medics arrived on scene, Aaron was conscious and directed them to attend to the other men in his unit. He died a hero."
Today is Veterans Day, and we think our veterans deserve some personal thanks.
So we invite you to share your personal stories. Below is a map that you can edit by placing a pin where you or your loved ones have been stationed. Once you've placed the pin, you can add as much information as you'd like to its description.
View Where they served in a larger map
To contribute, you must have a Google account. If you do not have one, click here to sign up.
Once you're signed in with your Google account, here's how to add to the map:
2) Click on the "Edit" button directly above the description.
3) In the upper-left hand corner of the map, click on the button with the blue pin.
4) Click on the location to place the pinpoint, and it's fine if you don't know the exact location. A country or region is fine.
5) Put the veteran's name as the title.
6) Fill out the description with as much information as you'd like to share, or use the space to thank the veteran. By clicking "rich text," you can add links or online photos.
7) Click "OK" to finalize the submission.
If you're on Twitter, be sure to tweet a link to your contribution with the hashtag #wheretheyserved.
9:15 a.m. update: Just added: Chester T. Williams, who served on a PT boat in the Pacific during World War II: "God bless you Uncle Bud and all those who have served us!"
10:20 a.m. update: Recently added: Joel Begley, Frank Cochran, John Garcia Hinojosa. Also Don McCormick and Irene Niemi, now married.
10:40 a.m. update: Interesting entry on a GI identified only as "My Dad": "My dad served here during the war. He never shared with us that he was there. We learned after he had passed away."
12:15 p.m. update: Tributes to troops reflect a broad range of emotions, from tragic ("Killed in the Battle of the Argonne Forest") to amusing ("My dad spent some time at Dix as a cook. Which is funny, because he is a terrible cook. But I am proud he served.")
12:30 p.m. update: Sarah Shults, added in the Philippines: "Served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC). Family lore says she flew home on the same plane as the peace treaty."