A comment on a Bill Hobbs post led me to this story about an engineer company in the South Dakota National Guard where 36 of the 173 members are related to each other by blood or marriage. The unit, the 200th Engineer Company, is currently deployed in Iraq.
“When you talk to the regular Army [soldiers], they’re shocked that I’ve got a brother, let alone a sister, in my company,” said Sgt. Jesse Flottmeyer, 25, whose twin brother, Justin, and sister, Janelle, 23, are in the same platoon of bridge builders.
Three of four Flottmeyer children are in Iraq. Their 21-year-old sister, Joanie, wasn’t able to join the Guard because of hearing loss.
“I don’t think [Mom] realized we could all be deployed,” Jesse Flottmeyer said.
There not only are brothers and sisters in the unit, but also cousins. There are uncles and nephews and nieces, five pairs of fathers and sons, and two sets of husbands and wives.
I think that’s great.
But is it morbid if one of the first things that comes to mind are the Sullivan Brothers and Saving Private Ryan?