Earl - Markus Genealogy


Daniel & Debbie's Military Family


Non-Combat Military Service

Types of Military Service

  • The Army is the oldest branch of the military and was established in 1775. The Army is considered to be the ground force of the military. Even though there are aviation units within the Army, their main missions are on the ground and the majority of the soldiers who serve have a job related to ground forces.
  • The Navy was also established in 1775 and is considered to be the defender of the seans. The Navy is also a main supporter of the Air Force in providing air force carriers for transporting aircraft and a runway at sea for aircraft.
  • The Air Force is the most recently established branch and was officially established as a separate branch in 1947. Its main purpose is to support the security of the U.S. through air and space exploitation. It is a main supporter of ground forces by providing air support during missions.
  • The Marine Corps is the second smallest branch of the military. Their purpose has changed somewhat over the years. When it was first established in 1775, it was under the Navy as a ground force enforcement of the branch. It was basically assigned the task of taking over the beaches when the Navy brought them into a mission. In 1798, it was establishes as a separate branch and since that time has slowly moved more towards ground force operations.
  • The Coast Guard was originally established in 1790 and has undergone several changes, now falling under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard’s primary purpose is to control illegal immigration by sea and conduct sea rescues.

Source: MilitarySpot.com

Daniel’s Family





James Patrick Earl


James P. Earl

     James (husband of Bridgette Mihm) served in the U.S. Army from 1986-1990, achieving the rank of Corporal (E4). He had airborne training at Ft. Benning, GA and was stationed at Ft. Gordon, GA, Ft. Bragg, NC, and for a year at Camp Casey in Tongduchon, Korea. He was discharged from Ft. Drum, NY.



Robert “Bob” Frederick Earl


Robert F. Earl

     Bob served in the U.S. Navy from 1959-1963, reaching the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class (E5). After boot camp he was sent to Key West, FL where he attended “sonar school” and graduated number one in his class. He was subsequently assigned to theUSS Keppler in Newport, RI working as a sonar man. He later traveled to the Mediterranean visiting Spain and Italy, and stopping at the Rock of Gibraltar. Upon his return to Newport he travled to GITMO, Cuba for 2-3 weeks.
     At about 2 1/2 years in to his service, he transferred to the USS Berkeley, at the Philadelphia Navel Shipyard, where he was one of the original members of the crew, also serving as a sonar man. Part of his travel was going through the Panama Canal, which took 8 hours, then visiting Acapulco, Mexico, before arriving at the ship’s homeport in Long Beach, CA.



Bridgette Yvette Mihm


Bridgette Y. Mihm

     Bridgette (wife of James Earl) enlisted in 2001 and served in the U.S. Army until 2005 as Sergeant (E5). She was in the Army Reserves from 2008-2011. After basic training Bridgette was assigned to the 101st Air Borne Division (Air Assault) in Fort Campbell, KY. In 2003 she deployed with the division to Iraq as a part of the invading force. After the initial push north the battalion moved to Qayyarah Airfield West (Q-west) where they stayed until redeployment in January 2004, In February 2005 she received an honorable discharge from active duty.
     In 2008 she joined the Army Reserves and was assigned to the 334th Medical Group in Grand Rapids, MI, then later reclassified to a chaplain’s assistance and served until 2011.






Bruce Adolf Schwintosky


Bruce A. Schwintosky

     Bruce served in the U.S. Army from 1 June 1960 to approximately 12 June 1967, holding the rank of Sergeant (E5). He later served one year in the Reserves (in 1971) at the rank of Staff Sergeant (E6). Bruce was stationed in Germany during part of his service.







Roger Ellsworth Schwintosky


Roger E. Schwintosky

     Roger (husband of Helen Yates) enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1966 and retired in 1988, holding the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO4). Roger served on the USS Whitfield County (stationed in Japan), the USS Union (San Diego), the USS Yosemite (Florida), and the USS Puget Sound (Italy), among many other assignments. He also spent several tours with the Mobile Riverine Force (MRF) in Vietnam from 1966-1970. Roger visited 32 countries, including the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico, the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong, and Sydney, Australia.







Helen Marie Yates


Helen M. Yates-Schwintosky

     Helen (wife of Roger Schwintosky) enlisted in 1973. She served as a Disbursing Clerk in Monterey, CA and was later transferred to Jacksonville, FL, then Mayport, FL where her husband was stationed onboard the USS Yosemite. She received her honorable discharge in 1977 at the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class (E5) and accompanied her husband for the remainder of his Naval career.

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Debbie’s Family





David Strauss Markus


David S. Markus

     Dave enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1989 (reserves) and has been on active duty since 1996. He holds the rank of Sergeant First Class (E7) and is currently assigned to Fort Irwin National Training Center in California.
     In 1999 Dave was part of Operation Joint Forge with the 1st Cavalry Division in Bosnia. In 2006 he was in Kirkuk and Umm Qasr, Iraq with the 508th MP Battalion (Internment/Resettlement). In 2009 Dave was with a Military Transition Team (MiTT) in Al Fadhil, Iraq on the edge of Sadr City. His team lived on an Iraqi base with the HQ of the 11th Iraq Army.



Stephen John Markus


Stephen J. Markus

     Steve served in the U.S. Air Force from February 1953 - January 1957. He was assigned to Kessler AFB in Biloxi, MS, then to Kirknewton RAF Station, about 15 miles from Edinborough, Scotland. In 1955 he was at Wheelus AFD, Tripoli, Libya, and by 1956 returned to California at March AFB in Riverside. Steve served as a Radio Intercept Operator, copying Morse Code.



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