The Christmas December 25, 1953

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The Christmas December 25, 1953

The only known photo of Gus & Clara with all sixteen children. December 25, 1953, with all the boys home from the Korean War.

The Christmas December 25, 1953

Terry Louis Linton © 2010

LINTON & BIRD Chronicles, Volume V, Issue 4, Winter © 2010-2011, ISSN 1941-3521

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The only known photo of Gus & Clara with all sixteen children. December 25, 1953, with all the boys home from the Korean War. On November 24, 1950, the NATO Command launched the Home-by-Christmas Offensive. On February 15, 1951, Albert Irvin BIRD (1925-2008) was seriously wounded when his squad, from U S Army 1st Calvary, where moving forward while riding on a tank. All were killed except Albert, who was blown into an ice cold stream and was found much later. Albert returned to the States and spent several months at Walter Reed U S Army Hospital in Washington D C. Then Albert was transferred to Brooke U S Army Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, for recovery. After having many surgeries, he received a medical retirement discharge and was awarded the Purple Heart. Franklin Delano "Buddy" BIRD, was still in the U S Air Force, when the photo was taken. Marine Sergeant, Carlton Norris Bird (1931-2002) was still in the Marines, had already return from his tour in Korea and "Buster" was now serving as an Marine Recruiter. Earl Alford BIRD (1919-1991) served in the Army in World War II, and J. A. "Jeff Augustus" "Snookum" "Jimmie" BIRD had served in the U. S. Navy Seabees in World War II.

Top row from left to right: David Brewer (1938-1997); Donald Milton (1926-1999); Guy Edward (1918-1957); Albert Irvin (1925); Franklin Delano (1934); Jeff Augustus, Jr. (1923); Earl Alford (1919-1991); Carlton Norris (1931-2002); Bottom Row Left to Right: Iva Lee (1930-1993); Evelyn Virginia (1922); Patricia Margie (1941); Beatrice Jean (1942); Jeff Augustus Bird (1893-1954); Clara Myrtle Gray Bird (1900-1988); Margaret Druslla (1928); Frances Dell (1934); Mary Louise (1936); Myrtle Elizabeth (1921-1996).

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All the BIRD girls, December 25, 1953, Margaret, Frances, Ive Lee, Evelyn, Pat, Betty, Mary & Myrtle.

Standing from left to right:

Margaret Drusilla BIRD was born on April 17, 1928, married on October 3, 1946, to Otha L. "Sammie" NORWOOD (July 29, 1911-February 27, 1992)

Frances Dell BIRD was born on January 8, 1934, married on September 4, 1953 to Jeroll Dean SHIVERS (March 9, 1929- August 30, 2008)

Iva Lee BIRD was born on May 20, 1930, died November 25, 1993, married Richard Frank BRYANT (July 28, 1928- April 30, 1999) on October 6, 1955.

Evelyn Virginia "Polly" BIRD was born on May 17, 1922, and married Kirk Louis LINTON on November 11, 1944.

Setting Left to Right:

Patricia "Pat" Margie BIRD was born on January 30, 1941 and married Gilbert Walton "Walt" BRONSTAD on February 24, 1961.

Beatrice "Betty" Jean BIRD was born on August 28, 1942 and married John Harold JENSEN on September 1, 1962.

Mary Louise BIRD was born on February 28, 1936 and married Doctor Jimmie Eugene GILL on September 10, 1960.

Myrtle Elizabeth BIRD (1921-1996) was born on March 22, 1921, married 1st Lieutenant Colonel Robert Earl DOUGALL Jr., (1920-1976) on December 2, 1949, married 2nd Colonel William Jack HOLZAPFEL Jr., (1909-1983).

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All the BIRD Boys of Jeff & Clara, on December 25, 1953. Standing David, Donald,Guy Edward "Eddie", Earl. Setting Albert, Franklin “Buddy”, Carlton “Buster”, and J. A. "Jeff Augustus" or "Jimmie".

All the BIRD Boys of Jeff & Clara on December 25, 1953.

Standing left to right:

David Brewer Bird was born on February 26, 1938. He married Glenda Beatrice WOODS on November 21, 1965. David died on July 4, 1997.

Donald Milton Bird was born on December 9, 1926. He married Cletha Faye SMITH on July 15, 1961. Donald died on November 17, 1999.

Guy Edward "Eddie" Bird was born on October 8, 1918. Eddie married Emmie Marie "Tommy" BROWN on November 19, 1937. Eddie died on May 29, 1957.

Earl Alford Bird was born on October 29, 1919. Earl married Nancy Louise JESSUP on December 19, 1954. He died on November 29, 1991.

Setting left to right:

Albert Irvin Bird was born on March 31, 1925. Albert married Vera Lee MARTIN on June 26, 1950. Albert died on October 10, 2008.

Franklin Delano "Buddy" Bird was born on January 8, 1934. Buddy married Rita Aline PULLIAM on March 28, 1958.

Carlton Norris "Buster" Bird was born on November 21, 1931. He married Bettye June GAYLER on May 17, 1963. Carlton died on October 1, 2002.

J. A. Bird was born on December 2, 1923, when he enlisted in the Navy he legally changed his name to Jeff Augustus Bird, he is also know as "Snookum" or "Jimmie". He married Marjorie Blanchard LAFOREST (1927-2010) on June 27, 1944.

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