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Sons of the American Revolution markers will be placed on graves in Idaho

(MCT) A Vietnam veteran from Orofino and his family will be placing markers on the graves of his father and brothers today to commemorate their connection to the American Revolution.

Frank Huntley will be marking the graves at 11 a.m. today at the Community and Catholic cemeteries at the north end of Cottonwood. The markers denote the Huntleys' descent from at least four American patriots who fought in the Revolutionary War.

Huntley, who is the Idaho liaison for the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, said after he joined the fraternal organization he discovered memorial memberships were available for his family.

"Since all my family are veterans I thought it would be a good way to honor them," Huntley said.

There were nine brothers in the Huntley family and all but one brother, who was injured as a child and was ineligible for the draft, served in different branches of the U.S. military.

Huntley's father, Guy, also was in the U.S. Army during World War I. He was medically discharged and never saw combat, Huntley said.

Albert, Lee and Don Huntley are buried at Cottonwood. All served in the U.S. Navy -- Albert in World War II and Korea; Lee in Vietnam; and Don, who served between 1950-54 and did not see combat.

Another brother, Myrick, a U.S. Navy veteran, is buried in the national cemetery in Denver.

Frank Huntley is a retired U.S. Marine and served in Vietnam from 1965-67.

His remaining brothers are still living.

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was organized on April 30, 1889 -- the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington. The organization is made up of lineal descendants of soldiers who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the revolution, served in the Continental Congress or otherwise supported the cause of the country's independence, according to the society's website. The society was chartered by an act of Congress in 1906.

Frank Huntley has produced documents to the society proving that at least four ancestors served in the Revolutionary War. They include James Huntington Sr. of Norwich, Conn., who repaired and sold weapons to the Continental Army; James Huntington Jr., who was a sergeant in the 8th company, 8th Regiment of the Connecticut Continental Army; Alexander Negley, who was a private in the Pennsylvania army and one of the original settlers of Pittsburgh; and Isiah Lindley, who was in the Connecticut army.

Frank Huntley said the grave markers are 5-inch bronze circles engraved with a Minute Man soldier in the middle.

Anyone wishing more information about the society may contact Frank Huntley at (208) 476-5783 or visit the organization's website at www.sar.org.

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