From the start of the family's appearance in New England, members of the family have been serving their country. The first to pick up arms were those members of town train bands, to protect the new settlements from Indians as well as other European settlers.

While names on the Colonial, Revolutionary, War of 1812 and Civil wars honor rolls are fairly complete, I'll add more about each soldier's and sailor's exploits as time allows. Civil War records are scattered everywhere; Washington kept track of the Union servicemen but left the states of the old Confederacy keep their own records. And I'm including our Canadian, British and other Parmelees while compiling lists of World War I and II veterans.

Hopefully you can find those who are your direct ancestors like Allan Ray Parmley [Randolph Hay, Roland Duvall, Miles, Emerson Bell, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] did. At left, he stands in a Kentucky cemetery at the headstone of his great-great-great-great-grandfather John Parmley (1762-1848), who fought in the Revolution.

One of the most interesting find to date is William Parmley of England, who was killed on the Mesopotamian Front in WWI; he's buried in Iraq at the North Gate War Cemetery, which is about half a mile beyond Baghdad's North Gate, on the right side of the road to Baquba. A BBC reporter stopped by the cemetery in April, 2003, as the Iraq War got under way -- and, as you'd expect, it was a mess.

All of these pages continue to be works in progress:

  • Train bands -- Colonial town militias.
  • Indian wars -- Pequot War (1636-1637), King Philip's War (1675-1676), Pontiac's War (1763-1765), Creek Wars (1780s and 1790s), First Seminole War (1817-1819), Black Hawk War (1830-1831), Second Seminole War (1835-1842), Third Seminole War (1855-1858), Sioux Wars (1860s and 1870s), Washita War (1868-1869), Red River War (1874).
  • Colonial Wars -- King William's War (1689-1697), Queen Anne's War (1702-1713), King George's War (1744-1748), French & Indian War (1754-1763).
  • Revolutionary War (1775-1783) -- This has been split into one page on individuals and another on battles. More than 60 men fought for the American cause; nearly all the soldiers have been placed into the main family tree.
  • War of 1812 (1812-1815)
  • Mexican War (1846-1848)
  • Civil War (1861-1865) -- The list has grown to more than 200 soldiers from the Union and the Confederacy. Of all the veterans pages, this one seems to update most frequently. Again, we welcome copies of photos.
  • Spanish-American War (1898) -- The first of these soldiers, including the man who became the patriarch of the Philippine branch of the family.
  • World War I / The Great War (1914-1918) -- We have our first French Foreign Legion member, who was awarded the Crois de Guerre. And a wounded nurse is our first Distinguished Service Cross recipient.
  • World War II (1939-1946) -- The list of U.S., Canadian and British service men and women. More photos added.
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Vietnam War (1964-1973)
  • Persian Gulf War (1991)
  • Afghanistan War (2001- ) -- No known participants or 9/11 victims.
  • Iraq War (2003-2011) -- Several veterans. Know of more?

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Updated Feb. 28, 2021