Barry's Genealogy Diary

This online genealogical diary is hosted by Barry T. Self. It is primarily for information pertaining to the SELF surname, more particularly for descendants of John J. and Lydia Avaline Waters Self, who were married in Union County, GA in 1851. Barry Self is the SELF proclaimed family genealogist and historian, having spent over 20 years researching this Self line. This diary is dedicated to preserving and sharing the findings of his research.

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Location: Madisonville, Tennessee, United States

I am married to a wonderful and sweet wife, Svitlana, who is from Ukraine and we have a beautiful daughter, Lydia Elizabeth. I have worked in the funeral business since 1988 and thoroughly enjoy researching my family roots.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Edwin Hill Home From Ramadi

Cousin Edwin Hill, age 25, son of Duane and Vickie Hill, of Tullahoma, TN, recently returned home from serving in the War on Terrorism. He got out as a sergeant and served with the H & S Company 5th Marines stationed at Ramadi. His platoon lieutenant was killed and Edwin moved into his position as a platoon leader while he was a corporal. He did such a great job over 34 men, that the Marines kept him in this position for 6 months until he returned home.

Edwin was injured himself more than once I believe during his time serving his country. By prayers and the grace of God he is now back in the states and home safe. His dad tells me Edwin is now back at work, working with the sheriff's department in Columbus, Georgia.

Edwin has an older brother, Gabriel and a younger sister, Karie, who I believe got married not too long ago. He is the grandson of the late Howard and Lucy Self Hill. Lucy was the daughter of William Emery and Mary Self.

The accompanying picture is courtesy of Edwin's father. Duane sent me the neatest CD several months ago with several pictures, set to music, showing Edwin and his fellow soldiers in action. I wish everyone could see it. I selected this photo from the CD.