The Creighton brothers, originally of Tarlton Valley, have given “more years of service to their country than any one single family in Grundy County,” stated Palmer Town Historian David Patton in his 1988 article “The Creighton brothers: Over 100 Years of Service to Our Country.”
Today, John and Ralph are the only two surviving Creighton brothers.
“The brothers,” Patton continued, “sons of the late Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Creighton, grew up in the hard years of the Great Depression of the 1930s preceding World War II, and like most Americans of that era, were used to hardships when the war came.”
Arthur Creighton, now deceased, served 27 years in the U.S. Navy and had already enlisted before World War II began. He served on the U.S.S. Alshain and the U.S.S. Enterprise during World War II. He was in 14 major sea battles in the South Pacific. He retired as Master Chief Petty Officer.
Tom Creighton, now deceased, served four years in the U.S. Army. He was one of the first to be drafted from Grundy County in 1941. His unit served in North Africa. He served with the 88th Glider Group.
Earl Creighton, now deceased, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and later on in the U.S. Air Force for a total of 27 years. He served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He retired as a Senior Master Sergeant.
Leonard “Boss” Creighton, now deceased, served 22 years in the U.S. Navy. He served on the U.S.S. Idaho during World War II. He retired as a chief Petty Officer.
James “Perch” Creighton, now deceased, served four years in the U.S. Navy at a base in Minnesota.
Johnny “Sonny” Creighton served four years in the U.S. Navy. He served on the battleship U. S. S. Missouri during the Korean War. Johnny and his wife Wanda live in Chattanooga.
Ralph Creighton served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. He served several years in the Far East and was stationed at Tan San Nhut Air Force Base during the Vietnam War. He retired as a Master Sergeant. Ralph and his wife Barbara live in Gruetli-Laager.
“We, of the younger generations,” said Patton, “have never personally experienced the dangers and hardships of that era. The most amazing part of this story, to me, is how this family grew up during the depression without the benefit of modern medicines and survived 108 years of military service, including World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.”
We salute the Creighton brothers and all military veterans.