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Orrin L. Gatchell's deep sense of patriotism and love of country, ideals to which he was fervently committed during the Civil War, were family values nurtured from his Revolutionary War ancestors. Orrin's great grandfather Abel Getchell (1726-1777) and grandfather Seth Getchell (1753-1844) were both American Patriots from Wells, York County, District of Maine, Massachusetts. Both were privates who served in the Massachusetts Line of the Continental Army. Abel, who was a soldier in Colonel Samuel Brewer’s 12th Regiment of the Massachusetts line under the command of General Horatio Gates, was killed in action during the Saratoga Campaign, and Seth, who was a soldier in Colonel Patterson’s Regiment, was discharged after two years of service that included battles at Dorchester Heights, Beacon Hill, Montreal, the Lake Champlain Campaign, and Valley Forge. Both served under the Thirteen Star U.S. Flag (1777-1796; see image below) adopted on June 14, 1777.  Orrin's father, Calvin Lumber Getchell (1794-1861), served during the War of 1812 under the Fifteen Star U.S. Flag (1795-1818; see image below) adopted on May 1, 1795. One hundred fifty years ago today during the Gettysburg Campaign, Orrin served under the Thirty Five Star U.S. Flag (1863-1865; see image below), which was adopted on July 4, 1863 to mark the admission of the State of West Virginia to the United States. On July 30th, 1863, Orrin wrote about Gettysburg: "I suppose you folks at home celebrated the Fourth in some pleasant manner. I spent most of the day burying the dead on the battlefield..". Family and American values continue to strengthen our country under the Fifty Star U.S. Flag (see image below) that was adopted on July 4, 1960 to mark Hawaii’s admission to the Union as a state. 

Under the US flag, let freedom be seen by all as the safeguard of liberty.

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