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In any case, you know the price that he paid for freedom. The terrain and heavy rain, however, prevented deployment of tanks and anti-tank guns and the 15th Panzer Division's counter-attack on 22 March recaptured much of the bridgehead. Col. Crawford’s distinctive leadership sustained the Kansas Volunteers, proving that the U.S. Army could and would operate in any weather. He served with the 45th Infantry Division through Basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and in combat in Korea. She and her family have contributed countless hours and many dollars to agencies such as Leavenworth Parks and Recreation by coaching youth sports, and founding the Lanterne Rouge program promoting charity and safety at youth athletic events, veterans groups, and others. General Rueger’s civic activities include Life Membership in the VFW, member of the American Legion and Chairman of the Local Economic Development Committee. After Sicily the Brigade and Division was then recalled from the 8th Army in Italy, on the wishes of the British Eighth Army's old Commander, General Bernard Law Montgomery, together with 7th Armoured Division and 51st (Highland) Infantry Division, to prepare for the invasion of North-West Europe. He holds membership in the American Legion, Patriot Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Pratt Rifle and Pistol Association, Enlisted Association of the Kansas National Guard and many other community organizations. He held numerous staff assignments, including the director of Facilities Engineering for the State Area Command for nearly eight years. In 1916, was elected to the Kansas State Senate. Since the Division was understrength, owing to the loss of the 150th infantry Brigade, the 1st Free French Brigade and 1st Greek Brigade were attached to it for the battle. He received initial training on electronic fundamentals and upon graduation was selected for nuclear weapons electronics and mechanical training. In 1841, went to Westfield, Chautauqua County, to write as a clerk in the Surrogate’s office of that county, and commenced the reading of law with his uncle, the Hon. Simultaneously with his reassignment as Public Affairs Officer on March 29, 1979, he was promoted to the grade of colonel. Ericsson first saw active duty during the Mexican border campaign of 1916 and participated in the hike of the first and second Kansas National Guard Regiments from Eagle Pass, Texas, to San Antonio under the command of MG Frederick Funston. His mentorship of both enlisted soldiers and officers reached legendary status from many other high-ranking individuals who were privileged to serve with him during his career. He was employed by the Beech and Boeing Aircraft Companies in Wichita until the activation of the 127th Fighter Squadron in October 1950 during the Korean conflict to activate Alexandria Air Force Base (now England AFB) in Louisiana. The Bleckleys went to France a couple of years after the war with a group of Gold Star mothers. He returned home and received an honorable discharge on Aug. 6, 1970. He returned to the United States on December 26, 1945. In 1874 he went to Bloomington, Ill., and for six years was the leading lawyer there. Captain Pliley is buried in the Quindaro Cemetery located at 38th and Parallel, Kansas City, Kansas beside his wife,in lot 370, Section 5. This honor dates back in history as the highest honor that can be bestowed on an officer by enlisted men and women. Strukel transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve as Commanding General, 89th Army Reserve Command in 1984 with headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, and units in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. While he was a command pilot with over 6,200 military and civilian flying hours, he also had service within a field artillery battalion giving him unique insights into both branches of the service. Here he was responsible for the morale and discipline of 1200 students. Colonel Elder attended Leoti Grade School (Wichita County), Wichita County High School, Clark’s Business School in Topeka and Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. In 1972 he was assigned to the Kansas Military Academy as the Assistant Commandant of OCS. A veteran of the Mexican Border Campaign, CPT Smith was wounded by a German bayonet while leading his combat infantry command during the hand-to-hand and trench warfare of World War I. The unit he was with was ambushed. He completed 44 years of military service to State and Nation with retirtement in February 1971, ranging from the rank of private to that of colonel. In 1957 and 1958 he was Campaign Chairman for the United Fund Drive of Wichita, and remained a member of the United Way Board of Directors in Wichita through 1970. In his remarks, Ballard reached out to his friends and comrades in arms, “You are my family. Major General James F. Rueger was born on 14 September 1937 in Axtell, Kansas. Campbell tried to bury his sorrow in drink and in a few months was penniless. He had three brothers and two sisters. The NCO school was chartered to begin by requiring all senior NCOs’ in the state to attend the school before they could send their junior NCOs’. Col. O’Toole retired from the Kansas Army National Guard in 1979 as the state aviation officer. In 1985 he was promoted to colonel as the chief, Selective Service Section, Headquarters, State Area Command, Kansas Army National Guard. In May of 1990 Van transferred to the 5048th United States Army Reserve School and remained in that unit until his retirement from the military in June of 1993. He was released from active duty on January 23, 1946 with the rank of Major. He is also very active in the activities City of St. Marys, Kansas. He was a natural leader… Pliley always took the hard end of a job.”. Ballard repeatedly exposed himself to hostile fire to pull wounded Marines to a safer location and treat them. With the assistance of other Kansas National Guardsmen he helped form Company D (Machine Gun), 137th Infantry Regiment in 1921 and later the C Troop of the114th Cavalry both all Indian units. He served on the USPFO Advisory Council from 1988 until retirement. He and his wife, Juanita, are staples in their church community and continue to provide a significant amount of support to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Topeka. In June of 1861, he was appointed and commissioned by Governor Charles Robinson as the County Clerk of Atchison County, after the Governor had heard of the holder of the office, “a conspicuous pro-slavery man named Duff Green.” Whittaker later described Mr. Green as “obnoxious to the loyal free-state people at that time by reason of his detestable secession and disloyal utterances.”. In addition, after her retirement she continues to serve on a training team that prepares Active and Reserve units for their deployments overseas, ensuring that another generation of soldiers is prepared for combat. In 1971, he was assigned as Flight Line Superintendent and in 1977 promoted to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He matriculated at the State University at Bloomington, Ind., but the war coming on caused the student to desert his books for the battlefield, for in August 1862, he enlisted as a private in Company I, 84th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served with this command until the cessation of hostilities. As a member of the 1st Battalion, 137th Infantry, COL Baker rose to the rank of Major, serving as the Battalion S-3. Instead of combat aviation, he was assigned as a test pilot, which was a dissapointment for the aviator, but with his love of flying, he made the best of it. There, he attended Knightstown Academy for a nine months commercial course, and for the next year engaged in teaching in Henry County, Ind. He was well respected by all who knew him and was held as the epitome of what a Guardsman should be. He set an excellent example for the soldiers with whom he served. They lived on a farm that he bought and produced a family of seven children, including two girls, both of who died in infancy. The 69th Infantry Division arrived in England, 12 December 1944, where it continued its training. The facilities included are armories, creating the Leadership Development Center at Fort Leavenworth, a one of a kind automatic tank wash facility at Fort riley, completely relocating the Regional Graining Center at Salina to a State-of-the-Art Facility and coordinating efforts to break ground for the Kansas National Guard Museum. He remained with Company F of the 1st Kansas, which on 13 December 1864, became the 79th Regiment, United States Colored Troops until mustered out in October of 1865. It lay between Omaha Beach and Juno Beach, was 8 km wide and divided into four sectors. He was appointed Battalion Commander in 1983. He was sent to the kitchen, quite a distance from where the adults were, to get coals to light the pipes. In 1915 he was discharged as an enlisted member and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant. He has worked Hiawatha High School Football as a member of the “Chain Gang” for over 25 years. Stripping off his clothes, he made his way along the slippery and dangerous footing, where a misstep meant death in the river beneath, and the slightest noise meant death from an insurgent bullet. He was also the Station Commander in Hutchinson for ten years, form 1951 to 1961. Private First Class Hart was separated from active duty on January 3, 1946 at Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas. In addition, he devoted a great amount time and attention to assist veterans of the World War in securing benefits which they were entitled that required considerable knowledge, letter writing, affidavit making and form completition of which the average ex-service man was not familiar. Her tough, mission-oriented mindset was balanced by a caring spirit that found the best in every soldier and encouraged many to pursue careers in the Kansas National Guard. Colonel Baker served over thirty four years in the military with thirteen of those being on active duty. SGM Perry was so dedicated to the National Guard that three of his seven children followed in is footsteps, all three now serving in the Kansas Army National Guard full time force. Gold Beach was the Allied codename for the centre invasion beach during the Second World War Allied Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944. The only Medal of Honor winner in the reserve component who is still active in the military, Lt. Col. Donald E. Ballard, was promoted to colonel on April 5, 1998, during a ceremony surrounded by friends and colleagues at the State Defense Building in Topeka, Kan. Maj. Gen. James F. Rueger, the adjutant general, pinned on Ballard’s new rank and remarked, “Donald has had some great experiences in the military including earning the Congressional Medal of Honor and commanding Guard units. At the start of the Civil War, his health prevented him from enlisting, but after recovering in 1862, he enlisted in the Union Army and was made Captain of an artillery company. In 1948, Col. Weltmer retired from the military. Upon enlistment, the 130th Field Artillery, then later the 1st Battalion, 130th Field Artillery and then the 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery. In 1893, he was made minister to Bolivia by President Cleveland, which he held for four years. During the 1870 Legislative session, Whittaker was appointed by Governor Harvey to the position of Adjutant General of the State of Kansas. He was instrumental in organizing the books division of the Fort Leavenworth schools, which publishes military textbooks for U.S. Army officers. Morris is recognized as a leading citizen in whatever community he resides. He served as first sergeant of the 35th Infantry Division, and was gassed and wounded at St. Mihiel, France, during World War I. Ask a Question. I worship Him and feel no guilt in my heart before him for what I am going to do. He is a Life Member of the National Guard Associations of Kansas and the United States, serving three terms on the Board of Directors and volunteers for the Museum of the Kansas National Guard. The 69th Infantry Brigade was an infantry brigade formation of the British Army in World War II. After release from active duty, he was commissioned a Captain in the Kansas Army National Guard and assigned on 1 March 1949 as S4, 3rd Battalion, 137th Infantry, 35th Infantry Division. 5 of Atchinson. In 1961, Idol received his master’s degree in School Administration at Emporia State University and transferred to the 137th Infantry Regiment as a liaison officer. COL Vonderschmidt and his wife, Carol, reside in Hiawatha, Kansas. His civilian occupation includes being a high school teacher, , a high school vice principal, and as director for the Northwest Kansas Area Kansas State University Extension. In 1873, he was elected as a republican to the Kansas House of Representatives and served three terms. He was also commander of John A. Martin post, No. It landed in Le Havre, France, 24 January 1945, and moved to Belgium to relieve the 99th Division, 12 February, and hold defensive positions in the Siegfried Line. In civilian life, Colonel Baker worked for the United States Postal Service and was Service Officer with the Wichita Police Department. He received his early education in the district school near his home, and at the age of 19, became the teacher of the same school. His numerous awards and decorations amassed during his long career include; Combat Infantry Badge, Third Award, Prisoner of War Ribbon, Purple Heart, Second Award, Bronze Star Medal, Second Award, Campaign Star, Eight Awards and thirty three other awards, ribbons and medals. During this time he served additional duties as Tactical officer, Weapons and Map Reading Instructor at the Kansas Military Academy. Smyth worked to secure authority and funding for the Kansas National Guard Officer Candidate School. The Irish Brigade was an infantry brigade, consisting predominantly of Irish Americans, that served in the Union Army in the American Civil War. Sergeant Major John D. Trost was born on 3 November 1928 in Concordia, Kansas. For over 30 Years he presented an in-school program about the Flag of the United States, its origin, meaning, care and the importance of Patriotism. Immediately before United States entry into World War I, Weltmer participated in the famous Mexican Border Campaign against Poncho Villa in the summer of 1916. He provided countless role modeling for many youths on the court and fields. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal W/2 OLC, Army Commendation Medal W/3 OLC, Army Achievement Medal W/OLC, Good Conduct Medal W/Clasps, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal W/3 OLC, National Defnese Service Medal W/Oak Leaf Cluster, Korean Service Medal W/3 Battle Stars, Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/3 Hour Glass Devices, NCO Professional Development Ribbon W/Numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal, Kansas National Guard Meritorious Service Ribbon, Kansas Emergency Duty Service Ribbon W/Sunflower Device, Kansas National Guurd Service Medal W/2 Sunflower Devices and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. He served with distinction in the Mexican Campaign during 1916 and later with the 137th Infantry Regiment in Europe during World War I. The Col. James C. Hughes had two sons, both graduates of West Point. From there he removed to Topeka and engaged in the hotel business for a few months, subsequently dealing in real estate. He became a personnel specialist and then first sergeant servingin Tennessee and Oklahoma. At the End of World War II, General DeGraw found himself in Czechoslovakia, having served in five major Battle Campaigns. He loved to play “Southern Colonel” to the ladies, bowing deeply, with a flourish, addressing all ages as “Madam,” so flattering to young women as well as to older ones. His son, COL Gregory Hoisington, served in the U. S. Army and two of his chidlren–Maj Gen Perry M. Hoisington II, USAF, and Brig Gen Elizabeth P. Hoisington, U. S. Army, are the only brother and sister who have become generals in the history of the Armed Forces. He received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and numerous military awards, which include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart (for combat injuries). On March 5, 1869, he was appointed as one of the commissioners to audit Price Raid Claims. As the 4 men prepared to move the wounded Marine, an enemy soldier suddenly left his concealed position and, after hurling a hand grenade which landed near the casualty, commenced firing upon the small group of men. Colonel SteinKruger’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Kansas National Guard Service Medal. He serves as an Executive Council Member with the American Legion of Great Bend and participates in the senior Citizen Food Distribution Program and Meals on Wheels. Andrew Johnson of Tennessee. Mitchell was a born commander, and had considerable acquaintance among military men of the state, having twice been commissioned inspector general of the territorial militia by Governor Medary and reappointed by Governor Robinson when the state was admitted. Subsequent to 1870 he lived for many years in Washington, where he died January 23, 1882, and was buried in the famous Congressional cemetery. A few days later he had fully recovered. The group was transferred to Forbes in 1967. In 1944, Kennedy and the 63rd Division were deployed to the European Theatre of Operations. Hiram Allen BG Weed served this nation and his State with distinction for 44 years. Following his service with Forsyth’s Scout’s, Pliley was commissioned a captain by the governor and was given command of Company A of the 19th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. He was reassigned in 1967 as Commander of Headquarters Battery. He is buried in Topeka Cemetery – Section 13, Lot 10, Space 1. Mustered in: September 17 to November 17, 1861 Mustered out: June 30, 1865. He retired from the Kansas Army National Guard on July 31, 1973. His inspired leadership while Adjutant General of Kansas resulted in the construction of 58 new Army National Guard Armories throughout Kansas. In the early days of World War II he served as an instructor pilot and in August of 1944 transferred to the European Theater of Operations. Was educated in the common and select schools of that county. The latter was to operate in the eastern sector, and had as its objectives the port of Syracuse and the airfield at Pachino. He and his wife, Judy, reside in Emporia, Kansas. In this capacity, he was instrumental in the development of Lake Kahola which assured the city of a constant water supply. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1881 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He was a lifelong Republican. He was assigned as Detachment Commander, Command and Control Headquarters, Kansas Army National Guard, upon reorganization of the 110th Ordnance Battalion on January 1, 1979. They had one child, Isabel Brandon, the wife of H.L. CSM Shaumeyer enlisted in the Kansas Army National Gaurd on 10 October 1952 with Company G and served in the 137th Infantry Regiment until his retirement on 18 June 1983. He served on the National Guard Bureau Maintenance advisory Committee and was Chairman in 1979. He is currently a member of the Kansas Army National Guard. Here, he traveled extensively, maintaining close communication with men and women in the field in all the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Description 69th NewYork Infantry - Irish Brigade Michael Corcoran Colonel & Brigadier General Wounded and Captured at 1st Manassas Backmark: Brady CDV … The Fighting 69th is a Light Infantry Battalion in the New York Army National Guard. The bushwackers left and no others returned,” according to the book, Quantrill and the Border Wars. Ballard fearlessly threw himself upon the lethal explosive device to protect his comrades from the deadly blast. He was responsible for managing a unit with a mix of active duty, reserve, and Guard airmen. Fry graduated from Army Air Corps Pilot Training in September of 1942 and was commissioned a second lieutenant. Because of the way he tipped his hat and spoke, more than one Topeka woman said she would rather speak to Colonel Hughes than to any other man in town. The completion of these three contentious and divisive projects are testimony to his leadership abilities. He concluded his distinguished forty-four year career by retirement in 1996. Upon his return to the states, he was assigned to the United States Army Reserve. His organizational and motivation abilities brought many innovations to the Air Guard, most of which still benefit Guardsmen and their families today. His military service began with his joining Battery C, 130Th Field Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard on 2 February 1949. When he went to milk to cow, he would say he was going to “extract the lactic fluid from the bovine.” When he was asked how he was, he would sometimes reply “tollable like.” He used many little trick expressions of comparison, such as; “as pretty as a little red wagon”; “as independent as a hog on ice”; “as sure as Heaven made little green apples”; “as sharp as a new pin”; “no more notion what to do with it than a hog with a holiday”; “as sure as settin’ sin”; “sweet as molasses cake with sugar on it.” Certain kinds of desserts were “transparent puddin” or “atmosphere pie.” He wouldn’t eat chicken because he had raised so many. He was mobilized in 1968 with the 69th Infantry Brigade (Separate) while serving with the 1st Battalion, 137th Infantry. He later served as Personnel Officer (S-1) for the Group then was assigned as a Platoon Leader with the 714th Maintenance Company, serving until September 1963. I gave it to him and he wore it until he was killed. He provided numerous hours of work for the Salvation Army, the Methodist Church, the Boy Scouts, the Red Cross, the Kansas Neurological Institute, and many others. Returning to Kansas, he was a member of the United States Army Reserve. He fought in the following battles; Old Fort Wayne, Indian Territory, October 22, Cane Hill, Arkansas, Nov. 28 and Boston Mountain and Prairie Grove, on Dec. 7. COL Fox finished his career with over 36 years of Military Service. This range is a valuable training area for Guard, Reserve, and Active Air Force crews as well as Army National Guard units. He served as an infantry officer in Vietnam with assignments as Adjutant, 1st Battalion 508th Infantry; Assistant Brigade Plans and Operations Officer with the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division; and Executive Officer, 1st Battalion 505th Infantry, being promoted to Major and returning to duty with the 69th Infantry Brigade during December 1969. Col. Weltmer gave a total of 43 years of his life to military service. His final assignment was as Commander, 69th Troop Command, Kansas Army National Guard. He was also involved with youth activities during his career with the Guard as a Little League baseball coach and as a leader with the Boy Scouts of America. Gun fighters from Dodge City, under command of Sheriff Bat Masterson, were hired and hurriedly shipped to the line of contest. An Army National Guard Armory was being constructed at St. Marys, Kansas and he was approached about the need for five people to start the unit there. Dad died a few years after my brother was killed, and I think Erwin’s death had something to do with it. In August, 1983, Chief Carbon was selected to serve as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Director, Air National Guard, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., being the third person to serve in this, the Highest Enlisted Position in the Air National Guard. Among his many awards and decorations are the Meritorious Service Medal; Air Force Commendation Medal; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon; Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Ribbon; Kansas National Guard Meritorious Service Ribbon, and the Kansas National Guard Longevity Service Ribbon. In addition to his military career, SGM Trost was deeply involved in Community Affairs. He aged quietly and eventually he became just another old man sitting on his porch reminiscing about his younger days. With his promotion to colonel, Newby transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve and remained there until his retirement in 1976. Taking a grenade from one of his men Hollis carefully observed the enemy's pattern of behaviour and threw it at the most opportune moment. He was an elector at large on that ticket in 1884, and the same year was appointed Governor of Wyoming. On 19 November, he made history when he became the first African American in the Kansas National Guard to be promoted to Brigadier General of the line and Commander fo the 69th Infantry Brigade. Holliday was educated at Alleghant College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, for the legal profession, which he followed to some extent, although his natural taste seemed to be for large business undertakings. His expertise in the military was recognized when he was chosen to testify before a House Armed Services Subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives, studying Reserve Component field training. You will need to wait for my invoice before checking out to receive the combines rate. He commanded the Battalion for fourteen years, relinquishing command in 1961. He then expanded on the success of the integration with the base to develop a similar program with the city of Wichita. Col. O’Connell volunteered for active duty October 12, 1951, and served as Commanding Officer of the 306th Logistical Command and also as Commandant for Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. He was first elected to the State Senate from the Tenth Kansas District in 1904 and was re-elected in 1908, 1912 and 1916. $3.88. Following his retirement, he was appointed Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control for the State of Kansas, a position he held for seven years. As has ever dared exist. He was inducted into the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame on 7 November 1993. After the outbreak of hostilities, the men of the 137th were reassigned to combat units by the Army and Ericsson was given command of the prisoner of war camp (German and Japanese) located at Medford, Oregon. He enlisted in the Kansas Air National Guard in 1970 after graduation and began Basic Training in September of that year. During his time at Nickell Barracks, he also served as an instructor for many of the Officer Candidate School classes. Unfortunately, he had forgotten to prime the grenade but the enemy didn't know this and kept their heads down waiting for it to explode. Col. Albert S. Bigelow was born in Cloud County, Kansas, January 23, 1888. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. After graduating from Morrowville Rural High School in 1947, he attended Kansas State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. House attacked by bushwackers service, Veterans day celebration, organized and the. 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