Cpl Stahr 22 Jul : 09:53
NOTE: The Last Soldier link in our site's menu will now direct you to its own Last Soldier web address, which is outside this site.
Cpl Stahr 20 Jul : 12:18
NOTE: Special Order #38 has been published on the Front & Center page of this web site.
Cpl Stahr 10 Jun : 10:06
The Clayton County Monument project was completed with great personal effort in time and money by the members of the 49th! This is another tangible example of our stated mission…we are NOT a paper unit, but an active, hard-working, committed group of men. I am a proud member of an organization who remembers those who have served & are serving today. 1/Cpl. Stahr
Cpl Stahr 31 May : 12:06
Full Military Honors rendered to Sgt. Isaac Ford; no better way to spend Decoration Day!
Cpl Stahr 28 Apr : 07:29
The new Rules & Regulations are published and may be viewed by clicking the R & R link in the top menu.
Cpl Stahr 04 Mar : 09:44
"...With malice toward none, with charity for all..." Remembering Father Abraham's Second Inaugural Address, 150 years ago today, on March 4, 1865.
Cpl Stahr 12 Feb : 07:47
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Father Abraham!
Cpl Stahr 01 Jan : 13:45
Happy New Year, Brother Riflemen and to all our visitors! 1/Cpl Stahr
The motto of Company A, 49th Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Glendale Flag Detail & G.A.R. “Scrubadub”
Glendale Flag Detail And G.A.R. “Scrubadub”
Late July Saturdays in Iowa can be excruciatingly hot. Especially after a few light showers have added just enough moisture to the air to bring the humidity level and the air temperature to within a couple of clicks of each other on their respective scales. By 9:00am, the temperature was hovering just above eighty degrees Fahrenheit; and, the humidity level was pretty close behind at 78%. “Good for the corn”, is the rationalization that one hears most often.
Perfect day for a bonfire….or, most accurately a “Flag Melting Exercise.” Which is precisely what one detail of guardsmen from the 49th Iowa engaged in this morning as they consigned just over 1,400 unserviceable flags to the healing flames of the U.S.S. Zenti in a more or less shady grove at Des Moines’ Glendale Cemetery. Color Sergeant Jake Grim headed the detail, ably assisted by Color Sergeant Louie Zenti (of U.S.S. Zenti fame) who was in turn assisted by Louie, Jr. when he was not engaged in keeping a couple of rainwater puddles from going to waste. Sgt. Ron “Bluebird” Rittel, and Corporal Frank Hanna completed the consignment detail that steadily stoked the fires with worn and faded “Old Glories” for the better part of one and one-half hours.
About two hundred yards due West of the spot upon which these guardsmen labored, myself, 1/Sgt. Jim Braden, Regimental Color Sergeant Mike Rowley, Color Sergeant Henry Krecklow, and Corporal Ricky Stewart busied ourselves in both the G.A.R. and WWI sections of Glendale Cemetery applying D-2 bio-cleaning solvent, and applying scrub brushes to government issue gravestones.
Not altogether certain which of the two details turned out to be the “hottest” events of the day. Sound arguments might be made for both, I’m certain. But more certain is the warmth from the feeling of jobs honorably undertaken, and well done; and, the camaraderie shared with our brothers will likely supplant the physical discomfitures of the day.
1/Lt. David M. Lamb Inf., Commanding Co. “A’ 49th Regiment Iowa V.V.I. “The Governor’s Own” Iowa Military Heritage Society
Flags at Half-Staff Through July 25 Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Our thoughts and prayers as a Nation are with the service members killed last week in Chattanooga. We honor their service. We offer our gratitude to the police officers and first responders who stopped the rampage and saved lives. We draw strength from yet another American community that has come together with an unmistakable message to those who would try and do us harm: We do not give in to fear. You cannot divide us. And you will not change our way of life.
We ask God to watch over the fallen, the families, and their communities. As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, July 25, 2015. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.
On this beautiful mid-summer morning, at the site of the Red Oak Grove Presbyterian Church and its adjoining Cemetery in rural Cedar County, Iowa, the 49th Iowa was given the extraordinary honor of posting the National Colors, and performing the Tolling of the Angelus for the Dead at ceremonies organized by the Cedar County Historical Society and the congregation of the church.
The entire article on Red Oak Grove Remembers its Heroes may be read by opening the .pdf link below:
Marine Corps Major General Jos. L. Osterman has assumed command of USMARSOC (United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command). Another monumental change has taken place recently for this unit of elite warriors when the MARSOC recently adopted the name “Marine Raiders” as a nod to the heritage of the specially trained and equipped fighting force of 2 battalions and 2 Marine regiments that operated in the South Pacific Theater of war from 1942-1944.
The Marine “Raiders”, like the Army “Rangers” were the US military’s response to a desire to form small, highly trained, and exceptionally motivated “commando” style fighting units based upon the model of the British Commando’s. Both units conducted operations behind Enemy lines during the heavy fighting in the Pacific as the US Military sought to drive the Imperial Japanese Armies out of the island territories that it had overrun in the early months of the war.
Pictured above is the emblem of the MARSOC, whose Command and Control is functionally assigned to USSOCOM (United States Special Operations Command) headquartered at McDill AFB, Tampa, FL.
Pictured below is the WWII era Marine Raiders patch. The new “Raiders” will adopt a similar “unofficial” emblem, sans the skull of the original Marine Raider Battalions. This new emblem is not yet officially authorized for wear on the Marine uniform.
In other, related news, the USMC Officer’s Training Course in 2014 approved a new PMOS 0370 (Primary Military Occupational Specialty) for Marine Officers graduating from the USMC Forces Special Operations Command Individual Training Course. The new course is designed to turn out Officers for MARSOC units across the command, and was approved by Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos in August of last year.
Welcome back, Raiders!
Gung-ho! And Semper Fi!
Respectfully submitted, 1/Lt. David M. Lamb 49th Iowa V.V.I. The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles Iowa Military Heritage Society
During the work detail held at Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa, last Saturday guardsmen of the 49th Iowa treated and scrubbed dozens of government issued gravestones in the Eastern-most Grand Army of the Republic section of the cemetery.
We also cleaned a good deal of moss and lichen from two larger memorials located in that section of this oldest of Des Moines cemeteries. One of these, a thirty foot obelisk erected by the Ladies Auxiliaries of the “Crocker and Kinsman Camps” erected in 1920; and a smaller gray granite stepped plinth and column bearing the “Flower Girl” one placed in 1907 by the long-disbanded Gen. James Williamson Circle No. 54 of the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic.
On the West-facing dedicatory panel of this LGAR monument is the inscription “To the Unknown Dead”. On the North and South faces of the largest section of the edifice are the simple words “Soldiers” and “Sailors” respectively.
None of us in the detail, who had seen this monument dozens upon dozens of times over the course of the past several years had ever paid a great deal of attention to the inscription located on the Eastern aspect of this monument until peeling away a layer of lichen encrustation. Apparently, those who erected this edifice to the unknown dead from the Civil War, had chosen to return to the monument at the outbreak of another war and added the inscription:
In Memory Of Our Boys Who Died For Democracy 1917 -
No second date exists. Telling us that by the time the war to which they refer ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1919, there must have been none of those ladies left to complete the task of inscribing the second date.
None present could believe that we have passed this monument, collectively, hundreds of times and never noticed the omission.
The 49th Iowa VVI has already contacted and contracted with a local stone cutter to finish this piece of “unfinished business” on behalf of the ladies of the General James A. Williamson Circle No. 54, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic. We believe they would be pleased.
1/Lt. David M. Lamb Inf., Commanding 49th Iowa VVI “The Governor’s Own” Iowa Military Heritage Society
Guardsmen of the 49th Iowa continue to also serve our state, our communities, and our veterans and their families in several ways. Engaging in cemetery-related ceremonial endeavors to honor veterans like the annual Wreaths Across America Project and Memorial Day Remembrances; performing uniformed Full Military Honors at the dedications of newly places gravestones in compliance with military regulations and protocols; providing dignified and militarily appropriate flag-retirement ceremonies for municipalities and county agencies; are but a few of the activities that we engage in to fulfill our commitment to continue to honor those veterans who have served our state and nation and are now at rest beneath Iowa sod...
This is the opening paragraph of a well written, interesting eight page article covering the cleaning of G.A.R. gravestones and the history of military headstones. The article may be read in its entirety by downloading a .pdf in the link below:
Col. Robert C. King, Exec. Dir., Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs has notified us that Governor Branstad signed the DISABLED VETERAN HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX CREDIT APPLICATION act into law this morning (18th June, 2015). Col. King has requested that this information be given the widest possible distribution.
The Filing deadline for this exemption is rapidly approaching and all persons eligible to receive this credit MUST submit their applications for same to their County Assessor’s Offices NLT the close of business on Tuesday, 30 June, 2015 in order to qualify for this year.
Questions regarding this notice should be directed to Col. King’s Office at the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, 515-727-344.
1/Lt. David M. Lamb Inf., Commanding Co. “A” 49th Iowa V.V.I. Iowa Military Heritage Society
The tiny Missouri town of Calwood in NE Missouri once again played host to members of both the Sons of Union Veterans and the Sons of Confederate Veterans of the Civil War; period re-enactors, members of the 49th Iowa on behalf of the Iowa Military Heritage Society, and a handful of the public who came to see the proceedings.
The site of the mass grave that holds the earthly remains of both Union and Confederate dead from the June, 1862, engagement at nearby “Moore’s Mill”, just a scant half-mile distant, the exact resting place had been unknown until members of the local Elijah Gates Camp, SCV, located it in 2010 and confirmed the presence of what appeared to be “anomalies consistent with human burials in a mass grave”, according to the archeologist’s report gained by GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) survey in 2011.
Once the site appeared to be confirmed, members of the Gates Camp (some of whom are also dual members of the SUVCS’s Tiger Camp in nearby Columbia, MO) began raising awareness and funds to build what is now a permanent memorial to the more than three-dozen dead who lay together in this shallow grave on the bank of Auxvasse Creek.
A granite monument modeled on the order of one Union and one Confederate gravestone, melded forever from the same piece of stone marks the site, and the permanent flagpoles that were the subject of today’s dedication bring to a close the more than four-year long efforts of Commander Noel A. Crowson, and his brethren of the Gates Camp to make this memorial a reality.
The Fourth Military District, Sons of Veterans Reserve/SUVCW contributed monetarily to the erection of the flagpoles and solar lighting that will allow the colors of the nations that these men fought and died for to be permanently displayed on site. Once bitter enemies, now united as brothers in arms by Death, that great arbiter of all human struggles and foibles.
The site may be visited when traveling Interstate Highway 70 (East) toward St. Louis (approx. 100 miles distant) by taking Callway County Road “Z” (exit 155) and driving south just beyond Calwood, about five miles distant.
Sgt. Ronald Rittel and I attended the ceremonies today, on behalf of the command.
1/Lt. David M. Lamb Commanding 49th Iowa V.V.I. “The Governor’s Own” Honor Guard to the Iowa Military Heritage Society