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10 Jun : 11:06
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.
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31 May : 13:06
Full Military Honors rendered to Sgt. Isaac Ford; no better way to spend Decoration Day!
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"...With malice toward none, with charity for all..."
Remembering Father Abraham's Second Inaugural Address, 150 years ago today, on March 4, 1865.
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01 Jan : 14:45
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Welcome Corporal Rasmussen!
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Home of The Governor's Own Iowa Rifles
Per Angusta ad Augusta

Through Difficulties to Honors

The motto of Company A, 49th Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Upcoming Veterans Events - Revised
Updated & Revised

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Friday 08 July 2016 - 14:02:31 | LAN_THEME_20
An Up-lifting Event
Veteran’s Gravestones
An Up-lifting Event

In the City of Des Moines Municipal Cemeteries there are thousands of veteran’s graves that are marked by government issued gravestones. These include both upright markers as well as flush-mounted stones that are placed at or slightly below ground level.

Under extant city ordinances the care and maintenance of these stones are the responsibility of the family members of the veterans interred there. In many cases, those families have either passed on or have moved away from the area and there is now no one to make certain that those stones are maintained.

Local veterans groups as well as some fraternal organizations volunteer hundreds of man-hours every year to clean, straighten, and make certain that flags fly over the graves of our veterans from wars all the way from colonial times up to the modern day. Sadly these efforts are not enough and many hundreds of gravestones are is desperate need of assistance.

The Des Moines Parks and Recreations Department that oversees the seven municipal cemeteries in Des Moines have undertaken a program to enlist the aid of volunteers to spend a few hours of their time in the process of lifting and straightening several hundred in-ground stones so that new underlayment materials can be placed and the stones levelled. City workers will be on-hand at all times, and equipment and supplies will be provided. Participants should be in good physical health and capable of aiding in the lifting of approximately forty-pound markers as well as shoveling and tamping of sand and underlayment materials.

The first “work days” for this fall are tentatively scheduled for September 14th through 17th, from 9:00am to 3:30pm for Glendale Cemetery, 4909 University Avenue, in Des Moines.. Any amount of time that can be volunteered will be most helpful, and you need not be in attendance for the entire period of the event.

Individuals and/or groups wishing to volunteer to assist in this project, are asked to contact Ganesh Ganpat at Glendale Cemetery, 515-248-6320; or, e-mail him at gnganpat©dmgov.org, to learn more about this worthwhile endeavor.

David M. Lamb
Iowa Military Heritage Society
Board Member, Iowa Genealogical Society
Life Member, SAPIC
Committeeman, DM Cemeteries Vet’s. Stone Leveling Project

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Friday 08 July 2016 - 07:05:22 | LAN_THEME_20
Flag Disposal Detail; 25 June, 2016
Flag Disposal Detail
Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines
25 June, 2016

As an integral part of fulfilling our deeply held commitment to public service, Guardsmen of the 49th Iowa, Iowa Military Heritage Society came together today to retire unserviceable National Colors at Glendale Municipal Cemetery in Des Moines.

For the past four years, the unit has provided this service to the municipally-owned and operated cemeteries of Glendale and Woodland (a Division of the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department). Between two and four of these ceremonial retirement in compliance with Federal statutes and military tradition are performed annually dependent upon need. The largest of these entailed the disposal of over 2,500 flags on one detail approximately two years ago. Today’s exercises consisted of the retirement of approximately five-hundred flags collected since last fall when the last ceremony was held.

Another of these ceremonies is slated for 5th November, 2016 at Glendale.

Respectfully Submitted,

1/Lt. David M. Lamb
Inf., Commanding
“The Governor’s Own”

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Sunday 26 June 2016 - 16:06:20 | LAN_THEME_20
Independence Day Chapel Service

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Monday 20 June 2016 - 19:57:23 | LAN_THEME_20
Littleton Brother Monument Dedication
Littleton Brother Monument Dedication
Toolesboro, Iowa
14th June, 2016

On this 241st anniversary of the founding of the United States Army (14 June, 1775) a group of some three hundred citizens gathered in the sun drenched rolling hills of SE Iowa to honor six brothers who perished while serving as soldiers of that army during the American Civil War. Their sacrifice in the causes of Union and Freedom had been long forgotten and nearly lost to us all until two dedicated historians from the Louisa County Historical Society uncovered fragmentary evidence of the story some seven years ago.

Working diligently to discover more of the tale of the six members of the Littleton family who perished during the Civil War, Tom Woodruff and Ed Bayne would first become champions of the resurrection of the memories of these young men; and then, the driving forces behind the magnificent monument to their memories that was dedicated on this day near the site of the pioneer homestead where they spent their youths. The deaths of these six brothers represents the largest loss of life endured by any American family in time of war in the history of this nation.

The 49th Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Iowa Military Heritage Society, was deeply honor to be chosen to be the official Honor Guard for the ceremonies; and provided the very first National flag that will be flown over the monument. As the colors were taken aloft and then returned to half-staff (per Presidential Proclamation in honor of the slain in the Orlando) local bugler Elaine Pacha played “To the Colors”.

Master of Ceremonies for the event was author and historian John Busbee of Des Moines, would guide the events of the late afternoon observances.

“The Star Spangled Banner” was ably performed by the Wapello High School Band under the direction of Mr. Micah Peck; who also led his musicians through a stirring rendition of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” later on in the program.

The Invocation was offered by Pastor Dan Doolin, Solid Rock Baptist Church, Wapello; and Monument Project Chair from the Louisa County Historical Society, Mr. Tom Woodruff offered the opening remarks.

Descendants of the Littleton Brothers surviving sisters, Mr. Jake Shoppa and Mrs. Julie Wagner offered their gratitude and acknowledgement for the tremendous efforts involved in making this monument a reality; and, gave thanks for the efforts of all in remembering their ancestors.

In all, nearly two-dozen descendants of the Littleton's, from several states, would be present at this historic event honoring their family members.

Governor Terry E. Branstad offered his congratulations and those of all Iowans on this momentous occasion; and, also presented Mr. Woodruff and the monument committee with a check in the amount of $10,000.00 from the Iowa History Foundation to help defray the costs of erecting this beautiful monument.

Dr. Tom Morain, Graceland University, gave the keynote address referencing his thoughts on how this story should resonate with all Iowans and remind us of the costs involved in maintaining our precious freedoms.

At the end of Dr. Morain’s remarks, I briefly took the rostrum to offer comments and gratitude from our perspective as the chosen Honor Guard; and, to present both Tom Woodruff and Ed Bayne with certificates of induction into the “Loyal Legion of Abraham Lincoln for 2016” for their Herculean efforts in making this monument, and this day, into a reality.

“Taps” was played by Elaine Pacha.

As the last notes faded into the wooded hills surrounding this monument, myself and Regimental Color Sergeant Michael J. Rowley retired the regiments National Colors, and Color Sergeant Richard Grim and Sergeant Ronald F. Rittel presented arms before retiring the Regimental Colors of the 49th Iowa from the field.

Photos by John Lovretta & Marilyn Rittel

The afternoon's event was organized and shepharded into being by the efforts of dozens of local people of the Louisa County area; but, most especially the efforts of Kathy Jolly Vance, Iowa State University Extention Officer, and Chair of the Event Committee, deserve special recognition. Without Mrs. Vance's efforts, this marvelous event might never have happened.

Respectfully submitted,

1/Lt. David M. Lamb
Inf. Commanding
“The Governor’s Own”

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Wednesday 15 June 2016 - 20:26:21 | LAN_THEME_20
Merrill Tomb
On June 5, 2016 members of the Iowa Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of The Civil War joined with about 135 others in historic Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa for the unveiling of the restored monument of Governor and Civil War Col. Samuel Merrill.

Key note speakers were Jonas Cutler the man behind the private fund drive and current Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. Several Iowa legislators and Congressman Young and retired senator, historian and author Dennis Black were also in attendance.
Local VFW members fired a 21 gun salute and Taps. Members of the Patriot Guard also participated along with several lineage and historical society members including Commander Danny Krock of Iowa Department SUVCW, Alan Wenger, 1 VP of Iowa S.A.R., Volney Smith, Past President and current Secretary and Treasurer of Iowa S.A.R and General Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa President Mike Rowley.


Mike Rowley
1825 NW 129th Street
Clive, Iowa 50325 (515) 975-0498 MJR1825©gmail.com


Iowa Military Heritage Society www.iowavalor.com UPDATED FEB 2016
Company "A" 49th Regiment, Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry "The Governor's Own Iowa Rifles"

Jamestowne Society www.jamestowne.org
General Society of Mayflower Descendants GSMD www.themayflowersociety.org
The Order of Founders and Patriots in America OFPA www.founderspatriots.org
Fuller Society thefullersociety.org
Sons of the American Revolution S.A.R. www.iowasar.org
General Society of the War of 1812 GSW 1812 www.iowa1812.org UPDATED FEB 2016
General Society Sons of the Revolution G.S.S.R. www.sr1776.org
Descendants of Washington's Army at Valley Forge DVF www.valleyforgesociety.com
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War SUVCW www.iowasuvcw.org
Tomb Guard at Lincoln's Tomb, Springfield Illinois
State Assoc. for the Preservation of Iowa

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Tuesday 07 June 2016 - 07:27:54 | LAN_THEME_20
Memorial Day Events 27 May through 30 May
Memorial Day Events 27 May through 30 May

Iowa Barnstormers Military Night, 27 May 2016, 7:05 pm, Wells Fargo Arena, 233 Center St., Des Moines, (Polk), IA 50309, Kyle Dykstra, 515-564-8468, kdykstra©theiowabarnstormers.com. Note: All Veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves receive free tickets for themselves and their families. Contact Kyle Dykstra for information.

Homeless Veterans Outreach Grill Out, 27 April – 29 June 2016, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Lincoln Park, Intersection of Mulberry and Franklin Streets, Waterloo, (Black Hawk), IA, Kevin Dill, 319-291-2512, kdill©co.black-hawk.ia.us. Note: We grill hot dogs and provide a bag of chips and a drink to any homeless veteran or veteran in need for free…We do this for outreach and to connect our homeless vets and vets in need to our services and the community.

Memorial Day, 30 May 2016, 8:00 am, Iowa Veterans Cemetery (at Van Meter), 34024 Veterans Memorial Drive, Adel, IA 50003, Meghan Larkins, Outreach Coordinator IDVA, 515-727-3442, Meghan.larkins©iowa.gov. Note: Congressman David Young and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will attending as honored guests. Executive Director Colonel Robert C. King (Ret) will be speaking.

Memorial Day, 30 May 2016, 11:00 am, Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, Des Moines, (Polk) IA 50309, Meghan Larkins, Outreach Coordinator IDVA, 515-727-3442, Meghan.larkins©iowa.gov. Note: Presiding Officer will be Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director Colonel Robert C. King (Ret) Congressman David Young will serve as Keynote Speaker, with Brigadier General Steven Altman and Brigadier General Jonathan J. McColumn attending as honored guests.

Memorial Day, 30 May 2016, 11:00 am, Resthaven Cemetery, 801 19th Street, West Des Moines, (Polk), IA Cheryl TanCreti, 515-225-7225, cheryltancreti©dignitymemorial.com.

Memorial Day, 30 May 2016, 9:45 am, Mitchellville Cemetery, 500 Vine St, Mitchellville, (Polk), IA 50169, Neal Evans, 515-238-7142, EvansN©aol.com. Note: Refreshments at the Legion 155 Post, 111 Center Ave, following the service. In case of rain, the service will be held at the Legion Post.

Memorial Day – Honoring Veterans, 30 May 2016, 5:00 am to 1:00 pm, Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, 7105 NW 70th Ave, Building A9/3692, Camp Dodge, Johnston, (Polk) IA 50131, Sherrie Colbert, Museum Director, 515-252-4531, sherrie.colbert©iowa.gov, Note: Van and Bonnie will broadcast “live” from the museum from 5:00 am to 9:00 am, free breakfast until it runs out, free ice cream from the I SCREAM Guy, crafts for kids, vendors and please tour our new World War I Exhibit.

Van Meter Legion Auxiliary Memorial Day Refreshments, 30 May 2016, 8:00 am to 10:00 am, Van Meter Legion Reception Center, 910 Main St, Van Meter, IA, Christina Radke, 515-418-1960, christinaradke©hotmail.com. Note: Please join us for free refreshments provided by the Van Meter Legion Auxiliary following the ceremony at the Van Meter Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

Memorial Day Ceremony, 30 May 2016, 10:00 am, State Capitol Grounds (south side of Capitol), Des Moines, IA, George Kline, Commandant, 515-314-9955, sgtklineusmc6369©gmail.com. Note: Public invited.

Memorial Day Ceremony, 30 May 2016, 10:30 am, Iowa Veterans Home (Mallory LRC), 1301 Summit Street, Marshalltown, IA, 50158, Brad Shipley, 641-753-4536, bradley.shipley©ivh.state.ia.us. Note: Guest speakers will be “Families of the Fallen”. This event is open to the public.

Memorial Day at the Iowa Veterans Museum, 30 May 2016, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, 503 South Street, Waterloo, IA, Jordan Walker, 319-234-6357, Jordan.walker©gmdistrict.org. Note: Visit the Iowa Veterans Museum for a FREE picnic style lunch with paid admission (first 100 visitors). All Veterans and Active Duty are FREE on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day Ceremony, 30 May 2016, 1:00 pm, WWII Monument, State Capitol Grounds (south side of Capitol), Des Moines, IA, Travis Holden 729-4797. Note: Public invited.

Meghan Larkins
Outreach Coordinator
Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs
7105 NW 70th Ave. | Camp Dodge Bldg. 3465 | Johnston, Ia 50131-1824
Telephone: (515)727-3442 or (800)838-4692☎

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Thursday 26 May 2016 - 07:30:05 | LAN_THEME_20
Samuel Merrill Re-dedication

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Sunday 22 May 2016 - 16:31:48 | LAN_THEME_20
Military Honors Rendered To Pvt. Alfred Lyon
Military Honors Rendered

Pvt. Alfred Lyon

Co. “A” 23rd Iowa Infantry

Nearly One-Hundred-and-fifty-three years after Pvt. Lyon fell mortally wounded during the assault of his beloved 23rd Iowa Infantry on the Black River Bridge near Champions Hill, Mississippi, he now lay at rest on a peaceful hilltop in Des Moines; Woodland cemetery. And from this day forward, the site of his “last post’ is marked with the grey-granite government issue stone that his impromptu service to his nation had earned him.

Lyon need not have perished in the terrible fighting in the early days of the campaign to invest by siege the fortress City of Vicksburg, Mississippi. In fact, he needn’t have gone off to war at all. Born in 1812, Alfred Lyon was a man who was beyond what was considered to be “of military age” and had tried to enlist several times only to be told that by recruiting officers. Un-fazed by rejection he had attached himself to the 23rd Iowa Infantry as a civilian “Sutler” whilst the unit mustered and trained at Camp Burnside on the eastern fringes of Des Moines in the fall of 1862; and had accompanied the regiment south into Missouri and Arkansas and ultimately on to Mississippi to take part in wresting Vicksburg (the “Gibraltar of the Confederacy”) from enemy hands. Several times he had still entreated various and sundry military commanders to allow him to join the ranks of the infantry, only to each time be told that he was “too old” and not physically up to the rigors of a “soldiers life.”

Lyon had been an early settler in Des Moines, and had been a business partner of B.F. Allen in a dry goods store in a converted barracks building in the old Fort Des Moines. He had been elected Sheriff of Polk County, and had gone on to serve a term in the Iowa Legislature before the Civil War. Lyon had a family that included a wife and three children, two of whom were under the age of fourteen when he died.

His determination to serve in the ranks of the Union Army compelled him to leave his family. Friends, business interests and community behind him. His unflagging commitment to joining into the fray ultimately led one of the officers of the 23rd to accept his repeated entreaties and to have him fall into the ranks of Company “A” of that venerable regiment just days before they were to be fiercely engaged in the fighting to establish siege lines around Vicksburg. On May 16th, 1863, Lyon’s company led a charge against Confederate positions at Big Black River Bridge and he fell mortally wounded, a ball passing entirely through his abdomen. He live long enough to tell his commanding officer that he knew his wound to be mortal, but stating that he died with no regrets.

Today, April 23rd, 2016, “The Governor’s Own” 49th Iowa V.V.I., Honor Guard to the Iowa Military Heritage Society, was joined by a firing detail from the American Legion Post 274 in the rendering of Military Honors at the gravesite.

On hand for the event were members of the Patriot Guard Riders; Bill McCarthy, Sheriff of Polk County and his Chief Deputy, Tim Krum; Col. (Ret’d.) Robert King, Director of Veterans Affairs for the State of Iowa; representatives from the Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, Children of the American Revolution; Danny E. Krock, Department of Iowa Commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; representatives of the Des Moines Historical Society, and the Iowa Military Museum at Camp Dodge, and private citizens.

Col. Robert King was presented with the ceremonial flag used during the day’s ceremonies.

It will be flown in Pvt. Lyon’s honor at either the Iowa National Guard Headquarter building at Camp Dodge; or, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at Van Meter.

Respectfully submitted,

David M. Lamb
Iowa Military Heritage Society

Thank you to Jerry Tormey, Des Moines Historical Society, for a few of the photo seen in the preceding After Action Report
Posted by Cpl Stahr on Sunday 01 May 2016 - 11:58:38 | LAN_THEME_20
A Long Time Coming

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Friday 08 April 2016 - 07:50:18 | LAN_THEME_20
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