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Per Angusta ad Augusta

Through Difficulties to Honors

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

Memorial Day Observances
Memorial Day Observances
Iowa Veterans Cemetery at Van Meter, Iowa
25 May, 2011

Under cloudy and overcast skies, Guardsmen of the 49th Iowa VVI, Honor Guard to the Iowa Military Heritage Society, were on hand for the annual Memorial Day Observances
Conducted by the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.

Col. Robert King, Director of Veterans Affairs mastered the ceremonies that included the posting of the colors by the Red Bull Battalion, United States Army ROTC Contingent from the Central Campus of Des Moines Area Community College, as well as the opening prayer by Pastor Jeremy Johnson, and singing of the Star Spangled Banner by soloist Eileen O’Brien Denner.

Following the opening welcome and remarks by Van Meter Mayor Allan Adams, United States Senator Joni Ernst delivered remarks before the Keynote address by Congressman David Young reminded the crowd of several hundred veterans and their families, and gathered friends, of the true meaning of the day that was set aside in 1868 by General John Logan to remember the fallen. Both the Senator and Congressman reminded those in attendance that the day was meant to be so very much more than just the “three-day weekend” that it has evolved into since the observance date was changed in the early 1970’s.

At the end of the days addresses, Col. King called myself and Color Sergeant Michael Rowley forward to perform the formal unveiling of the bronze plaque that our unit has donated to the Committal Building at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery and thanked all guardsmen of the 49th Iowa for providing this fitting tribute to the 13,151 Iowans who gave their lives upon the alter of Freedom in the American Civil War.

Bugler Gloria Doyle played a beautiful rendition of “taps” at the end of the observances before the Colors were retired by the Cadets of the Red Bull Battalion, ending the program.

Attached photos show the assembled guardsmen as well as the dedicatory plaque that will commemorate this regiment’s permanent contribution of the plaque to the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.

Respectfully submitted,

1/Lt. David M. Lamb
Inf., Commanding
49th Iowa V.V.I
Iowa Military Heritage Society

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Wednesday 27 May 2015 - 05:10:19 | LAN_THEME_20
Iowa Soldier Receives Special Operations Highest Awards
Iowa Soldier Receives
Special Operations Highest Awards

The Governor’s Own Forty-Ninth Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry, Honor Guard to the Iowa Military Heritage Society issues our most hearty and heartfelt congratulations to Command Sergeant Major Richard C. Lamb, US Army (Ret’d). CSM Lamb is an Iowa native and one of this nation’s most decorated combat veterans of the past thirty years.

After an active-duty career spanning more than 25 years, CSM Lamb retired from the United States Army’s elite 5th Special Forces Group, but continues to serve the nation and his beloved military brotherhood by immediately transitioning into a Department of Defense position with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at McDill AFB, Tampa, Florida, where he works in both the J2 and J3 shops and helps facilitate the integration of our Coalition Partners from the Special Operations community around the world.

During his time in Special Operations, CSM Lamb served in four Special Forces Groups as well as the elite 75th Ranger Regiment. He took part in more than eight armed conflicts on five continents from Korea to Iraq. He was gravely wounded during the “Battle of Mogadishu” when he lead one of the rescue missions into the Bakara Market to rescue surrounded Rangers and members of the flight crews following the downing of a Blackhawk assault helicopter. The story of which became popularized by the motion picture “Blackhawk Down”.

In 2012 he was named Civilian of the Year by USSOCOM; and, earlier this year he was inducted into the Commando Hall of Honor.

On May 20, 2015, CSM Lamb was awarded the Col. Authur D. “Bull” Simons Award for his distinguished lifetime of service to the Special Operations Community as a soldier, leader, noncommissioned officer, and dedicated civil Servant.

The 49th Iowa salutes CSM Lamb and his family of this most distinguished honor.

Shown in the accompanying photograph is CSM Lamb receiving the “Bull” Simons trophy from General Joseph Votel, Commander, USSOCOM, at the SOFIC (Special Operations Industry Conference) Gala Banquet, Tampa Bay Marriott Hotel, Tampa, Florida.

“Huuaah, Top Sojer!”

Proudly submitted by

1/Lt. David M. Lamb
Inf., Commanding
The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
Iowa Military Heritage Society

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Tuesday 26 May 2015 - 06:48:44 | LAN_THEME_20
Governor's Memorial Day Proclamation

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Wednesday 13 May 2015 - 12:22:54 | LAN_THEME_20
Joining the Order
Joining the Order

Corporal Joseph C. Marti (though cleverly disguised in the Regimentals of one of his “other job” as Commander of the Sixth Military District, Sons of Veterans Reserve) has joined the ranks of those guardsmen of the 49th Iowa VVI as a full-fledged member of the Military Order of the Inner Sanctum by standing his initial obligatory tour of duty at the Tomb of President Abraham Lincoln.

On Saturday morning, May 2nd, 2015, at 9:05 am, Corporal Marti and I posted ourselves on either flank of the marble monument inside the Tomb for a tour that would last just under one and one-half hours in length as citizens arriving at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield in advance of the re-enacted funeral exercises for President Lincoln. For the next ninety-four minutes, we would stand our posts and occasionally break ranks to allow close-up photos of some of the younger visitors to come through, or to answer questions regarding the Lincoln family who are at rest there; or the history of the monument.

The time “on post” seemed (as it always does) to fly by in something of a surreal blur accented by the flashes of cameras and cell phones of the visitors wanting pictures.

Exiting the Tomb into the bright morning light with the scent of blooming magnolias in the air, Corporal Marti, having just earned his long-coveted Tomb Guard badge, confided to me that, today I truly believe that my ancestor would be proud that his great-grandson has stood guard over the remains of his own Commander-in-Chief.

A sincere sentiment that those of his brethren in the Order can relate to as being one of the greatest honors of our lives.

Following an early morning breakfast with members of the 49th Iowa here in Des Moines, as well as a tour of the Iowa Capitol and Battle Flags exhibit at the Iowa State Historical Museum, Brother Joe returned to California on Monday, May 4th, to tell his compatriots in the 49th California of the experiences that he had here in the heartland.

Respectfully Submitted
1/Lt. David M. Lamb
Inf., Commanding
“The Governor’s Own”
Honor Guard to the Iowa Military Heritage Society

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Tuesday 05 May 2015 - 06:44:58 | LAN_THEME_20
"There Lies the Most Perfect Ruler of Men the World Has Ever Seen."

On this very day, in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln passed from this life into immortality in the hearts and minds of freedom loving peoples all over this planet. Let us all pause to reflect upon the life and times of this great man and the legacy that he left for us. Let us ask ourselves whether or not he would think that we have cherished that legacy proudly and done all that we might to protect and defend it.

1/Lt. David M. Lamb
Inf., Commanding
Co. “A”, 49th Regiment Iowa V.V.I.
The Governor’s Own
Honor Guard to the Iowa Military Heritage Society

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Wednesday 15 April 2015 - 12:27:24 | LAN_THEME_20
Closing a Chapter/Continuing the March
Closing a Chapter/Continuing the March

Our Final Duties as part of the Sons of Veterans Reserve

Saturday, 11th April 2015, saw guardsmen of the 49th Iowa busily unfurling and dressing our Colors straightening “gig-lines” gloving up, and doing the final polishing and “pick and pluck” that has been our trademark for the past six years at the annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremonies at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.

Since 2009, guardsmen of the 49th Iowa have faithfully made the trip to this annual event put on by the Sons of Veterans Reserve and the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (SVR/MOLLUS) at the Tomb of President Lincoln. We have considered it to be our duty to the SVR, and a fulfillment of the oaths that we all took when we became members of same. Indeed, Chapter V, Section 3 of the Regulations governing our Order state, in part:

“The responsibilities of the SVR shall include participation in ceremonies, programs, and parades such as Remembrance Day, Lincoln Birthday, Memorial Day, Lincoln Tomb Ceremony, and National Encampment programs, and at the request of the Commander-in-Chief, special ceremonies and parades on behalf of and representing the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.”

And, the 49th Iowa has always been about honoring our commitments, for so long as we wore the uniform of the Order.

This year marked the fifty-ninth anniversary of this outstanding event. It is one of two National undertakings of the SVR/MOLLUS (the other being the “Remembrance Day” event in Gettysburg each November, at which the 49th has also been represented since 2009).

In 2009 and 2010, our contingent of twelve to fifteen members of the Honor Guard fell in with the other SVR units for the processional from the front gate of the cemetery to the foot of the Tomb. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 we had the honor of leading the processional, and in that year (2013) a new duty was given us.

Since 2013, the 49th Iowa has had the singular honor of being designated as the formal Tomb Guard, and allowed to post sentries inside the inner sanctum of the President’s burial place at each end of the seven-ft. red marble gravestone that stands above the final resting place of our martyred sixteenth president.

This honorable duty we have performed each year since, and shall continue to do so in a slightly different capacity, and perhaps at other times than during the SVR/MOLLUS annual events.

After what we consider to have been honorable service to the Sons of Veterans Reserve for nearly six years (since 4th June, 2009) Company “A”, 49th Regiment, Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry, “The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles” have elected to withdraw from the SVR and continue the march under our own colors as the Honor Guard of the newly formed Iowa Military Heritage Society. As of midnight on April 11th, we are no longer a part of the SVR.

A New Era Begins

At one minute past midnight on the morning of April 12th, we officially became the Honor Guard of the Iowa Military Heritage Society.

Our missions, goals and objectives will remain as they have always been, to honor our ancestors and their military service to this great nation by providing support to monument restoration, historic preservation, educational and civic activities, graves registration, veterans affairs, supporting our serving military forces; and, to pay particular homage to the role that Iowans have played in ALL of this nation’s wars and armed conflicts from the 17th century onward. We shall also continue to serve the Governors of Iowa as their Personal Honor Guard for so long as they desire for us to do so. We will also continue to perform our duties as the Tomb Guard at Lincoln’s Tomb.

Those efforts and activities shall continue to be chronicled here on these webpages as we move forward from here.

Respectfully submitted,

1/Lt. David M. Lamb
Inf., Commanding
Co. “A”, 49th Regiment Iowa V.V.I.
The Governor’s Own
Honor Guard to the Iowa Military Heritage Society

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Wednesday 15 April 2015 - 12:22:34 | LAN_THEME_20
Our Final Salute
Our Final Salute

At just a few minutes past 8:00 pm in the evening of a mist-filled and frigid April night in Des Moines’ Woodland Cemetery The Governor’s Own Forty-ninth Iowa V.V.I. rendered our final honors to those at rest in the two Grand Army sections with the sounding of Taps over the graves of our ancestors who fought the American Civil War.

Department Commander Danny E. Krock was in attendance for the duration of the event and Col. Robert King, Executive Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs honored us by attending. Jonas Cutler, the Des Moines attorney who is heading up the Gov. Samuel Merrill Mausoleum restoration efforts, also attended and assisted in the placing of luminaria.

We had been planning the ceremonial “Grand Illumination” of the nearly 400 graves in the two sections of Des Moines’ oldest cemetery for several years after witnessing it at the National Soldiers Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA, during one of the six trips to the SVR’s annual “Remembrance Day” activities. So when this day arrived with an early morning fog that turned to a steady but intermittent drizzle, that increasingly turned cold and uglier as the day progressed, it was “decision time”.

The men of the Honor Guard, chose to honor our long-established commitment to this endeavor and decided that we would continue to render the planned honors come-what-may.

With white waxed-paper bags turned-luminaria by the insertion of weighting sand and an electronic tea light “candle” in each of the bag, carefully placed at the uniform thirteen inches from the face of each gravestone by 7:00pm the citizens began arriving to view this never before done tribute. On foot and in vehicles, they came over the course of the first hour of rapidly growing twilight into fog-shrouded and misty darkness to observe the men of the 49th Iowa walking the twenty-one step guard posts of the silent sentry in each section.

By shortly after 8:00pm, with the rain increasing and the crowds thinned to a single individual as the temperature dropped past 35 degrees, I reached the decision to “call” the exercise by forty-five minutes and proceeded to order the final honor of the rendering of Taps in each section.

We then paid our final respects, performed our final salutes, and silently policed up 400 extremely wet and water-logged luminaries before exiting the grounds of the cemetery at 8:40 pm.

Honors rendered, respects paid, and duty done.

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

Photos by Dana Lamb

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Monday 13 April 2015 - 13:39:57 | LAN_THEME_20
A Blessed Silence Befalls
A Blessed Silence Befalls

And in just a matter of a few instants in time, by the faint scratching of pens upon paper by those weary men, a blessed silence fell upon this land that had known for far too long only the sounds of fury and the obscene wails of the dying.

- ¬Pvt. Luther Shattuck Parker, Co. “C”, 26th Massachusetts Veteran Volunteer Infantry, writing of the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Virginia, 9th April, 1865.

It has always seemed ironic that no one in that room when the Army of Northern Virginia was surrendered thought to jot down the precise moment in time when it ended. Perhaps all involved were simply too overcome with the magnitude of the moment to worry themselves about whether or not the exact instant of the signing of the Articles of Surrender would matter. Perhaps it was enough for them to know that the long nightmare of Civil War that had ravaged our land and its people was finally over. The closest estimate of the time that Lee signed his name to the document was that it had occurred at approximately five minutes before the hour of four o’clock in the afternoon.

In honored memory of that most hallowed of moments in the life of our nation, “The Governor’s Own” Forty-Ninth Iowa; joined for the occasion by the talented musicians of The Liberty Band of Iowa

under the able direction of Band Major Steven Sprague, formed up in-front-of the Soldier and Sailors Monument on the on the South grounds of the Iowa Capitol Building in Des Moines at just before 3:00pm local time to await the arrival of Governor Terry Branstad and Department Commander Danny E. Krock.

At the hour of 3:00pm these gentlemen would lay a simple wreath of evergreen boughs (cut and woven for us from an artifactual pine that was known to have been a small sapling at the time the war ended and thus a living link to that moment) upon the base of the monument in remembrance of the 76,543 Iowans who served; and the 13,164 who perished in the Civil War.

Governor Branstad would then proclaim from these very steps:


WHEREAS, April 9, 2015, marks the sesquicentennial of the end of the American Civil War at Appomattox Courthouse; and

WHEREAS, the end of Civil War closed one the most trying periods in United States history; and

WHEREAS, the state of Iowa was represented throughout the course of war by 76,000 gallant officers and men who served in 65 units: 51 Infantry Regiments, 4 Artillery Batteries, and 10 Cavalries;

WHEREAS, per capita, Iowa sent more soldiers to fight in the Civil War than any other state; and

WHEREAS, the significant sacrifice of the Civil War is demonstrated by the fact that the Civil War accounts for nearly half of all Americans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our nation; and

WHEREAS, the state of Iowa has continued to demonstrate our commitment to remembering those who fought for the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans through a preserved Union, including appropriating funds to refurbish and rededicate the Iowa monument located at the Vicksburg National Military Park and in maintaining the “Iowa and the Civil War: Nothing But Victory” exhibition at the State Historical Society of Iowa; and

WHEREAS, remembering and observing the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, enables us to reaffirm our commitment to the memory of those Iowans, and all Americans, who served in the American Civil War:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terry E. Branstad, Governor of the State of Iowa, do hereby declare April 9, 2015, as a day of remembrance and recognition of the great sacrifice of people of Iowa and our fellow citizens from across the nation on this the


and call this observance to the attention of all Iowans.


The Governor would then personally thank all members of the regiment that have served him as his personal Honor Guard throughout the entire Sesquicentennial observances of the American Civil War before taking his leave of those assembled to witness this historic event.

This regiment extends its deepest gratitude to Governor Branstad for having been afforded the singular honor of serving him over the length and breadth of this state and nation in that capacity for the past four years (we served his predecessor in office for two).

We thank Department Commander Krock for his attendance and participation in the day’s events marking the passing into history of the Sesquicentennial observances here in Iowa.

We especially thank Band Major Sprague for the unanticipated joy of having his band of talented musicians playing genuine period instruments from the Civil War era. Their efforts added much to the occasion and we are in their debt.

And last, but certainly not least, we thank Almighty God for staying the rain on what was one of the darkest, dreariest and wettest of April days in memory. It was truly as though for at least the few precious moments needed to render this honoraria, the hand of Divine Providence was cupped about us allowing us to honor our ancestors who honored us by their service and sacrifice on those distant fields, so long ago.

Respectfully submitted

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

Photos by Dana Lamb

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Monday 13 April 2015 - 12:38:08 | LAN_THEME_20
Honored by a Full Resolution
49th Iowa VVI
Honored by a Full Resolution of the
Iowa House of Representatives

9th April 2015 on the floor of the Iowa House of Representatives inside the Capitol Building in Des Moines, Iowa, guardsmen of the 49th Iowa fell into formation at 8:30am to join the entire body of the House and their staff for the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance to the flag before the public reading of House Resolution 29 (below) was read into Iowa law. To wit;



WHEREAS, the 49th Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry was formed in June, 2009, for the express purpose of establishing a highly trained and historically accurate uniformed ceremonial Honor Guard of military historians from across the State of Iowa who were also members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; and,

WHEREAS, this groups sworn “missions” are the preservation and restoration of Iowa’s aging Civil War monuments across the State of Iowa; and, on distant battlefields, and, the education of the public at large about the role played by Iowans in the American Civil War, (1861-1865); and,

WHEREAS, in its very first year of existence as a unit of the Sons of Veterans Reserve, the National Commander of the Sons of Veterans Reserve awarded the 49th Iowa the National Meritorious Unit Citation for excellence in all of their undertakings; and, were further honored by both Iowa Governors Culver and Branstad by being named by each Governor, in turn to be “The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles”; and,

WHEREAS, the 49th Iowa also undertook to support historic preservation efforts of entities like the Iowa State Historical Society by providing thousands of man hours of volunteer services to the Iowa Battle Flags Project; and,

WHEREAS, when members of the 49th Iowa learned of the deplorably decrepit state of the largest Iowa Monument at the Vicksburg National Battlefield Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi, they immediately set about working with members of the Iowa House and Senate to seek a bi-partisan funding bill passed by the General Assembly in 2013, that allowed for the funding of the total restoration of this monument; and,

WHEREAS, the 49th Iowa has consistently and repeatedly supported veterans of this state and nation by participating in a wide array of ceremonies throughout the State of Iowa; and, accompanied Iowa’s Governor as the official Honor Guard to the re-dedication of the Iowa Monument at Vicksburg National Battlefield Military Park; and,

WHEREAS, the 49th Iowa has replaced dozens of gravestones on veterans graves throughout the Midwest and has performed uniformed Full Military Honors ceremonies in strict compliance with United States Military regulations for veterans who had in some cases lain in unmarked and un-honored graves for over one-hundred-years; and,

WHEREAS, after appearing at the annual Lincoln’s Tomb Observances in Springfield, Illinois, in April of every year since 2009, the 49th Iowa was afforded the singular honor of being designated as the Tomb Guard at Lincoln’s Tomb in 2013.

We, Kraig Paulsen, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Carmine Boal, Chief Clerk of the House, hereby certify that the above and foregoing Resolution was adopted by the House of Representatives of the Eighty-sixth General Assembly.

Kraig Paulsen Carmine Boal
Speaker of the House Chief Clerk of the House

We then received a standing ovation of the legislators and staff for our efforts over the course of the past six years to educate and inform the public of the role that Iowa played in the American Civil War.

We are humbled by the magnitude of this greatest of honors that can be rendered by the People of the state of Iowa, and we hereby pledge to continue to serve the same goals and missions that we have already adopted that have carried this unit to this place in time.

Although we are formally ending our association with the Sons of Veterans Reserve of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, the 49th Iowa will continue the march and re-double our efforts to honor all Iowans who have served in our nation’s military as the uniformed Honor Guard of the Iowa Military Heritage Society.

You will soon be hearing much more about this organization as we close one chapter in the annals of our unit, and open another.

Respectfully Submitted,

1/Lt. David M. Lamb
Inf., Commanding
The Governor’s Own Forty-Ninth Iowa V.V.I.
Honor Guard of the Iowa Military Heritage Society
Personal Honor Guard to the Governors of Iowa
Tomb Guard at the Tomb of President Abraham Lincoln
Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois

Photos by Dana Lamb

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Friday 10 April 2015 - 19:54:45 | LAN_THEME_20
Special Order 37
Company “A”, 49th Iowa
Veteran Volunteer Infantry
The Governor’s Own

Special Order 37

Gentlemen, it is my painful duty to inform the command of the untimely death of Sherleen Bodkins, mother of Mrs. Debra Grim; beloved spouse of Color Sergeant Richard D. Grim of this Command.

In Honor of the Life of Sherleen Bodkins I hereby Order that the Command is in a state of mourning for a period of THIRTY DAYS commencing with today’s date, 5 April, 2015. All membership badges shall be dressed in mourning bands and the Regimental Colors if displayed in public will be dressed in mourning wreath and ribbon until midnight on 5 May, 2015.

By Order of the Commander, dated this 5th day of April, 2015 at Johnston, Iowa


1/Lt. David M. Lamb
Inf., Commanding

Posted by Cpl Stahr on Monday 06 April 2015 - 07:49:30 | LAN_THEME_20
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