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
Marine Raiders Once Again
Marine Raiders Once Again
MCBC Lejeune, N.C., June 19, 2015
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
An amendment to House File 166 pertaining to the DISABLED VETERAN HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX CREDIT APPLICATION has been approved by the Iowa State Senate and the Iowa House of Representatives. This amendment provides “EXCEPTION TO APPLICATION TO FILING DEADLINE” for submitting applications for the tax credit. It provides retroactivity for filing of applications to 1 January 2014. The filing deadline is coming quickly. The applications must be received in the county assessor’s office no later than the close of business on Tuesday, 30 June 2015, to eligible for the tax credit. This Disabled Veteran Homestead Property Tax Credit is available to 100% service-connected disabled veterans, family members receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), and Individual Unemployable disabled veterans certified and paid by the US Department of Veterans Affairs at the 100% level.
The Department of Veteran Affairs believes it is likely that the Governor will find this bill favorable, and sign it as soon as it arrives in his office after administrative processing.
Please give this message the widest possible distribution and please make personal contact with any veterans and family members that this amendment will affect.
An update to this message will be distributed as soon as we receive information that Governor Branstad has signed the legislation making it effective immediately.
Colonel Robert C. King, Retired Executive Director Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs 7105 Northwest 70th Avenue Building 3465, Camp Dodge Johnston, Iowa 50131-1902 515-727-3444
A Four-Year-long commitment comes to fruition in Elkader
Saturday, June 6th, 2015, found guardsmen of the 49th Iowa hard at work applying the amazing bio-solvent called “D-2” to the grey-granite stone that forms the base of the Civil War monument on the grounds of the Clayton County Courthouse in the NE Iowa town of Elkader.
The odyssey of this project has been a long one for all involved, but especially so for Corporal Ricky Stewart of this command. “Rick” is the enormously talented artist who undertook the amazingly complicated restoration of the metal sculptures that adorn the three stone pedestals that comprise the major features of the monument. A larger-than-life Sailor and Infantryman of the Civil War era, and a slightly larger than life eagle that sits atop the highest point on the monument. Rick returned the Sailor last year (2014); the Infantryman about two months ago; and the Eagle found his way home to his granite perch just today.
All three had been erected atop the granite edifice in 1918 and had suffered years of storms, vandalism and neglect before 1/Cpl. Court Stahr brought them to our attention in 2010. We approached the Clayton County Board of Supervisors that fall and offered to facilitate the repairs and restoration of the monument, and obtained legal permission from them to undertake the exercise. None of us knew at the time, the amount of work that would truly be required, and the hundreds upon hundreds of hours that would be required to bring this project to a successful close.
One of the final episodes that needed to be undertaken was the cleaning of ninety-seven years of dirt, grime, soot, moss, and lichen from the stone surfaces before Rick arrived from his studio in Newton with the totally re-furbished eagle that was to be mounted back on his perch atop the monument.
Today, a work detail consisting of myself, 1/Sgt. James Braden (who traveled all the way from his home in extreme SW Iowa to take part); Sgt. Ronald F. Rittel (who left several fresh hatchlings of his beloved Bluebirds here in Des Moines to attend); 1/Cpl. Court Stahr (who got us into this worthy project in the first place); and, of course, Cpl. Ricky L. Stewart, without whose gifts and talents this could never have come to pass, spent the better part of the morning and early afternoon scrubbing and cleaning. All under the close and watchful supervision of the Regimental Supervisors (Mrs. Lamb, Mrs. Stahr, and Mrs. Rittel, who all lent their considerable talents in the areas of supervision, technical advice, extensive knowledge of cleaning tools, and photo skills).
And, in memory of Cpl. David Sample, Road Warrior, whose journeys have taken him far away of late, we can happily report that the size of the fish platter at Fennellys Irish Pub is still three….. All in all…it was a great day in some of the most perfect early summer weather that Iowa is capable of delivering.
Now for the hot shower and some Tylenol!
1/Lt. David M. Lamb Commanding 49th Iowa V.V.I. Iowa Military Heritage Society
Thanks Dana & Janet for Photos...more to be published later.
Sgt. Isaac H. Ford Company “I” 2nd Iowa Volunteer Cavalry
At 1300 hrs, 30th May, 2015, Junction Township Cemetery, Old U.S. Hwy 30, 1mile west of Grand Junction, Greene, County, Iowa, Sgt. Isaac Ford was rendered the full military honors that his service to the nation during the American Civil War earned him.
Ford was born on October 27th, 1838, in St. Lawrence County, N.Y. He appears to have lived in Ohio (and possibly Minnesota) for a period of time, and arrived in Iowa in 1860. An early entrant into the ranks of the military following President Lincoln’s initial call for volunteers, he enlisted as a private soldier in Company “I”, 2nd Iowa Volunteer Cavalry on 31st August, 1861, for a term of three years. At the time of his enlistment, the then twenty-three-year-old Ford, was a resident of Fairview (Allamakee County) Iowa.
Mustering into Federal service at Davenport, Ford’s Co. “I” would move first to Benton Barracks, MO, with the regiment in December of 1861 where it garrisoned throughout the winter months until February of 1862 whence assigned (as part of the Third Battalion) to the Department of Missouri. It first engaged in combat operations in February of 1862 and saw continuous service through much of Missouri and Tennessee (including the Battles for Corinth and the expedition to Fort Pillow), and Mississippi, and Alabama. Elements of the regiment were twice engaged with Confederate cavalry under the command of Nathan Bedford Forrest. The Regiment was discharged from Federal service at Selma, AL, on 19th September, 1865.
Isaac Ford was first promoted to the rank of eighth corporal of his Company on May 1st, 1862, following the engagement at LaGrange, Mississippi on April 29th; and, by 21 August, 1865, he would rise to the rank of third sergeant of the company. An indication of his honorable and valiant service to his regiment.
Following the war, Isaac Ford would move from Jones County to Greene County where he lived until his death on Christmas Eve (24th December), 1906, at the age of sixty-eight.
Attending the ceremonies today was Mr. Richard Van Pelt, of Des Moines, Iowa, a great-great grandson of Sgt. Ford. Several members of the local area turned out to witness the proceedings as well, and two local news media representatives covered the event.
The Regiment wishes to thank Mrs. Valerie Ogren of the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries (SAPIC) for bringing Sgt. Ford’s story to the attention of Brother Tom Gaard, SUVCW, Memorials Officer who, in turn, brought this to the attention of the 49th Iowa V.V.I., Honor Guard to the Iowa Military Heritage Society.
The Guardsmen of the unit further wish to thank the staff of “Ferg’s” restaurant in Grand Junction for giving up their precious free afternoon on Saturday following the ceremonies to feed the detachment and our families.
1/Lt. David M. Lamb Inf., Commanding “The Governor’s Own”
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.
1/Lt. David M. Lamb Inf., Commanding 49th Iowa V.V.I Iowa Military Heritage Society