The Kansas National Guard will be providing military honors for a "Missing in America" Memorial/ Interment Service, Tuesday, July 26, at 10 a.m. at the interment shelter of the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.
The ceremony is for 17 cremains (14 veterans and three spouses) that will be laid to rest. The cremains are veterans from the Civil War and World War I.
The Kansas National Guard will provide full military honors for the ceremony, which consist of a Color Guard, flag folding, playing of taps and the firing party.
The Color Guard will consist of 1st Sgt. Randy Rice, Madison; Master Sgt. Steven Haag, Topeka; Sgt. 1st Class Theodore Meyer, Osage City; and Sgt. 1st Class Mike Wilson, Topeka.
The Adjutant General’s Military Funeral Honors Team will consist of Master Sgt. Rod Moyer, Topeka; Staff Sgt. Maxie Joye, Topeka; Sgt. Stephen Levins, Ottawa; Spc. Phillip Crabtree, Clearwater; Spc. Jeffery Fisher, Independence, Mo.; Spc. Ben Gettler, Fort Scott; Spc. Joseph Goodale, Wichita; Spc. Josh Heaslet, Westmoreland; Spc. Joshua Littlejohn, Kansas City, Kan.; Spc. Margarita Lopez, Fort Riley; Spc. Lukas Peters, Chanute; Spc. Kyle Simmons, Topeka; and Spc. Joshua Thompson, Topeka.
"What an honor for our Kansas National Guardsmen to take part in this historic ceremony," said Maj. Gen. (KS) Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general, "to be able to lay to rest those veterans that help to make our country what it is today. God bless these veterans for their sacrifices to our country."
Those who will be laid to rest will be:
Civil War veteran Pvt. George McCarthy was born in 1844 in Canada. He came to America and joined the Union Army in St. Louis, Mo., at the age of 20 and served from Sept. 5, 1864 to Aug. 25, 1865, as a clerk with the 2nd Regiment, Missouri Army Artillery Volunteers. McCarthy passed away March 10, 1946.
Maj. Ernest Mark, M.D., born Feb. 9, 1877, served in the U.S. Army from May 28, 1918, until June 11, 1919, in World War I. He then joined the Army Reserves and was promoted to lieutenant colonel. He will be laid to rest with his wife, Frances.
Maj. Albert Payne Duval, born Feb. 9, 1877, joined the U.S. Army April 18, 1917, and died in 1919. Duval was a combat veteran in World War I.
1st Lt. Charles Henry Shumaker, M.D., was born Oct. 19, 1890, and died May 19, 1943. He served in the U.S. Army from Dec. 17, 1917, to 1919. Shumaker was a World War I combat veteran and earned the World War I Victory Button and Bronze Star Medal. He will be laid to rest with his wife, Alvira.
Sgt. 1st Class James W. McDonald was born Feb. 21, 1869, and died June 18, 1951. He served in the U.S. Army from April 20, 1917, until March 28, 1919, during World War I.
Sgt. Roy S. Robbins was born Oct. 31, 1895 and died Jan. 24, 1952. He served in the U.S. Army from June 19, 1916, to May 24, 1919, in World War I.
Sgt. William E. Kinney, born Feb. 1, 1884, served the U.S. Army as quartermaster from April 9, 1917, to Feb. 26, 1919, in World War I. He died July 30, 1932.
Pvt. John W. Carpenter was born Dec. 20, 1895, and served the U.S. Army with the Army of Occupation in France from May 28, 1918, to June 11, 1919. Carpenter was a World War I combat veteran who died Dec. 20, 1967. He will be laid to rest with his wife, Marnodie.
Pvt. Cyrus T. Dorr, born May 20, 1893, served in the U.S. Army from July 2, 1918, until his death on Dec. 2, 1918.
Pvt. John C. McFadyean, born in 1881, served in the U.S. Army from May 15, 1918, until April 11, 1919, during World War I. He died May 17, 1960.
Pvt. Ralph A. Lowe, born Dec. 4, 1890, served in the U.S. Army from May 15, 1918, to April 11, 1919. He died May 17, 1960.
Pvt. Ralph R. Wilson, born May 16, 1895, served in the U.S. Army from Jan. 5, 1918, to Dec. 16, 1918, as a medic during World War I. He earned his medical degree after his discharge. He died Jan. 24, 1952.
Pvt. John L. Lawing, born Jan. 19, 1897, served in the U.S. Army from Sept. 13, 1918, to Dec. 4, 1918, during World War I. He died Sept. 18, 1957.
Pvt. Jerome M. Jofee, born June 15, 1895, served in the U.S. Army from Aug. 20 to Oct. 18, 1918, during World War I. He died Nov. 10, 1953.
The Kansas National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program is comprised of National Guard members from units throughout Kansas.
On any given day, the call can come in to honor one of our country’s heroes. Law requires, upon a family’s request, every eligible veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony to include, at a minimum, folding and presenting the United States Flag and the sounding of taps at no cost to the family.