County War Memorial
4,435 - Lives Lost
116,516 - Lives Lost
405,399 - Lives Lost in Pacific & European Theatres
World War II
07 December 1941 - - 31 December 1946
27 June 1950 - - 31 January 1955
This is a beautiful presentation that invites visitors in for a look at the nice depictions of the various conflicts and asks them to stay and look over the names of those that have served. It is always a difficult decision for the design committees of these memorials, to include all of the area's veterans, or to keep the list small and the project within budget. Every committee member knows that regardless of how the decision goes there will still be some that complain about not be included, or even that those included don't deserve to be listed for some reason or another.
Often these committee members are themselves veterans. They understand both sides of the issue about those that are engraved, who isn't, and why. One of the subscriptions blocks at this memorial reveals the name John Kiviniemi. I recognize the name as Finnish and surmise that he may have been from the large colony of Finnish families in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I researched him and found I was right on that assumption, but I could find out much more about the late Mr. Kiviniemi, other than to confirm through his obituary that he had been part of the support team of the Manhatten Project at Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The subscriptions bricks also confirms the Parrott surnames on the list of those serving in WW II and Korea are brothers and cousins... and that young Ray Parrott died on his 20th birthday. He was a Corporal serving with Company H of the 19th Infantry, 24th Infantry Divsion. On July 20th, 1950, the war in Korea was already becoming a nightmare for America and the news wasn't good.
The 24th Division's headquarters was positioned at the village of Taejon when the North Korean forces overwhelmed the men of the 19th Infantry. Over 900 American soldiers were killed or captured that day, and about 1,000 men of the 24th Division remain Missing In Action from that war.
Cpl Peter Fluhr Jr went missing on September 3, 1950. He was with Fox Co, 8th Regiment, 1st Cavalry Divsion.
Cpl William Clampitt was also killed in action on September 3, 1950. His birthday was December 7th... and he was in high school when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Clampitt enlisted in the Army on his 18th birthday of '43, leaving his senior year of high school to do so. He spent six months as a POW in Germany. After WW II he got out for a while but went back in 1947, back out for another short stay as a civilian and then in 1950, after receiving his high school diploma - he went back to the Army and Korea. His was the first body to be returned home to Scott County from Korea.
I was able to learn that Wilbur Chasteen was the brother to Edward and Lewis Chasteen as listed among the World War II honor roll. Wilburn was a member of the Indiana National Guard when the war broke out. He and the 152nd Infantry immediately shipped out to Camp Shelby and two or three other training stations before being transported to the Phillipines. General MacArthur called his division the "Avengers of Bataan" for their actions in clearing the Japanese out of the islands. I couldn't find details of Chasteen's death.
Five of the Bright family boys served in World War II. TSgt Notra "Jesse" Bright was killed February 22, 1944 when the B-17G in which he was flying was shot down during a mission to Oscherlaben, Germany. Six of the ten crew aboard were killed, the remaining four were captured.
I was able to located some limited information about PFC Leroy Blay, he was killed in action in France on July 28th, 1944... but although I believe he was likely a brother to Charles... I can't confirm it.