September 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Adam Olin Smith was one of 9 killed in a helicopter crash on Tuesday, September 21, 2010.

Below is AP’s earlier release (might take moment to load):

Obituary for Adam Olin Smith

From: Heartland Connection

MACON, MISSOURI — SO2 Navy S. E. A. L., Adam Olin Smith, age 26, of Bevier, MO, was killed in action on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, when the Scorpion helicopter he was riding in went down in Zabul, Afghanistan.

Adam was born October 8, 1983, the son of Eric Smith and Michele (McPherson) Jorgenson in Baton Rouge, LA. He graduated from Bevier High School in 2002. Adam entered the Navy in 2004 and after completion of basic training, he went to BUDS training in San Diego, CA. He graduated as a Navy S.E. A. L. in August, 2007, and then was stationed in Virginia Beach. In 2008 and 2009, Adam served in Bagdad with his brother, Andrew and his cousins, Jacob and Jarad Richardson. He was deployed to Afghanistan in September, 2010. During his service, Adam received Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Irag Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and Seal Insignia. Adam was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bevier. He enjoyed playing all kinds of sports and being around his family and friends.

Adam is survived by his mother, Michele Jorgenson and husband, Dr. James Jorgenson of Macon, MO, his father, Eric Smith and wife, Theresa of Columbia, MO; seven sisters, Amber Pikey and husband, Brad of St. Louis, MO, Audrey Ford and husband, Jessye of Bevier, MO, Abigail Roberts and husband, Corey of Bevier, MO, Aliana Perkins of Macon, Anna Perkins, Angel Harrison of Macon, Lindsey Smith of Columbia; three brothers, Andrew Smith of Columbia, Austen Harrison of Macon, Zackary Smith of Columbia; great-grandmother Frances Blackorby of Bevier, grandparents, Gene and Lucille Smith of Scott, LA, Katherine and Stan Lay of Bevier, ten nieces and nephews, girlfriend, Charlotte Ange of Virginia Beach, VA, and several Aunts, Uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by great-grandfather Harvey Olin Blackorby, grandfather, Gordon Keith McPherson, and great-grandparents, Herschel and Marie Smith.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, October 2, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in Macon with Rev. Scott Dalrymple officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will be in the New Addition of the Oakwood Cemetery in Bevier. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday evening, October 1, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in Macon. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home in Macon. Memorials are suggested to the Adam Olin Smith Memorial Fund.

Governor’s Proclamation:

He Stood Up For Us – Now Stand Up For Him

September 27, 2010 at 4:46 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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A Veterans Memorial Service
To Honor Nathan Robert Maxwell
Will be held at 10:30 AM on OCTOBER 2, 2010
In the Marvin Fleming Field House

at the Jefferson City High School.

The memorial has been at the Marvin Fleming Field House since  June 14, 2008.  It’s purpose is to honor and remember the Jefferson City Public School students who gave their lives for our country.  There are names of about 70 individuals on the display, dating back to WWI.

Text Below From Nathan’s Obituary:

Nathan Robert Maxwell, 24, of Holts Summit, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 15, 2010.

He was born July 16, 1985, in Sedalia, the son of Christopher Robert Maxwell and Debra Joyce Crider. He was a 2004 graduate of Jefferson City High School and attended Central Missouri State University and Missouri State University. He was united in marriage on March 27, 2009, in Jefferson City, to Kylynn Michelle Hill, who survives. In 2005, Nathan enlisted with the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He recently returned from Iraq in February with the rank of Corporal. Nathan was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Nathan enjoyed working out, running, computer games, movies, fishing, spending time at the lake, golfing, listening and playing music, comic books, and most especially spending time with his family. Nathan was a happy and loving child and husband, and grew into a deeply compassionate young man. Nathan was a man who loved to serve for others.

(From left) Lance Cpl. Jonathan S. Blankenship, native of Nashville, Tenn., Cpl. Nathan R. Maxwell, native of Jefferson City, Mo., and Ryan R. Harper, native of St. Louis, Mo. clear roots of a tree in preparation for extracting it from the ground at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass., May 6, 2010.

He was loved greatly and words cannot express how much he will be missed. Other survivors include: his father, Christopher (Linda) Maxwell, Blue Springs; his mother, Debra (Kenneth) Skouby, Holts Summit; two sisters, Sydney (Jason) Moses, Holts Summit and Sarah Maxwell, Overland Park , Kan.; three step-sisters, Natasha (Brian) Hastings, St. Charles, Erin (Ben) Digman, Portland, Oreo., and Maggie Bowman, Marina Calif.; maternal grandparents, Richard and Joyce Lilly, Sedalia; great-grandmother, Malva Gehlken, Sedalia; paternal grandmothers, Betty Maxwell, Clinton, and Esther Maxwell, Independence; his father and mother-in-law, Jim and Teresa Warner, Jefferson City; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and one nephew, James Moses. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers.

Please join the family and stand by them as he is honored.
As a community please come and show we care.

Missouri Military Academy Hosts Leo Champagne

September 24, 2010 at 7:13 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Leo Champagne carried and help raise the 1st American Flag at Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi. This was the 1st American flag to be raised over Japanese Territory in that great war. The Missouri Military Academy hosted Leo on September 24, 2010.

Early in the morning (around 10:20) of February 23, 1945 – the FIRST flag raising on top of Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi. Leo is man covered most by flag.

Leo Champagne, standing right under the flagpole, cheers with his fellow Marines after the flag was raised.

Click the link above to watch Leo Champagne’s address to the Missouri Military Academy in its entirety (about 42 minutes).

In the Photo above, I had the honor to shake Leo’s hand and thank him for the Freedom we have today. Japanese Flag in the background was the one Leo and his unit removed from Mount Suribachi to replace with the American Flag.

Above is John (Bill) Cave. Mr Cave was in the Marines and on a ship at Iwo Jima during the flag raising. Mr Cave used a gun sight to see the American Flag.

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