Fallen Patriot – Specialist Dylan T. Reid

October 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Above is a You Tube tribute to Specialist Dylan T. Reid by “DontTreadOnMe2010″.

Specialist Dylan T. Reid

Specialist Dylan T. Reid

From OzarksFirst.com

(Lamar, MO) — Flags will be flying at half-staff this Saturday to honor a soldier from Barton County.

Specialist Dylan T. Reid, 24, was serving the U.S. Army in support of Operation New Dawn in Iraq. He died on October 16.

Military officials say PFC. Reid’s death was not combat related. He had been serving overseas in support of Operation New Dawn and was seven months into his first deployment.

Governor Jay Nixon has ordered all U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in all 114 counties and the City of St. Louis be lowered on October 30 to honor Specialist Reid. All flags will be lowered in Barton County from October 31 to November 5.

Reid was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation medal (two awards), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge (Bar, Weapon: Rifle (Inscription: Rifle), Expert), and the Overseas Service Bar.

The soldier leaves behind his wife and a one-month-old baby girl.

Reid’s funeral is set for this Saturday at the Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar.

Below is Governor’s Proclamation:

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Dylan is also among the fallen featured in a second tribute by “DontTreadOnMe2010″.


Fallen Patriot – US Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Phillip D Vinnedge

October 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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Above is a You Tube tribute to Lance Cpl. Phillip D Vinnedge by “DontTreadOnMe2010″.

Lance Cpl. Phillip D Vinnedge (Click picture to enlarge)

Below is from his obituary at Baue Funeral Homes <Click to View entirety >

“US Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Phillip D Vinnedge died the way he lived, serving others. He was born February 22, 1991 in Spokane, Washington and died October 13, 2010 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He was 19 years old.

Phillip wanted to join the military since 9/11 and in September of 2009 his dream was fulfilled when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was a Marine, a Boy Scout, an Order of the Arrow member, a wrestler, a skydiver, a welder, a member of a trap shooting club, a brother, a friend, and a son. He graduated from Francis Howell Central in 2009 while also attending Lewis & Clark Technical School for two years. Phillip loved life, and he loved challenges. From simple childhood bets and dares, to personal goals and accomplishments, Phillip never backed down from a challenge. Despite his determination and frequent success, Phillip never sought accolades or recognition for his accomplishments, instead being content with reaching his own personal goals…”

In the Governor’s proclamation below, Flags will be at half staff statewide on Thursday, October 21, 2010 and in St. Charles County, flags will be displayed at half staff from October 21 through October 27, in his honor.

Additional funeral information, photos, and tribute guest book are also available at Baue (Click To View).



October 18, 2010 at 5:43 pm | In Uncategorized by admin
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On Sunday October 17, 2010, 22 packers prepared 24 large priority flat rate boxes for 12 brave patriots (each received 2 boxes). The packages, loaded with goodies and Halloween decorations, were mailed on Monday, October 18, 2010 to:

Capt Damien Butel
Sgt. Jacob Wilkes
Lcpl Garrett Shewmaker
Lcpl Daniel L Lohmann,
SPC Seth Muenks
Kevin Eng
Lcpl Michael Ahmad
W2 Christopher J. Mather
Paul Sale
Julie Hollowell
Shalamar Brewington
CS2(SW) Hart, Anthony (S-2)

The 22 packers were:

Betty Lohmann (Daniel Lohmann’s mom)
Peggy Hartman
Barb Brueggman
Carla Kolb
Pattie Ellis
Connie Williams
Janice Lauer
George Lauer

NOTE: The 14 remaining packers were young ladies from the First Baptist Church of Eldon, Missouri.  Their group is called “Girls In Action” (also known as GA’s)- visit: http://www.fbceldon.com/girlsinaction.htm.

Dottie Summers
JoAnn Kirkwood-Harbison
Lilliah Summers
Heather Harbison (card)
Kaitlyn Riley (card)
Shay Ames (card)
Hayley Ames (card)
Emily Lewis (card)
Abby Summers (card)
Becky Gandy
Stephanie Wallace (card)
Gracie P Porter
Sierra Riley (card)
Deborah Gaona (card)

The notation “(card)” behind a child’s name means that they made a handmade card to send.

NOTE: Below click the image and subsequent image to enlarge.

Boxes were packed layer by layer. This boxes first layer contained some decorations.

Edibles starting the first layer of this box.

Another box with it's first layer of edibles.

DVD's, CD's and Thumb Drives were included among the goodies.

Homemade Cookies - Thanks Diane Wehrle

Handmade cards from Jennifer Whitson’s Middle School classes in Steelville, Missouri. Over 70 cards sent about half shown above.

Packing - Janice Lauer, Peggy Hartman, Betty Lohmann, Barb Brueggman

Packing - Janice Lauer with "Girls In Action"

"Girls In Action" helping to sort greeting cards for soldiers to use. Pattie Ellis & Peggy Hartman directing them

JoAnn Kirkwood-Harbison directing another group of the GA's in sorting and preparing cards.

Janice Lauer, Betty Lohmann, Barg Brueggman leading GA's in distributing handmade cards.

Connie Williams and Carla Kolb preparing custom forms.

Taping the Boxes and attaching the custom forms.

Van loaded with packages - only the first two rows (about half) are visible in sunlight.

Counter at post office was filled 4 times like this.

We entered the Halloween shipment with $213.89 left from the microwave shipment. We raised $723.00 in collections for this shipment and spent $606.21 ($300 of which was postage 24 X $12.50).
So we enter the Thanksgiving Shipment with:
$213.89 + $723.00 - $606.21 = $330.68

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