Pvt Creed Brogan 20 Aug 1962

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Pvt Creed Brogan 20 Aug 1962 - East of as of he risk the -before Five Wars'...
East of as of he risk the -before Five Wars' Soldiers Buried In Wildwood By SHIRLEY DONNELLY · On Aug. 11 my old friend Joe Snyder of Lester was buried. In the American Legion plot at Wildwood, Wildwood, Beckley's first cemetery; is Joe's l a s t bivouac. After the rites had ended and the American flag that covered covered the modest casket was presented presented to Joe Snyder's brother, stroll was taken stones there. They are alf alike, just as all the servicemen there sleeping, save one, served the same cause. Many of the servicemen there buried I knew. At the interment of quite a number of them it fell to me to officiate, some times in the uniform of an Army chaplain. Joe Snyder was in his 71st year when he quit life. a mournful among the is buried "Kenneth Shadrick W. Va. Pvt. 34th Inf. Div. Korea. August 4, 1931-Jsily 5, 1950. BSM- PH. First U. S. Soldier Killed in Korea." That youth was scarcely 19 when he fell in action halfway halfway 'round the world from his mountain home at Skin Polar Gap not far from Beckley. The letters "BSM-PH" refer to the dead man's medals, the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart, the latter for wounds received received in action against an armed enemy, or the result of enemy action. It is about the only medal any man really earns. One has to look close to see the inscription "First U. S. Soldier Killed in Korea," Korea," as it is at the base of the marble slab and even the well mowed grass covers the statement sandblasted into the white marble marker. ONLY ONE MAN there did not serve the same cause as the rest. He was "Andrew J. Honaker. Co. E, 45th Virginia Infantry, C.S.A." That was Andrew Jackson Honaker Honaker who wore the grey uniform of a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. On July 2, 1937, it was my melancholy melancholy job to conduct his funeral in the First Baptist Church here. Honaker was the last Civil W r ar veteran in Raleigh County. When he died, he was 94 years of age. All others buried in this fast-filling fast-filling cemetery followed the Stars and Stripes. The last of the veterans veterans of 1861-65 struggle, on either side, was Walter Willams. 117. of Texas. On Dec. 19, 1959, he simply simply "ran out of gas" and was gathered to his fathers. IN THIS CEMETERY are soldiers soldiers of five of the nation's wars. A few feet from where Joe Snyder, Snyder, a baseball player of old time. NEAR SNYDER'S GRAVE is one of a Spanish-American soldier, soldier, "William F. Jennings, Co. G, 2nd Va. Inf., Spanish-American War." Another recites: "Nick J. Doss. Co. G. and 2nd Reg't, Spanish-American War. August 9, 1875-Nov. 20, 1952." Doss was but 77 when he struck his tent for the last time. Soon the rapidly diminishing ranks of the Spanish-American War will be no more. They served in 189--a matter of 64 ye'ars ago. Around 1978 the last one of those veterans will fade away. Oldest SAW veteran known to me is Henry B alien gee of Ronceverte. On March 10, 1963, this gracious old gentleman will round out 97 years of life. WORLD WAR I SOLDIERS buried in this limited plot included: included: "Kyle Lester. W. Va. Horseshoer. 313th Field Artillery. 80th Division. World War I. April 23. 1890-September 29. 1949." Lester Lester was 59 when he answered the summons from on high, a mighty young age to die anv more. No man, this Kyle Lester, but a horseshoer instead! Today the horse has gone and the artillery of the service is motorized motorized or carried on warplanes. Few men were more important in the Army than the horseshoer in World War I when it required eight men to support one man ' on the fighting front. Kyle Lester was around 29 when he was in that war of 44 years ago. Fast dying off are the World War I veterans. They are passing at the rate of 150,000 a year now. a pace that will accelerate. That means that 12,500 of those veterans veterans die each month, or 417 a or 17 an hour, or one every three minutes. By 2002 A.D. the fast who wore those old wrapped olive drab leggings will probably die. AND WHAT OF World War veterans in this little Beckley burial burial ground? "Creed Brogan. Pvt. 53rd Armored Division. World War n. March 28, !924-IS 7 ov. 29, 1944." Brogan was young, too, as war is a young mans game. There were times when the older ones of us in World War II kept up with them but we are paying for that over-exertion now. If one would have a young outlook, associate associate with the young, but if he would remain young, he must not try to keep up with them! · A NAME AND INSCRIPTION fascinated me. "Napoleon Bonaparte Bonaparte Lilly Jr., W. Va. Corporal. 2nd Machine Gun Battalion, 1st Division, May 22, 1836-Dec. 26. 1918. Died for his country in France." What a plaintive statement statement that is. that last line! Lilly, a familiar name in these parts! And the Lilly family originated in Lille, France. A machineguniier was said to last not over three minutes in action in World War as he was a marked man. by sharpshooters who picked him off at once

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  1. Beckley Post-Herald,
  2. 20 Aug 1962, Mon,
  3. Page 6

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