Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day 2013

Memorial Day 2013
Fort Logan National Cemetery 

Fort Logan National Cemetery, 3698 South Sheridan Boulevard, Denver, CO
  Fort Logan National Cemetery is a National cemetery in Denver, Colorado.  Fort Logan was named after Union General John A. Logan, commander of US Volunteer forces during the American Civil War. It contains 214 acres and has over 96,000 interments. Fort Logan was established on October 31, 1887, and was in continuous use until 1960. The national cemetery was created in 1950.

Notable Burials/Graves

Karl Baatz, a German POW., he died while being held at Fort Logan during World War II.

Arthur Harvey, oil pioneer and veteran of both World War I and World War II.

Fitzroy Newsum, original member of the Tuskegee Airmen and Congressional Gold Medal recipient.

Karl Timmermann, first invading Allied officer to cross the Rhine river in World War II, commanding officer of Company A 27th Armored Infantry Battalion which captured the Ludendorff bridge at Remagen, Germany.

Henry John Deutschendorf, Sr., notable Air Force Instructor and father of music legend John Denver.

 Personal Remembrance

Grandfather #1
He served with the 91st Infantry Division (The Wild West Division), 364 Infantry Regiment. He first saw action in World War I in the Battle of Saint-Mihiel (September 1918) and fought in the battles of The Meuse-Argonne Offensive and The Fifth Battle of Ypres. I was too young to remember a lot about him other than that he was blind. My mother has shared some stories through the years about her and my aunts growing up and driving the  Model T. He died in March 1977.

Grandfather #2
My other grandfather shared more while we was alive. He fought during the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy during World War II. He taught me a few German words and willed me his German dagger he brought back. He always shared stories about the war and loved to smoke fish, go on fishing trips, and made his own lures. He died on my birthday in 1987.

1 comment:

  1. Scott, this is a very nice remembrance. I liked the stories about your grandfathers. My father served in World War II but was not in combat. He did some kind of work related to the Norden bombsight.