The National Commander of the American Legion, Michael Helm, recently recognized two Albers American Legion Post 1026 members with Continuous Membership certificates. These certificates are presented each year to Legionnaires around the country with 50, 60, and 70 years of continuous membership.
The two Albers Legion members honored were Robert “Bob” Kohrmann, 60 years, and Urban “Shorty” Behrmann, 70 years. Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and Shorty served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
In a letter to the Albers Legion commander, Commander Helm expressed his appreciation to these veterans for their continued support and thanked them for still serving their country and their community.
Stone marker now recognizes Samuel P. Dixon as the last Civil War veteran buried in county.
More than 30 veterans from across the county held American flags and stood at attention along the eastern banks of Carlyle Lake on Saturday morning as Civil War re-enactors and family members honored and officially marked the grave of Samuel P. Dixon, the last Civil War veteran buried in Clinton County. Dennis Hermann, a Civil War historian from Swansea and founder of the Civil War Living History Regiment, presided over the ceremony which took place at Dixon’s gravesite in Pritchett Cemetery, north of Boulder.
“We gather to reaffirm our patriotism and honor our heroes on the battlefield and on the home front, who protected our freedom and saved the Union, and to honor all those who have given, are giving and will give their service to our great country,” Hermann said. “It is an honor and privilege for me and my comrades to be with the families of this brave Civil War soldier, Samuel P. Dixon, to celebrate his life and dedicate this marker.”
Four generations of Dixon’s descendants, including his great grandson Bob Dixon, great granddaughters Dixie (nee Dixon) Pfister and Sandra (nee Dixon) Hesson, great-great grandson Larry Nelson (standing in for Dixon’s great granddaughter, Ruth (nee Carson) Nelson, and others were in attendance.
In 2008, Hermann paired with Judy Pariseau, a historian from Breese, to locate and appropriately mark the final resting place of the last Civil War soldier buried in each county/parish in southwestern Illinois.
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