August 1, 2015

With Thanks To All Veterans

Eliz Pledge Poindexter gravestone

 

 

As I noted right before, and on election day, I am eternally grateful to the veterans and *civilians who made it possible to vote in my country.  I am grateful to all of them, past, present and future.

The Wilkerson Family Veterans

Top right is John Whittmore, Medal of Honor Recipient Civil War

 

The Yates Family Veterans

Low Moor, Iowa Honors WWII Vets

Medal of Honor: Congress Only APPROVED It

Remembering Bremerton During World War II

Placed by Jonathan Hunt Chapter DAR

* The civilian I refer to in our family would be Elizabeth Pledge Poindexter, my 5th Great-Grandmother and wife of Capt. Thomas Poindexter.  They are buried at Poindexter (Yadkin River, Bailie Bottoms) Yadkin County, NC. Photo is from FindAGrave.

Tombstone Tuesday – Russell W. Volckmann

On a recent visit to Iowa my husband Jim found the gravestone of Russell William Volckmann  that I have written about several times in this blog. 

MacArthur Left But Volckmann Remained

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The headstone is located in Springdale Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa (FindAGrave location).  There are several Volckmanns buried in the same general area around the General’s headstone.

COG 75th Edition: Justice and Independence

Note: Elisha Bailey was in court on this day, 176 years ago!

REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION RECORD of ELISHA BAILEY – W. 8344

State of Kentucky

Adair County

On this 1st day of July 1833 personally appeared in open court, before the county court for the County aforesaid now sitting Elisha Bailey a resident of Adair County and state aforesaid, aged 69 years, who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declarations, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 1st 1832.  That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.

That he entered the service in the spring of 1781 under Capt. Leak in the County of Albemarle and state of Virginia, where he then lived, in the month of April, but does not recollect the particular date of the month. The regiment and number thereof he does not recollect, but the Commander was either General Nelson or Lawson. He was however under the command of both in this tour and the other in a subsequent term, which he will speak about.

That he marched from Albemarle County to Richmond Virginia, then to Cabinpoint, lay there sometime, then marched to Fredericksburg, and was then dischargedby Capt. Leak in writing but his discharge has been long since lost. This tour was three months.

That in a short time after he was discharged and returned home, he engaged as a substitute for Zackariah Roberts under Capt. Barnett who was under Colonel Campbell and marched to York and lay there sometime and then marched about through the country to avoid the enemy as we were not at that time strong enough to go into action and then returned to York and there remained until after Cornwallis was taken, at the taking of whom he was present, after which he with others marched to the Maryland line to guard the prisoner’s that far.

He was then discharged but by whom he does not recollect the discharge is however lost. He would here state that the time under Capt. Barnett when he was a substitute for Zackariah Roberts was two months an he got only a verbal discharge, if any. That when he was at the taking of Cornwallis he was under Capt. Leak, the Col. under whom he was he does not recollect, but that Layfayette and General Washington were the Commander-in-Chief, that this last tour under Capt. Leak was about three months and he received a verbal discharge but from whom he does not recollect.

He states that in the first tour under Capt. Leak he served three months. The second tour he was under Capt. Barnett & Col. Campbell two months. The third tour under Capt. Leak three months, making in all eight months he served.

That he was born in the year 1764 the month not recollected. He has no record of his age. He lived in Albemarle County, Virginia after his service several years, the exact time he cannot recollect. He then removed to the County of Lincoln in the State of Kentucky lived there sometime, then removed to the County of Adair where he now resides.

That he is known in his neighborhood to Harrison M. Gill, Alex Walker and Jackson Atkins. That he has no documentary evidence that he knows of, no person living by whom he can prove his service. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatsoever to a pension and annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension Rolls of the agency of any state.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid

Elisha Bailey

We Samual Wilson, a clergyman residing in the County of Adair and Charles Scaggs, residing in the same county, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Elisha Bailey, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration. That we believe him to be 69 years of age, that he is respected and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the Revolution and that we concur in that opinion.

Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid

Samuel Wilson

Charles Scaggs

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogations prescribed by the War Department
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Certificate of Pension was issued September 23,1833 at $26.66 per year. Recorded in Book 6, Volume 7, Page 4

MacArthur Left But Volckmann Remained

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Almost everyone from my generation (baby boomers) knows the quote by General Douglas MacArthur wherein he says, “We Shall Return” in reference to when he was ordered to leave the Philippines in 1942 to command allied forces in the Southwest Pacific Command.

What you may not know is that many men under his command didn’t just surrender as they were ordered, but instead they avoided the Bataan Death March and other atrocities by traveling to northern Luzon where they waged the fight of their lives. One of these men is the subject of this article. His name was Russell W. Volckmann and he was from Clinton, Iowa.

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We first were made aware of Colonel Volckmann (his rank in 1941) after reading a small book published by the The Clinton Herald, and written by Gary Herrity. Herrity’s reference to the book written after the war entitled “We Remained” (1954) by Volckmann caught our interest, and after waiting about a week for an interlibrary loan, we were able to read this previously unknown (to us) account of Russ Volckmann’s three years behind the lines fighting against the Japanese invaders.

While Volckmann wasn’t the only person to remain on the island, he was one of four men to help build the guerrilla forces and lead them, along with many brave Filipino citizens, in a three year endeavor to survive and thwart the ruthless ‘Japs’.

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Philippine Army Chief of Staff Major Gen. Basilio J. Valdes (L) posing outside command post w. legendary Luzon guerrilla leader Colonel Russell Volckmann (R).  LIFE photo

I would like to make a special point of mentioning that if it wasn’t for the extreme courage and sacrifices that were made by the Philippine people, the outcome of the war and the survival of Volckmann and his compatriots would never  have happened as it did.

Russell Volckman went on to become a Brigadeer General after the war, and is noted even now as one of the proponents of the use of guerilla warfare that has since become one of the effective methods of defence. Volckmann was often sought out as a military consultant on this subject.

Volckmann’s book is well worth reading, not only for American historians, but for Filipino historians too.  My husband is also from Clinton, Iowa.  He said that he never remembered hearing about Colonel Volckmann, or being taught about his importance  in American history in any of his classes throughout his school years.

We cannot forget these heroes!

Sources:

Golden Oldies of Clinton History, Vol. 2 – Gary Herrity (2003-08)

We Remained – Russell W. Volckmann (1954)

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