Monday, June 15, 2015

Senior Airman Jones and Orphan Tombstone

This is the uniform of Senior Airman Jones (SrA) and is a part of our Textile Collection- Military Uniforms. The insignia on the sleeves is a  chevron with a white center star.
The ribbon has a wide yellow stripe in the center, flanked by four narrow stripes of red, white, blue and white and wide red strips on each end.  It is awarded for honorable active military service as a member of the Armed Forces beginning with the Korean War (1950-1954);  Vietnam War (1961-1974); Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm (1990-1995) and the Terrorism Attacks 2001- date to be determined).

Thanks to J. Hamilton, our photographer, and T Gray, our researcher.

We also received an interesting email from R Roberts and I am going to post it here in its entirety  in hopes that someone maybe able to help him. Please contact us if you have any information about this veteran.

Hi, my name is R. Roberts, I am a military collector and have helped several people research records, but this is a new one on me. I live in Tupelo, MS and this request came from Vicksburg, MS. This family found a headstone, I have included a photo of it. The veteran is now buried in Sam Houston Cemetery in Texas with the same exact headstone. They are trying to find a relative and get this to them. Here is what I know about the veteran. His name is James Kier Riley, he was wounded Jun 1917 at Belleau Wood as a Corporal. This was one of the BIGGEST battles of WWI, he would have several medals. Was also gassed in May 1917. Discharged on 25 Sep 1918 to accept Commission as 2LT. Appears to have been in and out of VA hospitals as early as 1940 census. 1930 lived in Lawrenceville, Ill as radio salesman. Audrey E (Glover) was wife. She died 29 Apr 1977 in Illinois. Married about 1922. Shows 2 daughters Audrey (probably the Audrey M on death cert) born about 1922 and Katherine born 1924 He shows up on the Lawrence census for 1930, the same relative’s, but not him, show up on the 1940 census. I do have a photo of the headstone as it was found. Not sure where to go next, hope you can help. Thanks R.

Monday, June 22 - 7pm at the Museum- "Bondage in Egypt - Slavery in Southern Illinois" by Darrel Dexter.

 "For most Americans, Illinois, the home of Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, is thought of as a “free state” in America’s great struggle with slavery. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 banned both slavery and involuntary servitude in the territory and state."

But slavery legally existed in Illinois from 1720 to 1865 in thirty-four counties in southern Illinois known regionally as "Egypt."   Darrel Dexter will present his research of more than a decade  on how this happened,  at the LCHS June meeting.