Military News

UPDATED: St. Louis County sells half of Sylvan Springs Park to expand Jefferson Barracks gravesites

Pictured above: Marc Garcia plays the trumpet at a ceremony at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in May to honor the 56h Colored Infantry. Photo by Bill Milligan. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com Web-exclusive update, Thursday, Sept. 6: The County Council unanimously approved the sale of half of Sylvan Springs Park for more gravesites at

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56th Colored Infantry honored for bravery

The Sons of Union Veterans honors the 56th Colored Infantry in a May 5 ceremony, above. Photo by Bill Milligan. By Bill Milligan For the Call Nearly two dozen people attended an event at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery last week to remember the Union’s 56th Regiment of the Colored Infantry, who are buried at the cemetery.

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Operation October to benefit USO of Missouri underway

The fifth annual Operation October to benefit the USO of Missouri is underway. Please join local banks, credit unions and Call Newspapers in an effort to fill the wish list for military families this Thanksgiving. The October drive provides Thanksgiving meals — everything except the turkey — for active military families in this area. Wish

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Patriot Award presented to Lindbergh activities director

The National Guard recently presented 2016-2017 Lindbergh Schools Director of Activities Kit Norton with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award, recognizing his support of a citizen service member and his family. Norton was nominated for the award by Assistant Sports Supervisor 1st Lt. Austin Okorn, who serves in the U.S. Army

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POW-MIA Museum opens

Byline: Before County Executive Steve Stenger spoke at the opening of the POW-MIA Museum in Jefferson Barracks last week, he met two of Missouri’s last remaining ex-prisoners of war, from left, World War II veterans Wilburn Rowden and Ralph Kalberloh. Both are in their 90s and are from Jefferson City. Since the number of ex-POWs in the state has dwindled from a high of 40,000, the Missouri Department of American Ex-Prisoners of War was formally deactivated with a final salute at the Sept. 16 ceremony. Army Air Corps B-17 tail gunner Kalberloh and Air Force draftee Rowden were both shot

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