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    STATE REPORTS 2013

    ALABAMA - ARKANSAS

    ALABAMA

     

    Alabama Society President shown here with Fort Mims Marker
    (Photo Courtesy of Rita Reid, State Historian)

    ALABAMA SOCIETY U.S.D. OF 1812 MEMBERS
    IN FRONT OF WAR OF 1812 BICENTENNIAL MONUMENT
    PLACED IN BICENTENNIAL PARK, STOCKTON, ALABAMA
    BY THE ALABAMA SOCIETY OF THE WAR OF 1812


    Subject: Alabama Charter Chapter, War of 1812; Meeting October 17, 2013; Vote for Proposed Bylaw Change
     

    From Chapter President, Carole Thomas

    We continue to celebrate the commemoration of the War of 1812 -1815 through out our Nation, States and Communities.  Without the victory of this War, we would have been in jeopardy of losing our freedom gained in the American Revolution.

    A project for Alabama Charter is to locate graves of War of 1812 Soldiers.  Forms are now on the computer, national web site to be completed with information on their War of 1812 soldier.  This form will be useful for many prospective members to hopefully assist them in becoming a member of the society.  To begin, start with your soldier whose service you used to join War of 1812.  The chapter goal is to complete the form by January 2014 and mail to the National Chairman listed on the form.

    Ann Black, a member of our chapter has located the grave of an Unknown Soldier War of 1812 in Lamar County, Alabama.  The chapter has plans to mark this grave 2013- 2014.  To mark the grave, the chapter has a project to raise monies for the marker by selling "choices" to members an their friends for a beautiful l American Doll 1812 named, Caroline.  Choices are $2.00 each or 6 for $5.00.

    PRESIDENT GINGER APYAR
    SHOWN HERE WITH DOLL



    ARKANSAS PUBLIC RELATIONS REPORT FOR 2013 CLICK HERE

    ARKANSAS NEWS 2013

    ARKANSAS NEWSLETTER JUNE 2013

    Ladies, U.S.D. 1812 was honored to be present when CPL Marvin E. Omans, USA Korean War Veteran, was returned home after 63 years of Missing In Action.  CPL Omans, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, US Army was lost on 3 December 1950 near Sinhung-ri, North Korea.  He was accounted for on 21 May 2013.  He was returned home on June 21st and his funeral was held the following Monday.  Thank you Kay Tatum and Mary Ellen Laursen for attending his funeral.  CPL Omans was met at the airport by his sister, nephew & wife, and great nieces & nephews.  His sister, who was 24 years old when he was reported missing, thanked us over and over for being there.  It was our honor.

                In late November 1950, Omans and elements of the 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT) were deployed along the east side of the Chosin Reservoir near P’ungnyuri Inlet, in North Korea, when the unit was attacked by overwhelming enemy forces. On Dec. 1, 1950, remnants of the 31st RCT, known historically as Task Force Faith, began a fighting withdrawal to a more defensible position near Hagaru-ri, south of the reservoir. On Dec. 3, 1950, enemy forces attacked a defensive perimeter established by the 31st RCT. It was during this attack that Omans was reported missing.

                Between 1991 and 1994, North Korea gave the United States 208 boxes believed to contain the remains of 200-400 U.S. service members. North Korean documents, turned over with some of the boxes, indicated that some of the human remains were recovered from the area where Omans was last seen.

                In the identification of Oman’s remains, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence, compiled by DPMO and JPAC researchers, and forensic identification tools, such as mitochondrial DNA-which matched Omans' sister and nephew.  Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously turned over by North Korean officials. More than 7,900 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

     

    The two Arkansas chapters presented JROTC medals this year.  Medals were presented to Catholic High, Hope High, Hot Springs High, Arkadelphia High, Malvern High, Watson Chapel High and White Hall High Schools.

    Arkadelphia High School JROTC Cadet Sierra Adams

     Mary Ellen Laursen, me, Malvern High School JROTC Cadet Tasheauna Cooper, Col. Daniel

    Grave Locations/Dedications: The number of 1812 Veterans has increased and we now have identified, if not located, 322 buried in Arkansas. Pending member Nancy Holder has been working diligently with the Veterans Administration in securing tombstones for Veterans who have none. She is currently working with member Cheri Coley in securing a tombstone for Cheri’s ancestor James Downum, buried in Springdale. As soon as possible, after the stone has been received and placed, we will schedule a dedication ceremony. We will also be scheduling more dedications later in the year (when it cools down). One of those is Linda Thomas’ ancestor, William Crowson. These dedications will be publicized as much as possible in order to bring awareness of U.S.D. 1812 and the Bicentennial.

    Publicity: Both chapters are encouraged to publicize, publicize, publicize. I need 4 copies of any articles appearing in the papers – so please send. Thank you. Arkansas also now has its own Arkansas U.S.D. 1812 brochure. I will be bringing a few to the chapters in August. Chapters are asked to distribute to their libraries, genealogy/historical societies, workshops, etc. I have attached to this email.

    Yearbook: The 2012-2015 yearbook for both chapters and the state society is at the printers. Please note that the chapter and state by-laws are outdated and will be revised. I will bring the yearbook to the first meeting of both chapters. The correct State and National dues and fees are on a separate page. Thanks to Jeanette Frahm for compiling/typing it and finding the least expensive printer. Each chapter is responsible for the cost ($2.00 per yearbook).

    Membership: Hopefully with the increased publicity we will see an increase in our membership. New members who are admitted to the Arkansas Society between June 18, 2012 and February 17, 2015 will be known as Bicentennial Members in Arkansas and will receive a certificate, suitable for framing, identifying them as such. So, this is the time to get your daughters, granddaughters, mothers, aunts, grandmothers and friends into the Society. Remember, our number #1 priority is to honor and remember the Veterans and Patriots who sacrificed for the young nation known as the United States of America. We need new members to help us accomplish this and to keep our society strong. I am challenging each chapter to a 50% growth over the next 3 years. Bring in those Bicentennial Members!

    Fundraising: The goal of marking and dedicating of 1812 Veterans’ graves is expensive. As I have discussed before we need revenue to accomplish it. I will be attending both chapters’ August meetings and will be bringing with me Pamela Wright’s U.S.D. 1812 broach. It sells on her website for $10.00 and with shipping at $9.85 it is $19.85. I will be selling it for $20.00 – so bring your wallets. Due to the quantity ordered, the shipping is less so we will be able to make a slight profit. Every 3 sold will pay for 1 marker. The broach is very attractive:

    I will also take orders for another Pamela Wright broach/slide: It sells on her site for $35.00 plus $9.85 shipping. I will purchase for you and charge $50.00. Again, the proceeds to help defray the cost of the grave markings.

    If you have ideas for other fundraisers, please advise. I know that other groups have had success with a “No Bake” Bake Sale.

    Arkansas and Chapter’s Histories: I have visited again the Arkansas History Commission trying to learn as much about our history as I can. Since the records are in the Manuscript Division, I can take no copying device (such as a camera or portable scanner) into the room. The only material I am allowed to take is a pencil and a notepad. There is little there though: The original charters for 4 chapters and the application papers for the first 103 members in Arkansas; also a scrapbook of the Nicholas Headington Chapter. The material cannot be copied on a standard copying machine. I have sent a formal request into the Commission asking for an exception to the rules. I have been able to purchase more National yearbooks off of Ebay that has helped also. I am still requesting from you state/national yearbooks, scrapbooks, anything, to help rebuild/rediscover our history. If you are in doubt that what you have I need, just email or call me. I will return to you – just write your name on it. I have discovered that the ladies who preceded us worked very hard to honor our ancestors and the 1812 era history. We cannot let that work just be forgotten. Thank you.

    In your service,

    Sheila

    Picture taken at the 99th State Council held in Hot Springs on February 28, 2013. L-R: Jean Pollard, Sharon Wyatt, Jerrie Townsend, MarJo Dill, President National Virginia Apyar, State President Sheila Beatty, Jo Ann Cooper, Frances Jernigan, Dorothy Wilks, Susan Railsach, and Alice George.

     

     

     


 

 

 

 

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