Tuesday, November 15, 2011

William M. Johnson, Civil War Vet gets Flag

At 1:10pm, to honor it being 110 years since William Johnson  died, the American flag was placed on the Civil War marker by Darlene Arnold and at 1:11 on 11/11/11 it was waving to honor this long forgotten Vet.  He passed away on August 4, 1901.  A ceremony was held on Veterans day, 2011 at the Chariton Cemetery.  30-35 people were at the event to honor him.

Chariton American Legion Post #102 Commander, Don Garrett read a prayer in honor of Johnson at the ceremony. 

Some people shared their feelings before the flag was placed on the marker.  Chariton resident, Ursula Bingham spoke and said, "I'm not a veteran but my husband Clint is.  I'm really proud of Darlene Arnold and Mary Ruth Pierschbacher for digging into this story about William and making this possible," she said.

Darlene Arnold and Mary Ruth Pierschbacher from the Lucas County Genealogy Society in Chariton, did the research and discovered where Johnson was buried in the Chariton Cemetery and that the grave was unmarked.  Darlene obtained a Civil War marker from the Veterans Affairs in Chariton to put on his grave.

Johnson's great-grandson, Phi Pastoret, will be in Chariton on Memorial Day 2012 when a bronze military plaque should be in place at his gravesite.  Darlene also said that Johnson's great-great granddaughter, Cheryl Nedberg of Indiana might also be in attendance on that day.

(Photos by Bill Howes)

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