Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day

Who will you remember?

Elmer Van Huss, 543 Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment

Memorial Day is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, a day to remember the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. Elmer Van Huss is one.

He enlisted on the 23rd of June 1942 when he was almost 41 years of age. He was assigned to the 543rd Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment, part of the 3rd Engineer Special Brigade, commanded by David Ayres Depue Ogden. The 3rd ESB landed on New Guinea on February 24, 1944; Biak Island on September 30; and the Philippine Islands on July 24, 1945. It returned to the United States on December 20, 1945.

Elmer Van Huss is buried in Latham Cemetery in Butler County, Kansas. He is my wife's great uncle.

There are others. They touch every family in America. Will you remember them?

Arlington Cemetery

Each year volunteers put flags and flowers on many graves.