Cpl Stahr 22 Jul : 09:53
NOTE: The Last Soldier link in our site's menu will now direct you to its own Last Soldier web address, which is outside this site.
Cpl Stahr 20 Jul : 12:18
NOTE: Special Order #38 has been published on the Front & Center page of this web site.
Cpl Stahr 10 Jun : 10:06
The Clayton County Monument project was completed with great personal effort in time and money by the members of the 49th! This is another tangible example of our stated mission…we are NOT a paper unit, but an active, hard-working, committed group of men. I am a proud member of an organization who remembers those who have served & are serving today. 1/Cpl. Stahr
Cpl Stahr 31 May : 12:06
Full Military Honors rendered to Sgt. Isaac Ford; no better way to spend Decoration Day!
Cpl Stahr 28 Apr : 07:29
The new Rules & Regulations are published and may be viewed by clicking the R & R link in the top menu.
Cpl Stahr 04 Mar : 09:44
"...With malice toward none, with charity for all..." Remembering Father Abraham's Second Inaugural Address, 150 years ago today, on March 4, 1865.
Cpl Stahr 12 Feb : 07:47
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Father Abraham!
Cpl Stahr 01 Jan : 13:45
Happy New Year, Brother Riflemen and to all our visitors! 1/Cpl Stahr
The Commander if pleased to announce the award of the Elkader Monument medal to all Iowa-based, active duty personnel who were on the roster of the Regiment on 6th June, 2015, this being the date of the final installation of the restored Clayton County Civil War Monument at located on the grounds of the county courthouse at Elkader, Iowa.
Receiving the medal as a permanent first award will be:
Corporal Asher L. Beerman Corporal Aevon R. Hohenshell Corporal Jeffrey P. Rasmussen
Said medal to be worn on the left breast of their uniforms in position directly subordinate to their Tomb Guard and Governors Volunteerism awards; superior to any marksmanship medals, but subordinate to any medals for personal or exceptional conduct (such as the medal of the Army of the Tennessee).
Dated this 20th day of July, 2015 at Johnston, Iowa
Dated this 9th day of October, 2014, at Johnston, Iowa
To all who unto these presences shall come, GREETINGS! Be it known that:
The Commander of the aforementioned Regiment is pleased to announce the creation of a gold medallion to be issued to those guardsmen of this regiment who have stood guard at the Tomb of President Abraham Lincoln, in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois during their term of service; and who have remained on active service with this unit up until the date of this Special Order (20141009). The 49th Iowa, being the first and only unit in the SVR to have been afforded the honor of repeatedly standing guard at the burial place of our sixteenth President, the wearing of this medallion by those who have born the honor so nobly, shall serve as a constant reminder of that honor and privilege.
This device shall be referred to hereafter as the:
Lincoln Tomb Guard Medallion
Section IV, Article 2. d. of the Rules and Regulations of the 49th Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment, “The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles”, shall be the governing authority concerning the proper wearing and display of said medallion. That document states, to wit:
Guardsmen of the regiment who have served at least a single tour of duty as guards at the catafalque of President Abraham Lincoln during the Annual Lincoln’s Tomb event shall be allowed to wear, upon the right breast of their frock coat ONLY, the gold medallion identifying them as members of the “Tomb Guard”. This device shall be worn centered upon the right breast at the level of and tangential to, the second button on the front of their frock coat and superior to all other medals, awards, or devices. For special occasions, the guardsmen of the 49th Iowa shall be allowed to wear their earned Tomb Guard Medallion as a device upon the left lapel of a suit or sport jacket provided that he is in accepted “business attire”. The medallion may also be worn on the rights breast of the winter “varsity style” leather sleeved jacket that is to be worn with civilian attire and/or the “undress” uniform of the Honor Guard. The medallion shall NOT be worn with any casual attire, nor upon any portion of an incomplete uniform of the unit; nor, shall it EVER be worn as a hat or cap device under any circumstances.
Any guardsman who violates the provisions for the wearing of the Lincoln Tomb Guard Medallion shall lose his entitlement to wear this device for a period of one calendar year for the first offense; and, permanently for a second offense.
This Special Order shall become effective immediately upon publication of this document.
Dated this 10th day of October, 2014 at Johnston, Iowa
1/Lt. David M. Lamb Inf. Commanding
Lincoln Tomb Guard Medallion Of the Governor’s Own Forty-Ninth Iowa V.V.I./SVR
Authorized by the Commander on 9th October, 2014, for those guardsmen who have served as guards at the tomb of the Sixteenth President of the United States, the Honorable Abraham Lincoln, at eternal rest at his last post located at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield Illinois, United States of America. Rules and Regulations of Company “A” 49th Regiment, Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry/SVR, “The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles” and Special Order # 36 thereof.
Dated this 1st day of January, 2014, at Johnston, Iowa;
TO ALL whom unto these presences shall come, GREETINGS! Be it known that
THE COMMANDER is pleased to announce the following personnel action related to the constitution of the ranks within this organization shall take place, this date; to wit:
Second Corporal James A. Braden, this command, is hereby and herewith, PROMOTED to the permanent rank of FIRST SERGEANT of the 49th Iowa Infantry and shall hereafter serve in such capacity at the pleasure of the commander.
Also, resultant of this action, all other Corporals upon the active duty roster of the regiment shall be advanced one degree of grade in consequence thereof.
This personnel action shall be effective as of 0001hrs on 01 January, 2014.
It is the sad duty of the Commander to relate to the regiment the news of the passing of Past Commander-in-Chief/SUVCW David R. Medert of the Department of Ohio. PCinC Medert served as National Commander of our parent Order from 1995-1996.
In compliance with National General Order # 6, issued yesterday by C-in-C Ken L. Freshley, all membership badges, and the Colors of this Regiment, will be dressed in mourning until midnight on November 29, 2013, if displayed in public during this period.
Dated at Johnston, Iowa this 30th day of October, 2013.
ALL GUARDSMEN of Company A, 49th Regiment Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment/SVR will, commencing at 0001hrs on Monday, October 8th, 2012, and lasting for a period of thirty days shall wrap their membership badges in black mourning ribbon at all times when in the uniform of this Regiment.
FURTHERMORE, the National Colors, if carried, or publicly displayed during this time period shall be dressed in black mourning ribbon and wreath; and, the Regimental Colors shall remain furled and dressed in entwining mourning ribbon and wreath at any and all events where they are to be presented to the public.
THESE ACTIONS are being taken to honor the life and death of ROSELLA BRANDON SCIEZINSKI, age 103, of Albia, Iowa. Rosella was the last known true daughter of a Civil War soldier (John Brandon) to be living in Iowa; and, was, in addition, the oldest living resident of Monroe County at the time of her death on October 4th, 2012.
To the descendants of this remarkable woman, the Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers of The Governor’s Own; and, on behalf of all of the Officers and members of the Department of Iowa whom we are honored to represent, express our deepest condolences.
Dated this 7th Day of October, 2012, at Des Moines, Iowa
BE IT KNOWN that on 3rd August, 2011, Special Order # 26 was issued by this command directing that a specially created ensign representative of the National Colors of the United States and bearing the names of the fallen from the terrorist attacks of 11 September, 2001, would be dressed in a state of permanent mourning, and carried, or displayed by members of this Regiment as a token of our respect at ALL public events for a period of one calendar year in recognition of the tragic events of that day.
BE IT KNOWN that this "Flag of Honor” has been proudly borne by members of this command on all officially sanctioned events in which the Regiment has participated during the past year. This commitment having now been fulfilled by the Regiment, this flag will be retired from service, and permanently cased, following memorial ceremonies to be held tonight in Des Moines, Iowa, this date.
Dated this 11th Day of September, 2012; By Order of the Commander;
Dated this 21st day of July, 2012, at Des Moines, Iowa
In so much as President Obama has ordered all flags to be flown at half staff in honor of the victims of the senseless shooting of this date in Aurora, Colorado, the National Colors of the 49th Iowa will be dressed in mourning ribbons if uncased and placed upon public display for any reason whatsoever between this moment and midnight on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012. If any member of this Regiment has occassion to don the uniform of the Regiment during this same period of time, he shall dress his SUVCW membership badge in mourning ribbon for the period of time that he is in the uniform.
Please keep the families of the victims of this tragic and senseless act of violence in your thoughts and prayers.
Dated this 11th day of December, 2011, at Des Moines, Iowa;
TO ALL who unto these presences shall come, GREETINGS! Be it known that: The COMMANDER is pleased to announce that the following personnel action related to the constitution of the ranks within this organization has taken place, to wit:
SERGEANT Henry Krecklow of this command is HEREBY and HEREWITH, PROMOTED to the rank of COLOR SERGEANT and shall hereafter serve in such capacity at the pleasure of the Commander.
This personnel action shall be effective immediately upon issuance of this ORDER.
In light of the transmittal of Sergeant Rittel informing us of the passing of C.R. Stephen, I am hereby directing that the membership badges of all members of this command shall be dressed in mourning ribbon for a period of thirty days commencing upon receipt of this correspondence and lasting until 0000hrs (midnight) on November 2nd next. At all public appearances while wearing the uniform of this Regiment, said ribbons shall be so dressed, or shall not be worn with the uniform of the Regiment.
Our sincere and profound condolences go out to the family of this gentleman who has served our Order for so long and so faithfully.
Dated at Des Moines, Iowa this 3rd day of August, 2011, to wit:
IN SO MUCH AS, the 11th Day of September, 2011 marks the tenth anniversary date of the terrorist attacks upon the World Trade Center; the forced crash of American Airlines Flight 93; and the attack upon the United States Military Headquarters, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; and, all who died aboard American Airlines flight 11; American Airlines flight 77; and United Airlines flight 175; and at the sites of their intended targets; and the subsequent deaths of scores of rescue and emergency personnel engaged in search and recovery efforts; and
IN SO MUCH AS, those attacks caused the senseless and tragic loss of more than three-thousands lives; and,
IN SO MUCH AS, Mr. John Michelotti has founded the “Flag of Honor/Flag of Heroes Project” and has produced a facsimile of the National Flag of the United States of America whereupon the names of all who perished in the Terrorist Attacks on September 11th, 2001, above mentioned are incorporated into the stripes of said flag;
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, that commencing upon the date of September 11th, 2011 and lasting until 0001hours on the 12th day of September, 2012, this command shall bear the so called “9/11 Flag of Honor” at ANY and ALL events of an official nature that members of this unit participate in over the course of the time period outlined above as a means of honoring the fallen heroes of these cowardly acts by those set upon the destruction of this nation.
Gentlemen, I am certain that all of you will agree that of the many honors that this Regiment has steeped itself in over the course of our existence, none are greater than that which we have been afforded in support of the Iowa Battle Flags Project of the State Historical Society of Iowa.
As a continuing mission of this Regiment, we shall once again be the entity primarily responsible for the movement of these priceless relics of Iowa’s military heritage by providing the manpower necessary to assist Sheila Hanke and Sarah Carlson in the placing upon; and, removal from public display of the following flags on the dates herewith transmitted. All members of the Regiment who can make themselves available on any or all of these dates are hereby requested to do so;
January 6th, 2011 3rd Iowa Cavalry and three canvas facsimile to the Iowa Capital Building. This rotation has been accomplished.
January 12th, 2011
313th Supply Train and 219th Signal Corps to 2nd floor SHSI This rotation has been accomplished. Thank you Color Sergeant D. Thompson, Corporals D. Rittel, L. Zenti, & F. Hanna
April 13th, 2011
2nd Iowa Infantry National (Voltaire Twombly’s flag) to Capital Building CSA First National and Ellsworth Fragment to 2nd floor SHSI This rotation has been accomplished. Thank you 1st Lt. David Lamb, Color Sergeants Richard Grim, Dan Rittel and Corporals Frank Hanna, David Sample
July 14th, 2011
4th Iowa Infantry Regimental to Capital Building 9th Iowa Infantry Regimental to 2nd floor SHSI This rotation has been accomplished. Thank you SHSI Museum Staff & Family
Note: An emergency flag move done on June 20th from the case on second floor of the Museum when the dishwasher at Baratta's Cafe sprung a leak and water came through the ceiling into the display area where the 1st National of the Confederacy was on display...this was the one that Frank Herron tore from the courthouse down in Arkansas
October 13th, 2011
10th Iowa Infantry to Capital Building *CSA “Independence of Death” to 2nd floor SHSI (first public display of this flag since 1916)
The flag move that was scheduled for October 13th has been canceled due to a conflict at the capital.
Guardsmen assisting in these rotations shall report to the Senior NCOIC present and/or Mrs. Hanke at the State Historical Museum at 1000 hours on the above referenced dates unless otherwise directed.
Dated this 6th day of January, 2011,
David M. Lamb 1/Sgt., Commanding Company “A” 49th Regiment Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
Pertaining to: Sons Veteran Reserve Meritorious Unit Citation
Dated this 20th day of November 2010, at Des Moines in the State of Iowa
For our efforts to date, the Commanding General and Staff of the Sons Veteran Reserve/Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War has seen fit to award to Company “A” 49th Regiment Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry, known colloquially as “The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles” the Sons of Veterans Reserve Meritorious Unit Citation.
All enrolled members of the Regiment who were on the active duty roster, and in good standing, upon the effective date of this award, shall henceforth be entitled, for so long as they are members of this Regiment, to wear upon their left breast the medallion representative of this award. Precise placement of this medallion shall be in accordance to the instructions found in the “Rules and Regulations of the Regiment, as found in Section IV, sub 3 thereof.
At such time a Guardsman of the Regiment leaves the active duty roster of the 49th Iowa (unless by retirement or formal dispensation granted by the Commander), he shall relinquish the Meritorious Unit Citation Medallion to the serving Commander of the Regiment. The citation is a “Unit Citation” and not an individual award; hence the Citation and Medallion are the sole property of the Regiment and not that of the individual Guardsmen.
If the Guardsman is a part of another SVR Unit, he shall not at any time, nor for any purpose, wear the Meritorious Unit Citation Medallion on the uniform of that organization while engaged in activities of that unit; nor shall he be entitled to wear the medallion while on active duty with any other unit to which he may subsequently transfer.
Guardsmen who may enlist into the Regiment at a time subsequent to the effective date of the citation shall be entitled to wear the medallion while upon active duty with this Regiment, but shall not wear the medallion on the uniform of any other SVR unit to which he may belong; or, to which he may subsequently transfer.
At NO TIME shall any guardsman of this Regiment wear the Meritorious Unit Citation medallion on his civilian attire. The citation relates specifically to the uniform of this Regiment and shall not be worn in any other manner that upon the uniform of this Regiment.
A facsimile of the citation may be used upon printed materials such as stationery, brochures, business cards, and/or equipment (such as the unit equipment trailer) so long as it is made clear that the use thereof is directly related to the 49th Iowa as a Regiment and not to any particular individual member of the Regiment; and, provided that prior approval of the Commander of the Regiment is given, in writing, for such use.
So that there be no misunderstanding or misinterpretations, questions pertaining to the provisions of this Order shall be addressed directly to the Commander.
Dated this 25th day of October, 2010, at Des Moines, Iowa The Commander of the afore mentioned Regiment is pleased to announce that all members of this command shall be awarded with the Riflemans Ribbon device upon satisfactory completion of the requisite course of weapons instruction and subsequent marksmanship qualification with the various weapons used by our ancestors in the American Civil War.
There shall be a yearly opportunity for members of this command to participate in a “Live Fire” event that will provide them with the necessary instruction and qualification to earn this award. Future degrees of qualification may ultimately be established as riflemen prove their proficiency with their weapons.
Once awarded, the Riflemans Ribbon device shall be worn on the dress uniform of the Regiment and shall be placed upon the right breast of the frock coat in such a position as to be superior in status (nearer the heart) to any other medal or award of merit for such a period of time as the holder of the device remains an active member of this command.
The COMMANDER of the aforementioned Regiment is pleased to announce the CORPORAL Richard “Jake” Grim of this Regiment is herewith and hereby PROMOTED to the permanent rank of COLOR SERGEANT of the Regiment, such rank to be held by him in perpetuity from today’s date forward; and that he shall, henceforth, be entitled to all privileges and responsibilities commensurate with his rank.
Dated this 28th day of August, 2010 at Des Moines, in the state of Iowa
Headquarters Company A, 49th Regiment Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
Special Order # 19
The Commander of the aforementioned Regiment reports that at his own request, COLOR SERGEANT Courtney S. Stahr, is hereby relieved of his duties as a Color Sergeant of this Regiment; and, is returned to the rank of FIRST CORPORAL of the Color Guard, being senior in his date of rank to all other Corporals in the regiment.
COLOR SERGEANT, now CORPORAL, Stahr is commended for his exemplary devotion to duty and his unflagging service to and support of the missions of this Regiment. His leadership by example will ever remain one of the guiding lights of this organization.
Signed this 26th day of August, 2010, at Des Moines, Iowa.
Headquarters Company A, 49th Regiment Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry The Governor’s Own Iowa Rifles
Special Orders Number #18
Dated this 6th day of August, 2010, at Des Moines, Iowa WHEREAS the Second Brigade Combat Team (2BCT) of the 34th Infantry Division (34ID) is currently deploying to the Afghan Theater of Operations (ATO) in the Global War on Terror (GWAT); and,
WHEREAS said deployment involves several thousands of young men and women from the State of Iowa who are members of said 34th Infantry Division by their membership in the Iowa Army National Guard; and,
WHEREAS the deployment of these ALL VOLUNTEER forces of Iowans is in keeping with this States long and proud history of service to this nation in both times of War and Peace; and
WHEREAS this Regiment exists to honor the memory of those who have so served this nation in such times, it seems fitting and proper that special notice should be paid to this current generation of patriots who have answered their nation’s call to arms.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED BY THE Commander of this Regiment that for so long at the 2BCT/34ID remains so deployed, this Regiment shall honor their service by the placement of a streamer on our Regimental Colors wishing them “God Speed” in the completion of their mission; while beseeching a Divine Providence that they may be given strength to their arms, and courage to their hearts, until we shall see their safe return to their homes and families.