A very impressive day of service at Lineville Methodist Church! I want to thank all the Riflemen who made the trip to save the beautiful G.A.R. stained glass window from demolition. A fantastic job, ‘Boys’…Well Done, Brothers! You make me proud to be part of this honorable group!
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack...
David M. Lamb 1st Lieutenant The Governor’s Own Commanding
67 years old Des Moines Native DM North 1964 AA in Linguistics/AS in Criminal Justice-DMACC BA (History) / BS (Anthropology) ISU 1980 MA (Mil History) Univ. of Virginia 1986 MA (Anthrop) So. IL. Univ., 2006
United States Army (Military Intelligence/Counter-Insurgency Warfare Specialist) 1964-1969. Iowa National Guard/ USMC Reserve 1974-1977. IRR/IR Army until 1982. Police Officer, City of Savannah, Georgia; Deputy Sheriff, Polk County, Iowa 1969-1977. 23 years as Drug Enforcement Investigator, Iowa Board of Nursing-Retired. Free-lance Archaeologist.
Genealogy: Scots (Father), English (Mother), small Native American blood quantum on father’s maternal family side.
3 ancestors served in the Highland regiments of the British Army in the Crimea; 3 in the Continental Army of the American Revolution; 4 in the American Civil War (Indiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Iowa Regiments); Father served in WWI; Oldest brother (Career Jarhead) served in WWII, Korea and was in Vietnam at the same time that I was (1966-1968). Two nephews who served (One was a computer geek in the 7th Army Headquarters and the Pentagon; one retired as a CSM out of the 9th Special Forces Group(Europe) and was pretty much there whenever anyone fired a shot in anger over the past 30 years. Divorced, but fortunate enough to have found the love of my life in Miss Dana Peterson, whose phone number I was lucky enough to have gotten, before the gym teacher called the police.
53 yrs old Des Moines Native St. Theresa's 1971 Dowling H.S. 1975 ISU grad 1979
Married (Mary Andreae, of Ames, IA) for 29 years and 2 days (who's counting) 2 Sons (University of Iowa-OUCH!)
30 year sales representative in Iowa for what is now (after many mergers) GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (Vaccine Division for last 12 years)
Genealogy (mostly English, 1/256th Scotish, 1/256th German) and History interest since visiting the old Historical Building with my grandmother many times and hearing her stories (which it turns out were mostly true). Direct ancestors came over on the Mayflower (Edward and Mrs Fuller), at least 8 4th and 5th great-grandfathers served in American Revolutionary War, 1 g-g-g-grandfather served in the War of 1812 (2 weeks), 2 g-g-grandfathers served in the Civil War, my father served in England, Normandy, North Africa, Belgium and other areas during WWII, my nephew served in Iraq and I try to honor all of them with our activities. Willing to help others with genealogy if I can.
40 years old Des Moines Native Dowling High School 1988 ISU 1992
Married ( Karen Thompson Tegucigalpa, Honduras) . Four children ( 3 girls and a boy...finally)
Occupation:Work in a company that fabricates wire mesh fencing products for government and high security facilities.
My ancestry is 87% Italian. My Mom's father was only half Italian and served in the US Army Air Corps during WW 2. His mother, my G Grandmother, was of English decent. From her I have a GGG Grandmother that lost her 1st husband in the Civil War at the battle of Springfield on January 8, 1863 fighting with the 18th Iowa Infantry. This GGG Grandmother also had 2 brothers ( my GGG Uncles) that fought with the 12th Illinois Infantry. One of them was killed at the Feburary 15, 1862 battle/siege of Ft. Donelson. GGGGG Grandfather Thomas Triggs served in the Ohio Militia during the War of 1812. Still working on the Family Tree trying to find a Revolutionary Patriot.
On my Dad’s side, I have my Grandfather that fought for Italy in World War 1 and nearly lost his life in a mustard gas barrage.
Sgt. Rittel joined the General Grenville M. Dodge Camp of the SUVCW in 1998 after doing extensive genealogical research and discovering no less than three direct ancestors that had served in the Union Armies of the American Civil War. Ron became involved with the SVR as one of the founding members of the 37th Iowa “Greybeards” (the state’s first chartered SVR unit); and, spent several years being involved in “re-enactments” and doing “living history” presentations before finding his “true calling” in Company “A” 49th Regiment Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry, The Governor’s Own.
In addition to his work in the SVR, Sgt. Rittel was involved in the starting of no fewer than four Camps in Iowa; served as a Camp Commander and is the current Secretary/Treasurer of Dodge Camp in Des Moines. Sgt. Rittel is a Past Department Commander of the Department of Iowa.
Sgt. Rittel is a military veteran, having served from 1969 to 1973 in the United States Air Force. He attended college for three-years in Colorado, and one-year at Iowa State University. Ron is a US Postal Service employee, and has been married to his wife Marilyn since 1969. Marilyn is , herself, a member of the Dodge Auxiliary #8 of the Department of Iowa; and, a PDP of that august Order.
The Rittels have two sons (one of whom is also a member of this Regiment); and, two grandsons. Ron spends much of his free time when not participating in Regimental events, in doing research at the Iowa State Historical Library and the Iowa Genealogy Society in Des Moines.
Corporal and Mrs. Sample live on a large acreage, some of which he mows for hay, most of which is in timber. When not mowing hay or wearing the uniform of the 49th Iowa, David works as a truck driver to finance his interests in life. David's membership in the Powers-Dunlavy Camp of the SUVCW is based upon his ancestral lineage from a Great-great grandfather who served with Company "F' of the 30th Iowa Volunteer Infantry from 1862-1864.
Corporal Sample's enlistment into the ranks of the Governor's Own is Color Sergeant Jake Grim's fault.
50 Years-old Des Moines Native DM North High School 1978 BA Commercial Art Grand View University Occupation: Graphic designer.
Having a deep interest in the Civil War, Revolutionary War and American history in general, Paul joined the regiment in the spring 2011.
Paul’s grandmother, Dorothy Bissell Stigers, inspired him to research his family's history after her initial work in joining the D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution). Paul joined the 49th to honor and keep alive the memory of his great, great grandfathers, W. F. Eshbaugh and Hiram Bissell, both Civil War veterans, as well as to honor all those who have served in the nation’s most defining war.
Paul is a direct descendent of the Bissell family of Connecticut, founders of East Windsor, CT. The Bissell family has served their country since the Revolutionary War, coming to the Colonies shortly after the first immigrants from England arrived on the Mayflower.
Paul has other ancestors who served in the Civil War and he honors all of them by serving in the 49th Iowa, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
He graduated from Morningside College in 1965 with a BA in History and Political science.
Travelled extensively during his college years visiting Europe, Africa, and the Middle East…later earned Master of Arts degrees in both Urban Planning and Health Care Administration.
Frank enlisted in the United States Army in 1968 at the height of the Vietnam conflict. Frank was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and did a tour of duty with the 25th Infantry Divisions’ artillery at Cu Chi.
Since retiring from a career in urban planning and sales, Frank has remained active in his family farm business, studying history, and volunteering as a docent at the Iowa State Historical Museum in Des Moines. Frank enlisted in the 49th Iowa in late March of 2010 after meeting several members of the Governor’s Own Honor guard at the Saint Patrick’s Day event at the museum that month. He has successfully completed his requisite initial year of service to the Regiment and has just re-enlisted for his first three-year commitment.
Descendant of James Steele Hanna, 57th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. James was wounded severely at the Battle of Shiloh, but remained on active surface until the end of the war.
Another ancestor (James R. Hanna, the son of S.S. Hanna) was at one time a working cowboy on a cattle ranch out West, before being among the first to graduate with a Masters in Arts from Highland Park University in Des Moines. James R. Hanna would one day become Mayor of the City of Des Moines.
Frank was married to Joan in November of 2008. They have two adult children (from previous marriages). Frank and Joan also have a cat named “Coconut” who lives with them in Urbandale, Iowa.