Saturday, October 21, 2017

A Hoosier Contribution to the Honor Roll Project, Part I

With Veterans’ Day coming up soon, I wanted to help Heather Wilkinson Rojo by contributing to the Honor Roll Project. The Honor Roll Project ( is dedicated to honoring our veterans, by transcribing the names from these memorials and making them easier for family members to search on the internet.

So, as I travelled to attend a family reunion this month, I stopped to take pictures of a local memorial to World War II veterans in Batesville, Indiana. In this post, I will be telling you a little more about the memorial, and transcribing the names of the servicemen who gave their lives.  Due to the large number of names on the memorial, I will continue transcribing the remaining names in several more posts.

Memorial Recreation Park (Batesville, IN)

This memorial can be found on North Mulberry Street, in front of the Batesville Memorial Pool.

The memorial is made up of a flag pole and four panels, separated by corner pieces bearing eagles and the words: Valor and Pax. The first panel you see as you come up the sidewalk has the words “E Pluribus Unum” written inside a wreath.  According to this panel, this area is known as the Memorial Recreation Park, and is “dedicated to the service men and women of the community (Laughery, Adams, Delaware, Jackson and Ray townships) who served their country in World War II, 1941-1945.”

Front Plaque of Memorial

The remainder of this panel pays homage to the local men who gave their lives in this great war. It states, “We cherish the memory of these who made the supreme sacrifice” and lists the following names:

Ivan A. Bauer
Edgar A. Bessler
Cecil C. Brunner
Francis L. Firsich
Carl W. Henneke
Charles Henneke
Herbert J. Hornberger
Raymond Hoyer
Elmer Hunter
William J. Keene
Sylvester Kellerman
Wilfren L. Matz
William J. Messang
Aloysius A. Schulte
Carl J. Shane
Delmar L. Shockley
Robert P. Smith
Clifford E. Vierling
Adelbert R. Walke
Urban G. Wintz

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