This weekend we visit cemeteries to honor those who served our nation. We clean graves, place flowers, meditate, remember and gather ourselves to share stories of sacrifice, bravery, duty and honor. "These Honored Dead" is a command that we as citizens should attend by finding the time to be among the deceased.
Sadly, there are soldiers who cannot be honored this way, who cannot receive graveside care and gratitude from we who, although far removed from the challenges of war, wish to continue the tradition of commemorating events that long ago caused torment, claimed youth, or required the last full measure of many lives.
I am here referring to the veterans buried at the destroyed cemetery that belonged to the Mahoning County Infirmary. To help right this wrong, I list herewith the names of those veterans buried in the Infirmary Cemetery whose graves have been lost forever:
John Barrett, Civil War, 18th Ind. Battalion OVLA, born 1837 died 17 November 1910
Charles Holmes, Spanish American War, Company G 5th OVI, born 1876 died 3 July 1914
John J. Jerome, Spanish American War, Company E 5th OVI, born 1878 died 24 May 1914
James Martin, Civil War, Company G 45th Pennsylvania Volunteers, born 1843 died 1 July 1916
Isaac Reed, Civil War, Company H 55th OVI, born 1842 died 3 April 1907
James Ryan, Civil War, 10th Ind. Battalion, OVLA, born 1839 8 April 1916
Andrew Severs, Civil War, Company C 79th New York, born ? died ?
J.W. Smith, Civil War, Company E 74th OVI, born 10 October 1844 died 10 October 1922
John Stevens, Civil War, Company C 14th OVI, born 1843 died 6 January 1915
John Williams, Civil War, Company G 17th OVI, born 1837 died 21 March 1912
These men deserve proper and dignified recognition for their service. They shall not be forgotten.