Organic Remedies is supporting sponsorship of wreaths for Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, in Annville, PA, where 44,500 military service members are laid to rest.
National Wreaths Across America Day will be held Saturday, December 17, 2022. Ceremonies across the country begin at 12:00 p.m. EST followed by the placement of wreaths.
Wreaths Across America is an organization that raises funds to purchase a wreath for every grave of military service member laid to rest in national or state military cemeteries.
Please help us Remember every Fallen Veteran, Honor those who still serve, and their families, and Teach our youth, the value and price of Freedom, by sponsoring a $15 wreath.
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Jack Kimberlin • Air Force • 1921-2012 • WWII • As a pilot of a B-17 Aircraft, Jack made 35 successful bombing missions in Europe. Later in the War, he became a flight instructor of B-17 pilots. He was instrumental in construction of many business structures and homes in the Clifton Forge area. He was owner of Kim-Stan Incorporated, owner and operator of Virginia Coal and Supply in Clifton Forge, and was former owner and operator of the Valley Ridge Water System.
Colonel Stephen Lampo • Marines • 1941 – 1991 • Vietnam • Colonel Stephen Lampo, United States Marine Corps
Silver Star Recipient
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant Stephen F. Lampo (MCSN: 0-101221), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as an Assistant Liaison Officer with the First Army of the Republic of Vietnam Division in connection with military operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 31 January 1968, the Hue Headquarters of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam came under intense hostile rocket and mortar fire supporting an aggressive ground attack by a large North Vietnamese Army force. When his unit sustained several casualties, First Lieutenant Lampo assisted in moving the wounded to a helicopter landing zone and, undaunted by the hostile fire impacting around him, quickly embarked the casualties aboard the medical evacuation helicopter. Later in the day, a convoy of reinforcements was ambushed near his unit’s position. Upon being informed of the situation he rapidly organized a reaction force and led the men to the ambush site. Arriving at the location he ignored the hostile fire and embarked several casualties aboard a vehicle which delivered them to a medical facility. Continuing his determined efforts, he unhesitatingly returned to the hazardous area and transported the remainder of the wounded men to the aid station. On numerous occasions during the period 31 January to 7 February 1968, First Lieutenant Lampo fearlessly exposed himself to hostile fire in order to supervise the evacuation of casualties and the movement of critically needed supplies from the helicopter landing zone to his unit’s position. On one occasion, he skillfully led a six man patrol to retrieve a vast amount of weapons and ammunition which had been abandoned in a building 300 meters from his unit. Arriving at the site, the men came under a heavy volume of hostile fire. Reacting instantly, he directed the delivery of suppressive fire upon the hostile emplacements forcing the enemy to flee. By his courage, superb leadership and unwavering devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Lampo inspired all who served with him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue
Harland E. Carney Jr. • Army • 1927 – 2010 • Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army. Pah, my beloved Grandfather.
Happy Veteran’s Day to all who have sacrificed their lives for my freedom.
Russell A. Bender • Army, Air Force • 1924 – 2016 • WWII • Russell A. Bender Served in Europe during WWII as part of the 386th Bomb Group of the 9th Air Force. He was a tail gunner on the B-26 Marauder, and later as a gunner on the A-26 Invader. After the war he worked hard, raised a family, retired and lived out his remaining days toying in his garden and teaching his grandkids wonderful life lessons. Russell was passionate about making sure every veteran who passed in his community received full military honors at their funerals. Russell served in the VFW Post 1599 honor guard for many years until his health could no longer allow. Pap was truly a Hero and is missed dearly.
William W Weibley • Army • 1921 – 2010 • WWII • William “Bill” Weibley served as a T5 Army Conductor during WWII from 1943-1946. T5, Technician fifth grade, was a rank of the United States Army from 1942 to 1948. The rank was created to recognize enlisted soldiers with special technical skills, but who were not trained as combat leaders.
Captain Barry Seidel • Army • 1950- • Vietnam • Seidel of Oley Township was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device for his service in Vietnam. He was serving with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in February 1968 when his forward observation team came under attack from ground and mortar fire. He organized his team from an exposed position at his own peril to move them forward into positions where they could return fire. The concentrated fire on the enemy allowed the full force to repel the attack from a very large group of Viet Cong fighters.
Dave Hosek • Navy • 1972 – • Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm), Operation Restore Hope (Somalia) • Dave served in the United States Navy from 1991-1995, serving through Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. He operated primarily as a store keep on the USS Niagara Falls supply ship and was in charge of ordering the supplies and the logistics of getting the supplies from ship to ship. The USS Niagara Falls was responsible for supplying the 7th fleet during the Gulf War. Additionally, Dave served on the ships Fire Brigade and the ship softball team.
Carlton Pechin Cook • Army • 1918 – 1998 • World War II •
Carlton P. Cook was born May 10, 1918, in Malvern, PA., and died on May 20, 1998, in Coatesville, PA.
PFC Cook enlisted in the United States Army in 1941 and completed combat tours in Italy and North Africa during World War II as part of the 34th Infantry Division of the United States Army.
Richard Francis Thompson • Air Force • 1926 – 1945 • World War II • United States Air Force, 2nd Lieutenant Richard F. Thompson was a B-29 Superfortress Bombardier in World War II. On January 3, 1945, this aircraft took off from Isley Field on Saipan armed with incendiary bombs as one of ninety-seven B-29s on a bombing mission against the port facilities and urban areas of Nagoya. On return flight from the bombing mission, the B-29 crashed on Anatahan Island, killing the entire crew on impact. Stranded on Anatahan Island was a group of Japanese shipwreck survivors. After the B-29 crashed, the Japanese survivors used the metal from the aircraft to fashion crude implements such as pots and knives. The oxygen tanks were used to store water, clothing was made from the nylon parachutes, and cords were used as fishing lines. 2nd Lieutenant Richard Thompson is buried at Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery in Thornton, PA.
William Cook • Marines • 1965 – Present • First Gulf War • Years of service: 1989 to 2017
Bill Cook joined the Marine Corps in 1989 and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the USMC Reserves in 2017. Bill served with various Marine Corps units to include the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Echo Company 2/25 in Harrisburg, PA, India Battery 3/14 in Reading, PA, Security Branch for Plans, Policy and Operations in the Pentagon, Combat Service Support Detachment 41 in Marietta, GA, Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic in Kings Bay, GA, and 9th Motor Transport Battalion in Okinawa, Japan during the Gulf War in 1990.
Bill’s father was Carlton P. Cook, uncle was 2nd Lt. Richard F. Thompson, and Brother-in-law was Colonel Stephen Lampo.
Bill joined the Organic Remedies team in 2019 and is currently the Director of Security and Logistics.
Joseph Coles • Navy • 1979 – • 1997-2017 • Served as a Navy Seabee for 20 years as a Construction Electrician. Did multiple deployments overseas in hostile environments. Retired at Camp David at the age of 37. My husband, my hero.
Gregory M Strayer • Army, Navy • 1964 – • Greg enlisted in the Navy right out of high school. He sailed the Mediterranean as a fuel specialist on the USS Nimitz. He later went on to do split service and enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. To this day he is an avid supporter of every branch of military.
James Russell Huggins • Navy • 1944 – 2004 • Vietnam • He is survived by his wife Anna Huggins, 5 children, and many many grandchildren. He served in Vietnam War. He was then employed at the army depo base until he retired. He left this earth due to cancer. He was the sweetest man to anyone that crossed his path. He would of given his last penny to someone else in need. I am his youngest daughter. He never talked about the war. He was also commander at Steelton legion. He is buried at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.
Thomas R. Snelson • Navy • 1972 – • Dessert Storm, Dessert Shield, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Global War on Terrorism • Proud to Serve. Enjoyed my military service, been around world, defend my country, defend my family.