Honoring Our Veterans

Organic Remedies is supporting the sponsorship of wreaths at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, in Annville, PA, where 45,000 military service members are laid to rest, at Philadelphia National Cemetery with 9,000 graves, and at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in western PA with 16,273 graves.

National Wreaths Across America Day will be held Saturday, December 16, 2023. Ceremonies across the country begin at 12:00 p.m. EST followed by the placement of wreaths.

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Wreaths Across America is an organization that raises funds to purchase wreaths to place on graves of veterans laid to rest in national and state military cemeteries. In 2022, 2.7 million veterans’ wreaths were placed at 3,702 locations, including Arlington National Cemetery.

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 $17 wreath.

Veteran Gallery

Keith Edward Messner

Keith Edward Messner • Navy • 1966 – • My dad❤️. Father of three. Petty Officer, second class. Served on USS Enterprise.

Cory Evans

Cory Evans • Air Force • 1984 – • Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence In All We Do

Carlton Pechin Cook

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.

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Captain Barry Seidel

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.

William W Weibley

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.

James D Smith

James D Smith • Air Force • 1963 • James enlisted in the Air Force right after graduating high school. During his tour of duty he was fortunate to travel to several countries while serving his own.

Russell A. Bender

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.

Vincent L Heiland Carr

Vincent L Heiland Carr • Army • 1963 – N/A • Army Veteran 1981-1987. Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Jackson SC, Fort Hood Tx. 2nd Armored Div. First Calvary.

William A. Henderson

William A. Henderson • Army • 1927 – 2001 • Bill Henderson, my Dad, served in the army in WWII. He worked as an orderly/cast man in an army hospital. He learned how to make and mold casts for injured Vets while recuperating from an injury of his own. He was a loving husband, father, uncle, and brother. He was loved by all and returned that love tenfold. Always up for an adventure, he and mom are on to their next one! He was, and is my Hero. He lays at rest, alongside mom at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Joseph Coles

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.

Harland E. Carney Jr.

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.
-Mary

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Robert J Solomon

Robert J Solomon • Army • 1950 – 2020 • Vietnam War • Loving husband, father, and grandfather. Dearly missed.

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Robert F. Murphy

Robert F. Murphy • Army • 1921 – • WWII France-Sergeant-Infantry • Robert F. Murphy received a Purple Heart for wounds received in France in June, July and August of 1944.

Brett Schwalm

Brett Schwalm • Army • 1981 – • Operation Iraqi Freedom 3 & 5 • 3rd Infantry Division, 5/7 cavalry purple heart recipient.
Ft. Stewart, Ga

Harry Andrews

Harry Andrews • Navy • 1943 – 2021 • My father served on the USS Kitty Hawk. He was part of the Phantom F-4. He was an amazing husband to my mother for 57 yrs. My Hero and mentor.

William Cook

William Cook • Marines • 1965 – Present • First Gulf War • Years of service: 1989 to 2017 • Bill Cook, retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the USMC Reserves in 2017. He served in various Marine Corps units, including assignments in Harrisburg, PA, Reading, PA, the Pentagon, Marietta, GA, Kings Bay, GA, and Okinawa, Japan during the Gulf War. His relatives include father Carlton P. Cook, uncle 2nd Lt. Richard F. Thompson, and Brother-in-law Colonel Stephen Lampo. Since 2019, he has been the Director of Security and Logistics at Organic Remedies.

Lindsey “Trey” Davidson

Lindsey “Trey” Davidson • Marines • 1961 – • Beirut Lebanon • Trey served in the Marine Corp from 1981-1987. He was a scout sniper, and served with the multi national peace keeping force in the Mediterranean.

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James Russell Huggins

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.

Dawn Sheri Clapper

DAWN SHERI CLAPPER • Navy • 1967 – • Desert Storm • 1989~1993 active duty; 1996~2004 reserves.

Paul Brown

Paul Brown • Navy • 1926 – 2012 • WWII • Paul was a corpsman in WWII.

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Noel F Mattiello

Noel F Mattiello • Army • 1938 –  •Noel Mattiello served in the Army 1962-1965. He was stationed in Germany as a member of the 4th Armored Division. He was honorably discharged with the rank of specialist.

Michael R.W. Davies

Michael R.W. Davies • Navy • 1995 – 2020 • Michael Davies was petty officer in the navy who has discharged from the service in 2016. While his time with the service was short, he was very proud to be in the Navy, and the impact it made on his life and the lives of others around him has been unmatched. If you met Michael once, you remembered him for the rest of your life-some people just have that kind of magic. Please consider donating to Wreaths Across America to honor veterans like him and others.

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John Ervin Clark

John Ervin Clark • Navy • 1952 – 2021 •
Born March 1952.
Passed away December 2021.
Spouse Sharon L Clark.
Children – Melissa Hurley and Michael Clark.
Grandchildren – David Hurley, Alexander Hurley, Jacob Hurley, Arianna Clark, Leanna Clark.

Frank L. Kresak

Frank L. Kresak • Army • 1929 – 2023 • Korean War • My pappap ❤️ A very loving husband, father, pappap, and great-grandpa. Always ready to help his family however, whenever, and wherever. He’s resting with his loving wife at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Donald Christian Kopp

Donald Christian Kopp • Army • 1923 – 2020 • WWII •
Bronze star, American Defense Service Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with two battle stars, WW II Victory Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Expert Badge with Carbine, Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle, Honorable Discharge.

Jerome E. Magyar

Jerome E. Magyar • Navy • 1952 – • Vietnam Veteran • U. S. Navy Radioman ‘71 – ‘75
Yokosuka, Japan

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Gregory M Strayer

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.

Arthur Lyle Postance

Arthur Lyle Postance • Air Force • 1938 – 2005 • Cold War • My Dad was not only a USAF veteran but served in the Merchant Marines. He worked as a civilian for the Army until his retirement in 1994. He was patriotic til the end and always supported his fellow servicemen.

Colonel Stephen Lampo

Colonel Stephen Lampo • Marines • 1941 – 1991 • Vietnam • Colonel Stephen Lampo, United States Marine Corps

Silver Star Recipient – First Lt. Stephen F. Lampo, US Marine Corps, receives the Silver Star for exceptional bravery in the Vietnam War. On Jan 31, 1968, amid intense enemy fire, he courageously evacuated wounded soldiers, organized reinforcements during an ambush, and repeatedly risked his life to transport the wounded to safety. His fearless leadership, supervising evacuations and engaging the enemy, embodies the Marine Corps’ highest traditions.

Richard Francis Thompson

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.

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Jack Kimberlin

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.

Dave Hosek

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.

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Thomas R. Snelson

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.

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Richard Sheffer

Richard Sheffer • Army • 1952 – 2021 •

 

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