The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • First local casualty of Korean War to be remembered

  • The Korean War is sometimes referred to as the Forgotten War.
    But later this month, one of the war's fallen soldiers will be remembered in Leavenworth.
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  • The Korean War is sometimes referred to as the Forgotten War.
    But later this month, one of the war's fallen soldiers will be remembered in Leavenworth.
    An honors ceremony will be held for family members of Delbert Earl Vogeli. The event is being hosted by Honor and Remember Kansas along with VFW Post 56, according to Diana Pitts, assistant director-Gold Star family coordinator for Honor and Remember Kansas.
    The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. April 27 at VFW Post 56, 519 Cherokee St.
    "This is open to the public," said Pitts, who also a great niece of Vogeli.
    Vogeli was the first person from Leavenworth to be killed in the Korean War, according to an obituary that was published in the Leavenworth Times.
    Vogeli, who also was a veteran of World War II, served with 5th Regiment of the 1st Calvary Division in Korea. He suffered shrapnel wounds during an enemy attack Aug. 15, 1950. He died the following day. He was 31, according to the obituary.
    He is buried at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.
    Honor and Remember Kansas is the state chapter of an organization that has a mission of placing Honor and Remember flags into the hands of families of people who were killed while serving their country.
    Pitts said the Kansas chapter, which was established last year, has so far presented 25 flags. A flag recently was presented at Fort Leavenworth to Amber Harrison-Mena-Martini, widow of Sgt. Ralph Mena. Mena was the last casualty of the Iraq War from Kansas.
    The personalized Honor and Remember flag that will be presented in honor of Vogeli was sponsored by local VFW riders, Pitts said.
    Several family members of Vogeli will be traveling from Oklahoma for the April 27 event. And a number of family members who live in the area will be in attendance, according to Pitts.
    The ceremony will include the folding of an American flag that will be presented to Vogeli's daughter, who was 8 years old when her father died.
    Pitts said the American flag will be presented by Charles Hagemeister, a Leavenworth resident who received the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War.
    Pitts said Vogeli's family has a Purple Heart he was awarded. But they apparently don't have other medals he was awarded.
    "We've purchased all of his other medals," she said.
    And they were be presented during the ceremony.
    Members of Vogeli's family recently requested that the city of Leavenworth donate a memorial plaque to the VFW. Vogeli's name is listed on the plaque that honors people from Leavenworth County who were killed in World War II and the Korean War.
    The plaque previously was displayed at City Hall, but it was taken down in 2004 because of renovations. The plaque then was stored in the basement of the building.
    Page 2 of 2 - City commissioners voted Tuesday to once again display the plaque at City Hall. But the plaque will be loaned to the VFW for the April 27 event.
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