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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Family of fallen soldier remembered

  • Families of fallen soldiers should not be forgotten.

    That's according to Betty Wright, director of Honor and Remember of Kansas.
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  • Families of fallen soldiers should not be forgotten.
    That's according to Betty Wright, director of Honor and Remember of Kansas.
    Members of the organization took time over the weekend to recognize the family of Army Cpl. Delbert E. Vogeli, the first Leavenworth resident killed in the Korean War.
    "This is an opportunity to recognize them and let them know they're not going to be forgotten," Wright said.
    During a Saturday ceremony, an Honor and Remember flag was presented to Norma I. Mercer, who is Vogeli's daughter.
    Mercer said she was 7 years old when her father was killed.
    "He was a jolly guy," she said. "I don't think he ever met any strangers."
    Mercer, who traveled from Oklahoma for Saturday's ceremony, said she was proud of her father.
    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 an obituary that was published in the Leavenworth Times after his death.
    He is buried at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.
    Honor and Remember of Kansas is the state chapter of an organization that has a mission of placing special Honor and Remember flags into the hands of families of people who were killed while serving their country.
    The flag presented Saturday was personalized and included Vogeli's name.
    Saturday's ceremony was held at VFW Post 56 in Leavenworth.
    A folded American flag also was presented to Mercer during the ceremony. The flag was presented to her by Charles Hagemeister, a Medal of Honor recipient who lives in Leavenworth.
    Wright said several medals awarded to Vogeli were, for whatever reason, never presented to him or his family. She said Honor and Remember of Kansas procured the medals for his family.
    "It was our pleasure," she said.
    Saturday's ceremony also included the reading of the names of Leavenworth County residents who were killed in World War II and the Korean War. The names appear on a plaque that previously had been displayed at Leavenworth City Hall. The plaque was taken down in 2004 because of renovations, but city commissioners recently voted to again have it displayed at City Hall.
    Page 2 of 2 - City officials loaned the plaque for display during Saturday's ceremony.
    "It's been cleaned and polished," Wright said.
    After the ceremony, Wright said families can request Honor and Remember flags. Requests involving people from Kansas will be forwarded to the state chapter, which will raise funds for the flags.
    The Honor and Remember flag presented during Saturday's ceremony was sponsored by local VFW riders, according to Diana Pitts, assistant director-Gold Star family coordinator for Honor and Remember of Kansas.
    More information about the flags can be found at www.honorandremember.org.

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