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Honor Mission
John Kalausich, KIA
USAAC – WWII
Charleston, West Virginia – 02-21-19

ABOUT THE MISSION:

The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to escort the remains of SGT. John Kalausich, 19, U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII KIA, as he returns home to West Virginia and stand in silent honor and respect for his final services and interment.
On March 21, 1945, Kalausich was a member of the 642nd Bombardment Squadron, 409th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Division, 9th Air Force, aboard an A-26B, when his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and went missing during a combat mission from Couvron, France to Dülmen, Germany. Kalausich, his pilot, 2nd Lt. Lynn W. Hadfield, and the other crewman, Sgt. Vernon Hamilton, had been participating in the interdiction campaign to obstruct German troop movements in preparation for the Allied crossing of the Rhine River on March 23, 1945.  In June 2016, a German researcher, Adolph Hagedorn, who had previously collaborated with Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, JPAC (a predecessor to DPAA,) contacted DPAA historians regarding a crash site he had found in Hülsten-Reken, Germany, that could possibly be linked to Kalausich’s aircraft. In September 2016, Hagedorn led DPAA to the crash site in a horse paddock, where the aircraft matched the description of Kalausich’s.  In November and December 2016, under a partnership, History Flight, Inc., a nongovernmental organization, excavated the crash site, recovering aircraft material, life support equipment, personal effects and possible osseous material.
Services and interment have been confirmed to be 23 February 2019.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 02-21-19
Staging Time: 8:30 p.m.

Go-Mart 1502 Greenbrier St.
Charleston, West Virginia 25311
http://tinyurl.com/y4ktlqtx

Ride Captain:

Buddy Palla (deaconbiker@yahoo.com)

Special Instructions:

Mission briefing: 8:45 pm.  More details will be provided at staging.
Escort will be provided from the airport to Bollinger Funeral Home, 422 Lee St. W., Charleston, WV (Map), a distance of approximately 5 miles.  Upon arrival at the funeral home, flag line will be set and maintained as SGT Kalausich is off-loaded in preparation for his final services.
Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

STAGING #2 DETAILS: 02-23-19
Staging Time: 9:30 a.m.

Christ Church United Methodist
1221 Quarrier St.
Charleston, West Virginia 25311
Map

Ride Captain:

Linda Yencha (ghostbiker1073@gmail.com).

Special Instructions:

Mission briefing at 9:45.
Flag line will be in place NLT 10:00 and maintained until the start of services at 11:00.
At the conclusion of services, flag line will be set for his dignified transfer to the hearse for his final journey.
Escort will be provided to Tyler Mountain Cemetery, 5233 Rocky Fork Rd., Charleston, WV, Map, a distance of approximately 10 miles.  Upon arrival, flag line will be set and maintained for the duration of graveside services.
Flags & Water:
Flags will not be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Joe Cumblidge
Position: West Virginia State Captain

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February 23
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26 Comments

  1. Our Condolences to the Family and Friends of John Kalausich.
    Thank You Sgt. Kalausich, for your service and sacrifice to our Country.
    Welcome Home Soldier/Airman

  2. Please know that I am sorry for your loss. We as a nation should never forget those that served to protect our rights and freedom and now, after 74 years, SGT. John Kalausich will be laid to rest in his home state of West Virginia.. Rest In Peace.

    Jeanne Shaffer
    Ride Captain
    WV Patriot Guard

    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalm 23:1-6)

  3. On March 21,1945 as an A-26B Bomber fell to the earth it’s crew fell into the arms of God where they have rested these many years. May this Memorial bring comfort to the family of Sgt. John Kalausich, and he rests in peace in their memories.

    Jim Shaffer
    3rd Inf Div
    1967-1969
    WV PGR

  4. Vicki and I send our condolences to the family and friends of this great American.Thank you for your service.Because of men like you we are able to enjoy the freedom we have today.God speed May you Rest In Peace .

  5. My sincere condolences to the family of SGT Kalausich, and my utmost respect and thanks to him for his service and sacrifice to our great nation. It is with great honor that I participate in this mission for another member of our greatest generation, and welcome this hero back home to the hills of West Virginia. You have waited many years and journeyed far for this moment, Sir. May you continue to rest in honored, eternal peace.

    Linda Yencha Nichols
    Ride Captain, WV Patriot Guard

  6. My sincere condolence to the family of Airman John Kalausich. We cannot repay the debt to you and your fellow airmen for the sacrifices you have made for us. We thank you for your service,

    Dave Shaffer
    WVPGR.
    101st ABN
    Vietnam 70-71

  7. We thank you,, John, for your service to our great Nation. As a member of America’s “Greatest Generation”, your Ultimate Sacrifice in the defense against Nazi aggression epitomizes what is so great about this Country and her Heroes who gladly wear the uniform of one of her Armed Forces. It will indeed be our Honor and Privilege to welcome you back home after so many decades of being MIA. God most certainly welcomed you with open arms as you approached the Gates of Heaven.

    It is my hope and prayer that all of your family will find comfort in knowing that you are finally back on American soil to be laid to rest in the hills of West Virginia. Although it has been many decades since you went off to war, I also pray that they understand that you have been and shall continue to watch over them from your place among the Angels.

    Stand at ease, Sergeant. Your mission is now complete. May you finally rest in Honored and Eternal Peace. God Speed, Sir, and Welcome Home!
    Respects,
    Joe Cumblidge
    State Captain
    West Virginia Patriot Guard

    U.S. Coast Guard 1969-1980

  8. My wife and I would like to offer our Most Sincere Condolences to the family
    and friends of John Kalausich, U.S. Army and WWII Veteran. Thank you, John,
    for your dedicated commitment and service to our great country and for keeping
    our freedom and way of life. You paid the highest price possible as a KIA and the
    country owes you for this sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family during
    this grieving period. I salute you SOLDIER and may you rest in peace now knowing
    you are in a better place. Stand down your tour is done.

    Doug and Jane Geary
    Ride Captain
    PGR Morgantown, WV

  9. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalm 23:1-6)

    The Bible says “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.” I believe that God will shed his blessings on you at this time. These are times when our Faith is tested the most, and yet it is Faith that will see us through the sorrow.

    R.I.P. HERO

    Delores Minear
    WV Patriot Guard

  10. My Condolences and prayers to the Family and Friends of John Kalausich.
    Thank You Sgt. Kalausich, for your service and sacrifice to our Country.
    Welcome Home

  11. To be part of the Greatest Generation sometimes it required the ultimate sacrifice. To be so young and asked to give your all is an honorable and mighty task. R.I.P. Warrior, you gave your all and we will remember.

    Boonie Jarvis
    US Army (Ret)
    WVPGR Ride Cpt.
    .

  12. My family wishes to extend their sincere condolences to the Kalausich family for their loss. Finally a closure after so many years; may God grant peace and understanding at this difficult time.

  13. My wife and I extend our condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Kalausich.
    May he finally rest in eternal peace after all these years and may yo finally have closure.
    Sgt. Kalausic, thank you Sir for your sacrifices for my freedom. May you finally rest in honored and eternal peace as you now will ne interred at home in the West Virginia hills.
    Montani Semper Liberi

    Jerry Stanley
    RC Dist.3
    Parkersburg

  14. After being missing for so many years, John Kalausich is finally coming home to West Virginia. Like so many others of his generation, when call to duty came, they answered without hesitation and served their country with extreme dedication and honor. I trust his return will bring final closure to this chapter in the lives of his family. He may have only been 19, but he was still a part of America’s greatest generation. It will be an honor to escort this patriot…thank you, John, for your service to America.

    Buddy
    Charleston, WV

  15. I would like to offer my sincere condolences and prayers for your lost. May the peaceful moments and cherished memories bring you renewed strength. In the difficult days ahead do not let your heart be troubled your faith will keep you strong.

  16. My wife and I would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of John.We would also like to thank him for stepping up to defend our country.

    Carl & Ann Spade
    WVSRC

  17. Sgt. Kalausich. Thank you, Airman, for your honorable service to our country. May the Good Lord award you wings of an angel, and may He bless your family with peace and comfort during this difficult time. Welcome home, John.

    Ron J

    USMC 74 – 78

    WV ASC – North

    WV SRC

  18. I offer my deepest condolences to the loved ones of SGT Kalausich, and my sincere gratitude to him for his service and sacrifice to this great nation. It is with great pride and honor that I participate in this mission, to welcome a member of our greatest generation back to the hills of West Virginia after so many years. May he continue to rest in honored, eternal peace.

    Linda Nichols
    Ride Captain- WV Patriot Guard

  19. My wife and I give thanks for the service and ultimate sacrifice of Sgt. John A. Kalausich in WWII, protecting freedom for all Americans. We are also grateful that one more American soldier is repatriated with his home country. May his family and friends find a degree of comfort from each other as they gather to mourn their loss and celebrate his life. May he rest in eternal peace forever.

    Pat Hanifin, Sr.
    Senior Ride Captain/ASC-South
    US Air Force 70-74

  20. I would like to Thank John A Kalausich for his service and sacrifice to Our Great Nation and May He Rest in Eternal Peace in the Arms of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    Ron Dolly
    HM3 US Navy 73-77
    WVPGR

  21. We appreciate the service and regret the ultimate sacrifice that John Kalausich ended up making, as well as the sacrifice and sadness that his family endured. May GOD finally give you peace and comfort as we welcome home this absolute hero!

  22. Our Condolences to the Family and Friends of John Kalausich.
    Thank You Sgt. Kalausich, for your service and sacrifice to our Country.
    Welcome Home Soldier/Airman

  23. Ride Report
    SSG John Kalausich, WWII KIA
    23 February 2019

    There were four members present on this very dreary day to honor Mr. Kalausich. Upon arrival of the hearse, three members assisted with lifting the coffin onto the chapel stage for the service. We then provided a flag line outside the main entrance and also assisted with opening the doors for those entering. At the end of the service, the same three members assisted with lifting the coffin off the stage then transferring it back outside to the hearse while I stood at attention with my flag. At this time we entered our vehicles, all cages, which were at the head of the procession line behind only the police cars and the van bearing flowers. Upon arrival at Tyler Mountain cemetery, we again formed our flag line for Mr. Kalausich’s transfer to the mausoleum for the short graveside service. I called our members to attention as the pipes began to play and we remained as such until the coffin was brought inside. At this time I entered the mausoleum and waited for the service to be completed, then stepped forward and presented the plaque and condolence book to his surviving sister. Upon dismissal of the service, we remained in line for a brief period of time to greet the numerous individuals present who wished to thank us for our participation. After dismissing the other members, I provided a brief interview to a local news reporter. I wish to thank the members who stood with me, and offer my sincere gratitude to the MANY members of local law enforcement who provided such a well organized escort for the ten-mile journey to the graveside. It was truly an honor to be present as this young hero was finally returned home to the hills of West Virginia after so many decades.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Linda Yencha Nichols
    WVRC

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