02 May 2011

Red Bull Funeral, Fund-raiser Updates

A member of the Iowa Army National Guard's 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry Regiment, Staff Sgt. James A. Justice, 32, of Grimes was killed April 23 during a mission to help recover a downed U.S. Army helicopter in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. Also injured in the mission was Spc. Zachary H. Durham, 21, of Des Moines.

Services will begin with a visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tues., May 3, at the IKM-Manning Middle School gymnasium, 755 Main St., Manilla, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m. for visitation prior to funeral), Wednesday, May 4, IKM-Manning High School gymnasium, 209 10th St., Manning. Graveside service and burial will be conducted at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. at a later date.

Memorials may be made to:

James Justice Benefit Account
c/o Veridian Credit Union
5910 University Ave.
West Des Moines, Ia., 50266


A "Military Family Benefit" will be held Sat., May 7, from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at the Iowa Army National Guard armory in Red Oak. The event benefits the families of 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment soldiers injured or killed April 11 in an Improvised Explosive Device attack Paktiya Province, Afghanistan.

Killed in the attack was Spc. Brent M. Maher, 32, of Honey Creek, Iowa, posthumously promoted to sergeant. Wounded in the attack were:
  • Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Jedlicka, 31, of Council Bluffs.
  • Spc. Justin Christiansen, 24, of Nebraska City, Neb.
  • Spc. Dustin Morrison, 20, of New Market, Iowa.
The event will include a $5 spaghetti dinner, silent auction, raffle, and a disc jockey.

Address for the Iowa National Guard Armory in Red Oak is:

RR1 Park West Road Old HWY 34
Red Oak, Iowa 51566

Monetary donations may be made to any Bank Iowa branch office under the "Military Family Benefit / Barb Lombard" account.

For Facebook page regarding the event, click here.


According to posts on its Facebook event page, approximately 1,350 people attended an April 23 benefit for Spc. Adam Eilers, 21, held at the Lakeside Ballroom, Guttenberg, Iowa. The Garber, Iowa soldier was injured in a Feb. 21 IED attack in Laghman Province, Afghanistan. Also injured in the attack were:
  • Spc. Caleb Redell, 22, of Erie, Ill.
  • Pfc. Andrew Zimmerman, 20, of Camanche.
All three soldiers are members of the Iowa National Guard's 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry "Ironman" Regiment 1-133rd Inf.).

The event included a hog roast, auction and silent auction, a bake sale, and dance. At times, the ballroom was stuffed to near capacity, as well-wishers chatted with Eilers family and friends, while listening to the patter of auctioneer Jim Funk of Guttenberg. In a sample 5-minute period, Funk helped sell everything from Green Bay Packers tickets, a weekend in a secluded cabin resort, a child's 18-inch bicycle painted in John Deere green and yellow, and a stuffed duck that seemed nearly as big as a prize-winning pig.

Eilers is currently in physical and speech therapy at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Minnesota.

Monetary donations continue to be accepted at:

Adam Eilers Benefit Fund
c/o Garnavillo Savings Bank
P.O. Box 100
Garnavillo, IA 52049

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.