The Iowa chapter is tracking veterans of the war buried here.
Attending the General Society of the War of 1812 charter ceremony were, from left, J.L. Van Dyke of Vining, Lance Edwards of Oskaloosa, Don Stout of West Des Moines, Mike Rowley of Clive, Louis Zenti of Des Moines, David Lamb of Des Moines, Lawrence Casey of Texas, Tim Rowley of Clive; U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, Lance Ehmcke of Sioux City, Danny Krock of Cambridge, Dan Rittel of Stuart and Ron Rittel of Des Moines. / MARY O’BANNON RITTEL/SPECIAL TO THE REGISTER
The Des Moines Register
The new Iowa Society of the General Society of the War of 1812 received its charter this month from the organization’s national president, Lawrence Casey of Texas.
One of the Iowa group’s main projects has been to identify and document War of 1812 veterans buried in Iowa. Group historian Ron Rittel reports 481 have been proved so far.
The charter ceremony was held at the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge in Johnston as part of the start of the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812.
Charter members were joined in the presentation by U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley.
For more information about the Iowa organization, go to http://www.iowa 1812.org or contact its organizing secretary and registrar, Mike Rowley of Clive at 515-975-0498 or MJR1825 @gmail.com.