Compatriot Mike Blum Receives the Silver Color Guard Medal

Cincinnati SAR Compatriot Mike Blum recently received the SAR Silver Color Guard Medal at the Cincinnati SAR Constitution Day Luncheon. Mike was presented the prestigious award for state and national Color Guard service by Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard Commander Turner Lee Wilkerson III.

Congratulations Mike! Huzzah, Huzzah, Huzzah!


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Cincinnati SAR inducts 8 New Compatriots

The Cincinnati Chapter SAR inducted eight new compatriots at their Constitution Day luncheon on Sunday, September 9th. The new compatriots inducted by Ohio Society Trustee James D. Schaffer were:

Gordon M. Stokely for his Patriot Jehu Stokely;
James Richard Bissell for his Patriot Ozias Bissell, Jr.;
J.R. Smith for his Patriot George Smith;
Terry William Brothers for his Patriot William Norris, Sr.;
Andrew Charles Brothers for his Patriot William Norris, Sr.;
Benjamin A. White for his Patriot William Norris, Sr.;
Charles Everette White for his Patriot William Norris, Sr.;
Leonard Thomas Gates, Jr. for his Patriot Zephaniah Woolsey.

Congratulations compatriots and welcome to the chapter!


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Lochry’s Defeat Reenactment August 1981 Commemorate of the 200th Anniversary

By Compatriot George Stewart, Chapter Historian

The idea of reenacting the Battle of Lochry’s Creek went back to 1976, when the nation began the celebration of its Bicentennial. Members of Col. Archibald Lochry Chapter, NSDAR, had always known about this, Dearborn County’s Revolutionary War battle, and had erected a monument to honor participants over 50 years before near the actual battle site. While the battle was over in minutes, it took five years of planning and a $1500.00 grant from the State of Indiana to stage the event. Members of the Brigade of the American Revolution from several states, led by the Ninth Virginia Regiment and the Westmoreland County Pennsylvania militia planned, choreographed the reenactment with help from several additional Revolutionary reenactment groups. The Ninth Virginia was known for their painstakingly accurate portrayals of the Ohio Indians of the 1700’s. A special militia encampment was set up depicting military life during the Revolution. Many members of the Cincinnati Chapter make the pilgrimage to witness this event. Although they did not participate, they were impressed with what they saw. Many members expressed interest to get involved in future events like this. In August of 2007 both the Ohio Society and the Cincinnati Chapter took part in the 226th Commemoration of Lochry’s Defeat at the Riverview Cemetery in Aurora, Indiana.


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August 31st 2018 Naturalization

Cincinnati SAR Compatriots Bob Bowers, Ken Carpenter and President Jack Bredenfoerder welcomed 70 new US citizens  at a naturalization ceremony held on Friday, August 31st at the Potter Stewart Courthouse. The Honorable Stephanie K. Bowman officiated.


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Cincinnati SAR Compatriot Ken Carpenter Returns from Tri-State Honor Flight

Compatriots of the Cincinnati SAR welcomed home another Tri-State Honor flight on Tuesday, August 28th at CVG. This flight was particularly special to the Cincinnati Chapter because Compatriot Ken Carpenter was on board! Cincinnati Compatriots welcoming Ken’s return were: Gary Duffield, Lee Wilkerson, Clay Crandall, Mike Gunn, George Stewart, Ed Bonniwell, Bob Bowers, Mike Blum, Brad Jarard, Shaun Smith, Larry Collins, Gregg Ballman, Dan Schmitz, Jack Bredenfoerder along with Ken’s wife Carolyn and children Henry and Jennifer. Welcome home Ken!

For many of our veterans, a trip to Washington to see their memorials is not financially or physically possible by themselves. This is the mission of Honor Flight Tri-State: to make that dream come true for as many veterans as possible. If a veteran does not have a family member to accompany them, a qualified and enthusiastic guardian will be assigned, ready to assist them on their trip of a lifetime. The HONOR FLIGHT trip is at no cost to the veterans and all veterans over the age of 65, whether they served stateside or overseas, are eligible to apply.

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Cincinnati SAR Mourns the Passing of Compatriot John McCain

Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR

Senator John McClain, AZ SAR Compatriot, Barry M Goldwater Chapter has passed away. Our condolences to the AZ Society and prayers and thoughts to his family and friends.

Compatriot McCain was a hero and a statesman. A veteran who served as a Navy Pilot in Viet Nam and was captured and held for over five years as a prisoner of war. The torture he withstood during that time was just one of the traits which demonstrated his metal. He served for more than 30 years as an elected official and a true statesman.

We are very proud to have had him as a member of our Society. We mourn his death and celebrate the good life he led.

God bless America and take care of our Compatriot John McCain!


The Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution’s Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guard in Mourn Position to Honor our Compatriot.


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Cincinnati SAR Members honor unknown Revolutionary War dead
Michael B. Gunn, Ph.D.
Past President, Patriot Graves Chair CCSAR

The Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution sponsored a Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown American Revolutionary War Soldier in Fort Laurens located in Bolivar, Ohio.

This fort, built on the west bank of the Tuscarawas River (located in eastern Ohio 25 miles from both Canton in the north and Pennsylvania in the east) was to serve as a base to attack the British garrison located at Detroit by the colonial military during the Revolutionary War.

In total, 21 soldiers (and 5 unknown) lost their lives at Fort Laurens after a handful of British soldiers and a couple hundred Wyandot, Mingo, Munsee, and Delaware warriors laid siege to the fort before it was abandoned in 1779.

There is a memorial monument at the site for the unknown soldiers who are buried here. The changing of the Guard ceremony held on August 11th was attend and participated by four members of the Cincinnati SAR: President John H. Bredenfoerder, Turner Lee Wilkerson, Robert E R. Bowers and Rev. Ralph E. Boniwell.

Pictured here at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Ft. Laurens are: Jack Bredenfoerder, Lee Wilkerson, Bob Bowers and Ed Boniwell along with seven other participants from Ohio

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