Cemetery tour to highlight military men


SIDNEY — The Shelby County Historical Society (SCHS) will host one of its popular cemetery tours in Graceland Cemetery, 975 S. Main Ave., at 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 17.

“This will be different from our usual tours,” said tour guide Rich Wallace. “Instead of focusing on one area of the cemetery, this is really going to focus on guys who were killed in action.”

Tickets cost $5 for SCHS members, $8 for nonmembers. They are available at the Ross Historical Center, 201 N. Main Ave., and by phone at 498-1653.

The tour is another activity in the SCHS’s Year of Valor celebration, which marks the beginnings or endings of most of the U.S. wars.

“There are some incredible stories here,” Wallace said of the men he will discuss on the tour. “I hope their family members (as well as the general public) will come.”

Graves to be visited are those of the following men:

• Earl Munsch, who was killed during World War I.

• Milo Taylor, a Silver Medal for Heroism winner in World War II.

• William Kinninger, who was awarded the Silver Star for an attack on Japan in World War II.

• Bob Dearth, who flew transport missions “over the hump” in China, Burma and India during World War II.

• Huffman Dearth, a Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross winner for bombing raids over China in World War II.

• Harry Dearth, who served in the Korean War and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross during the Vietnam War.

• Martin Foster, who earned a Silver Star for fighting in Luzon in the Philippines during World War II.

• Herb Neer, who was killed by a land mine in Manila during World War II.

• LeRoy Elliott, who was killed in action in the South Pacific during World War II.

• Richard Davis, who saved his crew from certain death when a bomb bot stuck on their plane during World War II.

Wallace will share stories about each man.

“The tour willhelp us learn and understand the contributions that have been made by the men and women of Shelby County to keep America free,” says the SCHS June newsletter, Historical Highlights.