Magazine article VFW Magazine

Missouri Post Honors Two VFW Members Killed in Afghanistan

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Missouri Post Honors Two VFW Members Killed in Afghanistan

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Post 7356 donated $6,000 for Battle Cross memorial

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow." The poem recited at the memorial service honoring two VFW members killed in action matches the large image behind the Battle Cross memorial that now stands in Post 7356.

Members of the Post, located in Parkville, Mo., just north of Kansas City, raised about $2,800 through a raffle. The Post itself then donated $3,200 to complete the project, said Vietnam veteran John Hoffman.

It honors VFW members Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy A. Katzenberger and Sgt. Channing "Bo" Hicks, both of whom were KIA in Afghanistan during 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Post member John Hayde, now deceased, came up with the idea. Hayde helped host a VFWsponsored quail hunt in 2010. Hicks, along with three other Iraq vets, participated in the hunt honoring the wounded. Hayde donated a 28-gauge Beretta shotgun-Hicks used it on the hunt-to help fund the memorial.

Hoffman attended the dedication and helped with the fundraising raffle. "It's tragic that they had to give their lives," he said. "The good part of this is these are both men who were dedicated to the preservation of our freedom and willing to fight in foreign lands so that our country is protected."

Hoffman, a Marine linguist who was wounded in Vietnam in 1969, said there was a lot of emotion throughout the Post about honoring the men.

Vietnam veteran Robert Eckerle said members spent about a year selling raffle tickets for the shotgun across the state. "I think it was just amazing," Hoffman said of Hayde donating the shotgun. "He was always very, very giving. …

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