Kentucky military history for the month of April

April 3, 2012 | By kentuckyguard
The following is a compilation of significant dates in our commonwealth’s military history.  For more on the legacy of our Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen, visit the Kentucky National Guard eMuseum. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="209" caption="General Robert E. Lee surrenders (Civil War)"]surrender April 1, 1945 – Invasion of Okinawa began (World War II) April 1, 1968 – Operation Pegasus began (Vietnam War) April 1, 1977 – Kentucky Air National Guard wing vice commander John B. Conaway appointment as Deputy Director of the Air National Guard at National Guard Bureau approved by Congress. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Sgt. James Alexander Sherrill, Operation Iraqi Freedom"]zzsherrill_james_alexander April 3, 2005 – Sgt. James Alexander Sherrill, of Ekron, Ky. in Meade County, was killed in Bayji, Iraq, when his armored medium truck encountered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Sherrill was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2113th Transportation Company, Paducah, Ky. This unit mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom in December 2004 and deployed to Southwest Asia in January 2005. April 5, 1951 – Operation Rugged began (Korean War) April 6, 1972 – Operation Linebacker began (Vietnam War) April 8, 1972 – Siege of An Loc began (Vietnam War) April 9, 1845 – The officers of the 123rd Regiment of Kentucky Militia unanimously, by newspaper communications and petitions, seek the abolition of the present militia system. April 9, 1858 – Twenty-one companies volunteered for service.  Only 10 companies were selected by Governor Morehead (The Utah War) April 9, 1856 – General Lee surrenders (Civil War) April 9, 1942 – Fall of Bataan (World War II) [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Roadblock on the Road to Bataan, World War II"]RoadblockontheRoadtoBataan April 10, 1942 – Bataan Death March – Sixty-six Kentucky Army National Guardsmen from Harrodsburg took part in the march; only 33 survived captivity to return home. (World War II) April  10, 1968 – Battle for Lang Vei began (Vietnam War) April 10, 1990 – Staff Sergeant Regina L. Isenberg of Bowling Green (Warren County) was killed in a military vehicle accident on the Western Kentucky Parkway near Leitchfield in Grayson County. She was assigned to Headquarters, State Area Command (STARC) Kentucky Army National Guard.  She was transporting a M-60 tank engine from the Ford Regional Training Site (WHFRTC) to the Combined Support Maintenance Shop (CSMS) in Frankfort in an engineer dump truck on rain slick roads. She was a Technician Material Control and Accounting Specialist at the Unit Training Equipment Site (UTES 2) in Greenville. Isenberg graduated from Warren Central High School in 1978 and joined the 2123d Transportation Company (Heavy Truck), Kentucky Army National Guard in Bowling Green in February 1981. She also served in Headquarters and Headquarters Battery of the 138th Field Artillery Brigade. Her awards included Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (ARCOTR) and the Kentucky Service Ribbon. April 11, 1873 – Brig. General Edward R.S. Canby, U.S. Army, commanding the Department of Columbia, murdered by Captain Jack, chief of the Modoc Indians, while mediating for their removal from their rocky fastness on the northern border of California to a government reservation. General Canby was a native of Mason County, Kentucky. April 11, 1991 – Persian Gulf Official Cease Fire April 15, 1777 – First attack on Fort Boonesborough by Indians (Early Indian Wars) April 16, 1851 – John Marshall Harlan appointed Adjutant General of Kentucky by Governor John L. Helm.  At time of his appointment Harlan was 17 years old, the youngest individual to hold the position.  He served as Adjutant General from 1851 to 1859. April 16, 1953 – Battle of Pork Chop Hill began (Korean War) April 16, 1978 – Private First Class Jeffery Clinton Howard died while training with his unit, the 307th Maintenance Company – Central City, at Ft. Campbell. Howard reportedly retrieved his gas mask from the cab of the truck to put it on as a part of training and unknowingly released the hand brake before he walked behind the truck, which had been parked on a gradual incline, the vehicle rolled backwards some 4 feet and pinned him between a tree and the trailer of a truck. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="236" caption="Master Sgt. Clinton Wayne Cubert, Operation Iraqi Freedom"]cubert April 16, 2006 – Master Sgt. Clinton Wayne Cubert, died at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Lexington, Ky., of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his armored HMMWV during combat operations in Samarra, Iraq, on Sept. 11, 2005.  Cubert was assigned to the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 2113th Transportation Company, based in Paducah, during his deployment. April 17, 1868 – Re-interment, with impressive ceremonies, at the cemetery in Lexington, of the remains of General John Hunt Morgan. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="226" caption="1st Lt. Robert Lewis Henderson II, Operation Iraqi Freedom"]robert_henderson April 17, 2004 – First Lieutenant Robert Lewis Henderson, II, of Alvaton, Ky., (Warren County) died in, Diwaniyah, Iraq, when his convoy tried to avoid an overturned trailer and came under small arms attack.  Henderson, though mortally wounded, continued to drive his vehicle and lead the convoy out of the ambush and repositioned his vehicle so that the other soldiers in the vehicle could return fire before he collapsed.  1st Lt. Henderson was assigned to the Army National Guard's Detachment 1, 2123rd Transportation Company, Owensboro, Ky. April 18, 1847 – Storming of Cerro Gordo, Mexico. Captain John S. Williams' company (the only Kentucky company engaged) behaved with distinguished valor (Mexican-American War) April 18, 1942 – Doolittle Raid on Japan (World War II) [caption id="" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Sgt. Randolph A. Sigley Jr., Operation Enduring Freedom"]SGTSigley April 18, 2010 – Sgt. Randolph A. Sigley Jr., of Richmond (Madison County), was found dead in his quarters at Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan where he was serving with the Kentucky Army National Guard's 2123rd Transportation Company. A member of the Kentucky Army National Guard since 2006, Sigley served from 2000-2004 with the United States Marine Corps.  He served a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the Marines. April 19, 1906 – Henry Robert Lawrence appointed Adjutant General of Kentucky by Governor J. C. W. Beckham. April 19, 1968 – 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, Kentucky National Guard with units in Louisville, Bardstown, Elizabethtown and Carrollton, Kentucky were ordered to active duty by President Lyndon B. Johnson (Vietnam War) April 19, 1968 – Operation Delaware began (Vietnam War) April 20, 1953 – Operation Little Switch began (Korean War) [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="231" caption="Capt. Clayton Lee Adamkavicius, Operation Enduring Freedom"]adamkavicius2 April 20, 2006 – Capt. Clayton Lee Adamkavicius, of Louisville, was mortally wounded by small arms fire while investigating an anti-coalition weapons cache discovered near Dihrawud district, Uruzghan Province, Afghanistan. Adamkavicius, a native of California, joined the Kentucky Army National Guard in 1999, and was assigned to Headquarters Company, 149th Brigade in Louisville. Adamkavicius was on his third operational deployment with the Kentucky Army National Guard. His first deployment was to Eastern Europe in 2003 where he served as Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Armor, in support of Operation Joint Forge at Eagle Base, Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina. In a subsequent deployment to Bosnia in 2004, he served with Headquarters Company, 149th Brigade. Adamkavicius had been training Afghan soldiers when he was killed. April 21, 1945 – Second Lieutenant Everett R. Preston, assigned to Company A, 192nd Light Tank Battalion (Harrodsburg Tankers), died at Fukuoka Camp #1-D Honshu, Japan of acute enteritis. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Sgt. Edward Theodore French, World War II"]frenchepow April 22, 1942 – Sgt. Edward Theodore French, Company D, 192nd Light Tank Battalion (Harrodsburg Tankers) died in a field hospital on Bataan while recovering from shrapnel wounds received in a Japanese bombing attack. He perished when the hospital was inadvertently hit by artillery fire from Fort Drum. April 24, 1873 – Kentucky Legislature directs that the remains of General Cary H. Fry, Colonel Theodore O'Hara, and Adjutant George N. Cardwell to be brought from distant States, and buried in State military lot at Frankfort, and graves marked with appropriate stones. April 24, 1967 – Battle of the Hills began (Vietnam War) Pres O'BannonApril 27, 1805 – Battle of Derne - Lt. Presley O'Bannon led an expedition across North African desert and captured the fortified city then held against numerous attempts to retake the place until peace treaty was signed on June 4 1805. O'Bannon was the first to plant the American Flag on foreign soil. The phrase "the shores of Tripoli" from the U.S. Marine Corps Hymn refers to Lt. O'Bannon's expedition. O'Bannon is buried in the Frankfort Cemetery. (War with Tripoli) April 29, 1984 – Private Steven E. Jones of DeMossville (Pendleton County), died while training with his unit, Company C, 201st Engineer Battalion in Cynthiana. Jones was killed after an accident near the armory when the unit was training on erecting and using gin poles. Jones was struck by the pole when the rigging failed and he was unable to escape the falling pole. He was given immediate aid by members of the 475th Combat Support Hospital who were at the armory and transported to the hospital but he perished from his injuries a short time later. Jones had just joined the unit on March 2, 1984 and was training with the unit until he got orders sending him to basic and advanced training as a Combat Engineer.

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