The National Guard unit in Springfield, the 30th Military Police Company was under the direction of Capt. Robert B. Eleazer and 2nd Lt. Elliott B. Neidlinger when it was mobilized for active duty Sept. 16, 1940, in preparation for involvement in World War II. The unit was composed of about 60 enlisted men and the two officers.
Eleazer was a school teacher at Effingham Academy prior to induction into the Army. The company was trained at Fort Jackson, S.C., and the unit came to be dispersed into divisions seeing active duty overseas during the war.
As we celebrate Veterans Day let us all remember the men from what has come to be known as “The Greatest Generation” sacrificed to preserve our freedom. Most, if not all, of these men who are pictured have passed away.
All who served in all the wars of our history deserve a day of praise and remembrance. Those now serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world are continuing to support our liberty and freedom with great sacrifice.
Today we say thank you to all of the veterans and active duty soldiers from all wars and honor all including those highlighted in the pictures today. For all families who lost so many in our wars we also thank them for their ultimate sacrifice and honor them as well.
This was written by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos, comments or information to share, contact Susan Exley at 754-6681 or email her at: email@example.com