John Bishop's family receives flag
family receives veteran's medals
came early for the family of the late Robert Mann. His wife Mary
of Milan, received the medals that he earned while serving his
country in World War II. He was in the AirCorps as an airplane
mechanic at Iwo Jima. According to Mary, he was there about three
years and was discharged on February 14, 1946.
The medals were presented by Jeannette Mount, a representative
of Congressman Baron Hills office. She also presented a
flag that was flown over the Capitol in honor of Cpl. Bishop to
family members. Bishop was killed in Afghanistan on September
The presentations took place at the Versailles American Legion
Post on Thursday, December 23 where Mann served as Post Commander
in 1972. Bishop was a member of the post as well and the first
active member to be killed in the line of duty.
At the Versailles post surrounded by family, Mann received her
husbands Asiatic Campaign, WWII Victory, Good Conduct, and
American Campaign medals. Mary said her husband never received
Gears were put into motion about three years ago after the death
of Robert by nephew Will Bennett of Indianapolis. According to
Bennett, he grew up hearing the stories of his uncles service
in the war. Upon learning that his uncle never received the medals
he earned, he wrote a letter to Congressman Hill asking for help.
According to Mount, the process to replace or receive medals often
begins with a phone call or a letter from a family member. The
office then contacts the National Personnel Records Center in
St. Louis, MO, where all military records are kept. Form DD214
is used to verify all information and to determine which medals
have been earned by the veteran.
Those in a similar situation, or those who have lost their medals
due to a situation such as fire or theft, can either contact their
Senator or Congressman or their county Veteran Services officer,
said Mount. The Veteran Service Officer for Ripley County is Ken
I am just overcome with emotion, said Mary. It
was a great Christmas gift for me.
She said that she misses Robert more than ever. The couple was
married on October 11, 1947 for nearly 50 years. They had no children,
but said their nieces and nephews were like their own children.
Members of the fallen Marine's family were also present to receive
the flag flown in honor of their loved one. Cpl. Bishop's mother,
Sarah Thomas of Columbus, was presented the flag that was in honor
of her daughter-in-law, Crystal Bishop and new granddaughter,
Ella, who was born after her father's death. Also on hand for
the presentation were Cpl. Bishop's brothers, Tyson Bishop and
son, Bryce; and brother, Mike and wife, Peggy Bishop of Versailles.
Pictured above from left are Jeannette
Mount, Mary Mann, her sister Dorothy Bennett, nephew Will
Bennett, and Bennett's daughter Emily and son Jack and mother-in-law,
Betty Miller. Pictured below: A flag that was flown over
the Capitol on September 16 in honor of Crystal and Ella
Bishop, wife and infant daughter of the late Cpl. John Bishop,
was presented to the Bishop family on Thursday, December
23 at the Versailles American Legion by Jeannette Mount
representing Congressman Baron Hill. Pictured are Bryce
Bishop, Tyson Bishop, Sarah Thomas, Cpl. Bishop's mother,
Peggy Bishop and Mike Bishop.