St. Louis

Meet the Heroes adopted by the St. Louis chapter

  • Cpl. Chris Van Etten US Marine Corps

    Christopher Van Etten, of O’Fallon, Illinois is the son of Wayne and Leigh Van Etten, both retired Air Force veterans. After graduating from O’Fallon Township High School in 2009, Chris enlisted in the Marine Corps on July 13, 2009…

  • Cpl. Justin McLoud US MARINE CORPS

    Born and raised in Jefferson County, Missouri, Marine Cpl. Justin McLoud graduated from Hillsboro High School in 2006 as a star athlete, diehard Cardinal fan, and true American patriot. While he could have received a college scholarship to play baseball from any of a number of schools; upon graduation he chose, instead, to enlist in the Marine Corps..

  • Cpl. Todd Nicely US Marine Corps

    Arnold, Missouri native Todd A. Nicely was 26 years old when his life changed forever on March 26, 2010 while participating in combat operations against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. This young man was a Corporal in the Marine Corps…

  • Cpl. Tyler Huffman US Marine Corps

    Every Marine regiment is rightfully proud of their history and tradition, as well as past and present successes. There can be, however, no clearer example of the sacrifice and valor of the Marine Corps’ 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment – the Darkhorse Marines – than the fact that we proudly announce our 6th JCS Hero, and second Darkhorse, Corporal Tyler Huffman, USMC…

  • LCpl. Erik R. Heldt US Marine Corps

    It is with great pride that the Joshua Chamberlain Society announces the adoption of its 4 th JCS Hero, Lance Corporal Erik Heldt, USMC. The grandson of a World War II veteran, LCpl. Heldt graduated from Hermann High School as a star basketball and football player. In 2003, at age 24, he entered the United States Marine Corps…

  • SFC. Cory Remsburg US Army

    It is with great honor and humility that we can announce our Second JCS Hero, Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg , Army Ranger, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. SFC Remsburg was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but moved to St. Louis, Missouri as a teenager…

  • SGT Bobby Lisek US ARMY

    Sergeant Bobby Lisek served in the United States Army from 2000-2006. Bobby has suffered and overcome numerous injuries after and IED hit the vehicle he was in.

  • SGT Legrand Strickland U.S. Army

    Raised in University City, Sgt. Legrand Strickland, had a calling to serve at an early age. Two years out of high school, Legrand enlisted in the United States Army as a light infantryman. After completing his initial enlistment, Legrand entered the National Guard as an infantry rifleman while he attended school at Oklahoma State University in the field of Visual Communications.

  • Sgt. Denis Kisseloff US Army National Guard

    It is with humbleness and honor that the Joshua Chamberlain Society announces our 9th JCS Hero, Sgt. Denis Kisseloff, United States Army (Missouri National Guard). Sgt. Kisseloff was killed-in-action on May 14, 2010, leaving behind his two beautiful children, Serena and Aleksander.

  • Sgt. Michael Shuster US Army

    The Joshua Chamberlain Society is honored to announce our 8th Hero, Sergeant Michael Shuster, 82ndAirborne, United States Army. Michael attended Brown Elementary school in Florissant, Missouri and graduated Hazelwood North High School in 2007.

  • SPC Tim Taylor US ARMY

    Specialist Tim Taylor served in the United States Army. He was adopted by JCS St. Louis in 2017.

  • SSG. Joshua Eckhoff US Army National Guard

    SSG. Joshua Eckhoff, US Army National Guard, is a true American hero living amongst us and serves as a great reminder as to why we all have gotten involved in JCS – he has served our country with valor, sustained injuries on our behalf that he will…

  • SSGT. Jedidiah ‘Jay’ Vermillion US Marine Corps

    Raised for most of his childhood in Perryville and Jackson, Missouri, Staff Sergeant Jedidiah “Jay” Vermillion, USMC always thought he would become a Marine. His grandfather was a Marine, fighting in the epic battle on Iwo Jima during World War II.

St. Louis News

Phoenix Textiles employees raised money to adopt two JCS families for Christmas. Phoenix has been a frequent supporter of JCS and our local heroes. This past Christmas the employees "paid" to decorate a Christmas tree in the office. That money was used to purchase gifts for two families. Thank you Phoenix employees for your continued [...]

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Dear JCS Family, JCS has played an integral part of my journey leading up to my first year of college at University of Missouri-Columbia (MU).  I am proud to say that I have successfully completed my first year as a student, majoring in Elementary Education, which has been a longtime passion of mine.  JCS has […]

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Yesterday, our JCS Hero Josh Eckhoff and Advisory Board Member Don Forth were interviewed by Fox 2 News. They were able to discuss the upcoming Bike for Heroes ride and Don's cross country ride to raise money for JCS.  Josh and Don did an outstanding job representing JCS!  If you want to get involved, or to [...]

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On Monday, April 18, 2017, our dear friend, and Advisory Board member, Dan Esser passed away suddenly. Dan was a longtime supporter and volunteer for the Joshua Chamberlain Society, a mission he accepted with pleasure after having served in the US Army. Dan will be sorely missed by his JCS family and friends. Our thoughts and [...]

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ST. LOUIS - The place: Helen Fitzgeralds Grill and Pub in South County. The target: Marine Cpl. Justin McLoud. The mission: Operation Puppy Surprise. "These young men and women give so much and to be able to give something back to them," says Sue McNamara. "It's an amazing feeling." Sue McNamara is a self-described amateur [...]

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