The Joshua Chamberlain Memorial Fund, Helping Modern Day Heroes


February 24, 2014, will be the 100th Anniversary of the death of Civil War veteran Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. General Chamberlain, who is well known from his charge down Little Round Top depicted in the movie Gettysburg, was wounded in the pelvis, urethra and bladder while charging the works at Petersburg in 1864. Chamberlain would suffer for almost 50 years from the effects of his wounds before finally succumbing to them. Speaking of General Chamberlain and his wounds, one of his doctors said, "In bearing this silently while performing all his exacting duties there was shown more heroism than in gaining the military promotions which he so valiantly earned." General Chamberlain is said to be the last Civil War veteran to die from his wounds.

In memory of the 100th anniversary of his death, the Joshua Chamberlain Society and joshualawrencechamberlain.com will be starting a memorial fund to honor the warrior’s memory while helping modern day wounded warriors.

The 20th Maine monument at Gettysburg and Chamberlain’s gravesite in Maine are often festooned with flags and flowers. The flowers will fade but, a gift to the Chamberlain Society will be a lasting tribute to all wounded warriors.

ABOUT THE JOSHUA CHAMBERLAIN SOCIETY

The Joshua Chamberlain Society ("JCS") is a grass roots 501(c)(3) federally tax exempt charity that was formed with the mission of providing long term support to veterans that sustained permanent combat injuries fighting the long war on terror for our nation. It also provides long term support to the children of veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in our service.

In what we believe is a unique mission, we adopt these severely wounded veterans as JCS Heroes, and they will stay part of our family for the remainder of their lives, just as their injuries will be with them for the remainder of their lives. As the battles in Afghanistan and elsewhere continue to rage, we have been introduced to more wounded warriors than our current funds allow us to adopt. As such, our continued challenge is to raise money in the hopes of serving more and more JCS Heroes.

To learn more about the society, please visit www.chamberlainsociety.org

THE MISSION OF THE MEMORIAL FUND

The Joshua Chamberlain Memorial Fund will be an ongoing support network allowing donors to track its progress. (See funds raised at bottom of this page.) As the fund grows, it will directly benefit the adoption of a new Hero or meet the needs of a current Hero.

HOW TO SUPPORT OUR HEROS

Please help us honor our heroes with a donation to the Joshua Chamberlain Memorial Fund.

FEATURED HERO

In October 2009, on his tenth deployment in the Middle East in support of OIF/OEF (Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom), Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg, Army Ranger, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, found himself in Afghanistan. Along with the seven other members of his unit, Cory was injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) was set off on the side of the road they were traveling. All of the Rangers in Cory's unit were injured, with Cory and two others being critically injured. Sgt. Roberto D. Sanchez, one of America's finest heroes, lost his life in that horrific explosion.

The explosion also threw Cory into a canal, face down in a pool of water with a penetrating head wound. Due to the heroic actions of his fellow Rangers, Cory was rescued and rendered immediate life-saving medical care. He was taken by helicopter to Kandahar Air Base, then to Bagram Airfield, where he had surgery on his most serious injuries. Cory then spent two weeks at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for further life-saving medical treatment. On October 16, 2009, Cory was transported to Bethesda Naval Hospital where he spent the next two weeks in the intensive care unit.

Overall, Cory was in a coma for over three months, but has since made incredible progress and improvement through hard work, perseverance (he is, after all, an Army Ranger), and the loving support and daily attention of the Remsburg family. Each day brings new beginnings.

Cory, who was the second Hero helped by donations given to the Joshua Chamberlain Society, was recently honored by President Obama in the State of the Union address. With the help of your donations, we will be able to sponsor more Heroes like Cory.


Funds Raised as of March 14, 2014
$120