1LT Shoemaker Dedication at Silver Spring Baptist Church

  • Sep 6, 2008

Dedication for 1LT Kenneth Shoemaker, CRNA
at Silver Spring Baptist Church

September 7, 2008, Silver Spring, Pa.
Photos courtesy of Jack Laukhuff, church trustee

In late November 1967, a plane crash took the lives of 1LT Kenneth Shoemaker, CRNA, and 1LT Jerome Olmsted, CRNA, who were serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, while transporting wounded soldiers. There were no survivors. Lieutenant Shoemaker was the first elected deacon at Silver Spring Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Pa. Recently, a plaque was erected in Lt. Shoemaker's honor at the church.


Jack Laukhuff, left, a trustee and a Sunday School teacher for the church, explains the history of 1LT Kenneth Shoemaker, CRNA.

Sierra Diem, center, holds a copy of Advancing the Art and Science of Anesthesia for 75 Years: A Pictorial History of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Nathan Sparks, right, holds the plaque being dedicated to 1LT Shoemaker.



Mr. Laukhuff holds the plaque after the dedication service.

The plaque reads:
1LT Kenneth R. Shoemaker, Jr. USAR
44th Medical Brigade
67th Evacuation Hospital in Qui Nhon, South Vietnam
Born 2 April 1941
Killed on 30 Nov 1967, On Board a C-47 Transporting Wounded,
All 26 On-Board Perished
Awarded the Bronze Star Posthumously
Graduated 1966, St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, PA.
Member of American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Park Ridge, IL
First Elected Deacon of Silver Spring Baptist Church, Silver Spring, PA.

The plaque and history book are mounted near each other on a wall...

...in the newly dedicated Coffee Nook at Silver Spring Baptist Church.
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