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The annual observance of Memorial Day by the Dubois County veterans was held Saturday morning

All Veterans from Dubois County were represented as well as all Veterans who have passed.


This year’s deceased veteran to be honored is Maj. General
Kenneth Himsel, the son of Luther and
Geneva Himsel and began his military career at Indiana
University in the ROTC program being commissioned a Second
Lieutenant in Infantry in 1959.

Himsel was named commander of Headquarters Company, 38th
Infantry Division and was promoted to Captain in October of that

In September of 1965 he was transferred to the Division’s Airborne
Rifle Company Commander until 1968, when as a result of
reorganization, his unit converted to a Long Range Patrol
Company-Company D (Ranger) 151st Infantry.
In October of 1968 General Himsel was promoted to Major and
sent to Vietnam where he was assigned as Assistant s-3 for the 3d
Brigade, 4th infantry Division at Pleiku. In October 1969 he
assumed command of Company D(Ranger)151st Infantry and
returned the unit to Indiana in November.

Upon returning to the Indiana National Guard, General Himsel
was assigned as S-3 for the Sepate Command, headquartered at
Camp Atterbury. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in
January 1974. In 1976 he was reassigned as commander of the 2d
Battalion, 293d Infantry, an element of the 38th Infantry Division.
General Himsel became commander of the Division’s 2d Brigade
in October 1978 and promoted to Colonel a month later. In March
1981 he was assigned as Assistant Division Commander for the
38th and appointed a Brigadier General in July of that year. With
the untimely death of Major General John J. Dillon in June, 1983,
General Himsel became the Division’s Commanding General and
was appointed a Major General in February 1984.

Major General Himsel was killed on November 12, 1992 in a
plane crash when he went to Alaska to inspect his troops. He is
survived by his wife Deborah Doyle of Greenwood, daughters
Krista Benge of Indianapolis and Kendra Allison of Brignton,
Colorado , sister Judy Kerkhove of Greenwood and three brothers
Ron and Jerry of Jasper and Thomas of Greenwood and four


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