Sustainers restore Cowley Cemetery
November 22, 2010
FORT KNOX, Ky. - Members of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) volunteered during Fort Knox\'s post cleanup to clean Cowley Cemetery on Nov. 3.
The cleanup came as part of Fort Knox's post-wide cleanup involving most of the units on post. The purpose of the cleanup was to focus the full weight of the installation's available resources to maintain a high state of appearance for all Fort Knox facilities and grounds.
While grossly undermanned given the cemetery's condition, the Soldiers taking part in the Cowley Cemetery cleanup were more than willing to lend a helping hand.
"Believe it or not, I actually had a very good time out cleaning Cowley Cemetery," said Spc. Truman Claytor. "Living on post, I don't get a chance to do many outdoor chores and this gave me the opportunity to do something I love for a good cause."
During the cleanup of Cowley Cemetery, the Soldiers were responsible for providing all materials and manpower needed to accomplish their tasks. This included lawn mowers, hand tools, fuel, personal protective equipment and transportation, most of it brought from their homes.
Throughout the cleanup process, the Soldiers were responsible for trimming grass, removal of dead, dying or broken limbs, fence repair and debris removal.
Overall the 3d ESC's leadership was pleased with their Soldiers efforts and hard work throughout the process.
Sgt. Maj. Mark Kimmons, the 3d ESC's plans sergeant major, said that unit's leadership was impressed with the Soldiers' efforts during the cleanup process and praised them for their hard work.
Cowley Cemetery is one of several cemeteries on post that were cleaned during post cleanup. According to R. Criss Helmkamp, Fort Knox's Cultural Resources Manager, there are 7 known individuals buried at Cowley Cemetery, with the first interment dated to 1852 and the last in 1914. Helmkamp acknowledged that there could possibly be more graves at the site that are unmarked.