In Altadena, a Civil War Veteran Finally Will Receive a Grave Marker, 103 Years Late

Iowa Good Samaritan to the Rescue

Published : Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 5:39 AM

It’s taken over 100 years, but Altadena Veteran Edward Chalfant will finally receive a grave marker.

This Mountain View Cemetery family historical event will begin Saturday, September 28 at 11 a.m. and is open to the public with plenty of parking. 2400 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, near Woodbury in Altadena, CA

It all began in Iowa when a kind hearted shy history hobbyist named ‘Jay M’ was combing through Civil War county pension records. He discovered that Edward Chalfant was born in Iowa, traveled across America and settled in Altadena CA. When Chalfant passed, no one ordered a grave marker. Times were tough. Pensions were scarce. Chronic pain haunted many wounded vets. War vets and their widows struggled. Opium addiction and PTSD were rampant although unnamed. Times were very tough.

Jay’s respect for the military is a patriotic family tradition, as Jay’s dad, Don, served in WW II as a U.S. Army always-under-fire Reconnaissance point man in the Solomon Islands and other forward areas of combat. Jay’s thick eyeglasses kept him from serving officially until now. Now he invites all fellow Americans to unofficially click on a data base and serve by helping find those unmarked military graves in their local area.

Jay applied to the VA with the Chalfant paperwork, they produced the marker and Mountain View Cemetery’s grounds crew will place the marker in the ground, next to Private Chalfant’s wife and beloved sister, Saturday morning, September 28.

VFW Post 12034’s “Band of Brothers” will fire a respectful 21-gun salute and Pasadena’s local historian Nick Smith will present a brief informative lecture.

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