Parade Committee

Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade Committee, Inc.

Committee Members

Executive Chairman
Charley Shoemaker
V.F.W. Post 12003

Executive Vice Chairman
James Fricke
V.F.W. Post 12003

Treasurer
Jeannette Fricke
V.F.W. Auxiliary 12003

John Davoren
V.F.W. Post 12073

Secretary
Diane Smith
American Legion Auxiliary 94

2016 Parade Chairman
Ed Gunnels
Lansing VFW 12003

Bill Corbet
Aerie Eagles #55

Roy Carroll
D.A.V. Chapter 7

John Daveron
2017 Parade Chairman

Ed Gunnels
Lansing American Legion Post 411

Community Representatives

Jeff Wingo
Public Affairs Office, Fort Leavenworth, KS

Bev Wilson
City of Leavenworth, KS

Honorary Members

Tom Rodriguez
Vietnam Veterans of America
Chapter 75

Dale Carter
Radio Station KFKF 94.1FM

Don Bohnsack
Lansing American Legion
Post 411

Bill Wallace
Aerie Eagles 55

Jane Lemke
Aerie Eagles Auxiliary 55

Total Membership: 41

The parade committee is comprised of the following veteran service and fraternal organizations: American Legion Byron H. Mehl Post & Auxiliary 23, American Legion Andrew Newton Post & Auxiliary 94, Lansing Memorial American Legion Post & Auxiliary 411, Lansing VFW James Taylor Memorial Post and Auxiliary 12003, VFW George E. White Post and Auxiliary 56, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 75, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7, Voiture 1163, VFW Bernard Lee Deghand Post 12073, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie & Auxiliary 55, and Knights of Columbus Council & Auxiliary 900.

Veterans Day Flyer

2017 LV County Veterans Day Parade Chairman – John Davoren

Major General (Retired) was commissioned in 1976 from the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Kansas. After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger training, he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, A company, 2nd Battalion 503rd Infantry at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Upon completion of Rotary Wing training in July of 1979 he was assigned as an Aeroscout Platoon Leader in Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He was then assigned as the Executive Officer of A Company, 1st Aviation Battalion at Fort Riley, Kansas. As a member of the Kansas Army National Guard his assignments have included Commander, Company A, 2nd Battalion 137th Infantry; Intelligence Officer (S-2) 69th Brigade, Operations Officer (S-3), 2nd Battalion 137th Infantry; Commander, 2nd Battalion 137th Infantry; Commander, 69th Troop Command; and Deputy Commanding General, 35th Infantry Division. Brigadier General Davoren commanded the Multi-National Task Force-East, KFOR 9, at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo from November 2, 2007 to July 10, 2008. Major General Davoren commanded the 35th Infantry Division from August 2010 to 14 October 2013.

Major General (Retired) Davoren's education included the Infantry Officer Base and Advance Courses, Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War Colleges. His civilian education includes a Bachelors of Science degree in Business from the University of Kansas, Masters degree in Personnel Management from Central Michigan University and a Masters degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

His awards and decorations include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster and M Device), Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Non-Article 5 NATO Medal, Nebraska Meritorious Service Medal, Kansas Emergency Service Ribbon Expert Infantryman Badge, Aviation Badge, Parachute Badge, and Air Assault Badge.