It finally appears that the name on the local gravestone will be spelled write, uh, rite … uh, correctly
Born in France, Stanislaus Roy joined the United States Army, became a sergeant, and received the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery following the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana in 1876.
And then he was buried with the wrong name.
Following the sergeant. When Roy died in 1913, his internment card mentioned his last name first. To make matters worse, her last name was misspelled. As a result, his gravestone at Green Lawn Cemetery read Roy Stanislas for about 80 years.
When a researcher discovered the error in the 1990s, it appeared that the spelling would finally be corrected. But when the gravestone was replaced, the “u” was again omitted from the sergeant’s name. As a result, his gravestone read Stanislas Roy for about two decades.
When Anietra Hamper visited the grounds in 2017 to research her book, Secret Columbus, she found a temporary “section under renovation” marker. Was Roy finally getting the gravestone he deserved?
Not enough. His gravestone was being cleaned and restored with gold leaf put back in the lettering, but the spelling error remained. The cemetery was still unaware of the error.
Today, thanks to Hamper, plans are underway to update the gravestone.
“At one point the internment card was corrected and we know the correct spelling of his name, but the marker itself was never corrected,” said Randy Rogers, executive director of Green Lawn. Cemetery Association.
According to the policy of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, changes to markers must be requested by a family member. Unable to find relatives, Rogers contacted Rep Steve Stivers to intervene.
“When we had a problem repairing the grave of a Medal of Honor recipient a few years ago, [Stivers] stepped in and helped us, ”Rogers said.
At the time of going to press, Rogers was still awaiting a response. Hopefully Roy will finally rest in peace by Christmas – 105 years later.
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