A mausoleum in St. Louis Cemetary Number Two is often overlooked by tourists and overshadowed by the other prominent figures buried there. The tomb of Major Daniel Carmick usual goes unnoticed, until now, as the U.S. Marine Corps remembers a military hero that history has forgotten. "It's a serious thing and it should have everybody take a moment of solemnity in their own way to remember that, that others have given," says Colonel Paul Deckert, G8 for the 4th Marine Division.
Maj. Carmick gained fame during the war of 1812 by organizing and rallying the Orleans Brigade and leading them into the Battle of New Orleans, working alongside General Andrew Jackson. Carmick was named "Commandant of a Separate Post" and would have been Commandant of the Corps, had he not died from the wounds he sustained while fighting. Deckert says, "In the Marine Corps, that is a very, very sacred title. There is but one Commandant and to have a Commandant of a separate post is extremely significant."
Lt. General Steven A. Hummer is the Commander of MARFORRES and MARFORNORTH. Gen. Hummer says, "The cemeteries here in New Orleans, above ground are very enchanting and to be able to do just this little ceremony here to commemorate and memorialize Major Carmick makes it a very special occasion." An occasion to remember those military men and women who've given their lives to protect our country throughout history and to remember those men and women who continue to fight for our freedom today.