LODI, NJ - Post 136 and County Commander Francis Carrasco and Post 136 Senior Vice Commander Joseph Botta paid tribute to Kryn Vander Mast by placing a flag on his grave at the Old Lodi Burial Ground/Church Street Cemetery on Memorial Day.
Vander Mast honorably served in the Union Army in the Civil War, attached to Company E of the 22nd NJ Volunteer Infantry. The regiment left New Jersey for Washington, D.C. on September 29, 1862, under the command of Colonel Abraham G. Demarest. The regiment saw duty in the defenses of Washington, D.C. until November 1862, then moving to Aquia Creek, Virginia and saw and duty there guarding the railroad until January 1863. They then moved to Belle Plains and joined the Army of the Potomac January 10, 1863, participating in the "Mud March" January 20 to 24, seeing duty at Belle Plains until April 27. The 22nd fought in the Battle of Chancellorsville April 27 to May 6, saw operations at Pennsylvania's Pollock's Mill Creek April 29 to May 2. The regiment mustered out on June 22, 1863 at Trenton.
In 1892 at the end of his life, Kryn Vander Mast resided at the Disabled Soldiers Home in Kearny. It was reported that while walking on nearby railroad tracks, as train 309, engine 80, approached the Hackensack draw bridge, he stepped directly in front of the train and was struck and received injuries from which he died shortly after.
Post 136 volunteers discovered Vander Mast's grave during a recent survey of the cemetery, and wanted to make sure that the veteran was remembered for his service so long ago.
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