|Department of Iowa - Civil War Monuments|
Tama County - Tama
Last Soldier James W. Willett
James Willett (1846-1940) was the last living soldier (or Sailor in this case) in Tama County. He served as Boatswain's Mate on the USS Springfield on the Mississippi River. All other "Last Soldiers" in Iowa served in the Army. He was a lawyer in civilian life and served as the National Commander of the GAR from 1922-23. He was the Judge Advocate General for many years in the GAR. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Tama located east of town on E 9th Street. Thanks to Danny Krock for placing the marker in October, 2019 and sending the photo.