Month: May 2024

Memorial Day 2024: Captain Kevin. A full life before, during, post-Army. He always said he’d do it all again except for …

Captions for each picture have been included in five separate posts [published today, Memorial Day 2024].

This is a salute to my youngest brother.  A salute to all who served, are serving, and to families.

Why?  I gave him my Word.

God Bless,
Kevin’s Sister, Monette

Note:  Below is a picture with the ‘first’ tombstone – as listed by his veteran wife Justine [Tina] Velocci Lomonte, Army veteran.  She included “2nd Lt” and not his correct rank, Captain.

When I saw this picture I phoned Calverton Cemetery.

They well remembered ‘this’ burial, widow, specific details many shared with me.

I stated that Captain Kevin had been denied his rank of ‘Major’ with the letter from the Army arriving the day of his Dalton Funeral Home – afternoon and evening 2-hour viewing.

How do I know?  The widow showed me the “denial of major” letter sticking out of her purse with a tap of her toe, right foot, as it stood [up] in her purse.  Can’t make that or these details up.  No.

Because I had been told about the letter, seen the toe tap on the purse with details.  Plus, this widow raised white legal-sized envelope in the air with her right hand — before placing it back in her purse.

I knew the rank would and could be accurately documented by proper military authorities and not by spouse.

Calverton staff said I needed proof for the correct rank.  No problem.  I thanked each professional.

With a few phone calls and learning about ranks, listings and sharing ‘the sister here’ attempting to have the true rank — I requested assistance how to document from the military direct to military cemetery.  Soldiers and officers corrected the paperwork for the tombstone rank of Captain to Calverton Cemetery, Riverhead.

The tombstone was replaced, taxpayer’s expense, to include correct rank.  And there we have it.  Below.

I often am asked to include this picture because it was just the beginning of a long, unnecessary portrayal of respect to a soldier.  Just the beginning.  And who knew? I was simply a sister seeking to process the facts.  Dad’s advanced cancer had returned.  He and Mom were unable to attend their youngest son’s funeral because of very recent surgery. My siblings chose to stay with Mom and Dad who were both grief-stricken for not being able to attend.

Additionally, the picture is included below because many soldiers and veterans state they like the ‘white circle’ light in this picture.

An angel light, some have asked?  Perhaps.

Yet, important to this Sister is the fact that through detailed time to document a life, his death, and the many attempted lies now – The correct Captain tombstone is now respectful, appropriate and ‘accurate’ for this deceased soldier.



Captain Kevin, last picture military uniform 5th Picture Memorial Day 2024

Last picture of Captain Kevin Donnelly wearing cowboy boots — last Military attendance — prior to military funeral.


Why?  I gave him my Word.

God Bless,
Kevin’s Sister

Captain Kevin; Officer Training 4th Picture Memorial Day 2024

Great day, he said.  Called (on a phone with a cord) to excitedly share about repelling down rocks and assisting many.  A great day.  A great picture.  Yes.

Why?  I gave him my Word.

God Bless,
Kevin’s Sister

Captain Kevin – Officer Training Fort Sam Houston, SA, TX _3rd Picture Memorial Day 2024

A picture says a thousand words, yes? 


Why?  I gave him my Word.

God Bless,
Kevin’s Sister

Soldier Kevin: Officially Polishing Shoes, Enjoying A Smoke, Without a Tent 2nd Picture Memorial Day 2024

Army medic/soldier Kevin in Germany, polishing shoes. Best part of his life, he said, was enlisting. He lived three years in a tent outdoors in the field as an Army medic. This was a rare picture, inside. 

Only regret, he always said, was stepping forward to be first.  When?  When military experimentation vaccination came to their tent at 4:30 AM, and they were ordered to line-up. They were told whoever was first would get time off. 

Kevin stepped forward ‘first’ to lead by example — and to get time off. That was what he was angry about when he learned Army had doctored his medical records and shenanigans, which led to his death. Stepping forward to be “first“ was the only anger he held toward Army.  —  Even learning entire troop had been followed with medical records. — Even learning when he was diagnosed years and years later and learned that members of his group had already died, or were dying. Just a couple soldiers were alive.  And they were sick, too. 

The only fact this good soldier was angry about, at 17-years old, was “being first“ to receive experimental vaccination for non-hep. That’s what it was called. “Non-hep.” Good thing he listened to the stern military sentences.

“Keep a copy of everything, including your toilet paper if you can.“ Because he had listened to leaders and officers telling him what to do – this good soldier “kept a copy of everything“ but not the toilet paper. 

The copy of “everything“ opened the window to the tragic path he had already been on, and did not yet know why he was so sick for so long. He and others would know soon, though. 

How?  Because of the constant advice and stern words “keep a copy of everything!“

It is easier to notice your medical records have been ‘doctored’ (he thought that word was a wise choice) by medical personnel when you had the original and different records arrived, via mail.  Different.

        Kevin’s Sister is not quite so charitable as he was with ‘only’ being upset over “being first.“  Not at all. 

        Thank goodness Captain Kevin did listen to “keep a copy of everything.“  These details continue to prove true facts. Especially after marriage to Justine [Tina] Velocci Lomonte. Then, multiple – huge – inaccuracies were attempting to become facts.  The result?  Documentations within the Lindenhurst residence, marriage, and his Army vaccinations — each — necessitated accurate documentations.   Accuracy is the focus.  Still.

Truth isn’t frightening when documented correctly.  Horrifying, yes.  Tragic, oh yes.  Deadly?  Then, yes.

Truth is powerful when you or a member of your family learns that you have been infected with a disease that will kill you, as Captain Kevin was told when diagnosed.  Additionally, our dad, also an Army veteran was infected with hepatitis C.  Not an experimental military vaccination this time.  No.  This infectious disease was gifted via the ‘safe, standard’ blood bank within a hospital. Very different. Yes.  Yet Dad’s Hep C was very different than Captain Kevin’s direct “virulent” injection.  Each different.  Each Army veteran died.  My brother and my dad.  Together – too early.  Too soon.

    And there we have it. 

4:30 AM in the fields of Germany outside a tent, young soldiers ordered to “line-up” in their underwear to receive an experimental vaccination.

Captain Kevin’s research documents accurate facts from 1942, the bad Yellow Fever serum in Brazil that was injected. Knowing the serum was not good.  The next year?  U.S. soldiers received the bad serum, 1943. This virus mutates as all viruses do.   This is why truth remains powerful.

  Salute to all soldiers, veterans and to the families who also serve.  Merci.

Why?  I gave him my Word.God Bless,
Kevin’s Sister

Official Enlistment for Soldier Kevin – #1 of 5 Pictures Memorial Day 2024

Pic #1 of 5 – posted Memorial Day, 2024.  Officially Enlisting Army ( — first enlistment needed this recruiter to ‘officially’ bring Army papers …)

Soldier Kevin enlisting, 17-years old. (Originally, this young man who excelled in sports – pole vaulting, track, etc., enlisted without parents’ consent w a form he gave Dad to sign “for sports.”)  Here – the official Army enlistment. Soldier still underage signing enlistment papers which both parents reviewed.  Note: eagle-mother watching.  She did not shed a tear until recruiter left.  Her twin enlisted WWII — underage in the Marines.  The Marine then shipped out to Iwo Jima, Okinowa, Saipan, multiple frontlines – without notice to his family.  Best day of his life, U.S. Marine soldier always said, was the day he was shot multiple times.  Then, he was fed steaks, so his mother would not “see how underweight” he was as he was discharged.  Oh yes.  Soldier Kevin’s mother did not shed a tear until recruiter left the front door.  Then Mom’s tears flowed.  Only then.

Why?  I gave him my Word.

God Bless,
Kevin’s Sister

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