CSM Robert N. Shaumeyer

CSM Robert N. Shaumeyer

A native Kansan, Command Sergeant Major Robert N. Shaumeyer was born 18 June 1923 at Kansas City, Kansas and began his military career on 8 February 1943 by enlisting in the U.S. Army at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He served overseas in campaings at Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Germany in Central Europe, receiving the World War II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and American Campaign Medal.

CSM Shaumeyer enlisted in the Kansas Army National Gaurd on 10 October 1952 with Company G and served in the 137th Infantry Regiment until his retirement on 18 June 1983. He spent the last 14 years of his military service as a Sergeant Major, seven years as Battalion Sergeant Major and seven years as the Command Sergeant Major for the 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry.

As Command Sergeant Major, he was responsible for directing the Kansas Army National Guard Satellite Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Lawrence. He organized the school, selected the Tactical NCOs, instructors and clerical personnel, made arrangments for the subsistance for students, contributed to the development of the cirriculum and served as instructor on occasion. He also served as Director of the school through March 1981 and later Advisor to a similar school which became operational at the Topeka armory in November 1981.

Command Sergeant Major Shaumeyer campaigned on behalf of a Kansas City, Kansas bond election in the early 1950s which included provisions for the Kansas City, Kansas Armory. He canvassed door-to-door before the election and was a definate part of the success of the election. An armory was built and occupied by the National Guard in January 1956.

During the Vietnam mobilization in April 1968, Shaumeyer organized and led a wives and families club of the famliies of the activated National Guardsman so they would be informed of their rights and privileges and how to handle problems during the mobilization period.

For his years of dedicated service to his community, the Henry Leavenworth Chapter of the Association of the United States Army named CSM Shaumeyer "National Guardsman fo the Year" in 1966 and again in 1973. The Kansas Army National Guard also awarded CSM Shaumeyer the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Ten Year Device and the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was inducted into the Kansas National Guard Hall of Fame on 4 November 1990.