For decades, George Leyendecker did not know where his grandfather was buried. But through extensive research, the discovery brought him to San Antonio.
SAN ANTONIO – George Leyendecker drove up from Corpus Christi on a memorial day mission.
“Every year I make it a point to come here and visit my grandfather,” said Leyendecker.
The San Antonio National Cemetery is considered the oldest national cemetery in Texas and serves as the burial place for more than 3,300 soldiers from the Civil War.
Leyendecker greeted his grandfather, US Army Sgt. William Henry Ferris, a man he never knew.
“There is something in us that makes us seek who we are and where we come from,” he said.
Leyendecker’s curiosity led him on a path of discovery and a desire to learn more about his grandfather, who died at the age of only 25.
“Finding out where he was buried was a lifelong passion, and we finally found him here about three and a half years ago,” said Leyendecker. “I’m about to find out (who he was); I know he was with the CID secret service at the time. As far as I know, he was a member of the First Cav. He was a linguist, he spoke several languages. “
Leyendecker comes from a military family and served in a non-combat-ready army during the Vietnam conflict. His personal connection to the San Antonio National Cemetery through his grandfather enables him to delve deeper into history and honor the deceased.
“For this country, the honor of serving this country is paramount,” he said. “I make a point of greeting everyone and telling them that they are not and will ever be forgotten.”