ANDERSON, W. H.
Born July 17, 1886.
Enl. January, 1918. Pvt. Signal Corps. Aviation Section. Trained:
Jefferson Barracks. Died at Jefferson Barracks, March 24, 1918. Buried
at Havanah, North Dakota.
ANTONSEN, JOHN L.
Maple Valley Township
Enl. May 13, 1918.
Pvt. Co. D, 102d Inf. 26th Div. Trained: Jefferson Barracks; to Waco,
Texas; to Camp Merrit. Sailed August 18 from New York; landed Brest
August 25. Was with Co. K, 55th Inf. one week; to camp in interior of
France; transferred to 102nd Regt., 26th Div. August 31; September 4 to
front lines; hiked every night for a week to reach front lines; at St
Mihiel September 10; into action at 8 a. m. September 12. To Verdun
October 22. Killed in action October 24.
Born September 8,
1891. Enl. February 25, 1918. Pvt. Co. E, 351st Inf. 88th Div. Trained
Camp Dodge. Died at Camp Dodge May 1, 1918, of pneumonia. Buried at
Fairfield Township Cemetery, Albert City, Iowa.
BRAZEL, JOHN F.
Born April 19, 1888.
Enl. April 9. 1917. Fireman 2d cl., on U. S. S. Montana. Trained: G.
L. N. T. S.; on Montana patrolling coast of Atlantic. Promoted from
fireman 3d cl. to fireman 2d cl. Died on Hospital Ship at Norfolk, Va.,
July 21, 1918. Buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Sioux Rapids, Iowa.
Born January 13,
1895. Enl. April 27, 1918. Pvt. Co. B, 307th Inf. 90th Div. Trained:
Camp Dodge; at Camp Travis; to Camp Mills. Sailed from New York June
19; ship had to put in at Halifax for ten days; sailed again July 4;
landed Liverpool, July 15. To rest camp at Winchester; to Argonne at
Bar-le-Duc four weeks. Went to St. Mihiel; over top September 12,
facing heavy artillery fire, under fire sixty days without relief; to
Argonne Forest; wounded October 25 at 3:30 a. m. and removed from field
at 9:00 p. m. of the 26th; to hospital; died November 2. Buried in
France. Pvt. Bright was given the honor of being one of the best in his
organization in bayonet drill and rifle range practice; he was
commanding the company when wounded and was scheduled for promotion to
corporal; out of 250 men in his company only 50 were left at the time of
the armistice. He was wounded in shoulders, both arms, and right side.
BYAM, OLIVER F.
Born August 14, 1895.
Enl. June 25, 1916. 2d Lieut., Instructor in 146th M. C. Bn.; with 7th
Inf. 3d Div. at time of death. Trained; with 2d Idaho N. G., 2d Idaho
Inf., Gooding, Idaho — not assigned — on border duty from July 1916 to
January 25, 1917; enlisted in regular army August 5, 1917; promoted to
Sgt. April 26, 1917; to 2d Lieutenant, October, 1917; to Ogden, Utah; to
Boise, Idaho; to Camp Greene; to Camp Mills; to Camp Merritt. Sailed
January 8, 1918; landed in France. Instructor in 146th Machine Gun Bn.
at Selles-sur-Cher until September 1. Killed in Argonne Forest while
with the 7th Inf. 3d Div. at Cunel, October 20, 1918. Buried on
battlefield, Cunel. Lieut. Byam was cited as follows: For
extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel Heights, France, October 11,
1919. Upon his own initiative Lieut. Byam moved his machine gun platoon
through heavy artillery and machinegun fire 400 meters in advance of the
front line and from there opened fire on the enemy, who was holding our
advance, displaying exceptional bravery in holding this position against
several hostile attacks. This officer was later killed by machine gun
fire while leading a patrol against the enemy's line.
Vista's Part in the World War.
Storm Lake, 1920, p. 15.