Buena Vista County, IA
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Honor Roll of Buena Vista County

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Elk Township

Born August 20, 1894.  Enl. July 24, 1918.  Pvt. Co. G, 316th Inf. 79th Div.  Trained:  Camp Gordon three weeks; to Camp Merritt.  Landed France September 12. To St. George; to front lines October 20.  Killed in action November 9, 1918.  Buried in cemetery in Commune of Gibercy, Meuse, France.


Linn Grove

Born August 24, 1894. Enl. July 24, 1918. Pvt. Co. B. 214th Engrs.  Trained:  Camp Forrest.  Died in service October 15, 1918.




Born April 16, 1892.  Enl. July 20, 1918.  Pvt. Co. D, 4th Replm. Regt.  Trained:  Camp Gordon.  Sailed to France, after twenty days of training at Camp Gordon; landed Brest.  Died of pneumonia September 27, 1918.



Storm Lake

Born May 2, 1895. Enl May 13, 1918. Pvt. Co. I, 102d Regt. 26th Div,  Trained:  Jefferson Barracks; at Camp McArthur; to Camp Merritt.  Sailed from Camp Merritt on U. S. S. Leviathan August 18; landed Brest August 25, with 55th Regt. 7th Div.  To rest camp one week; to interior of France, transferred to Co. I. 102d Regt. 26th Div.  August 31; September 4th began hike to front at St. Mihiel; at St. Mihiel September 10; into action September 12, 8:00 a. m., against Austro-Hungarian troops, captured Hills Les Eparges, Combres, and Amaranthe, and the villages of St. Remy and Domartin; moved into city of Verdun October 22, billeted in ruined buildings of city; into front lines a few miles north of Verdun October 27.  Killed in action October 28.  Buried in A. E. F. Cemetery at Loriecy, Meuse, France.



Providence Township

Born December 20, 1894.  Enl. May 30, 1917.  Pvt. 1st cl., Motor Platoon, Hdq. Co. 168th Regt. 4 2d Div.  Trained:  Cherokee, Iowa; to State Fair Grounds; to Camp Mills.  Sailed from Hoboken October 18 on U. S. S. President Grant; returned October 28 for repairs; sailed again November 14 on R. M. S. Aurania; landed Liverpool December 1.  To Winchester; to Southampton; to Le Havre.  To Rimacourt; to Lorraine; to Baccarat sector February 26 to June 19; to Champagne sector July 4 to 20; to Chateau-Thierry July 25 to August 5; to St. Mihiel September 12 to 26; to Argonne October 12.  Killed by a fragment of high-explosive shell October 14.  Buried at Kremhilde-Stellung 200 yards east of Arietal Farm; removed to American Cemetery, Exermont, Ardennes, France.

Chaplain Winfred E. Robb wrote to Mr. and Mrs. John McFadden, under date of November 27, 1918:  "As chaplain of the 168th Inf. I am writing you with deepest sympathy concerning the death of your son.  He was instantly killed by enemy shell fire while advancing with his platoon, and was buried by me near the place of his death.  You are no doubt very proud of Leo and you have every reason to be.  Although he made the supreme sacrifice he made it for the greatest cause and shall receive his just reward from Him we all love and trust.  Leo was always ready to do more than his share of work."




Born July 10. 1892. Enl. April 24. 1918. Pvt. Co. C, 357th Inf. 90th Div.  Trained:  Camp Dodge; at Camp Travis.  Sailed June 10; landed Liverpool.  To Brest; to Toul; to St. Mihiel.  Killed in action September 12, 1918.  Captain Wood wrote of him:  "A braver soldier and finer man was hard to find.  He was a credit to his company and to the country to which he gave his life."

1Eilers, Tom D.  Buena Vista's Part in the World War.  Storm Lake, 1920, p. 24.

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