Born August 2, 1890. Enl. July 24. 1918. Pvt. Co. F., 316th Inf., 79th Div. Trained: Camp Gordon in Co, E, 316th Inf. 79th Div.; to Camp Merritt. Sailed from New York August 30 on U. S. S. Plattsburg; landed Brest, September 12. To St. George; in Co. M, 163d Inf. 1st Div.; to Verdun; to Genicourt October 25, assigned to Co. F, 316th Inf., 79th Div.; to front lines October 29; November 2, at night, took part in a raid on the German lines and was severely gassed, got back to lines of dugouts, where he was found dead the next morning. Died November 3, 1918.
Buried in Argonne-Meuse Cemetery.
OLSEN OLAF S.
Born February 26, 1894. Enl. July 24, 1918. Pvt. Co. I, 163d Inf. Replm. Regt. Trained: Camp Gordon until August 24; to Camp Merritt. Sailed from New York on U. S. S. Plattsburg September 1; landed Brest September 12. To front at Bouguen. Killed September 28, 1918. The dugout in which Olsen was stationed was crowded and Olsen was outside lying in the sun when a piece of shrapnel struck him directly on the head. Buried in cemetery at St. Aignan-Noyesn, Loire-et Cher, France.
PETERSON, MARVIN ELBERT
Born Nov. 29, 1892. Enl. July 24, 1918. Pvt. Co. L, 316th Inf. 79th Div. Trained: Camp Gordon. Sailed August 25 on U. S. S. Plattsburg; landed Brest September 12. To Camp Georges for training; to Verdun Oct. 13; to the front October 24; took active part in Meuse-Argonne offensive until armistice was signed. Died of disease caused by exposure November 18, 1918. Buried near Etraye, France, November 20, 1918.
PIERSON, MANFORD C.
Born January 4, 1887. Enl. May 19, 1918. Yeoman, Radio Service. Trained: G. L. N. T. S., in Co. F, 7th Regt. Taken sick with influenza which later developed into pneumonia. Died October 22, 1918. Buried at Mediapolis, Iowa, in the family lot. Commended by Captain of the U. S. Navy Commandant: "Yeoman Pierson had a very satisfactory record in every particular and gave promise of being a useful and valuable member of the naval service who would acquit himself creditably of any duty or responsibility with which he might be entrusted."
PLOG, MARTIN WILLIAM J.
Maple Valley Township
Born April 28, 1895. Enl. July 24, 1918.
Pvt. Co. M, l63d Inf. 79th Div. Trained: Camp Gordon five
weeks in Co. A, 4th Replm. Regt.; to Camp Merritt. Sailed on U. S.
S. Plattsburg. Transferred in France to Co. M, 163d Inf. 79th
Div.; took sick about November 14; sent to Evac. Hosp. No. 8. Died
in Base Hosp. No. 54 December 12 at 7:40 p. m. Buried at
Mesves-Nievre, Grave No. 572 in A. E. F. Cemetery No. 86 on December 14,
Vista's Part in the World War.
Storm Lake, 1920, pp. 24-27.