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Where known, the information is organized as follows:
SURNAME, Names, Rank, Regimental assignment, Date Enlisted, Honor Roll listing
Date of Birth, Birthplace, State, Parents and/or Spouses names,
Date and details of death, Burial information
Abbreviations:
KIA - Killed in Action, MIA - Missing in Action, DFW - Died from Wounds,
DFD - Died from Disease, DIA - Died in Accident

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ERICKSON, Charles Serial #2189269
Pvt, M Co., 353rd Infantry, 89th Division. Enlisted Apr 1918 in Topeka, KS. Honor Roll Casualty List Jan 18, 1919.
Born 5 Aug 1888, Topeka, KS. Son of Ida & (the late) Alexander ERICKSON, Topeka, KS
DFW 31 Dec 1918 at Base Hospital No. 7 from bronchial pneumonia and shrapnel poisoning sustained on two occasions during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive (Oct 22nd and Nov 1st). He wrote to his mother on Nov 1, 1918 from a bed in the hospital and stated "My wound is about two inches wide and three inches long. I was hit with shrapnel but I was sure lucky at that. It is a wonder I didn't get all blown to pieces for the shell hit right at my feet, ..."
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in the Topeka Cemetery Section 75, Lot 146, Interment #16248 on 4 Oct 1920.
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EVANS, LeRoy
PFC National Guard, E Co., 128th Infantry, 32nd Division. Resident of Topeka but enlisted in Detroit, MI.
Honor Roll Casualty List Nov 17, 1918.
Born 28 Aug 1894 in Forbus, Fentress Co., TN. Son of Than & Ermine EVANS, Forbus, Fentress Co., TN
KIA 31 Aug 1918 during the capture and occupation of Juvigny in the Oise-Aisne Offensive. Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in the Topeka Cemetery Section 82, Lot 83, Interment #16338 on 15 Jan 1921.
Aurie Earnest Fager
FAGER, Aurie Earnest
PFC, F Co., 354th Infantry, 89th Division. Enlisted April 1918 at Denver, CO.
Honor Roll Casualty List Dec 14, 1918.
Born 5 Aug 1888, Osage City, Osage Co., KS. Son of Charles G. & Emma (SWANSON) FAGER, Topeka, KS
DFW 21 Nov 1918 at Base Hospital #31, Contrexéville, in the Vosges, following severe leg wounds suffered on 2 Nov in the area of the Bois de Barricourt. These injuries were sustained from machine gun fire coming from the vicinity of the town of Barricourt, which temporarily halted the northerly advance of his F Co., 354th Infantry, 89th Division.
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in the Topeka Cemetery Section 82, Lot 136, Interment #16439 on 30 May 1921.
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FLEMING, Harry
Cpl National Guard, B Co., 112th Machine Gun Battalion, 29th Division.
Honor Roll Casualty List Nov 7, 1918.
Born 1896 KS. Son of Son of John and Emma Candas (HILLIGOSS) FLEMING.
DFD 4 Oct 1918 of complications from the Spanish influenza and resulting pneumonia in France. Buried at St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France, Plot A, Row 7, Grave 9.
Harry Fleming
FLEMING, John Leroy
Pvt, E Co., 352nd Infantry, 88th Div. Enlisted June 1918 in Shawnee Co.
Honor Roll Casualty List Nov 26, 1918.
Born 10 Apr 1896 Topeka KS. Son of David C. & Catherine (DUNN) FLEMING, Topeka, KS
DFD 22 Oct 1918 of complications from the Spanish influenza and resulting pneumonia, probably at the 21st Training Area near Semur, Cote dOr, France.
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Topeka Section 07, Lot 66-W-W.
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FOLTZ, Lester Lawrence
Cpl National Guard, K Co., 140 Infantry 35th Division. Enlisted Dec 1917.
Honor Roll Casualty List Dec 9, 1918.
Born 7 July 1893 Manhattan, Riley Co., KS. Son of Hattie E. Foltz of Manhattan, Riley Co., KS
KIA 30 Sept 1918 following heavy shelling in the area between the town of Exermont and the Montrebeau Woods in the Meuse Argonne Offensive.
Buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France Plot E, Row 1, Grave 2.
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FREEL, Harvey Willard
Pvt, Enlisted Dec 1917.
Born Oct 1894 Nebraska. Son of Alexander & Ida May FREEL, Hoyt, Jackson Co., KS.
DFD 30 July 1919 at 10:15 am of complications from cerebro-spinal meningitis at Evacuation Hospital No. 49, Rheinbrohl, Germany. Transferred to this hospital from Field Hospital No. 7, Andernach, Germany. Harvey FREEL had been with Co. B, 138th Infantry, 35th Division during the war and had captured fifty Germans in a dugout, successfully bringing them back to allied lines. Transferred from the 35th Division to the Ambulance Co. 27, 3rd???? Division as part of the Army of Occupation in Andernach, Germany.
Burial location unknown - being researched.
Jesse J Gilliland
GILLILAND, Jesse James Serial #1453956
Sgt. National Guard, K Co., 138th Infantry, 35th Division. Enlisted Aug 1917 at St Louis, MO.
Honor Roll Casualty List Nov 20, 1918.
Born 14 Nov 1894 Cordell, Washita Co., OK. Son of James & Mary GILLILAND. Husband of Ruby Ruth (LAING), Topeka, KS.
DFW 15 Oct 1918 from lobar pneumonia in Base Hospital No. 26 France, after being gassed and wounded while in action, possibly in the Rossignol Woods during the opening stages of the Meuse Argonne Offensive.
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in the Topeka Cemetery Section 82, Lot 85, Interment #16452 on 11 June 1921.
Zachary Alonzo Grant
GRANT, Zachary Alonzo Serial #2184824
Pvt, K Co., 353rd Infantry, 89th Division. Enlisted April 1918 at Burlington, Coffey Co., KS.
Honor Roll Casualty List Oct 15, 1918.
Born 28 Aug 1887 Mirabile, Caldwell Co., MO. Son of Zachary Taylor & (the late) Mary E. (LANKFORD) GRANT, Burlington, Coffey Co., KS.
KIA at about 0500 hrs on 12 Sep 1918 by intense enemy machine gun fire at the 'Jump-off Line' on the road between Flirey and Limey in the first wave, on the first day, of the St Mihiel Offensive.
Originally buried on the battlefield 1/2 mile north of Limey (Grave 8A), later re-interred and buried at St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France Plot B, Row 3, Grave 23.
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GREEN, Lloyd Chester
Pvt, F Co., 354th Infantry, 89th Division. Enlisted April 1918 at Kansas City, MO.
Honor Roll Casualty List Nov 25, 1918.
Born 30 July 1892 Overbrook, Osage Co. KS. Son of Mrs. Ida E., Topeka, KS & (the late) John E. GREEN, Paola, Miami Co., KS.
DFW 18 Oct 1918 in France, from bronchial pneumonia, after being gassed (Oct 4) while in action, possibly at Pont-a-Mousson during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in Arlington National Cemetery, VA (Section 18 Site 2103) date unknown.
Robert Stauffer Heizer
HEIZER, Robert Stauffer (see Stories)
Lt Marines, 5th (43rd F Co.) Marine Regiment attached to the 2nd Division.
Honor Roll Casualty List Sept 10, 1918.
Born 25 Sept 1888 Osage City, Osage Co., KS. Son of Judge Robert C. & Minerva E. (WHITMAN) HEIZER, Osage City, Osage Co., KS.
KIA 11 June 1918 by machine gun fire in the early morning attack on enemy positions which led to the capture of Belleau Wood at the battle of Chateau-Thierry.
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in Arlington National Cemetery, VA (Section 3 S.W.H Site Lot 4416) on 3 Feb 1922.
Claude Eugene Herman
HERMAN, Claude Eugene Serial #180528
PFC, 341st Machine Gun Battalion, 89th Division. Enlisted Oct 1917.
Honor Roll Casualty List Dec 4, 1918.
Born 9 Nov 1886 Topeka, Shawnee Co., KS. Son of Susan Guyant (THOMPSON) & (the late) Matthew C. HERMAN, Topeka, KS
DFW 13 Sep 1918 from serious injuries from shell fragments to the right shoulder, right arm and left knee, including gas poisoning, sustained on the same day, while clearing resistance through the Bois de Beney and the village of Boullionville (today spelled Bouillonville) on the second day of the St Mihiel Offensive. HERMAN was originally buried on the battlefield on Sep 18th, 1/2 kilometer southwest of Xammes but, in the intense shelling of the St. Mihiel Offensive, the burial location was lost and his body was never recovered.
Name inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France.
Charles Marvin Hickcox
HICKCOX, Charles Marvin
Pvt. Army. With HQ Co., 3rd Army Corps. Enlisted July 1917 in Shawnee Co.
Honor Roll Casualty List Jan 20, 1919.
Born 10 Mar 1900 in New Albany, Wilson Co., KS. Son of (the late) W. H. and Willa HICKCOX, Oakland, CA (formerly of Topeka, KS)
DIA 29 Dec 1918 at Neuwied, Germany during the US occupation in Germany. HICKCOX was riding as a passenger in the sidecar of a speeding motorcycle, at about 2:30 pm, down a narrow street in the town, when the driver hit an Army truck which was turning in from a side street. HICKCOX suffered severe internal injuries and a broken arm and leg. He was rushed to a hospital but expired at about 9:45 pm the same day. HICKCOX distinguished himself during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive when he voluntarily went “over the top” during battle and into “No Man's Land” to recover a seriously wounded comrade. This soldier eventually recovered his health and, in 1920, stood as honor guard during HICKCOX's burial service in Oakland.
Originally buried in an American Cemetery at Koblenz, Germany, remains returned to the US and buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA in August 1920.
Albert Hohberg
HOHBERG, Albert Serial #2176118
Cpl, D Co., 353rd Infantry, 89th Division. Enlisted Sept 1917 in Shawnee Co.
Honor Roll Casualty List Dec 2, 1918.
Born 29 Feb 1892 Rising Sun, Polk Co., IA. Son of Margaret (NOE) & (the late) Gustav HOHBERG, Soldier, Shawnee Co., KS.
KIA 22 Oct 1918 near Hill 262, Bantheville Woods during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. On 22 Oct Lt. F. M. Wood, Commander of D Co. reported "Determined machine gun resistance was met with on the left, holding up the advance, the company being ahead of the units on the right and left." Cpl HOHBERG's body was later found lying near a trail with an overcoat covering his body and shoulders. He had been hit in the side by machine gun fire to his lungs and heart. There were five other bodies lying beside him and a many more casualties in the same general area. Evidently he died in the midst of the fight for the hill, within the northern edge of the woods. (See also another account of the same day's action under Sgt. Harry BAYLY).
Buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France Plot H, Row 19, Grave 25.
Herbert Frank Hughes
HUGHES, Herbert Francis
Pvt, National Guard, L Co., 137th Infantry, 35th Division. Enlisted April 1917.
Honor Roll Casualty List Nov 15, 1918.
Born 19 Oct 1898 Cambria, Wayne Co., Iowa. Son of Francis Dudley & Jessie Mary HUGHES, Yates Center, Woodson Co., KS.
KIA 26 Sept 1918 by a severe machine gun wound through the stomach in the initial attack on the first day of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. The 137th Infantry advanced west of Vauquois Hill, and by 9:30 a. m. reached a line between Cheppy and Varennes. Here it was held up by fire from the hostile main line of resistance.
Buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France Plot C, Row 41, Grave 15.
Edward Huitt
HUITT, Edward W.
Cpl, National Guard, Co C, 139th Infantry, 35th Division. Enlisted July 1917.
Honor Roll Casualty List Jan 4, 1919.
Born 7 Nov 1897 Kane, Greene Co., IL. Son of William J. & Fanny G. HUITT
DIA 5 Dec 1918 in a train accident in France.
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 18 Site 3063, about 15-20, July 1920.
Charles Thomas Jessop
JESSOP, Charles Thomas (see Stories)
PFC, National Guard, A Co., 110th Engineers, 35th Division. Enlisted April 1917.
Honor Roll Casualty List Nov 10, 1918.
Born 28 Jun 1900 Newton, Harvey Co., KS. Son of James A. & Minnie S. JESSOP, Lyndon, Osage Co., KS.
KIA in the late afternoon of 29 Sep 1918 southeast of the Bois de Montrebeau, by a high expolsive shell, while on the way to the front lines with a message, during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France Plot D, Row 21, Grave 29.
Fred Lloyd Jones
JONES, Fred Lloyd
Pvt, National Guard, Medical Corps, 130th Field Artillery, 35th Division. Enlisted May 1917
Born 18 Oct 1893 Topeka, KS. Son of Richard R. & Melita A. (JONES) JONES, Topeka, KS
DFD 9 Aug 1919 from pneumonia contracted on board ship during his return from his participation in the AEF offensives of the Western Front in France. He was treated for three months at a US Hospital in Hoboken, NJ where he underwent three operations to his lungs. He was then moved to the Army Base Hospital at Fort Sheridan, IL. where he died during the fourth operation.
Buried in the Topeka Cemetery Section 81, Lot 256, Interment #15881 on 14 Aug 1919.
Milton Irving Kanode
KANODE, Milton Irving
Pvt, F Co., 361st Infantry, 91st Division. Enlisted Apr 1918 in Los Angeles, CA.
Honor Roll Casualty List Nov 26, 1918
Born 26 Mar 1892 Fairbury, Jefferson Co., NE. Son of Hervy Ulysses & Mary Magdelene (HAMPE) KANODE, Topeka, KS.
KIA 4 Oct 1918 during a most violent artillery barrage at the Grange aux Bois Farm during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in Arlington National Cemetery, VA, Section EUR, Site 3717.
William Frank Karr
KARR, William Frank (see Stories)
Sapper, 10th Canadian Railway Troops, 46th Battalion, 10th Brigade (Regina, Saskatchewan), Canadian Expeditionary Forces.
Born 30 Aug 1863 Des Moines, IA. Enlisted 31 Oct 1916. Son of Thomas and Sarah Eleanor (McWILLIAMS) KARR (both deceased) & husband of Amanda (WALKER) KARR.
DFW on the 28th Oct 1917 sustained earlier during intense shelling while the 10th Canadian Railway Troops were repairing tracks near LaClytte (Klijte) in Belgium. KARR's injury occured about the same time of the Oct 26 push by the 46th Battalion on Passchendaele in the Third Battle of Ypres. South of the Ravebeek River, the 46th Battalion, attacking astride the Passchendaele road, captured all its objectives on the main ridge. On the 26th, 27th and 28th October the Canadian Army suffered 2,481 casualties, over 60% being inflicted on the first day of action. According to information gleaned from the 10th Railway Troops Casualty Reports, KARR shipped overseas (after completing basic military training) in June 1917. He was disciplined briefly in August 1917 after being caught smoking on parade. In October he was part of the railway repair work near LaClytte and he was seriously wounded (shrapnel wound right axilla) during this action, succumbing to his wounds on the 28th October, 1917 at the No. 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station (situated at Remy Siding, just southwest of Poperinghe, Belgium).
Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium Grave Reference XXII F. 14.
Lester Eugene Kettering
KETTERING, Lester Eugene
Pvt, Army, 16th Field Artillery, 4th Division. Enlisted Dec 1917 in York, NE.
Honor Roll Casualty List July 4, 1918.
Born 30 Aug 1894 Winfield, Cowley Co., KS. Son of Sarah Minnie Carmina (MATTHEWS) & (the late) George KETTERING.
DIA 9 Jul 1918 in France of an gunshot wound. The 16th Field Artillery was in training at an AEF training facility near Bordeaux, France. KETTERING had just returned to his bunk after a gas mask drill when he found his rifle lying on the bunk and, while trying to hang it back into place, he dropped the gun onto the concrete floor. The rifle was loaded and it discharged, sending a bullet into his chest.
Buried at Suresnes American Cemetery, Suresnes, France Plot A Row 6 Grave 11.
Warren Stanley Kline
KLINE, Warren Stanley (see Stories)
Pvt, K Co., 4th Infantry, 3rd Division. Enlisted Oct 1917.
Honor Roll Casualty List Apr 7, 1919.
Born 6 May 1890 Salem, Greenwood Co., KS. Son of Charles & Hannah M. KLINE, Lucerne, Sheridan Co., KS
KIA 6 Oct 1918 in the late afternoon assault on enemy positions at the edge of the Bois de Cunel, south of Madeline Farm. The 2nd and 3rd Battalions began the attack on the enemy positions at 4:00 pm but were beaten back by heavy machine gun fire from the front and from their left rear. KLINE was downed by a machine gun bullet to the forehead at about 4:30 pm, one of the last of his squad to succumb to the withering fire. The Brigade Commander was forced, by the heavy casualties, to call off the attack. Most of the line officers were killed or disabled and a complete count of the company could not be held until 18 Oct. At this date it was not possible to ascertain what had happened to many members of the two battalions, including Pvt. KLINE. Much later, after the Armistice was signed, witnesses were assembled to account for those killed and wounded during the 6 Oct action. Because of this delayed accounting, KLINE's name was not able to be included in the Casualty Listing until some 6 months later.
Buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France Plot D Row 8 Grave 33.
 

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