Blackford County , Indiana
A Record of Indiana Men and Women who Died in the Service of the United States
and the Allied Nations in the World War.
1914-1918

Name: Earl J. Cook
Rank: Private  
Son of Orlando and Margaret Cook; born November 28, 1896, Blackford County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 5, 1918, Hartford City, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 159th Depot Brigade. Died of pneumonia, October 12, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Hartford City, Ind.  
Name: William Goodwin
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant  
Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Clump Goodwin; born July 21, 1892, Chicago, Ill. Family moved to Blackford County, Ind., in 1898. Painter. Enlisted in U.S. Aviation Service, in December, 1916, Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Sent to San Antonio, Tex.; then to Ft. Sill, Okla.; then to San Diego, Cal. Killed in airplane accident, December 3, 1918, while attempting a test flight, San Diego, Cal. Buried in Alamogordo, N. M.  
Name: Elias Weart Gray
Rank: Private  
Son of Warren G. and Alice W. Gray; born April 5, 1890, Bradford, Pa. Moved to Blackford County, Ind., in 1894. Field manager of Jarecki Manufacturing Company, Drumright, Okla., when he entered service May 29, 1918. Sent to Camp Bowie, Tex. Overseas in July, 1918; assigned to Headquarters Company, 36th Division. Participated in the Champagne Offensive. Died of pneumonia October 15, 1918, Hospital, Mixte, France. The American Legion Post, Drumright, Okla., named in his honor.  
Name: Joseph Christian Knecht
Rank: Private  
Son of Mathias and Elizabeth Knecht; born May 23, 1894, Hartford City, Ind. Manager of Knecht Milling Company. Entered service March 29, 1918, Hartford City. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 4th Company, 1st Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Overseas in May, 1918; assigned to Headquarters Company, 47th Infantry. Died September 29, 1918, from wounds received in action. Buried in American Cemetery, No. 624, Grave No. 9, Rampont, Meuse, France.  
Name: Charles J. McColly
Rank: Private, S.A.T.C.  
Son of Amiziah J. and Adelaide McColly; born June 25, 1899, on a farm near Hartford City, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in the Student Army Training Corps, Winona Lake, Ind., October 15, 1918. Assigned to Company A, Motor Transport Corps. Died of pneumonia November 11, 1918, Otterbine Hospital, Camp Winona. Buried in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Hartford City, Ind.  
Name: Clyde Millard
Rank: Private  
Son of David B. and Grace Millard; born May 3, 1900, Bristol, Va. Moved to Blackford County, Ind., in February, 1902. Apprentice moulder. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army January 15, 1917, Columbus, Ohio. Transferred to Camp Colt, Pa. Went overseas in June, 1917; assigned to Company M, 18th Infantry, 1st Division. Took part in several major offensives. Died April 27, 1918, from wounds received in action at Cantigny, France. The American Legion Post, Montpelier, Ind., named in his honor.  
Name: Paul O. E. Moyer
Rank: Private  
Son of William H. and Della Moyer; born November 10, 1900, Hartford City, Ind. Student in high school when he enlisted in U.S. Regular Army, April 15, 1917. Sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Transferred to Ft. Constitution, N. H.; assigned to Battery F, 12th Field Artillery. Died of pneumonia January 19, 1918, on board the Olympic, enroute for England. Body returned and buried in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Hartford City, Ind. The Paul Moyer Post of the American Legion, Hartford City, is named in his honor.  
Name: Sherman A. Redding
Rank: Private  
Son of William and Rosa Redding; born February 8, 1894, Wells County, Ind. Family later moved to Montpelier, Blackford County, where the son enlisted in U.S. Regular Army August 22, 1916. Sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio.; assigned to Medical Department, and was sent to Honolulu, H. I., where he died of disease, August 8, 1917. Buried in Military Cemetery, Honolulu.  
Name: Paul Rinard
Rank: Sergeant  
Son of William F. and Asenath Pierce Rinard; born November 26, 1893, Red Key, Jay County, Ind. Moved with family to Blackford County in 1895. Student in Marion Normal College, when he enlisted in U.S. Regular Army in April, 1913. Chicago, Ill. Serving with Company D, 29th Infantry, when he died of influenza, October 6, 1918, Camp Beauregard, La. Buried in Montpelier, Blackford County, Ind.  
Name: Firman R. Smith
Rank: Private  
Son of James N. and Lilly A. Smith; born November 16, 1895, Blackford County, Ind. Farm laborer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army September 9, 1916, Marion, Ind.; sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Transferred to Camp Douglas, Ariz.; assigned to Company M, 35th infantry. Overseas in June, 1917. Participated in battles of Soissons, St. Mihiel, and Argonne. Wounded in action in Argonne Forest, and died October 6, 1918. (Exact place unknown).  
Name: William Steinhelber
Rank: Seaman  
Son of John M. and Crona Steinhelber (both deceased); born August 15, 1892, Hartford City, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Navy December 5, 1917, Hartford City, and was sent to Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Chicago, Ill. Transferred to Boston, Mass., where he died from accidental causes July 29, 1918. Buried in I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Hartford City, Ind.  
Name: Orvil L. Whitacre
Rank: Private  
Son of Arthur and Emaline Whitacre; born October 4, 1893, Hartford City, Ind. Glass worker. Called into service March 29, 1918, Hartford City, Ind., and was sent to Camp Camp Taylor, Ky. Assigned to 4th Company, 1st Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp Mills, N. Y.; assigned to Company M, 47th Infantry. Sailed for France, May 9, 1918. Died August 9, 1918, from wounds received in action. (Place unknown)

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