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CLAY COUNTY, INDIANA
Gold Star Honor Roll: 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


ALSIP, CLIFFORD HARTZELL ---Corporal Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Alsip; born February 1, 1895, near Brazil, Ind. Entered service June 26, 1918, Brazil, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 7th Company, 2nd Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Embarked for overseas September 9, 1918; assigned to Company E, 357th Infantry. Wounded in battle of Argonne Forest, and died November 13, 1918 in Base Hospital No. 68, France. Survived by widow, Helen Alsip, Poland, Ind.

ANDREW, ROBERT E. ---Private
Son of Thomas and Mollie Andrew; born January 16, 1895, near Clay City, Clay County, Ind. Teacher, Cleveland, Okla. Entered service May 4, 1918, Brazil, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 30th Company, 8th Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp Beauregard, La.; assigned to Machine Gun Company, 153rd Infantry. Sailed for France August 6, 1918; assigned to Company C, 313 Machine Gun Battalion. Died November 4, 1918, from wounds received in action.

BANDY, G. LESLIE ---Private
Son of George and Margaret Bandy; born March 14, 1897, Owen County, Ind. Family later moved to Clay County (date not known). Farmer. Entered service September 5, 1918, Brazil, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 21st Company, 6th Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade; then to Battery A, 70th Field Artillery. Died of pneumonia October 8, 1918, Base Hospital, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried at Poland, Clay County, Ind.

BLAIR, ELMER P. ---Corporal
Son of William H. and Cora Blair; born April 23, 1901, near Brazil, Ind. Enlisted in Company H, 1st Infantry, Indiana National Guard, April 19, 1917, Terre Haute, Ind. Sent to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind.; then to Camp Shelby, Miss. Embarked for overseas June 11, 1918; assigned to Company I, 162nd Infantry, 41st Division. Transferred to Company C, 9th Infantry. Killed in action October 3, 1918, battle of Mont Blanc Ridge.

BROWN, WILLIAM ---Private
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Simpson Brown; born August 22, 1890, Jackson Township, Clay County, Ind. Employee of U. S. Navy Department, Washington, D. C. for six years. Prior to entering service had been in the employ of U. S. Agricultural Department, Portland, Ore., where he entered service June 28, 1918. Sent to Camp Meade, Md.; assigned to 8th Company, 2nd Training Battalion, 154th Depot Brigade. Died of influenza October 2, 1918, Camp Meade, Md. Buried in Lutheran Cemetery, Centerpoint, Clay County, Ind.

BUSSING, THOMAS L.--- Private
Son of Clement and Margaret Bussing; born October 3, 1890, Effingham, Ill. Moved with parents to Terre Haute, Ind., in 1909, and in 1911 moved to Brazil, Ind. Entered service March 29, 1918, Brazil. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 6th Company, 2nd Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Later assigned to Company A, 112th Infantry, and went overseas in May, 1918. Died August 29, 1918, from wounds received in battle of St. Mihiel.

CARPENTER, WALTER W.--- Private
Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Carpenter; (date of birth unknown). Called into service in August, 1917, Brazil, Ind., and was sent to Camp Taylor, Ky., with the first contingent of Clay County men. Transferred to Camp Pike, Ark.; assigned to Company C, 346th Infantry. Transferred to Company E, 47th Infantry and went overseas in May, 1918; attached to 4th Division. Killed in action August 10, 1918. (Place unknown)

COOKSEY, HARRY E. ---Private
Son of George and Anna Cooksey; born May 4, 1895 near Brazil, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 18, 1917, Greenville, Ill., and was sent to Camp Dodge, la. Assigned to Company V, 347th Infantry. Transferred to Camp Pike, Ark. Stricken with pneumonia, he died January 2, 1918, Camp Pike, Ark. Buried in Brazil, Ind.

DAUGHERTY, JOHN ---Private
Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Daugherty; born August 2, 1893, Carbon, Clay County, Ind. Entered service June 26, 1918, Brazil, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 7th Company, 2nd Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Embarked for overseas September 3, 1918; assigned to Company K, 334th Infantry. Died of pneumonia October 22, 1918. (Place unknown).

DAY, LEWIS AQUILLA ---Private
Son of Finley Aquilla (deceased) and Emma Rice Day; born October 3, 1893, Bowling Green, Clay County, Ind. In May, 1916 he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, 3rd Company, 4th Battalion. Went overseas in December, 1916; trained at Camp Saree, England until April, 1917. Killed in action September 30, 1917, following the battle of Cambrai. Buried in Drummond British Cemetery, north of Denain, France, Plot 3, Row B, Grave 2.

DIERDORF, FRED WALTER ---Private Son of William and Caroline Dierdorf; born February 7, 1892, Centerpoint, Clay County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 20, 1917, Brazil, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company L, 152nd Infantry. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss.; went overseas in June, 1918; assigned to Company H, 166th Infantry, Fort-second (Rainbow) Division. Died August 1, 1918, from wounds received in the battle of Scringes-et-Nesles.

DUNCAN, JAMES M. --- 1st Lieutenant Son of John Mason and Glenn Phillips Duncan; born January 28, 1893, Cloverland, Clay County, Ind. Served with the 1st Illinois Cavalry on the Mexican Border in 1916. Entered First Officers Training Camp, Ft. Sheridan, Ill., in May, 1917. Received Lieutenant's Commission and went overseas in September, 1917; assigned to Company B, 9th Infantry. Killed in action July 18, 1918, Soissons. The only commissioned officer from Clay County killed in action on foreign battlefields.

FROST, ELVIN A. --- Private
Son of M. L. and Esther E. Frost; born February 6, 1895, Harmony, Clay County, Ind. Lived in Clay County until 1916, when he moved with his parents to Clearmont, Wyo. to settle on a homestead claim. Enlisted in Oregon National Guard April 9, 1917, Portland, Ore. Went overseas, and was transferred to Company A, 1st Brigade, Machine Gun Battalion, 1st Division. Killed in action June 7, 1918 near Cantigny, France. Cited (posthumously) for gallantry in action and meritorious services.

GRIFFY, CLAUDE M. --- Private
Son of John and Mattie Maxwell Griffy; born February 21, 1897, Brazil, Ind. Employee of Pennsylvania Railroad. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army April 15, 1917, and was sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Embarked for overseas, June 14, 1917; attached to Company A, 18th Infantry, 1st Division. Participated in battles of Soissons, Chateau-Thierry, Metz, and Verdun. Killed in action November 6, 1918, Argonne Forest.

GRIGSBY, M. OSCAR ---Sergeant
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Grigsby; born December 7, 1894, near Otter Creek, Van Buren Township, Clay County, He Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army May 3, 1915, and served with Company B, 14th Infantry. After completing his first enlistment, he re-enlisted October 21, 1918, and was sent to Camp Eustis, Va. While home on furlough he contracted pneumonia and died February 10, 1919. Buried in Benwood Cemetery, near his home.

HARRIS, ROBERT BARNETT ---Private
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Harris; born June 6, 1899 Brazil, Ind. Enlisted in Company H, Indiana National Guard, 1st Regiment (Company H, 151st Infantry) April 19, 1917, Terre Haute, Ind. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss. Went overseas in October 1918; assigned to Company B, 113th Ammunition Train, 38th Division. Died of heart trouble November 15, 1918, British Hospital No. 2, Le Havre, France.

HOLDEFER, ROY C. ---Private
Son of John and Elizabeth Holdefer; born September 15, 1894, Posey Township, Clay County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service with the contingent of Clay County men, August 30, 1918. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 30th Company, 8th Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Died of pneumonia October 6, 1918, Base Hospital, Camp Sherman, Ohio. Buried in the Lutheran Cemetery, near the family home, in Posey Township, Clay County, Ind.

JENKINS, JAMES ---Private
Son of Robert F. and Sarah Jenkins; born January 22, 1894, Knightsville, Clay County, Ind. Enlisted in U.S. Coast Artillery, September 22, 1915, Terre Haute, Ind., and was sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Assigned to 68th Company, Coast Artillery Corps. Transferred to Washington Barracks, D. C. Stricken with pneumonia, he died October 28, 1918, St. Elizabeth's Military Hospital. Buried in Cottage Hill Cemetery, Brazil, Ind.

KEITH, STANLEY M. ---Private
Adopted son of J. W. and Ella Keith, grandparents; born February 11, 1897. Graduated from the Brazil Business University. Employe of the Security Loan Company, Terre Haute, Ind. Entered service October 12, 1918. Sent to Inter-laken School, Rolling Prairie, Ind.; assigned to Company E, Motor Corps. Stricken with influenza, he died October 23, 1918. Buried in Cottage Hill Cemetery, Brazil, Ind.

KIRCHNER, JACOB H.--- Private
Son of Enoch and Verna Kirchner; born July 22, 1893, Parry Township, Clay County, Ind. Called into service August 30, 1918, Brazil, Ind. Sent to Camp Custer, Mich.; assigned to 41st Machine Gun Battalion. Died of pneumonia October 14, 1918, Base Hospital, (amp Custer. Buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Perry Township, Clay County, Ind.

KNIPE, SAMUEL ISAIAH ---Private
Son of Cora Knipe (Sieglin); born May 1, 1895, Coal City, Owen County, Ind. Reared from childhood by Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Jones, Clay City, Ind. Entered service September 21, 1917, Brazil, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company F, 309th Ammunition Train. Died of meningitis March 16, 1918, Base Hospital, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Sink Cemetery, Middlebury, Clay County, Ind.

McGRlFF, RUSSELL H.--- Private
Son of Frank and Ada McGriff (Sanders); born August 15, 1896, Middlebury, Clay County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 4, 1918, Brazil, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 21st Company, 6th Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Stricken with influenza, he died October 5, 1918, Base Hospital Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Clay City, Ind.

MEYER, ROY J. --- Private
Son of George and Nettie Meyer; born July 9, 1893, Logan Ridge Township, Clay County, Ind. At time of his enlistment, July 26, 1918, he was working on a farm near Charles City, la. Sent to Camp Gordon, Ga.; assigned to Company C, 5th Infantry. Sailed for France in September, 1918. Stricken with pneumonia on board ship, he died October 2, 1918. Buried in American Cemetery, Kerfautras, Finistere, France. Survived by widow, Vivian Dushane Meyer (Harburger,) Youngstown, Ohio.

MILLER, JACOB ---Private
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lundy Miller; born December 19, 1896, in Harrison Township, Clay County, Ind. Farm laborer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army July 15, 1917, Burlington, la. Sent to Ft. Snelling, Minn.; assigned to Company L, 36th Infantry. Died April 3, 1918, following an operation for appendicitis, Ft. Snelling. Buried in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, Clay City, Ind.

MOORE, HARRY J. ---Private
Son of Joseph and Florence Moore; born July 31, 1894, near Staunton, Clay County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service August 31, 1918, Brazil, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 30th Company, 8th Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Tiansferred to Medical Corps, Base Hospita1. Died of influenza-pneumonia October 6, 1918, in Base Hospital, Camp Sherman, Ohio. Buried with military honors, near his home in Clay County, Ind.

RICE, BERT L. ---Corporal
Son of Joseph and Sarah Clark Rice; born August 24, 1897, Clay County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in Company H, 1st Indiana Infantry, National Guard (Company H, 151st Infantry) Terre Haute, Ind., July 28, 1917. Sent to Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind; thence to Camp Shelby, Miss. Embarked for overseas June 11, 1918; assigned to Company I, 162nd Infantry, 41st Division. Killed in action November 8, 1918. Buried in Argonne American Cemetery No. 1232, Romagne, Grave 81, Sec. 94, Plot 2.

SARCHETT, WALTER ---Private
Son of Joseph B. and Dovie Sarchett; born in May, 1892, near Brazil, Ind. Coal miner. Entered service August 29, 1918, Terre Haute, Ind. Sent to Camp Custer, Mich.; assigned to 20th Company, 5th Training Battalion, 160th Depot Brigade. Later transferred to Company H, 78th Infantry. Died of disease September 30, 1918, Camp Custer, Mich. Buried in Richter Cemetery, Ehrmandale, Vigo County, Ind.

SCHERB, JOHN E. ---Private
Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Scherb; born June 29, 1888, near Brazil, Ind. Farmer. Called into service August 30, 1918, Brazil, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 30th Company, 8th Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Medical Detachment, Base Hospita1. Died of influenza October 4, 1918, Camp Sherman, Ohio. Buried in the Modesitt Cemetery, near the family home, in Posey Township, Clay County, Ind.

SCHOPMEYER, ARTHUR CARL --- 2nd Lieutenant
Son of Frank A. and Elizabeth Schopmeyer; born October 23, 1890, near Poland, Clay County, Ind. Graduated from Indiana Veterinary College, Indianapolis in 1917. Practising his profession when called into service in June, 1918, Brazil, Ind. Sent to Camp Beauregard, La.; assigned to Army Veterinary Corps, 7th Division. Died of influenza October 8, 1918, Camp Beauregard, La. Buried in the cemetery near the family home, Poland, Clay County, Ind.

SHONK, EDWIN --- Private
Son of Jacob D. and Jane Shonk; born May 12, 1896 Harrison Township, Clay County, Ind. Entered service April 28, 1918, Urbana, 1ll., and was sent to Ft. Dodge, la. Transferred to Camp Travis, Tex., and later to Camp Mills, L. I. Embarked for France June 18, 1918, attached to Company M, 358th Infantry, 90th Division. Killed in action September 14, 1918. (Place unknown).

SMITH, FARR1S A. --- Private
Son of Lawrence and Minnie Smith; born September, 1896, Staunton, Clay County, Ind. Blacksmith. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army, June 7, 1918, and was sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Transferred to Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.; assigned to Headquarters Troop, 11th Cavalry. Died from accidental causes February 3, 1918.

WALTON, HOMER EDWARD WILLIAM --- Private
Stepson of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ferry; born May 16, 1900, Lake County, Ind. Later moved to Brazil, Ind., (date not known). Enlisted in Company A, 1st Indiana National Guard. (Company A, 151st Infantry) August 13, 1917, Indianapohs. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss. Embarked for overseas June 11, 1918; assigned to Company H, 28th Infantry, 1st Division. Died July 23, 1918, from wounds received in action. First Clay County boy killed in the World War.

WERREMEYER, ALBERT WILLIAM --- Private Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic William Werremeyer; born November 6, 1895, Harrison Township, Clay County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service August 30, 1918, Brazil, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 30th Company, 8th Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Medical Detachment, 28th Unit, Base Hospital. Died of pneumonia October 6, 1918. Buried in the cemetery near the family home, Poland, Clay County, Ind.

WHALEY, HARRY C. --- Private
Son of George H. and Amanda Whaley; born July 31, 1886, near Cory, Clay County, Ind. Telegraph operator. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army in June, 1917, and was sent to Camp Logan, Tex. Assigned to Signal Corps Unit, Headquarters Company, 122nd Field Artillery. Died March 3, 1918 in Base Hospital, Houston, Tex. Buried in Gummere Cemetery, Clay County, Ind.

WIDENER, WILLIAM G.--- Corporal
Son of James and Amanda King Widener; born April 3, 1898, near Brazil, Clay County, Ind. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army in 1912. Served on Mexican Border in 1916. Embarked for overseas August 13, 1917; assigned to Troop C, 5th Cavalry. Transferred to 1st Battalion, Ammunition Train, 1st Division. Died from wounds October 6, 1918, received in battle of the Meuse-Argonne. (Burial place unknown).

Source: Gold Star Honor Roll: 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
By Indiana Historical Commission, John Williams Oliver Published by Indiana Historical Commission., 1921

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