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FAYETTE 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



ALLISON, CLYDE LORRAIN ----Private
Son of James and Martha Allison; born January 16, 1893, Richland, Rush County, Ind. A few years later family moved to Fayette County. Farmer. Entered service June 24, 1918, Bloomington, Ill. Sent to Camp Wheeler, Ga.; then to Camp Mills, L. L Assigned to Headquarters Company, 124th Infantry Died of pneumonia October 24, 1918, Camp Mills. Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Fairview Township, Fayette County, Ind. Survived by widow, Ella Jackson Allison, and one son, Clyde Allison, Jr.

BREWER, THEODORE CLINTON----Private:
Son of Hiram and Etta Brewer; born September 17, 1897, Greenfield, Ind. Family later moved to Connersville. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army February 3, 1915, Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Overseas in June, 1917, with Company K, 28th Infantry, 1st Division. Participated in several engagements. Died May 17, 1918, of wounds received in action. Buried in American Cemetery, Bonvillers, Oise, France.

COLSHER, CLYDE DON ----Private
Son of Charles and Laura Colsher; born September 12, 1886, Milroy, Rush County, Ind. Moved to Connersville, Ind. in 1912. Automobile assembler. Entered service March 29, 1918, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 19th Company, 5th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Died of pneumonia April 26, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried, Lyonsville, Fayette County, Ind. Survived by widow, Marie G. Colsher.

DANIELS, LEWIS E.---- Private
Son of Thomas P. (deceased) and Mariam Gray Daniels; born August 31, 1888, Chester, Meigs County, Ohio. Had been living in Connersville, Ind., for more than a year, where he entered service, September 21, 1917. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky., assigned to Company C, 335th Infantry. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C.; then overseas in May, 1918. Killed in action August 23, 1918, Poperinghe, Belgium. Buried in Nine Elms Cemetery, in the city where he fell.

DAWSON MURRAY ROBERT ----Private
Son of Robert and Catherine Dawson; born August 19, 1900, Noble Township, Rush County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Army September 7, 1916, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Served on Mexican Border in 19161917. Went overseas with General Pershing's forces in June, 1917; assigned to Company K, 26th Infantry\, 1st Division. Died from wounds July 19, 1918, near Aisne", France.

DOLL, VERNER FRANCIS ----Engineer, U.S.N.
Son of Theodore and Louisa Blanche Doll; born November 30, 1890, Connersville, Ind. Machinist. Enlisted in U.S. Navy July 27, 1917, Indianapolis. Sent to Norfolk, Va. Boarded the Missouri as engineer. Transferred to Commonwealth Pier, Boston, Mass. Assigned to the destroyer Kimberley. Died of pneumonia February 7, 1918, Naval Hospital, Chelsea, Mass. Buried in Dale View Cemetery, Connersville, Ind.

DUEWSON, HARRY COPELAND (Colored)----  Private
Son of Travis and Elizabeth Duewson (Fletcher); born November 21, 1888, Rushville, Ind. Moved to Connersville, Ind. in 1903, and enlisted in U.S. Regular Army in 1908. Reenlisted in 1913. In 1916 went to Canada where he was inducted into the Canadian Army. Assigned to Expeditionary Forces. Went overseas, and was killed in action September 2, 1918, in battle of Cambrai. Survived by widow, Lidia M. Duewson, and one son, Howard Duewson, Cleveland, Ohio.

FISHER, REGINALD JOHN ----Gunner, U.S.N.
Son of Fred W. and Mary Mason Fisher; born February 28, 1893, Richmond, Ind. Moved to Fayette County in 1902. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Navy May 8, 1917, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Newport, R. L for training. Served in foreign waters for several months. Killed when the Jacob Jones was torpedoed December 6, 1917. The first man from Fayette County to give his life in the World War. The American Legion Post, Connersville, Ind., is named in his honor.

GANSERT, HOWARD WILLIAM  ----Private
Son of William and Ruth M. Gansert (deceased); born July 17, 1896, Connersville, Ind. Machinist. Entered service December 12, 1917, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Camp Greene, N. C.; assigned to Supply Company, 13th Field Artillery. Sailed for France in May, IV1S, with Battery A, 77th Field Artillery. Wounded in action; invalided to U.S., and sent to Ft. Bayard, New Mexico, where he died November 21, 1918, of tuberculosis. Buried, Connersville, Ind.

GWINUP, IRA----Private
Son of John F. and Mary M. Gwinup; born October 17, 1893, Bentonville, Fayette County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service July 22, 1918, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 23rd Company, 6th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade; transferred to Camp McClellan, Ala.; assigned to 27th Regiment, Field Artillery. Died of pneumonia January 24, 1919, Camp McClellan, Ala. Buried at Bentonville, Ind.

HAMILTON, GILBERT P. ----Corporal
Son of Mrs. Nellie Ford; born October 26, 1898, Conners\ Hie, Ind. Machinist. Enlisted in Indiana National Guard, Company B, 4th Infantry, May 4, 1917, Rushville, Ind. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Battery A, 139th Field Artillery. Went overseas in October, 1918. Died of influenza pneumonia October 20, 1918, Manchester, England. Body returned to U.S. in October, 1920, and buried with military honors in Connersville, Ind.

HOOPER, HANSFORD ----Private
Son of Squire and Martha Moore Hooper; born July 10. 1896, Cardwell, Washington County, Ky. Moved with family to Connersville, Ind. in 1898. Entered service July 30, 1918, Syracuse, N. Y. Sent to Newport News, Va.; assigned to Ordnance Branch, 316th Fire and Guard Company, where he died of pneumonia October 13, 1918. Buried in Dale Cemetery, Connersville, Ind.

HUNTER, WILLIAM RALPH ----Private
Son of Willis R. and Suda Hunter; born March 20, 1896, Eddyville, Dawson County, Neb. Moved to Connersville. Ind. in 1915. Furniture worker. Enlisted in Company B, 4th Infantry, Indiana National Guard, June 23, 1917. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Company A, 139th Machine Gun Battalion; then to Company D, 148th Machine Gun Battalion. Overseas in June, 1918, and died from wounds November 2, 1918, in France. Body to be returned to U.S., and buried in Connersville Cemetery, Connersville, Ind.

JONES, BENJAMIN R. ----Private
Son of Edward C. and Katherine Meyers Jones; born May 26, 1895, in Bell County, Ky. Moved to Fayette County, Ind. in 1916. Entered service March 29, 1918, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; then to Camp McClellan, Ala. Overseas in June, 1918; assigned to Company A, 113th Infantry, 29th Division. Killed in action October 24, 1918, Verdun. Buried in American Cemetery, Romagne, France; Grave No. 87. Sec. 44, Plot 2. Survived by widow, Velma Hazel Jones, Connersville, Ind.

JONES CHARLES C.---- Private
Son of John W. and Julia A. Jones; born February 25, 1894, Falmouth, Rush County, Ind. Moved to Connersville in 1897. Entered service February 23, 1918, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Camp Greene, N. C.; assigned to 39th Machine Gun Company. Sailed overseas May 4, 1918 from Camp Mills. Killed in action September 27, 1918, Argonne Forest. Buried in American Cemetery, Romagne, France.

KELLAR, CARL RAYMOND ----Private
Son of Henry and Adaline Kellar; born February 24, 1901, Harrisburg, Fayette County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army May 27, 1917, and was sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo.; thence to Camp Merritt, N. J. Assigned to Headquarters Company, 18th Field Artillery. Arrived in France in May, 1918. Killed in battle of Chateau Thierry, July 16, 1918. Buried in American Cemetery, No. 1764, Belleau, Aisne, Grave No. 188, Plot 4, Sec. F.

LUCAS, OLIVER ----Corporal
Son of Joseph and Nancy Lucas; born October 6, 1894, Bracken County, Ky. Was employed in Connersville, Ind. when he enlisted in U.S. Regular Army, September 20, 1916. Sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Transferred to Ft. Wright, N. Y.; assigned to Battery C, 56th Coast Artillery Corps. Transferred to Long Island Sound; promoted to Corporal; assigned to 1st Company, Coast Artillery Corps. Died of nephritis March 20, 1918, Long Island, N. Y. Buried, Brook ville, Ky.

MICHAEL, FRANCIS EDWARD----Private S
on of Joseph and Catherine Michael; born December 1. 1888, Connersville, Ind. Machinist. Entered service February 25, 1918, Buffalo, N. Y. Sent to Camp Upton, L. L; assigned to Company C, 302nd Engineers. Sailed for France in March, 1918. Died September 14, 1918 from wounds, Field Hospital near Chery, Chartreuse. Buried in Cemetery near the Hospital..

MORISON, ALFRED THORPE ----Private
Son of Rodney (deceased) and Harriet Thorpe Morison; born April 30, 1890, Philadelphia, Pa. Graduated from Pennsylvania State College, 1915. Instructor in Agricultural College, University of Illinois, County Agricultural Agent of Fayette County, Ind., 19171918. Entered service September 15, 1918, Connersville, Ind. Assigned to Central Officer's Training School, Camp Taylor, Ky. Attached to 7th Battalion, 20th Training Battery. Died of influenza October 5, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried, Sugar Grove, Pa.

MURPHY, JASPER CHARLES (Colored) ----Private
Son of Isaac and Amanda A. Murphy; born September 12. 1890, Desoto, Mo. Moved to Connersville, Ind. in 1915. Foundry worker. Entered service in August, 1918, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Camp Funston, Kans.; assigned to Company G, 809th Pioneer Infantry. Died of influenza on board steamer President Grant, October 4, 1918, enroute for France. Buried at sea.

MYERS, LOUIS STEWART  ----Private
Son of Harry L. and Mary A. Myers; born October 18, 1893, Greenbush, Preble County, Ohio. Manager of meat market in Connersville, Ind., when he was called into service June 20, 1918. Sent to Valparaiso University; then to Camp Dix, N. J. Transferred to Camp Jackson, S. C.; assigned to Battery F, 12th Field Artillery Replacement Draft. Died of pneumonia October 11, 1918, Camp Jackson, S. C. Buried in Dale Cemetery, Connersville, Ind. Survived by widow, Anna Myers, Connersville, Ind.

PLOUGH, JOHN FRANKLIN ----Private
Son of Marion (deceased) and Amy Plough (Raridan); born December 20, 1891, Franklin County, Ind. Laborer. Entered service May 23, 1918, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio; then to Ft. Bliss, Tex.; then to Camp Cody, N. M. Returned to Ft. Bliss, where he died of pneumonia October 16, 1918. Buried at Laurel, Franklin County, Ind. Survived by widow, Ethel Plough, Connersville, Ind., and one son, Howard Franklin Plough, Connersville, Ind.

PRATHER, CHARLES R.----Private
Son of John H. and Rosanna Prather (deceased); born October 26, 1896, Rushville, Ind. Moved to Connersville in 1916. Machinist. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army in April, 1917, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Transferred to Camp Ethan Allen, Vt.; assigned to Troop E, 19th Cavalry; later to Battery C, 77th Field Artillery. Transferred again to Camp Devens, Mass. Overseas in May, 1918. Gassed. Died August 16, 1918, in Evacuation Hospital No. 4. Buried near Scringes et Nesles.

REYNOLDS, JOHN E. P. ----Private
Son of William A. and Anna J. Reynolds; born March 10, 1890, Adamsboro, Cass County, Ind. Moved to Fayette County in 1895. Springfitter. Entered service September 17, 1918, Syracuse, N. Y. Sent to Camp Syracuse, assigned to 96th Company, 23rd Training Battalion. Died of influenza pneumonia October 1, 1918, Good Shepard Hospital, Syracuse, N. Y. Buried in Connersville, Ind.

SAMPLE, GLEN M.----Private, U.S.M.C.
Son of Harvey and Florence Sample; born November 24, 1894, Switzerland County, Ind. Moved with his parents to Connersville in 1896. Barber. Entered U.S. Marine Corps April 25, 1917, and was sent to Parris Island, S. C. Transferred to Quantico, Va.; assigned to 74th Company, 6th Regiment. Overseas in September, 1917. Gassed, and died April 18, 1918. Buried in Argonne American Cemetery No. 1232, Sec. 107, Plot 4, Grave 172. Romagne, France.

SCHOENBORN, ERNEST JOHN ----Private
Son of John Henry and Clara Schoenborn; born September B7, 1888, Indianapolis, Ind. Family moved to Connersville ^shortly after son's birth. Metal worker. Entered service July 22, 1918, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; ((assigned to 23rd Company, 6th Training Battalion, Field Artillery Replacement Draft. Died of influenza October 11, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Dale Cemetery, Connersville, Ind.

SELM, HARRY MICHAEL ----Private
Son of Oscar and Nellie Selm; born December 29, 1890, Connersville, Ind. Cabinet maker. Entered service December 12, 1917, and was sent to Ft. Thomas, Ky.; assigned to Battery E, 13th Field Artillery. Transferred to Camp Greene, N. C. Went overseas May 10, 1918; assigned to Battery F, 16th Field Artillery. Participated in the battles of the Marne, Vpres, Belleau Wood, and Chateau Thierry. Died of influenza October 4, 1918, Evacuation Hospital No. 7, France.

STAM, CARL LEONARD ----Private
Son of Elihu and Rose Stam; born October 6, 1895, Harrison Township, Fayette County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service July 22, 1918, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 23rd Company, 6th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade; then to Battery A, 2nd Training Battalion, Field Artillery Replacement Draft. Died of influenza November 1, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Columbia Cemetery, Fayette County, Ind.

THOMPSON, GARRETT J.---- Private
Son of Lewis and Martha Thompson (deceased); born January 4, 1895, Bracken County, Ky. Moved to Connersville, Ind. in 1903. Truck driver. Entered service August 5, 1918, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Syracuse, N. Y.; then to Ft. Ontario, N. Y. Assigned to 59th Company, 15th Battalion. Died of pneumonia October 1, 1918, Ft. Ontario, N. Y. Buried in Connersville, Ind. Survived by widow, Ida Thompson, and one daughter, Ha/el; Connersville, Ind.

WOLFE, PAUL BARGALT----  Wagoner
Son of Lewis W. and Mary E. Wolfe; born February 2, 1900, College Corner, Ohio. Moved to Fayette County, Ind. in 1914. Teamster. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army in September, 1916, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Ft. Bliss, Tex.; promoted to Wagoner, Headquarters Company, 26th Infantry. Overseas in June, 1917; attached to First Division. Participated in the battle of Soissons, in which he received wounds causing his death July 19, 1918. Buried, Pierrefonds, France.

WRIGLEY, ROSCOE ----Private
Son of John Wesley and Florence Wrigley; born November 17, 1892, Union County, Ind. Moved to Fayette County in 1892. Farmer. Entered service February 28, 1918, Connersville, Ind. Sent to Camp Oglethorpe, Ga.; assigned to Company I, 6th Infantry. Went overseas May 8, 1918; attached to 5th Division. Killed in action October I5, 1918. Buried by his brother-in-law, an officer detailed to supervise the interment of bodies, in American Cemetery No. 1232, Romagne; Sec. 1, Plot 3, Grave No. 142.

"But we return to somber moods, to inner tears. We feel only the sting. We see only the blood. We cling to our loved ones and cry out to the stars and say the price is too great. We say we can not pay it. But we pay. The stars are silent. The mills of the gods grind on, that love, freedom, justice, may bloom from the breasts of the dead.
Max Ehrmann, Terre Haute, Indiana

Source: Gold Star Honor Roll By Indiana Historical Commission, John Williams Oliver


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