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FOUNTAIN 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



ALLEN.T CLARENCE ----Private, S.A.T.C.
Son of James and Minnie Allen; born May 30, 1897, Gates, Fountain County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service August 15, 1918, Covington, Ind. Sent to Cincinnati University, Ohio, for vocational training. Assigned to Automobile Mechanical Training. Died of pneumonia October 23, 1918, First District School, Cincinnati, Ohio. Buried, Coal Creek, Fountain County, Ind. Survived by widow, Bernice Gose Allen, Kingman, Ind.

BALES, GUY GLENWOOD ----Corporal
Son of Harvey H. (deceased) and Martha J. Bales: born February 4, 1895, Fountain County, Ind. Educated in Terre Haute State Normal, and Texas State Normal School. Garage manager. Entered service January 14, 1918, Covington, Ind. Sent to Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.: then to Mineola, N. Y. Promoted to Corporal, 358th Aero Squadron. Overseas in August, 1918. Died of pneumonia November 27, 1918. Body returned to United States, and buried in Harveysburg, Fountain County, Ind.

BANTZ, LOGAN REMSTER  Private
Son of John F. and Elizabeth Remster Bantz; born March 1, 1894, Covington, Ind. Farmer. Entered service May 5, 1918, Covington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 31st Company, 8th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to Company A, 5th Development Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Died of pneumonia while home on furlough, October 14, 1918, in hospital, Crawfordsville, Ind. Buried in Steely Cemetery, near Coving ton, Ind.

CAPLINGER, THEOPHILUS PARVIN ----Major
Son of Dr. C. A. and Nannie Caplinger; born September 15, 1880, Montgomery County, Ind. Moved to Fountain County in 1900. Educated in Wabash College, and Purdue University. Enlisted in U.S. Medical Corps August 15, 1917, Covington, Ind. Commissioned 1st Lieutenant, Ft. Riley, Kan. Transferred to Camp Logan, Tex. Promoted to Major. Died of appendicitis January 7, 1919. Buried in Masonic Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Ind. Survived by widow, Lena Caplinger, and two daughters, Mary Virginia, and Katherine M.; Wallace,

COFFING, GEORGE LEE ----2ND Lieutenant
Son of William and Em ma Coffing; born January I5, 1895, Covington, Inc1. Student in Wabash College when he enlisted in aviation service in July, 1917, Chicago, Ill. Sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Discharged on account of physical disability. Reenlisted November 25, 1917, Toronto, Canada, with Royal Aviation Corps, British Army. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. Ordered overseas. Killed in airplane accident February 24, 1919, near Edinburgh, Scotland. Body returned to U.S., and buried in Covington, Ind.

CONNOR, JOHN FRANKLIN  ----  Private
Son of John and Sarah White Connor; born December 1, 1890, Vermilion County, 1ll. Moved to Fountain County, Ind. in 1892. Farmer. Entered service May 25, 1918, Covington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Overseas in September, 1918; assigned to Battery C, 325th Field Artillery, 84th Division. Died of pneumonia October 28, 1918. Body returned and buried in Masonic Cemetery, Waynetown, Ind. Survived by widow, Genevieve Cord Connor, and two daughters Ada, and Mary; Hillsboro, Ind.

COOPER, WILLIAM E. G. ---- 1st Lieutenant
Son of Campbell B. and Carrie Foster Cooper; born March 29, 1888, Greenhill, Warren County, Ind. Family later moved to Fountain County. Educated in Indiana University. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army July 4, 1916. Sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo.; transferred to Eagle Pass, Tex. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant. Overseas in May, 1918; assigned to Machine Gun Company, 58th Infantry. Killed in action July 20, 1918, ChateauThierry. Buried, Chevillon, near Aisne, France.

DAY, JESSE ----Seaman
Son of John and Mary Peyton Day; born July 9, 1894, Morgan County, Ky. Moved to Indiana in 1911. Farmer. Entered U.S. Navy May 8, 1918, Louisville, Ky. Sent to Great Lakes Naval Station, Ill.; stationed in Camps Dewey, Paul Jones, Old Detention, and Camp Ross. Went aboard the Wisconsin. Died of pneumonia October 7, 1918, while home on furlough, Veedersburg, Ind. Buried in Rockfield Cemetery, near Veedersburg, Ind.

EDWARDS, ROBERT ---- Private
Son of Thomas and Nora B. Edwards; born August, 1898 (date of month not known), Browncreek, Mo. Living in Fountain County, Ind., when he entered service January 8, 1918, Covington, Ind. Sent to Ft. Thomas, Ky.; unassigned. Died of pneumonia January 27, 1918, Ft. Thomas, Ky. Buried in Cold Springs Cemetery, Veedersburg, Ind.

FINE, EARL LELAND ----Private
Son of Jacob and Maria Fine; born October 18, 1894, Jackson Township, Fountain County, Ind. Barber. Entered service June 24, 1918, Covington, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 17th Company, 5th Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Went overseas September 1, 1918; assigned to Company D, 334th Infantry. Transferred to Company C, 16th Infantry. Died of pneumonia November 1, 1918, Base Hospital No. 216, Nantes, France. Body returned to U.S., and buried in Lutheran Cemetery, Wallace, Ind.

FORREST, CHARLES HARRISON ----Private
Son of Millard Fillmore (deceased) and Emily Forrest; born August 23, 1888, Scott County, Ind. Moved to Fountain County in October, 1899. Farmer. Entered service September 21, 1917, Covington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Company A, 104th Infantry, 26th Division. Overseas in May, 1918. Killed in action October 17, 1918, Argonne Forest. Buried in Haumond Wood. Survived by one daughter, Fannie Forrest.

FULTON, WILBUR  ----Private
Son of Isaac and Emma Fulton; born May 15, 1891, Foster, Warren County, Ind. Moved to Fountain County in March, 1899. Farm laborer. Called into service March 28, 1918, Covington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Overseas in May, 1918, with Company F, 47th Infantry, 4th Division. Sent to Rose Wall, France, for training. Participated in battle of ChateauThierry. Died July 17, 1918, from wounds received in action, in battle of ChateauThierry, France.

GREEN, HANSEL JOHN ----Corporal
Son of Mr. and Mrs. LaMonte M. Green; born December 25, 1894, Attica, Ind. Educated in Military Academy, Denver, Co1. Chemist. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army September 1, 1917, Chicago, Ill. Sent to Camp Johnston, Fla.; assigned to Motor Supply Train No. 413. Went overseas in July, 1918; assigned to 436th Motor Truck Company. Died of pneumonia September 22, 1918, in Base Hospital No. 45, Toul, France. Buried in cemetery of the "Justice Group," west of Toul, France.


GRESSMIRE, ALVA ----Private
Son of Josiah and Nancy Gressmire; born March 29 1888, near Chambersburg, Fountain County, Ind. Employee of Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad. Called into service October 4 1918, Covington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 30th Company, 8th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to 64th Engineers. Overseas in March, 1918. Died of pneumonia February 13, 1919, Gievres, France, Camp Hospital No. 43.

IRELAND, CARL CLIFTON ----Private
Son of William H. and Nettie Ireland; born March 5, 1889, Attica, Ind. Painter. Entered service September 23, 1917, Chicago, Ill. Sent to Camp Grant, Ill.; assigned to Company B, 131st Infantry, 33rd Division. Went overseas May 20, 1918. Killed in action August 9, 1918, Chipilly Ridge in Somme Offensive. Buried in American Cemetery No. 443, Vaux, Sur Somme, France.

JONES, GEORGE F. -----Corporal
Son of Frederick DeWitt and Elizabeth Campbell Jones; born October 9, 1892, Chicago, Ill. Moved to Fountain County, Ind., May 1, 1915. Accountant. Entered service March 15, 1918, Attica, Ind. Sent to Camp Greene, N. C.; assigned to Company L, 58th Infantry. Overseas in May, 1918; attached to 1st Division. Participated in battles of the Marne, Chateau Thierry, Verdun, St. Mihiel Drive, and Argonne Forest. Killed in action October 4, 1918. Buried in American Cemetery, Romagne, France.

JONES, GROVER -----Sergeant
Son of Newman and Sarah Elizabeth Jones; born February, (date of month not given) 1892, Richland Township, Fountain County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service May 25, 1918, Cov- ington, Ind. Sent to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind.; assigned to Company E, 2nd Training Battalion, 22nd Engineer Corps. Transferred to Camp Merritt, N. J. Promoted to 1st Sergeant. Went overseas in July, 1918. Killed in railway accident in France, February 4, 1919.

KENDRICK, ALBERT JEFFERSON ---- Private
Son of Samuel and Jennie Kendrick; born August 15, 1893, near Covington, Ind. Employee of canning factory. Entered service May 25, 1918, Covington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; transferred to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind.; assigned to Company A. 34th Engineers. Overseas in August, 1918. Died of pneumonia October 4, 1918, Camp Hospital No. 43, France. Body returned to U. S., and buried in Sand Hill Cemetery, Covington, Ind.

KIGHT. FRANK T. ----Private
Son of Purley and Verna Kight; born August 10, 1896, Cataract, Owen County, Ind. Living in Fountain County, when he enlisted in U.S. Regular Army May 7, 1917, Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Assigned to Battery C, 6th Field Artillery. Overseas in July, 1917; attached to 1st Division. His battery is reported to have fired the first shot after the American forces opened fire on the enemy in November, 1917. Gassed. Invalided home; died March 31, 1918, Ft. McHenry, Md. Buried, Attica, Ind.

LANGE, EDWARD JOHN  -----Corporal
Son of Fred and Hannah Lange; born July 10, 1894, Danville, Ill. Moved to Silverwood, Fountain County, Ind. in 1907. Blacksmith. Entered service April 3, 1918. Sent to Ft. Wright,
N. Y.; assigned to 1st Antiair Craft Battery, 3rd Company. Promoted to Corporal. Transferred to New Haven, Conn. Died of heart disease December 5, 1918, Ft. Wright, N. Y. Buried in Danville, Ill.

LATOURETTE, CLARENCE ----Private
Son of George and Ora Blakely Latourette; born March 28, 1900, Covington, Ind. Student. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army July 6, 1916, Indianapolis, Ind. Sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio; assigned to duty as Ambulance Driver. Transferred to Camp Houston, Tex.; then to Camp Funston, Kan. Overseas in March, 1918. Ambulance driver for Field Hospital No. 5. Cited for bravery in action. Killed in action July 31, 1918, by German aviators, Battle of the Marne.

LUSADER, MAURICE SMITH ----Private, U.S.M.C.
Son of Homer and Minnie Lusader; born March 3, 1901, Covington, Ind. Student. Enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps, May 28, 1918, Indianapolis, Ind. Sent to Harris Island, S. C.; assigned to Company G, 5th Regiment, 2nd Division. Transferred to Quantico, Va. Overseas in August, 1918. Killed in action November 10, 1918, MeuseArgonne Battle. Buried in SedanAmerican Cemetery, No. 1203, Letanne, Ardennes.

MARQUESS, EARL WILLIAM  ----Private
Son of William and Catherine Marquess (Dalton); born October 12, 1888, Cummings County, Neb. Two years later the family moved to Fountain County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service April 2, 1918. Covington, Ind. Sent to Ft. Hamilton. N. Y.; assigned to Artillery Corps. Died of pneumonia April 28, 1918, Ft. Hamilton, N. Y. Buried in Fountain Cemetery, Fountain County, Ind. Survived by widow, Anna Harris Marquess.


MARTIN, DONALD ALLEN ----Private
Son of William K. and Sarah Yeagy Martin; born April 4. 1896, Covington, Ind. Salesman. Entered service June 1. 1918, Manhattan, Mont. Sent to Camp Dodge, Iowa; assigned to Company B, 336th Infantry. Transferred to Camp Mills. N. Y. Went overseas September 2, 1918. Died of pneumonia October 25, 1918, Noyers, France. Buried in Noyers, Loire et Cher, France.

MERRYMAN, EDWARD ----Private
Son of John Edward and Harriet Ellen Merryman; born October 20, 1888, Attica, Ind. Laborer. Entered service September 17, 1917, Covington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 30th Company, 8th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss. Overseas in June, 1918; assigned to Company H, 23rd Infantry, 2nd Division. Participated in battle of Thiacourt, and Mont Blanc Ridge. Died of pneumonia November 23, 1918. (Burial place unknown.)

ODLE, FRANK S. ----Private
Son of John and Mary Odle; born April 29, 1891, Milford Ill. Family later moved to Veedersburg, Ind. Entered service June 24, 1918, Covington, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio: assigned to Headquarters Detachment, 336th Infantry, 83rd Division. Transferred to Camp Mills, N. Y. Overseas in September, 1918. Died of pneumonia November 26, 1918, Le Mans, France. Buried in American Cemetery, Le Mans. Survived by widow, Lela Marshall Odle, and two sons, Charles Lawrence, and Carl Marshall, Veedersburg, Ind.

PUGH, VICTOR B. ----Private
Son of John and Mary Black Pugh; born in Covington, Ind. (Date not known). Entered Canadian Expeditionary Forces April 1, 1918. Assigned to Machine Gun Corps, 2nd Training Battalion. Went overseas, and was killed in action August 8, 1918. (Burial place unknown.)

RATCLIFF, EDWARD THOMAS  ----Private
Son of Anderson and Alvessie Ratcliff; born December 31, 1894, Kingman, Fountain County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service October 6, 1917, Covington, Ind. Sent to Camp Lewis, Wash.; assigned to 138th Company, 35th Training Battalion, 166th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp Mills, N. Y.; then to Camp Merritt, N. J. Overseas in December, 1918. Killed in action July 18, 1918, near Soissons, France. Buried in Cutry, France.

RODGERS, CLYDE CHARLES .----Private
Son of George and Cora McElwee Rodgers; born December 14, 1894, Wallace, Fountain County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service July 23, 1918, Covington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 1st Company, 1st Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to West Point, Ky.; then back to Camp Taylor, Ky. Died of pneumonia October 9, 1918. (Place of burial unknown).

ROY, ORAL EMERSON ----Sergeant
Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Roy (mother's name now Mrs. William Goldbach); born October 14, 1898, West Lebanon. Warren County, Ind. Moved to Fountain County in 1915. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army April 12, 1915, Indianapolis, Ind. Assigned to Company L, 29th Infantry, 9th Machine Gun Company. Promoted to Sergeant. Died of influenza October 7, 1918, Camp Beauregard, La. Buried in Covington, Ind.

SMITH, GUY EDGAR ----Sergeant
Son of Edgar and Rose Palmer Smith; born June 5, 1896, Steam Corner, Fountain County, Ind. Mechanic. Entered service October 5, 1917, Louisville, Ky.; assigned to Company C, 309th Field Signal Battalion. Promoted to Sergeant. Overseas in September, 1918. Sent to Scotland; then to France. Assigned to Company C, 9th Field Signal Battalion, 5th Division. Died of pneumonia February 18, 1919, Evacuation Hospital, Walferdange Luxembourg, Germany.

SMITH, HERBERT ----Private
Son of Thomas W. and Rose Smith; born September 5, 1897, near Covington, Ind. Laborer. Enlisted in Indiana National Guard, Company H, 151st Infantry, May 31, 1917, Terre Haute, Ind. Sent to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss. Overseas in June, 1918; assigned to Baker's Company No. 327, Quartermaster's Corps. Died of pneumonia February 18, 1919, in Base Hospital, No. 103. Buried in French Cemetery of Dijon, Cote dor.

SMITH, OREL AUSTIN ----Private, U.S.M.C Son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Smith; born May 31, 1898, Kingman, Fountain County, Ind. High school student. Enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps April 3, 1917. Sent to Parris Island, S. C.; assigned to 82nd Company, 6th Regiment. 2nd Division. Transferred to Quantico, Va.; then to Cuba. Went overseas; in battles of Belleau Woods, ChateauThierry, Soissons, Toul, and Meuse Argonne Offensive. Killed in action November 2, 1918, Meuse Argonne Offensive. (Burial place unknown.)

WILKINSON, CLAUD LOUIS ----Private, U.S.M.C. Son of William T. and Mary E. Wilkinson; born June 9, 1893, Jackson Township, Fountain County, Ind. Barber. Enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps May 1, 1917, Indianapolis, Ind. Sent to Port Royal, S. C.; assigned to 74th Company, 6th Regiment. Transferred to Quantico, Va.; assigned to Headquarters Company. Won two medals, one as sharpshooter, and the second as expert marksman. Went overseas. Gassed; died April 20, 1918, in a hospital in France. (Place unknown).

WILLIAMS, HARRY ROBERT ----Private, U.S.M.C.
Son of Charles E. and Harriet Williams; born April 1, 1897, Hillsboro, Fountain County, Ind. Barber. Enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps May 13, 1917, and was sent to Parris Island, S. C. Assigned to 82nd Company, 6th Regiment, 2nd Division. Overseas in October, 1917. Participated in battle of Verdun. Died April 2, 1918, in 2nd Division Field Hospital, from wounds received in action. Buried, Thiacourt, France.

Name reported from Fountain County for whom complete record could not be obtained.
SLOAN, WILLIAM E. Covington, Ind. Killed in action. (Details unknown.)

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

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