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HANCOCK 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


BAGGS, JAMES D. ---Private
Son of Marion S. and Sarah E. Baggs; born September 9. 1892, Five Points, Ohio. Moved to Indiana in 1896. Laborer. Entered service September 21, 1917, Greenfield, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Replacement Draft. Overseas June 12, 1918; assigned to Company F, 168th Infantry, 42nd (Rainbow) Division. Killed in action July 26, 1918, near Epieds, France. Buried in Cemetery at Seringes-et-Nesles, Aisne.

COOK, ORVILLE HOWARD ----Electrician.
Son of William O. and Mary Jane Cook; born October 22, 1897, Wilkinson, Hancock County, Ind. Telegraph operator and bookkeeper for Big Four Railway. Entered the U.S. Navy August 15, 1918. Sent to Newport, R. L, and was serving as electrician at time of death. Died of pneumonia September 21, 1918, Newport, R. L Buried near Wilkinson, Hancock County, Ind.

DAVIS, BEN H. --- Private
Son of T. J. and Amy A. Davis; born October 31, 1888, near Fortville, Hancock County, Ind. Teacher. Attended State Normal, Terre Haute, Ind., and Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, Ill. Entered service September 21, 1917, Greenfield, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company L, 131st Infantry. Overseas May 22, 1918; assigned to Company A, 111th Infantry. Killed in action October 10, 1918, Bois de Chaume, near Verdun, France. Buried, "Somewhere in France."

GRIGSBY, EARL --- Gunners Mate, 2.nd Class
Son of Richard and Amanda Jasper Grigsby; born November 24, 1889, New Palestine, Hancock County, Ind. Laborer. Enlisted in U.S. Navy May 7, 1917, Indianapolis, Ind. Sent to Norfolk, Va.; transferred to Naval Hospital, N. Y.; assigned to duty on the Cyclops, with the rank of 2nd Class Gunners Mate. The Cyclops was last seen near the West India Islands, January 14, 1918; supposed to have been destroyed by submarine. No word has been heard of ship or its crew.

HILL, CLARK RICHARD ---Navy
Son of Allen and Fannie Hill; born August 12, 1896, Jackson Township, Hancock County, Ind. Student. Enlisted in U.S. Navy April 1, 1917, Indianapolis, Ind. Trained at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Ill. Died of spinal meningitis May 7, 1917, Portsmouth, Va. Buried at Knightstown, Ind.

JACK, JAMES MONROE --- Private
Son of William and Lucy Jack; born October 2, 1895, in Parke County, Ind. Spent the greater part of his life in Greenfield, Ind. Laborer. Entered service August 8, 1918, Indianapolis, Ind. Entered Vocational Branch of Service, and received training at Metropole Building, Indianapolis. Died of influenza October 12, 1918, Indianapolis. Buried in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Greenfield, Ind. Survived by widow, Eureka Jack, Greenfield, Ind.

JESSUP, JOHN M. --- Private
Son of Sylvester and Phoebe Elmina Jessup; born October 15, 1896, Blue River Township, Hancock County, Ind. Farmer and mechanic. Entered service March 30, 1918, Greenfield, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 12th Company, 3rd Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Died of pneumonia April 9, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Rush County, Indiana.

McMAHON, JOHN FRANCIS --- Navy
Son of Patrick and Margaret McMahon; born January 11, 1896, near McCordsville, Hancock County, Ind. Attended State Normal, Terre Haute, Ind. Post office clerk. Entered the U.S. Navy May 23, 1918, as radio student, and was placed in the Radio School at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Ill., where he died of influenza-pneumonia, September 23, 1918. Buried in McCordsville Cemetery, Hancock County, Ind.

MILLER, WILLIAM LEO ---Private
Son of William and Della Kemerly Miller; born September 30, 1896, Fortville, Hancock County, Ind. Chemist and bookkeeper, Toledo, Ohio. Entered service May 30, 1918, Columbus, Ohio. Sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio; assigned to 12th Recruiting Company, General Service Infantry. Died of accident or other causes, July 2, 1918 at Base Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. Buried at Fortville, Hancock County, Ind.

PARISH, CLAUDE MATTHEW ---Private
Son of Pleasant F. and Elva J. Parish; born May 10, 1895, near New Palestine, Hancock County, Ind. Farmer. Entered Service March 30, 1918, Greenfield, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 12th Company, 3rd Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp Upton, New York; assigned to Company L, 111th Infantry, 28th Division. Overseas May 5, 1918. Killed in action August 11, 1918, in battle near Fismette.

SEXSON, EVAN REYNOLDS ---Private
Son of John S. and Cora Whitaker Sexson; born August 3, 1899, Douglas County, Ill. Came with his parents to Hancock County, Ind., when a small child. Entered service November 23, 1917, Indianapolis. Received training at Camp Taylor, Ky., Camp Houston, Tex., and Camp Sevier, S. C., where he was assigned to Signal Corps (unassigned). Died of pneumonia January 24, 1918, Camp Sevier, Buried, New Palestine, Ind.

SIMMONS, ORLA RUSSELL--- Private
Son of John and Sarah C. Simmons; born May 24, 1890, near Noblesville, Hamilton County, Ind. Moved to Hancock County before he entered service. Farmer. Entered service October 5, 1917, Greenfield, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor; transferred to Camp Logan, Tex.; assigned to Company M, 131st Infantry. Overseas May 22, 1918. Killed in action November 8, 1918, near St. Hilaire, Troyon. Grave found in German Cemetery, near Dompierrc.

VANDINE, WILLIAM WALTER ----Private
Son of William and Mary M. Vandine; born November 23, 1888, Brown Township, Hancock County, Ind. Laborer. Enlisted September 21, 1917, Greenfield, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Company B, 152nd Infantry. Overseas June 12, 1918; assigned to Company G, 4th Infantry. Killed in action July 25, 1918. Buried in American Cemetery No. 608, Seringes-et-Nesles, Aisne, France.

WAGONER, RAYMOND L. ----- Private
Son of John and Mary Belle Wagoner; born July 18, 1892, Greenfield, Ind. Laborer on railroad section. Entered service May 25, 1918, Greenfield, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 10th Company, 5th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade; transferred to Company C, 153rd Infantry. Overseas August 22, 1918; assigned to Company 11, 156th Infantry. Died of disease September 28, 1918 in hospital in France. Buried, "Somewhere in France." Survived by son, Thomas M. Wagoner.
Gold Star Honor Roll By Indiana Historical Commission, John Williams Oliver

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