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JAY 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


AYERS, ROBERT GUY ---Private
Son of Edward and Emma Steed Avers; born September 20, 1887, Collett, Jay County, Ind. Machinist. Entered service April 26, 1918, Portland, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Overseas in June, 1918, assigned to Company G, 6th Engineers. Fought at Verdun; in the Meuse-Argonne Drive, and at Montfaucon. Killed by German prisoner November 7, 1918, captured while on guard duty. Buried in Argonne-American Cemetery, Romagne, France. The American Legion Post, Portland, Ind., named in his honor.

BARR, FREDERICK JAMES ---Private
Son of Samuel H. and Frances D. Barr; born October 23, 1895, near Portland, Ind. Enrolled in Michigan University when he entered service September 21, 1917, Portland, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 68th Company, 17th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Company C, 113th Field Signal Battalion. Shot accidentally while on target range, and died in Base Hospital April 16, 1918, Camp Shelby. Buried in Greenfork Cemetery, Portland, Ind.

BURGESS, RALPH W. ---Wagoner
Son of James M. and Elizabeth F. Burgess; born July 2, 1884, Dunkirk, Jay County, Ind. Glass blower. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army, June 12, 1917, Marion, Ind. Sent to Ft. Oitlethorpe, Ga.; assigned to Troop A, 23rd Cavalry. Transferred to Supply Company, 23rd Cavalry. Killed accidentally August 13, 1917, in fall from wagon, Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. Buried at Dunkirk, Ind. The American Legion Post, Dunkirk, Ind., named in his honor.

BUTCHER, LOWELL LELAND ---Private
Son of Alexander and Lulu Butcher (Swank); born August 24, 1897, Jay County, Ind. Laborer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army in August, 1917, Lima Ohio. Sent to Camp Sheridan, Ala.; transferred to Camp Hancock, Ga.; assigned to Company L, 38th Infantry, 3rd Division. Overseas in spring of 1918. Participated in Aisne Defensive, Champagne, Marne Defensive, Aisne Marne Offensive. Killed in action July 23, 1918, while crossing Marne River. First soldier killed in action from Jay County.

FLAHIE, CLAUDE L. ---Private
Son of Thomas and Katherine Flahie; born August 21. 1895, Pennville, Jay County, Ind. Laborer. Entered service August, 28, 1918, Portland, Ind. Sent to Camp Custer, Mich.; assigned to 13th Company, 4th Training Battalion, 160th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Headquarters Company, 214th Field Signal Battalion. Died of influenza October 7, 1918, Camp Custer, Mich. Buried in Twin Hill Cemetery Pennville, Jay County, Ind. Survived by widow, Lexie Pyle Flahie, Pennville, Ind.

FORD, MERRILL W. ---Seaman, 2nd Class
Son of Seymour and Mary E. Ford; born February 9, 1897, Bryant, Jay County, Ind. Barber. Entered U.S. Navy in July 1918, Kalamazoo, Mich. Sent to Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Chicago, Ill.; assigned to duty as Second Class Seaman, U.S. Naval Reserve Force. Died of pneumonia October 2, 1918, in hospital, Camp Logan, 1ll. Buried at Bryant, Jay County, Ind. Survived by widow, Leona Ford (since remarried), and one son, Lawrence Ford.

GARRINGER, JAMES MANDVILLE ---Private
Son of George Alexander and Amelia Finch Garringer; born February I5, 1896, near Portland, Ind. Laborer. Entered service September 21, 1917, Portland, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to 113th Field Signal Battalion. Overseas in October 1918. Transferred to Company A, 323rd Field Signal Battalion. Died of disease March 22, 1919, Bordeaux, France. Buried in American Cemetery, Talence, Gironde France.

GRAY, HARRY PRATT ---Corporal
Son of Irwin and Lela Gardner Gray; born May 25, 1890, near Pennville, Jay County, Ind. Graduated from Indiana University, June 13, 1917. Enlisted the same day in 88th Ambulance Corps. Overseas in June 1918. In active service during campaigns of summer and fall of 1918. Died of pneumonia November 11, 1918, Pierpont Morgan Hospital, Aix le Baine, France. (Burial place unknown.)

GRAY, ROY L  ---Private
Son of Joseph E. and Clara E. Gray; born July 15, 1889, Red Key, Jay County, Ind. Journalist. Advertising Manager of the Kalamazoo Gazette (Michigan), when he entered service July 24, 1918. Sent to Camp Custer, Mich.; assigned to 160th Depot Brigade. Later transferred to Company B, Military Mounted Police. Died of pneumonia November 25, 1918, Camp Custer, Mich. Buried with military honors, Sturgis, Mich. Survived by widow, Ruth H. Gray, Sturgis, Mich.

HUNT, ARTHUR ---Private
Son of Hickson and Rebecca Hiatt Hunt; born June 4, 1894, Winchester, Ind. Moved to Jay County in 1905. Laborer. Enlisted in Company G, 3rd Indiana Infantry National Guard, Portland, Ind., June 3, 1917. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss.: transferred to Battery B, 137th Field Artillery. Died of pneumonia January 18, 1918, Camp Shelby, Miss. Buried in Greenpark Cemetery, Portland, Ind.

LAYMAN, JOHN ELLSWORTH ---Private
Son of Perry T. and Melvina Dillavon Layman; born April 15, 1893, West Liberty, Jay County, Ind. Laborer. Entered service July 25, 1918, Portland, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 41st Company, 11th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp McClellan, Ala.; assigned to Battery B, 36th Field Artillery. Died October 30, 1918, of pneumonia, Camp McClellan, Ala. Buried in Gravel Hill Cemetery, near West Liberty, Jay County, Ind.

LINDLEY, ALFRED MATHIAS ---Private
Son of Zenas and Elizabeth Atkinson Lindley; born March 29, 1889, near Portland, Ind. Painter. Entered service September 5, 1918, Fowler, Ind. Sent to Camp Grant, Ill., assigned to limited service in Company C, 5th Provisional Training Regiment. Died of influenza October 7, 1918. Base Hospital, Camp Grant, 1ll. Buried at Boundary, near Portland, Ind.

RENNER, NOAH B ---Private
Son of Cyrus and Martha Weaver Renner; born January 17, 1890, Portland, Ind. Machinist. Entered service August 29, 1918, Portland, Ind. Sent to Camp Custer, Mich.; assigned to 13th Company, 4th Training Battalion, 160th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Battery B, 41st Field Artillery. Died of pneumonia October 11, 1918, Camp Custer, Mich. Buried in Lieber Cemetery, near Portland, Ind. Survived by widow, Maud Long Renner, Portland, Ind.

THOMPSON, OTIS ---Private
Son of William Martin and Eva Jane Thompson: born March 10, 1884, in Kosciusko County, Ind. When an infant, moved with parents to Dunkirk, Jay County. Shortly before the outbreak of the World War in 1914, he went to Melbourne, Australia, where he later entered service with the Australian Forces. Wounded in the battle of Dardanelles; recovered, and returned to duty. Assigned to 46th Battalion, Imperial Forces. Killed in action February 14, 1917, "Somewhere in France."

TUCKER, RUSSELL RAY ---Corporal
Son of Ottis A. and Lola Brunson Tucker; born January 8, 1898, Jay County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army June 16, 1916, Columbus, Ohio. Served on Mexican Border until April, 1918, when he went overseas with Company B, 13th Machine Gun Battalion. Participated in St. Mihicl Offensive, Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Wounded in action, he died October 21, 1918, in French Field Hospital, near Bonpont. Buried in American cemetery, near Les Placys, Meuse.

WHIPPLE, DAVID ORLEY ---Private
Son of John O. and Susan Whipple; born January 16, 1897, Jay County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in Company B, 33rd Infantry, Michigan National Guard, Detroit, July 3, 1917. Sent to Camp McArthur, Tex.; assigned to Company H, 120th Infantry. Overseas in February 1918. Participated in battles of Alsace, St. Gilles, Juvigne. Killed in action .November 10, 1918. The American Legion Post, Salamonia, Ind., named in his honor.

WILLIAMSON, RALPH VICTOR ---Private
Son of Ora and Lily Clore Williamson; born January 6, 1894, Red Key, Jay County, Ind. City Clerk. Entered service December 7, 1917, Indianapolis, Ind. Sent to St. Thomas, Ky.; assigned to 13th Field Artillery. Overseas in May 1918. Fought in battle of Chateau Thierry. Stricken with disease, he was invalided to the U.S. in October 1918; sent to Denver, Col., where he died August 2, 1919. Buried in Hill Crest Cemetery, Redkey, Ind. The American Legion Post, Redkey, Ind. is named in his honor.


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 Published by Indiana Historical Commission., 1921

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