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JENNINGS 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


BARKER, RALPH ---Sergeant
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis M. Barker; born September 23, 1895, Vernon, Ind. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army January 6, 1915. Sent to Fort Strong, Mass.; assigned to 83rd Company, Coast Artillery Corps. Embarked for overseas August 14, 1917. Transferred to 5th Battery, Howitzer Regiment, 30th Artillery Brigade, Coast Artillery. Killed in action June 27, 1918. Rammersmatt, Alsace. Buried in St. Amarin, Alsace.

BECK, CHARLES W. ---Private
Son of Omar T. and Etta M. Beck; born October 7, 1893, near Hot Springs, Ark. Family moved to Butlerville, Jennings County, Ind. in 1896. Farmer. Went to North Dakota shortly before declaration of war, and enlisted July 23, 1917, Minot. N. D. Sent to Camp Greene, N. C.; then to Camp Mills. Went overseas in December 1917; assigned to Company D, 18th Infantry, 1st Division. Killed in action July 18, 1918, battle of Soissons.

BERTMAN, MYRON ---Captain
Son of Jacob and Sarah Bloom Bertman; born September 19, 1887, Indianapolis, Ind. Family moved to North Vernon, Jennings County, Ind., the following year. Educated in Purdue University, and West Point Military Academy. Commissioned Captain; assigned to 1st U.S. Engineering Corps. Stationed in Washington, D.C., in June 1917. Overseas in July, 1917, and died of pneumonia, September 18, 1917, St. Nazaire, France. Buried at St. Nazaire. The American Legion Post, North Vernon, Ind., is named in his honor.

CRANK, GEORGE ---Private
Son of Otto G. and Arvilla P. Crank; born February 7, 1891, Indianapolis, Ind. Moved with parents to Jennings County in 1902, and settled on a farm near Dupont. Farmer. Called into service July 30, 1918, North Vernon, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Battery B, 17th Battalion, Field Artillery. Died of pneumonia October 11, 1918, Base Hospital, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Graham Cemetery, San Jacinto, Jennings County, Ind.

DEAN, LEWIS RICHARD ---Private
Son of Milton A. and Jennie Viola Dean; born June 6, 1894, Hendricks County, Ind. Spent most of his life in Boone County, near Zionsville. Moved with parents to Jennings County in 1918. Farmer. Called into service August 30, 1918, North Vernon, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 31st Company, 8th Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Died of pneumonia October 22, 1918, Camp Sherman, Ohio. Buried in Hulse Cemetery, near Scipio, Jennings County, Ind.

FEATHERSTONE, JEREMIAH ---Sergeant
Son of David and Mary Graham Featherstone (Hoffman); born September 24, 1884, Vernon Township, Jennings County, Ind. At the age of 23 he enlisted in the U.S. Regular Army. Assigned to Company C, 27th Infantry. Served with Company F, 7th Infantry on the Mexican Border in 1916. Overseas in February 1918; assigned to Headquarters Company, 6()th Infantry, 5th Division. Killed in action October 24, 1918, Cunel, France. Cited for distinguished conduct in action, October 14, 1918, by his Brigade Commander, General Castner.

FEWELL, ERNEST ---Private
Son of Albert and Eda Fewell; born November 27, 1894, Jennings County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service March 12, 1918; assigned to 80th Spruce Squadron for cutting timber in the Northwest. Died of pneumonia January 1, 1919, South Beach, Ore. Remains were brought home for burial, and interred in Graham Cemetery, Jefferson County, Ind.

FOX, ARTHUR EDWARD ---Bugler
Son of John W. and Anna Fox (Staley); born July 31, 1892, Mt. Pleasant, Pa. Living on a farm in Jennings County, Ind. when he was called into service October 3, 1917, North Vernon, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company F, 335th Infantry. Embarked for overseas May 17, 1918; assigned to Company G, 120th Infantry, 30th Division. Died September 28, 1918 (November 5, 1918?), in British Hospital, No. 41, France.

GREEN, CARL W. ---Corporal
Son of Eldoris Y. and Emma M. Green; born February 29, 1896, Sheridan, Hamilton County, Ind. Parents later moved to Jennings County, where the son followed farming. Entered service September 19, 1917, North Vernon, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company F, 335th Infantry. Embarked for overseas April 9, 1918; assigned to Company F, 128th Infantry, 32nd Division. Killed in action November 10, 1918, in the Meuse-Argonne Drive. Buried in the Argonne- American Cemetery No. 1232, Romagne, France.

HESTER, MATTHIAS JOSEPH ---Private
Son of James (deceased) and Mary Ellen Hester; born May 2. 1890, North Vernon, Inc1. Machinist. Called into service March 29, 1918, North Vernon, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor. Ky.; assigned to 159th Depot Brigade. Went overseas in May 19'l8; attached to Company M, 112th Infantry, 28th Division. Killed in action July 15, 1918, Chateau Thierry, France. Buried at Chateau Thierry, Aisne, France.

HOFFMAN, RAYMOND H. ---Private
Son of Wymond Lewis and Mary Ellen Featherstone Hoffman; born September 9, 1895, near Lovett, Jennings County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service October 4, 1917, North Vernon, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company F, 335th Infantry. Later transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C., and went overseas in August 1918 with Company K, 119th Infantry, 30th (Old Hickory) Division. Killed in action October 5, 1918, Bellecourt, France.

McGILL, JOSEPH HENRY ---Private
Son of Harry and Rose McGill (deceased); born September 6, 1888, Weir, Cherokee County, Kan. Moved to Jennings County, Ind., in 1900. Glassworker. Entered service October 4, 1917, North Vernon, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Went overseas in May 1918; assigned to Company G, 120th Infantry, 30th (Old Hickery) Division. Killed in action October 19, 1918, near St. Quentin. Survived by widow, Hazel U. McGill, North Vernon, Ind.

MORGAN, ROY J. ---Private
Son of James and Amanda Morgan (Koontz); born May 13, 1890, Butlerville, Jennings County, Ind. Laborer. Entered service October 3, 1917, North Vernon, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Meade, Md. Went overseas in May, 1918, assigned to Company M, 119th Infantry, 30th (Old Hickory) Division. Killed in action October 19, 1918, near St. Quentin, during the Somme Offensive. (Place of burial unknown.)

MURPHY, THOMAS J. Jr. ---Private
Son of Thomas J. and Mary Murphy; born May 5, 1897, North Vernon, Ind. Farmer. Called into service October 3, 1918. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 159th Depot Brigade. Embarked for overseas May 13, 1918; assigned to Company F, 119th Infantry, 30th (Old Hickory) Division. Died of influenza November 1, 1918, Amiens, France. Body to be returned to U. S., and buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Vernon, Ind.

RIORDAN, JOHN PATRICK ---Seaman
Son of James and Carrie Rionlan; born August 29, 1892, Ludington, Mich. In 1903 moved with his parents to Jennings County, Ind. Employed by the Inland Steel Company, Indiana Harbor, when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy March 25, 1918, Chicago, Ill. Sailed for France in April 1918, as a member of the Northern Bombing Corps. Embarked for the U.S. in December 1918, following signing of Armistice. Died of meningitis December 10, 1918, on board ship Susijuehanna. Buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.

SAGE, VELMAR ---Private
Son of George W. and Laura Sage; born February 3, 1897, Marion Township, Jennings County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service in October 1917. Sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Unassigned. Died March 5, 1918, Jefferson Barracks, Mo., and was buried at Cana, Jennings County, Ind.

SPENCER, BERT RAY ---Private
Son of William M. and Zella Spencer; born April 25, 1893, near Scipio, Jennings County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service in September 1917, North Vernon, Ind. Sent to Camp Pike, Ark., and later transferred to Camp Beauregard, La. Went overseas with Company A, 153rd Infantry, 39th Division. Killed in action August 8, 1918, "Somewhere in France."

STREIT, JOHN J. ---Private
Son of Frank and Elizabeth Streit; born March 16, 1894, near North Vernon, Ind. Farmer. Shortly before he was called into service he had moved to Tipton County, where he entered service April 26, 1918. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 23rd Company, 6th Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Died of influenza May 18, 1918, Base Hospital, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in North Vernon Cemetery, North Vernon, Ind.

THORNTON, JAMES HARRY ---Corporal
Son of L. Scott and Hattie Day Thornton; born January 6, 1900, Jennings County, Ind. On January 12, 1917 he enlisted in U.S. Regular Army, and was sent to Fort Bliss, Tex.; assigned to Company H, 327th Infantry. Transferred to Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. Went overseas in April 1918; assigned to Company M, 6th Infantry. Died August 17, 1918, from wounds received in action, Frapelle, France.

TROUTMAN, JOHN W ---Private:
Son of John and Susan Cutsinger Troutman (deceased); born March 28,1892 near Shoals, Martin County, Ind. Family later moved to Jennings County, and settled on a farm near North Vernon. Called into service September 3, 1918, and was sent to Camp Grant, Ill.; assigned to Company C, 1st Training Battalion, 5th Limited Service Regiment, where he died of influenza October 4, 1918. Buried in Liberty Cemetery, Georgia, Lawrence County, Ind.

UPDIKE, CHARLES BENJAMIN ---Private
Son of William A. and Mary Updike; born February. 10, 1895, near Scipio, Jennings County, Ind. Employee of the L.L. Tyler Furniture Company, Indianapolis. Entered service October 14, 1917, Indianapolis, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company K, 334th Infantry. Embarked for overseas May 16, 1918; assigned to Company E, 132nd Infantry, 33rd Division. Killed in action near Verdun October 9, 1918. (Burial place unknown.)

WOOD, JAMES ---Private
Son of James and Amelia C. Wood; born May 1, 1891, Pittsburgh, Pa. Moved to North Vernon, Ind. in 1905. Glass worker. Entered service June 26, 1918, North Vernon. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to Company A, 336th Infantry. Died of pneumonia October 14, 1918, Base Hospital, Camp Sherman, Ohio. Buried, North Vernon, Ind. Survived by widow, Phoebe Whitehead Wood.

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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