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JOHNSON COUNTY
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


BRADLEY, JESSE ---Private
Son of Robert and Nancy Bradley; born June 16, 1889 Union Township, Johnson County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service October 4, 1917, Franklin, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 38th Company, 10th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Company F, 28th Infantry. Overseas in June 1918. Participated in Battles of Soissons, St. Mihiel, and Meuse Argonne. Killed in action October 11, 1918, Argonne Forest. (Burial place unknown.)

BROWN, MAURICE C. --- Private
Son of Elbern E. and Mary J. Brown; born May 29, 1895, near Bargersville, Johnson County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service August 30, 1918, Franklin, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 32nd Company, 8th Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Died of influenza October 9, 1918, Camp Sherman, Ohio. Buried in Franklin, Ind.

DURHAM, CHESTER HARLAND ---Private
Son of Alonzo H. and Adda Durham; born July 26, 1895, Ninevah, Johnson County, Ind. Employee of L. S. Ayres Company, Indianapolis. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army April 21, 1915. Sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Transferred to Fort Bliss, Tex.; assigned to Troop K, 15th Cavalry. Transferred to Troop L, 17th Cavalry. Died from accidental causes June 8, 1917, while on outpost duty, Forest Ranch, Douglas, Ariz. Buried at Edinburg, Ind.

EDMONDS, JAMES RUSSELL ---Seaman, 2nd Class
Son of Joseph E. and Alma Patterson Edmonds; born January 25, 1896, Franklin, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Navy, June 6, 1917, Franklin, Ind. Sent to Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Chicago, Ill.; assigned to Camp Paul Jones. Promoted to Section Chief; assigned to duty as Second Class Seaman. Died of accident February 5, 1919, Naval Training Station, Chicago, Ill. Buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Franklin,

GOSMAN, ALBERT ---Private
Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Gosman; born in 1897, Milton, Ky. Moved to Greenwood, Johnson County, Ind. in 1913. Farmer. Enlisted in Company L, 4th Infantry, Indiana National Guard, July 19, 1917, Indianapolis. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Company C, 148th Machine Gun Battalion. Overseas in June, 1918; assigned to Company C, 4th Infantry, 3rd Division. Died February 8, 1919, from wounds received in action. Body returned to U.S., and buried in Moffett Cemetery, Milton, Ky.

HARTER, CHILEEN S .---Cadet Aviator
Son of A. B. and Sarah Ellen Harter; born June 9, 1892, Franklin, Ind. Farmer. Entered service March 7, 1918, Franklin, Ind. Sent to Kelly Field, Tex.; assigned to Aviation Service, Signal Corps. Transferred to Headquarters Unit, 84th Aero Squadron. Died of pneumonia December 18, 1918, Kelly Field, Tex. Buried in Franklin, Ind. The American Legion Post, Whiteland, Ind., named in his honor.

HUNT, VICTOR ABEL ---1st Lieutenant
Son of Charles and Aletha Abel Hunt; born January 2, 1893, Blue Rapids, Kans. Graduated from Ottawa University, Kan., in 1914; Kansas State University in 1915. Pursued graduate work in Missouri University, 1915-1916. Instructor, Franklin College. Entered service October 5, 1917. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Signal Corps. Transferred to Washington, D.C. Died of pneumonia December 22, 1918, in Walter Reed Hospital. Buried in Ottawa, Kan. Survived by widow, Elva Van Meter Hunt, Y.W.C.A., Tulsa Okla.

JONES, JOHN E. ---Private
Son of William James and Sarah Harmon Jones; born August 13, 1889, near Franklin, Ind. Farmer. Entered service April 27, 1918, Franklin, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 28th Company, 7th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to 22nd Ambulance Company, 7th Sanitary Train. Overseas in August 1918. Died of influenza October 24, 1918. (Place unknown). Buried in French National Cemetery, France.

KLYVER, RUSSELL HENRY ---2nd Lieutenant
Son of Rev. Henry P. and Martha Blush Klyver; born December 10, 1894, Baldwinsville, N.Y. Lived in Franklin, Ind., for six years before entering service. Graduated from Franklin College in 1916. Enlisted in U.S. Aviation Service June 30, 1917, Essington, Pa. Sent to Austin, Tex. Transferred to San Diego, Ca1. Commissioned Second Lieutenant. Instructor, 258th Aero Squadron. Overseas in September 1918. Killed in airplane accident December 9, 1918, Toul, France. (Burial place unknown.)

MORGAN, FRANKLIN EARL ---Private
Son of John H. and Rachael Morgan; born March 5, 1891, Mooresville, Morgan County, Ind. Moved to Johnson County in 1916. Employee of caning factory, Franklin, Ind. Called into service August 30, 1918. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 32nd Company, 8th Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Died of influenza October 5, 1918, Camp Sherman, Ohio. Buried in Franklin, Ind.

MULLINIX.ORAH. ---Private
Son of Frank W. and Hallie A. Mullinix; born October 12, 1895, Johnson County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army September 11, 1915. Sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio; assigned to Company B, Provisional Field Hospital Unit. Sent to Mexican Border; assigned to Field Hospital No. 2. Went overseas with the Second Division. Participated as Litter Bearer in battles of Cantigny, Soissons, St. Mihiel, and Argonne Forest. Killed in action October 9, 1918, in Argonne Forest. Buried near Exermont, France.

NICHOLSON, HARRY A. ---Storekeeper, U.S.N.
Son of John W. and Gertrude A. Nicholson; born September 22, 1885, Edinburg, Johnson County, Ind. Salesman. Enlisted in U.S. Navy February 20, 1911; assigned to the Independence. Transferred to the Pennsylvania; later to the Pittsburgh. Served with the Pacific Reserve Fleet for several years; assigned to patrol duty in Mexican waters in 1916. During World War did patrol duty in Southern waters between South America and Africa. Died of influenza October 16, 1918, Rio de Janeiro. Buried in Edinburg, Ind.

PITCHER, GROVER ROSCOE ---Private
Son of Richard and Anna Brown Pitcher; born August 27, 1892, Trafalgar, Johnson County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service July 22, 1918, Franklin, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 7th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp McClellan, Ala.; where he died of influenza October 18, 1918. Buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Johnson County. Survived by widow, Oressia Vandiver Pitcher, and one son, Glenn Roscoe Pitcher, Franklin, Ind.

RIDDLE, FRED B. ---Sergeant Major
Son of William and Elizabeth Werner Riddle; born May 16, 1894, Franklin, Ind. Baker. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army July 26, 1915, Indianapolis, Ind. Sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio; assigned to Troop C, 13th Cavalry. Served on Mexican Border until February 17, 1917. Sent to Fort Riley, Kan. Promoted to Sergeant. Transferred to Fort Ringgold, Tex. Died of pneumonia December 13, 1918, Base Hospital, Fort Houston, Tex. Buried in National Cemetery, San Antonio,

ROBINSON, JAMES (Colored) ---Private
Son of Shelby and Mary Coffin Robinson; born December 7, 1897, Middletown, Ohio. Moved to Johnson County, Ind. in 1902. Farmer. Entered service August 24, 1918, Franklin, Ind. Sent to Camp Dodge, la.; assigned to 25th Company, 7th Training Battalion, 163rd Depot Brigade. Died of pneumonia October 8, 1918. Buried in Franklin, Ind.

RUSH, HOMER L. ---Private
Son of Noah and Mary Deitz Rush; born March (exact date not known) 1892, Columbus, Ind. Later moved to Johnson County, Ind. Employed in oil fields near Macomb, Ill., where he enlisted in U.S. Regular Army in April 1917. Sent to Fort Rosecrans, Cal.; assigned to 54th Ammunition Train. Overseas in September 1918. Returned to U.S. in February 1919, and died of pneumonia February 24, 1919, Newport News, Va. Buried at Mt. Pleasant, Johnson County, Ind.

SHUCK, CARROLL D. ---Private
Son of John H. and Elizabeth R. Shuck; born March 10, 1890, Needham Township, Johnson County, Ind. Mail carrier. Entered service May 25, 1918, Franklin, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; transferred to Camp Beauregard, La.; assigned to Company E, 154th Infantry, 39th Division. Transferred to Newport News, Va. Sailed for France August 6, 1918. Died of pneumonia September 7, 1918, Mehun, France. Buried in French Cemetery, Mehun sur Yevre, Cher, France.

SURFACE, HENRY OSCAR--- Private
Son of Benjamin and Lucy Surface; born December 8, 1896, Greenwood, Johnson County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service October 4, 1917, Franklin, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss. Overseas in June, 1918; assigned to Signal Section, Headquarters Company, 18th Infantry, 1st Division. Participated in Battles of St. Mihiel, and Argonne Forest. Gassed in Argonne Drive, October 2, 1918, and died five days later. Buried in Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France.

Name reported from Johnson County for whom complete record could not be obtained:

SNOW, WILLIAM L. Greenwood, Ind. Private, Company B, 12th Machine Gun Battalion. Killed in action August 16, 1918.


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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