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LAPORTE 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


BACKUS, HARRY AUGUST - - - Private
Son of William H. and Emma Backus; born April 10, 1890, Laporte, Ind. Entered service July 31, 1918, Laporte, Ind., and was sent to Valparaiso University. Transferred to school of mines, Rolla, Mo.; then transferred to Carnegie School of Technology, Pittsburgh, Pa.; assigned to Company D, Training Detachment. Died of pneumonia October 8, 1918, Pittsburgh, Pa. Buried in Laporte, Ind.

BICKE, CARL W. - - - Private
Son of Charles and Elizabeth Bicke (both deceased); born October 31, 1894, Sioux City, Iowa. Moved to Michigan City, Ind. in 1899. Electrician. Entered service June 25, 1918, Michigan City. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 5th Company, 2nd Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Embarked for overseas September 16, 1918. Died of disease April 25, 1919, Marseilles, France. Buried in one of the city cemeteries of Marseilles.

BURNS, JOHN WILLIAM - - - Sergeant
Son of Mrs. Carrie Burns (Spahn); born November 11, 1890, West Branch, Mich. Employed in the Advance Rumley factory, Laporte, Ind., when he enlisted in U.S. Regular Army, December 11, 1917, Laporte, Ind. Sent to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind. Embarked for overseas May 19, 1918, with Company B, 103rd Ammunition Train, Headquarters Troop, 28th Division. Killed in motorcycle accident December 31, 1918, Bad Bertrich, Von Ostin, Germany.

COPLIN, CHESTER L. - - - Private
Son of John and Ida Coplin; born December 15, 1893, Laporte County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service December 12, 1917, and was sent to Ft. Thomas, Ky. Assigned to Aviation Section, Signal Corps. Transferred to Ft. Snelling, Minn.; assigned to Company M, Signal Corps. Died of pneumonia April 1, 1918, Ft. Snelling, Minn. Buried in Patton Cemetery. Laporte, Ind.

COUCHER, CLAUD P.- - - Private
Son of Albert and Rachael Coucher; born January 8, 1893, Medaryville, Pulaski County, Ind. Employed by the Indiana Brick Company, in Michigan City, when he enlisted in Indiana National Guard, Company G, 1st Infantry, (Company G, 151st Infantry), July 9, 1917. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss., and embarked for overseas June 11, 1918; assigned to Company B, 16th Infantry, 1st Division. Killed in action October 9, 1918. Buried at Fleville, Ardennes, France.

DARON, PAUL C. - - - Corporal
Son of Victor and Paulina Daron; born February 5, 1888, Michigan City, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army December 3, 1917, Ft. Thomas, Ky. Embarked for overseas April 6, 1918; assigned to Company G, 4th Infantry. Killed in action July 23, 1918, Foret de Fere, France. Buried in American Cemetery, No. 608, Sec. H, Plot 7, Grave No. 359, Seringes-et-Nesles, Aisne, France.

DREYER, FRANK J. - - -  Private
Son of Frank and Lena Jobieski Dreyer; born March 7, 1897, Whiting, Lake County, Ind. Section worker on railroad. Called into service September 3, 1918, Laporte, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky., assigned to 14th Company, 4th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis; assigned to Company M, 5th Provisional Battalion of Engineers. Died of pneumonia October 6, 1918, Ft. Benjamin Harrison. Buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Otis, Laporte County, Ind.

GRAY, HAMON - - - 2nd Lieutenant
Son of Dr. J. Lucius and Orianna Hamon Gray (both deceased); born June 1, 1896, Laporte, Ind. Entered First Officers Training Camp May 15, 1917, Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind. Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. Overseas in September, 1918; assigned to Company C, 9th Infantry. Wounded in action July 19, 1918, battle of Spissons, and died following day. Body returned to U.S. and buried in Laporte, Ind. Awarded Croix-de-Guerre, with Silver Star by French Government. American Legion Post No. 83, Laporte, Ind., is named in his honor.

HAWN, JOHN E. - - - Private
Son of Reason and Mary Miner I lawn; born January 28, 1891, Columbia City, Ind. Employed as laborer, Laporte, Ind., where he entered service March 28, 1918. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 10th Company, 3rd Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Overseas in May, 1918; assigned to Company E, 112th Infantry, 28th Division. Participated in battle of Argonne Forest, and Bois de-Beney. Died November 22, 1918, Base Hospital No. 51, from wounds received in action. Buried in Justin Hospital Group Cemetery, France.

HIBBARD, DANIEL - - - Private
Son of Benjamin and Ellen Hibbard; born February 2, 1887, Wauseon, Ohio. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army June 5, 1917, and sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Transferred to El Paso, Tex.; assigned to Company C, 2nd Engineers. Embarked for overseas September 12, 1917; assigned to Company E, 2nd Engineers. Killed in action July 1, 1918. Buried in American Cemetery No. 1764, Belleau Woods, France, Grave 68, Sec. T, Plot 2.

HILKERT, RHEN - - - Private
Son of Isaac and Olive Hilkert; born February 1, 1890, Porter County, Ind. Moved to Laporte County in 1904, and settled on farm near Westville. Entered service March 28, 1918, Laporte, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 10th Company, 3rd Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Embarked for overseas May 7, 1918; assigned to Company C, 112th Infantry, 28th Division. Killed in action August 9, 1918, Fismes. Buried in American Cemetery, Fismes, Marne, France.

HUBNER, WILLIAM L. - - - Corporal, U.S.M.C.
Son of William and Freda Hubner; born July 8, 1895, Chicago, Ill. Moved with parents to Laporte, Ind. in early life. Laborer. Enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps in February, 1915, Chicago, 1ll. Stationed in Cuba for two years. Embarked for overseas in June, 1917, with 95th Company, U.S. Marines. Killed in action June 12, 1918, battle of Chateau- Thierry. Buried at Belleau Woods, Aisne, France.

HUNT, JOHN E. - - - Private
Foster son of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Steel; born November 14, 1899, Brooklyn, N. Y. Living in Laporte, Ind., where he enlisted in Company B, 1st Infantry, Indiana National Guard (Company B, 151st Infantry), June 2, 1917. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss. Embarked for overseas June 11, 1918; assigned to Company B, 26th Infantry, 1st Division. Died August 29, 1918, from wounds received in action. Buried in American Cemetery, (name unknown), near Paris, France, Grave No. 9.

JANZARUK, DOMINIK - - - Private
Born September 24, 1892, Poland, Russia (names of parents unknown). Came to U.S., and worked for several years in Laporte, Ind. Entered service in 1917 (exact date unknown), Muskegon, Mich. Sent to Camp Custer, Mich.: assigned to 160th Depot Brigade. Embarked for overseas, and died of meningitis in February, 1918. (Place and exact date not known).

JESSE, WALTER A. - - - Private
Son of William and Bertha Jesse; born February 27, 1894, Michigan City, Ind. Employee of Michigan Central Railroad. Entered service March 29, 1918, Michigan City, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 134th Company, 4th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp Gordon, Ga. Embarked for overseas June 15, 1918; assigned to Company D, 115th Infantry, 29th Division. Killed in action October 23, 1918. Buried in American Cemetery, Commune of Consenvoye, Meuse, France.

KIFF, CHESTER STEWART - - - Corporal
Son of Alfred and Estella Kiff; born March 24, 1896, La Porte, Ind. Enlisted in Company B, 1st Infantry, Indiana National Guard, (Company B, 151st Infantry) May 23, 1917, Laporte, Ind. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss. Transferred to Company B, 113th Supply Train. Later transferred to Camp Mills, N. Y.; assigned to 303rd Labor Battalion, Quartermaster Corps. Died of influenza October 22, 1918, Camp Mills, N. Y. Buried in Pine Lake Cemetery, Laporte, Ind.

KUBIAK, WILLIAM F. - - - Private
Son of Anton and Frances Kubiak; born January 31, 1896, Hamilton County, Ind. Moved to Laporte County in 1915. Entered service October 6, 1917, Laporte, Ind. Sent to Camp Shelby. Miss.; assigned to Company F, 151st Infantry. Embarked for overseas May 2, 1918; assigned to Company C, 102nd Infantry, 26th Division. Killed in action October 25, 1918, Crepion, Meuse, France. (Burial place unknown).

LOGMAN, CLARENCE ADOLPH - - - Private
Son of William C. and Laura Logman; born January 18, 1892, Michigan City, Ind. Steel worker. Entered service June 25, 1918, Michigan City, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 5th Company, 2nd Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Killed in an automobile accident, September 17, 1918, Camp Sherman, Ohio. Buried in Michigan City, La- Porte County, Ind.

LUEBKER, GEORGE - - - Private
Son of Eberhard and Louise Luebker; born August 17, 1887, Laporte, Ind. Employee of Advance Rumley Company. Entered service September 20, 1917, Laporte, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Company A, 162nd Infantry. Embarked for overseas June 11, 1918; attached to 41st Division. Killed in action July 22, 1918, near Chateau Thierry. Buried in American Cemetery, Ploisy- Aisne, France.

MARSCHKE, ALBERT J. - - - Private
Son of Bernhard and Matilda Marschke; born May 21, 1891, Michigan City, Ind. Metal worker. Entered service May 22, 1918, Michigan City, Ind., and sent to Ft. Sheridan, 111. Transferred to Camp Custer, Mich.; assigned to Company F, 40th Infantry. Died of pneumonia December 9, 1918, Camp Custer, Mich. Buried with military honors in Greenwood Cemetery, Michigan City, Ind.

MILLER, JOHN F. - - - Private
Son of Jacob F. and Emma J. Miller; born March 1, 1899, Laporte, Ind. Car builder. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army November 22, 1916, Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Sent to El Paso, Tex.; assigned to Company H, 17th Infantry. Transferred to Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.; went overseas in June, 1918; attached to the First Division. Died June 9, 1918, from wounds received in battle. Buried in French Military Cemetery, Chateau-Thierry, Aisne, France. The American Legion Post, Michigan City, Ind., is named in his honor.

NEW, LOUIS EDWARD - - - Corporal
Son of Henry and Bertha New; born May 8, 1893, Laporte, Ind. Metal worker. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army November 28, 1917, Laporte, Ind. Sent to Washington Barracks, D. C.; assigned to Company C, 1st Replacement Engineers. Embarked for overseas March 6, 1918; assigned to Company C, 56th Engineers. Died of pneumonia January 8, 1919, Base Hospital No. 24, France. Buried in City Cemetery, Langres, Haute Marne, France.

NEWELL, ROY E. - - - Private
Son of David E. and Lillian Ward Newell; born March 25, 1893, Bedford, Ind. Moved to Laporte, Ind. in 1916. Employee of Great Western Manufacturing Company. Entered service July 23, 1918, Knox, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky., assigned to 11th Company, 3rd Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to West Point, Ky.; assigned to Headquarters Company, 24th Field Artillery. Died of pneumonia October 11, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried with military honors, in Patton Cemetery, Laporte, Ind.

OSOS, CLEMENT J. - - - Private
Son of Andrew and Augusta Osos; born September 22, 1893, Michigan City, Ind. Employee of glove factory, when he entered service October 2, 1917, Michigan City, Ind. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Company F, 309th Engineers. Embarked for overseas June 11, 1918; attached to Company A, 162nd Infantry; transferred to Company E, 26th Infantry, 1st Division. Killed in action July 20, 1918, battle of Chateau- Thierry.

PRICE, EARL CLIFFORD - - - Private
Son of William and Susan Price; born January 16, 1894, Bluffton, Ind. Moved to Laporte County in 1912. Automobile salesman. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army December 12, 1917, Indianapolis, Ind. Sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Transferred to Camp Meigs, Washington, D. C.; assigned to Provisional Company No. 9, Quartermaster Corps. Transferred to Newport News, assigned to 303rd Company, Quartermaster Corps. Died of pneumonia October 12, 1918, Newport News, Va. Buried at Hanna, Ind.

ROBERTS, NORMAN LAY - - - Private
Son of Bert and Nora Lay Roberts (both deceased); born May 23, 1900, Ligonier, Ind. Living with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Leo F. Miller, Laporte, Ind., when he enlisted in Company B, 1st Infantry, Indiana National Guard (Company B, 151st Infantry), May 24, 1917. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss., transferred to Camp Mills, N. Y. Embarked for overseas June 12, 1918; assigned to Company C, 12th Machine Gun Battalion. Killed in action October 10, 1918. (Place unknown). Buried at Bureulles-sur-Meuse.

SCHUMACHER, WILLIAM F. - - - Private Son of William and Caroline Schumacher (Virge); born January 31, 1892, Michigan City, Ind. Railroad employee. Enlisted in Company G, 1st Infantry, Indiana National Guard, June 23, 1917. Sent to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Company 11, 165th Infantry, 42nd Division. Embarked for overseas May 2, 1918. Killed in action October 6, 1918, Meuse-Argonne Drive. Buried in Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France.

SWANSON, ALBERT EMANUEL - - - Private Son of Charles and Caroline Swanson; born August 2, 1889, Laporte, Ind. Harness maker. Entered service March 28, 1918, Laporte. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 10th Company, 3rd Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Embarked for overseas May 7, 1918; assigned to Company F, 112th Infantry, 28th Division. Killed in action July 15, 1918, Chateau-Thierry. Buried in Commune of Nesles, Aisne, France. Survived by widow, Madge E. Swanson, Laporte, Ind.

THOMAS, LESLIE - - - Private
Son of Charles and Emma Brown Thomas; born October 1, 1900, Michigan City, Ind. Employee of planing mil1. Enlisted in Company G, 1st Infantry, Indiana National Guard (Company G, 151st Infantry), July 9, 1917, Michigan City, Ind. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss. Overseas in May, 1918; assigned to Company B, 28th Infantry, 1st Division. Killed in action July 4, 1918. Buried at Cantigny, Somme, France.

TIMM, BENNO - - - Private
Son of Paul and Mary Timin (both deceased); horn January 29, 1891, Cool Spring Township, Laporte County, Ind. Upholsterer. Entered service October 2, 1917, Michigan City, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Company E, 152nd Infantry. Embarked for overseas May 2, 1918; assigned to Company K, 18th Infantry, 1st Division. Killed in action July 18, 1918, Battle of Soissons. Buried in British Cemetery No. 469, Dommiers, Aisne, France.

UTROSKE, FRED - - -Private
Son of William and Minnie Utroske; born July 13, 1892, Wanatah, Laporte County, Ind. Buss driver. Entered service April 25, 1918. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 31st Company, 8th Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Embarked for overseas July 14, 1918; assigned to Company C, 102nd Engineers. Died October 17, 1918, from wounds received in action. Survived by widow, Della V. Utroske, Hanna, Ind.

WAGNER, EDMUND GOTTLIEB - - - Private S
on of Henry E. and Emma A. Wagner (deceased); born October 13, 1891, Wanatah, Laporte County, Ind. Section foreman. Entered service March 29, 1918, Winamac, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp Mills, N. Y., and embarked for overseas in May, 1918; assigned to Headquarters Company, 47th Infantry. Killed in action August 9, 1918, Fismes. Buried in American Cemetery, Fismes, Marne, Grave No. 19, Sec. M.

WINEHOLT, PAUL ALLEN - - - Private
Son of Harry S. and Emma Wineholt; born March 11, 1896, near Laporte, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army June 25, 1917, Gettysburg, Pa. Sent to Camp Colt, Pa. Embarked for overseas October 3, 1917; assigned to Company F, 61st Infantry. Transferred to Company M, 18th Infantry, 1st Division. Died of pneumonia October 7, 1918. (Place unknown). Buried at Laigle, Orne, France.

WOODARD, HUGH S. - - -Private
Son of John B. and Stella Woodard; born October 19, 1894, Laporte, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army May 9, 1917, and sent to Ft. Thomas, Ky. Transferred to Syracuse, N. Y.; assigned to Company L, 39th Infantry. Embarked for overseas November 22, 1917; assigned to Company M, 16th Infantry, 1st Division. Took part in drive in the Toul Sector, Piccardy. Killed in action July 21, 1918, battle of Soissons.

ZEVERLY, WILLIAM (Colored) - - - Private
Son of Henry (deceased) and Mary Zeyerly (Hoskins); born January 31, 1889, Jackson, Miss. Living in Michigan City, Ind., when he was called into service May 8, 1918, and sent to Camp Grant, Ill. Transferred to Camp Upton, N. Y. Embarked for overseas June 15, 1918; assigned to Company L, 366th Infantry. Died of pneumonia December 18, 1918, Base Hospital No. 55. (Burial place unknown).

Names reported from Laporte County for whom complete records could not be obtained.

BUCHALSKI, STANLEY. Michigan City, Ind. Private, Company A, 26th Infantry. Killed in action October 5, 1918.

F1LIPONSKI, JAN. Michigan City, Ind. Private, Company G, 16th Infantry. Died July 20, 1918, from wounds received in action.

KIRKHAM, EARL. Michigan City, Ind. Private. Supply Company, 151st Infantry. Died of pneumonia November 7, 1918, Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.

LOWE, LOUIS M. Michigan City, Ind. Sergeant, Company F, 6th Infantry. Killed in action August 11, 1918.

McGINTY, JOHN M. Wanatah, Ind. Corporal, Candidate Officer in F.A.- C.O.T.S., Camp Taylor. Died of pneumonia October 17, 1918.

NAIL, JOHN C. Laporte, Ind. Private, Machine Gun Company, 26th Infantry. Died October 4, 1918. (Occasion of death and place unknown.)

OPPERMAN, WILLIAM J. Michigan City, Ind. Corporal, Company C, 302nd Engineers. Died November 8, 1918. (Place and occasion of death unknown.)

PHILLIPS, TONY. Michigan City, Ind. Private, Headquarters Troops. Died of pneumonia, December 4, 1918, Camp Wadsworth, S.C.

SKURETH, JOHN J. Michigan City, Ind. Private, Company L, 28th Infantry. Died July 21, 1918, from wounds received in battle of Soissons.


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