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Gold Star Honor Roll

A Record of Indiana Men and Women who Died in World War I - 1914-1918

By Indiana Historical Commission, John Williams Oliver

Published by Indiana Historical Commission., 1921  

Shared by Barb Ziegenmeyer, 2008

 


BARCLAY, JOSEPH KNOX - - - - Captain

Son of James William and Lydia Anne Ewing Barclay; born September 18, 1883, Jennings County, Ind. Moved to Monroe County, 1899. Lawyer. Commissioned Captain, Second Officers Training School, Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind. Sent to Camp Dodge, Iowa; appointed Battalion Commander. Transferred to Officers School, Camp Lee, Va. Appointed Judge Advocate. Died May 1, 1919, Camp Lee, Va. Buried, Bloomington, Ind. Survived by widow, Eleanor Bowles Barclay, and son, Joseph William Barclay, Bloomington, Ind.

 

BROUGH, CHARLES - - - - Private

Son of Robert and Kate Dunning Brough; born November 16, 1891, Ellettsville, Monroe County, Ind. Laborer. Entered service September 19, 1917, Bloomington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company C, 151st Infantry; transferred to Automatic Replacement Draft, Camp Shelby, Miss. Embarked June 11, 1918. Died of appendicitis June 25, 1918. Two reports received as to place of burial, one "in France," the other, Liverpool, England.

 

CHAMBERS, JOSEPH BRUCE - - - - Corporal

Son of Luther and Alice Strain Chambers; born March 21. 1896, Victor, Monroe County, Ind. Student in Indiana University. Entered service August 8, 1918, Bloomington, Ind. Trained at Camp Syracuse, N. Y., in 58th Company, 15th Battalion; transferred to Quartermaster Corps, Washington, D. C. Died of influenza January 7, 1919, at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D. C. Buried in Clover Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Ind.

 

CHAMBERS, SAMUEL THEODORE - - - - Sergeant

Son of Dale and Elizabeth Chambers; born October 4, 1888, Monroe County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army July 27, 1914, Indianapolis, Ind. Sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio; assigned to Company H, 23rd Infantry, 2nd Division. Trained at Texas City, Galveston and El Paso, Tex., and Camp Syracuse, N. Y. Overseas September 7, 1917. Died August 3, 1918, of wounds received in action. Survived by widow, Ollie Deckard Chambers, Smithville, Ind.

 

CROY, CHARLES O. - - - -Private

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Croy (both deceased); born June 22, 1894, Bloomington, Ind. House mover. Entered service July 26, 1918, Bloomington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; transferred to Camp McClellan, Ala.; assigned to Battery B, 34th Field Artillery. Died October 18, 1918, in Base Hospital, Camp McClellan, Ala. Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Ind. Survived by daughter, Ruth Irene Croy, Bloomington, Ind.

 

DUNCAN, ERNEST FINLEY - - - - Sergeant

Son of David Finley and Minnie E. Jackson Duncan; born November 28, 1895, Bloomington, Ind. Painter. Served in U.S. Regular Army 1912-1915, Lafayette, Ind. Re-enlisted June 22, 1915. Trained at San Antonio, Tex., and Syracuse, N. Y. Overseas in September, 1917. Assigned to Company A, Machine Gun Company, 9th Infantry, 2nd Division. Killed in the battle of Belleau Woods, June 10, 1918. Cited for distinguished service, and decorated with Croix-de-Guerre, with silver star.

 

FRANKLIN, BERT - - - - Private

Son of James D. and Mahaley Stevenson Franklin; born March 20, 1890, Spencer County, Ind. Moved to Monroe County in September, 1910. Laborer. Entered service July 25, 1917, Bloomington, Ind. Trained at Camp McClellan, Ala. Assigned to Battery B, 34th Field Artillery. Died of pneumonia February 8, 1919, Camp McClellan, Ala. Buried at Bloomington, Ind.

 

 

FREESE, BERT HOLMES - - - - Sergeant Son of Walter W. and Tetia Butcher Freese; born June 6, 1896, Stanford, Monroe County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 5, 1918, Bloomington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Alexander, Va.; assigned to Company C, 702nd Stevedore Battalion, Engineers Corps. Embarked from Newport News, Va., November 11, 1918. Died of emphysema January 16, 1919, St. Nazaire, France. Buried in Clear Creek Cemetery, Monroe County, Ind.

 

 

GODSEY, GEORGE WAYNE- - - - Carpenter's Mate, 1st Class

Son of George W. and Surelda Frances Kendrick Godsey; born August 15, 1890, Monroe County, Ind. Farmer. Entered the U.S. Navy June 3, 1918. Sent" to Great Lakes Nava Training Station, Chicago, Ill. First Class Carpenter's Mate on the Prairie. Sailed to Bermuda, and Azores Islands. Returned to States November 8, 1918. Died of pneumonia on board the Solnce, January 14, 1919, in harbor near Washington, D. C. Buried in his home cemetery, Morgan County, Ind.

 

CROY, CHARLES O. - - - -  Private

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Croy (both deceased); born June 22, 1894, Bloomington, Ind. House mover. Entered service July 26, 1918, Bloomington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; transferred to Camp McClellan, Ala.; assigned to Battery B, 34th Field Artillery. Died October 18, 1918, in Base Hospital, Camp McClellan, Ala. Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Ind. Survived by daughter, Ruth Irene Croy, Bloomington, Ind.

 

DUNCAN, ERNEST FINLEY - - - - Sergeant

Son of David Finley and Minnie E. Jackson Duncan; born November 28, 1895, Bloomington, Ind. Painter. Served in U.S. Regular Army 1912-1915, Lafayette, Ind. Re-enlisted June 22, 1915. Trained at San Antonio, Tex., and Syracuse, N. Y. Overseas in September, 1917. Assigned to Company A, Machine Gun Company, 9th Infantry, 2nd Division. Killed in the battle of Belleau Woods, June 10, 1918. Cited for distinguished service, and decorated with Croix-de-Guerre, with silver star.

 

FRANKLIN, BERT - - - - Private

Son of James D. and Mahaley Stevenson Franklin; born March 20, 1890, Spencer County, Ind. Moved to Monroe County in September, 1910. Laborer. Entered service July 25, 1917, Bloomington, Ind. Trained at Camp McClellan, Ala. Assigned to Battery B, 34th Field Artillery. Died of pneumonia February 8, 1919, Camp McClellan, Ala. Buried at Bloomington, Ind.

 

 

FREESE, BERT HOLMES - - - - Sergeant Son of Walter W. and Tetia Butcher Freese; born June 6, 1896, Stanford, Monroe County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 5, 1918, Bloomington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Alexander, Va.; assigned to Company C, 702nd Stevedore Battalion, Engineers Corps. Embarked from Newport News, Va., November 11, 1918. Died of emphysema January 16, 1919, St. Nazaire, France. Buried in Clear Creek Cemetery, Monroe County, Ind.

 

 

GODSEY, GEORGE WAYNE- - - - Carpenter's Mate, 1st Class

Son of George W. and Surelda Frances Kendrick Godsey; born August 15, 1890, Monroe County, Ind. Farmer. Entered the U.S. Navy June 3, 1918. Sent" to Great Lakes Nava Training Station, Chicago, Ill. First Class Carpenter's Mate on the Prairie. Sailed to Bermuda, and Azores Islands. Returned to States November 8, 1918. Died of pneumonia on board the Solnce, January 14, 1919, in harbor near Washington, D. C. Buried in his home cemetery, Morgan County, Ind.

 

LUNDY, VIRGIL JACKSON - - - - Seaman, 2nd Class, Son of Algon and Clara Isabel! Hubbard Lundy; born April 12, 1897, Marion Township, Monroe County, Ind. Auto trimmer. Enlisted July 3, 1918, Detroit, Mich. Sent to Great Lakes Training Station, Chicago, Ill., July 12, 1918, for training. Second Class Seaman; transferred to Signal Corps. Died of influenza September 20, 1918, Naval Hospital, Great Lakes Training Station, Chicago, Ill. Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Ind. Survived by widow, Lucy J. Yoe Lundy, Bloomington, Ind.

 

MASSY, HOYT SIMPSON - - - - Corporal

Son of Homer E. and Viola Maude Massy; born July 24, 1888, Bloomington, Ind. Stone sawyer. Entered service September 22, 1917, Bloomington, Ind. Trained at Camp Taylor, Ky., and Camp Shelby, Miss. Assigned to Replacement Draft. Overseas in June, 1918; assigned to Company F, 18th Infantry, 1st Division. Cited for distinguished conduct July 18-22, 1918. Died October 21, 1918, Base Hospital No. 27, Angers, France. Buried, Mitchell, Ind. Survived by widow, Freida Eversole Massy, Superior, Ohio.

 

MEDEAR1S, FRED A.- - - -  Private

Son of William W. and Sarah Hummel Medearis; born February 12, 1895, Bloomington, Ind. Fireman-engineer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army January 29, 1917, Bloomington, Ind. Trained at Columbus Barracks, Ohio; and Fort Michie, N. Y.; assigned to 23rd Company, Coast Artillery Corps. Accidentally wounded Ft. Michie, N. Y. Discharged June 25, 1918. Died October 26, 1919, Bloomington, Ind., from effects of accidental wounds received while in service. Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Ind. Survived by widow Inez Barlow Medearis, Albany, Ind.

 

MITCHELL, EARL H. - - - -Sergeant

Son of James and Elizabeth Jane Floyd Mitchell; born November 2, 1894, near Smithville, Monroe County, Ind. Student. Enlisted in Indiana National Guard May, 2, 1917, Indianapolis, Ind. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss., assigned to Company C, 113th Engineers. Embarked September 15, 1918. Died of pneumonia October 8, 1918, Base Hospital No. 65, near Brest, France. Buried in Clear Creek Cemetery, Monroe County, Indiana.

 

MYERS, LEE JOHN - - - - Private

Son of Frank and Cora B. Welch Myers; born August 20, 1896, Bloomington, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 5, 1918, Bloomington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 65th Company, 14th Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Camp Knox, Ky.; assigned to Battery F, 72nd Field Artillery. Died of double pneumonia October 18, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Mount Gilead Cemetery, Bloomington,

 

PARKER, EDWIN ORAL - - - - Private

Son of Robert J. and Rachel A. Hudson Parker; born December 23, 1895, Green County, Ind. Moved to Monroe County, 1917. Farmer. Entered service October 6, 1917, Bloomington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss. Overseas June 11, 1918; assigned to Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Division. Died July 18, 1918, of wounds received in action, Soissons Sector. Buried in American Cemetery, Ploisy, Aisne, France.

 

PRINCE, EARL HULLA - - - - Private

Son of William and Jane Wampler Prince; born August 15, 1891, Bloomington, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 15, 1917, Bloomington, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Company K, 151st Infantry; then to Headquarters Company, 162nd Infantry. Overseas June 11, 1918. Drowned in Marne River while swimming July 21, 1918. Buried in Chili, (?) France. Survived by widow, Ophelia Elgin Prince.

 

REEVES, ROBERT OLIVER - - - - Private

Son of Sylvester and Mary E. Rice Reeves; born March 26, 1889, Monroe County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service July 26, 1918, Bloomington, Ind. Trained at Camp Taylor, Ky., assigned to 43rd Company, 11th Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Died of accidental causes August 9, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Garrison Cemetery, Monroe County, Ind.

 

REYNOLDS, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN - - - - Private

Son of William and Molly Reed Reynolds; born January 7, 1895, Greensburg, Ky. Moved to Monroe County, Ind., 1917. Teamster. Entered service June 20, 1918, Blooming- ton, Ind. Trained at Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to Company D, 1st Development Battalion. Died of influenza October 14, 1918, Camp Sherman, Ohio. Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Ind. Survived by widow Goldia Allen Reynolds, and daughter, Ruth Naoma Reynolds, Bloomington, Ind.

 

RIDDLE, THOMAS FORREST - - - -Private

Son of James A. and Elizabeth A. Riddle; born July 9, 1895, Unionville, Monroe County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service June 4, 1918, Martinsville, Ind. Trained at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind., and at Camp Shelby, Miss. Assigned to Company D, 12th Machine Gun Battalion, 4th Division, in France. Participated in battles of Chateau Thierry, and Argonne Forest. Returned to U.S. as casualty, January 2, 1919; discharged February 8, 1919. Died from the effects of gas February 21, 1919. Buried in Pleasant View Cemetery, Monroe County, Ind.

 

ROGERS, EARL HANSON - - - - Private

Son of Harry and Alice Carrie Hopewell Rogers; born June 15, 1893, Bloomington, Inc1. Mechanic. Entered service June 15, 1918, Bloomington, Inc1. Assigned to Training Detachment No. 1, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. Transferred to Camp Hancock, Ga. Assigned to 27th Provisional Ordnance Department. Embarked October 5, 1918. Died of pneumonia October 19, 1918, Brest, France. Buried in National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

 

SHIELDS, THOMAS AARON ----- Private

Son of Paris and Mary Ellen Shields; born May 11, 1896, Gent, Monroe County, Ind. Furniture factory employee. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army May 2, 1917, Indianapolis, Ind. Sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Assigned to Battery C, 6th Field Artillery. Overseas in July, 1917. Died of lobar pneumonia March 9, 1919, Base Hospital No. 114, Bordeaux, France. Buried in Grave No. 230, American Cemetery, Merignac, Gironde, France.

 

SMITH, OLIN MELSON - - - - Private

Son of Tilman K. and Stella Melson Smith; born February 16, 1897, Roachdale, Putnam County, Ind. Moved to Monroe County in 1916. Medical student at Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army May 3, 1918, Bloomington, Ind. Trained at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., and Ft. Bliss, Tex. Assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 9th Mounted Engineers. Died of diphtheria November 30, 1918, Ft. Bliss, Tex. Buried in LO.O.F. Cemetery, Jamestown, Boone County, Ind.

 

SMITH, ORA CLINTON - - - - Private

Son of Henry and Phoebe Francis Smith; born March 31, 1892, Bloomington, Ind. Cobbler. Entered service May 20, 1918, Bloomington, Ind. Trained at Columbus Barracks, Ohio, Ft. Snelling, Minn., and Camp Devens, Mass. Assigned to Company E, 36th Infantry, 12th Division. Died of influenza September 28, 1918, Camp Devens, Mass. Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Ind.

 

STRAIN, LAURENS BENNETT - - - - Private

Son of Homer E. and Viola Bennett Strain; born April 6, 1897, Bloomington, Ind. Student. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army May 3, 1917, Bloomington, Ind. Sent to National Park, Gettysburg, Pa.; assigned to Company D, 4th Machine Gun Battalion, 2nd Division, as Corpora1. Embarked for overseas December 24, 1917. Transferred at his own request to Company C, 5th Machine Gun Battalion, 2nd Division as Private. Killed in action June 7, 1918, at Bois de Clarembeau. Buried in U.S. Cemetery, Belleau Woods, France.

 

THRASHER, HOMER PLATO - - - - Private

Son of Benjamin Franklin and Matilda Ellen Butcher Thrasher; born March 1, 1896, Stanford, Monroe County, Ind. Entered service July 25, 1918, Bloomington, Ind. Trained at Camps Taylor, Ky., and McClellan, Ala. Assigned to Battery C, 27th Field Artillery, 9th Brigade. Died of double pneumonia January 22, 1919, Camp McClellan, Ala. Buried in Harmony Cemetery, Monroe County, Ind.

 

VAN DEVENTER GEORGE EARL - - - -Private

Son of Jasper and Vettie Brown Van Deventer; born July 17, 1894, Bloomington, Ind. Farmer. Entered Aviation Service December 18, 1917, Rupert, Idaho. Trained at Kelly Field, Brooks Field and Ellington Field, Tex., and Camp McClellan, Ala. Assigned to Company C, 339th Infantry, 85th Division. Overseas July 21, 1918. Sailed for Russia, August 25, 1918. Died of pneumonia September 11, 1918, Archangel, Russia. Buried in Allied Cemetery, Archangel.

 

WAGNER, RICHARD OLIVER - - - - Bugler

Son of John E. and Lillie Jenkins Wagner; born June 19, 1899, Mt. Carmel, Ill. Moved to Monroe County, Ind., 1903. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army April 8, 1917, Bloomington, Ind. Trained at Ft. Thomas, Ky.; Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., and Ft. Bliss, Tex. Overseas April 1, 1918; assigned to Company K, Machine Gun Company, 6th Infantry, 5th Division. Killed in a church at St. Die, in St. Mihiel Sector, August 20, 1918. Buried, Frapelle, Vosges, France.

 

WOOLERY, BURTON HENRY - - - - Sergeant

Son of Henry A. and Laura Burton Woolery; born November 20, 1897, Bloomington, Ind Student. Enlisted in Battery F, 1st Field Artillery, Indiana National Guard, April 12, 1917, Bloomington. Assigned to Battery F, 150th Field Artillery, 42nd (Rainbow) Division. Embarked October 18, 1917. Killed in action July 29, 1918, Beauvardes, near Esperance Farm. Buried in Grave 138, Section B, Plot 2, American Cemetery, Seringes-et-Nesles, Aisne, France. American Legion Post, Bloomington, Ind., named in his honor.

 

Name reported from Monroe County for whom complete record could not be obtained.

HOBBS, JAMES R. Bloomington, Ind. Killed in action October 14, 1918. Corporal, Company K, 6th Infantry.

 


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