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SPENCER 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


ABSHIRE, JESSE --Private
Son of Marion and Melvina Abshire; born June 2, 1896. Lake, Spencer County, Ind. Entered service June 24, 1918. Rockport, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 19th Company, 5th Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade; transferred to Company M, 334th Infantry. Died of pneumonia July 26, 1918, Camp Sherman, Ohio. Buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Luce Township, Spencer County, Ind.

ALLENBAUGH, ELMER ORR --Private
Son of Elmer E. and Annie E. Allenbaugh; born June 14, 1888, Leopold, Perry County, Ind. Moved to Spencer County in 1889. Automobile salesman. Entered service April 29, 1918, Rockport, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 27th Company, 7th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade; transferred to Medical Detachment, 1st Field Artillery, Central Officers Training School. Died of pneumonia October 6, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Dale Cemetery, Dale, Ind.

BECKER, WALDO WILLIAM --Private
Son of Harry A. and Katherine Becker; born August 23, 1894, Chrisney, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service June 25, 1918, Rockport, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to Company M, 334th infantry. Overseas (date not known). Died of lobar-pneumonia October 13, 1918, Hospital No. 54, Razae-sur IIsle, Dordogne, France. Buried in American Cemetery No. 87, Grave 605, Perigueux, Dordogne, France.

BROWN, VITUS WAYNE --Private
Son of Clyde C. and Mary Williamson Brown; born October 24, 1895, Rockport, Ind. Manager of moving picture show. Entered service May 28, 1918, Sapulpa, Okla. Trained at Camp Bowie, and Ft. Worth, Tex. Overseas in July, 1918. Assigned to Company C, Headquarters Department, 144th Infantry, 36th Division. Fought at Champagne, and St. Etienne. Wounded October 13, 1918, near Attigny on the Aisne River. Died October 18, 1918, Base Hospital No. 202. Buried at Orleans, France.

CHAPMAN, BASIL ROBERT --Private
Son of Robert R. and Laura Powell Chapman; born May 28, 1895, Newtonville, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in Company I, 2nd Infantry, Indiana National Guard, July 12, 1917, Tell City, Ind. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Company I, 152nd Infantry. Died of bronchial- pneumonia December 12, 1917, hospital at Camp Shelby, Miss. Buried in New Hope Cemetery, Newtonville, Ind. First Spencer County boy to die in service.

CHAPPELLE, HARRY JOSEPH --Private
Son of Oliver Morton and Katherine Chappelle; born January 16, 1889, Tell City, Perry County, Ind. Moved to Spencer County in 1907. City marshal. Entered service August 26, 1918, Rockport, Ind. Sent to Camp Custer, Mich.; assigned to 3rd Company, 1st Training Battalion, 160th Depot Brigade. Died of influenza October 19, 1918, Camp Custer. Buried in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Rockport, Ind. Survived by widow, Eva Hibbs Chappelle, and two children Mabel Edna, and Tyrus Raymond Chappelle, Rockport, Ind.

DAWSON, HARRY MELVILLE --Private
Son of Albert W. and Isabel Dawson; born July 14, 1887, Rockport, Ind. Farmer. Served in U.S. Regular Army six years. Re-enlisted September 17, 1917, Evansville, Ind. Sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo.; assigned to 16th Recruiting Company, General Service. Died of pneumonia October 9, 1918, Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Buried in National Cemetery at Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Survived by widow, Ruth Partridge Dawson, and son, Harry M. Dawson, Rockport, Ind.

DAY, EUGENE --Cook
Son of Truman and Elizabeth Tucker Day; born May 10, 1894, Boone Township, Warrick County, Ind. Spent the greater part of his life in Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Navy September, 1917, Evansville, Ind. Sent to Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Ill.; transferred to Charleston, S. C.; later to Miami Aviation Camp, Fla. Died of appendicitis June 6, 1918, Miami, Fla. Buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Ebenezer, Spencer County, Ind.

DUMOLT, SIMON J. --Private
Son of Jacob and Rose Dumolt; born January 14, 1896, St. Meinrad, Spencer County, Ind. Laborer. Entered service August 25, 1918, Rockport, Ind. Sent to Camp Custer, Mich.; assigned to 4th Company, 1st Training Battalion, 160th Depot Brigade; transferred to Company A, 10th Infantry. Died of influenza October 8, 1918, Camp Custer, Mich. Buried at St. Meinrad, Ind.

EGLOFF, FRANK XAVIER --Private
Son of Joseph and Mary Egloff; born March 29, 1894, St. Meinrad, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 3, 1918, Dyersville, Iowa. Sent to Camp Dodge, Iowa; assigned to 44th Company, 11th Training Battalion, 163rd Depot Brigade. Died of influenza in hospital at Camp Dodge, Iowa, October 11, 1918. Buried at St. Meinrad, Ind.

FERGUSON, JAMES LYMAN --Private
Son of George E. and Nellie Ferguson (Chapman); born December 9, 1894, Lamar, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 29, 1917, Lamar, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company L, 335th Infantry. Died of mastoiditis February 16, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Union Chapel Cemetery, Newtonville, Ind.

HARRIS, ALBERT RUSSELL --Fireman, 1st Class
Son of Oliver L. and Mary Jane Harris; born September 14, 1892, Sante Fe, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Navy May 20, 1918, Evansville, Ind. Trained at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Ill. Assigned to duty as Fireman, 1st Class. Died of influenza October 18, 1918 on board the ship Mercy. Buried in Conners Church Cemetery, Santa Fe, Spencer County, Ind.

HILDENBRAND, ANDREW --Private
Son of Simon and Elizabeth Hildenbrand; born March 26, 1893, Evanston, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service October 2, 1917, Rockport, Ind. Trained at Camps Taylor, Ky., and Shelby, Miss. Overseas, (date not known). Assigned to Company C, 4th Infantry, 3rd Division. Reported missing in action October 21, 1918; later reported dead; cause of death undetermined. (Burial place not known.)

HILE, ERNEST L. --Private
Son of John R. and Nancy M. Hile born February 28, 1896, Lincoln City, Spencer County, Ind. Laborer. Entered service September 21, 1917, Rockport, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company L, 335th Infantry. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss. Embarked May 2, 1918. Assigned to Company C, 102nd Infantry, 26th Division. Wounded July 29, 1918, Chateau Thierry. Died from wounds, August 10, 1918. Buried in Cemetery at Suresnes, France.

HOBSON, EARL JESS --Sergeant
Son of Worth and Nannie Hobson (Ruston); born July 8, 1893, Chrisney, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army February 11, 1914, Booneville, Ind. Sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Stationed at various camps in U.S. Overseas in May, 1918; assigned to Company A, 327th Infantry, 82nd Division. Wounded in Meuse-Argonne Offensive, October 18, 1918; died from wounds December 11, 1918, Base Hospital No. 14. Buried at Marseilles, France.

HOOVER, ALVA J. --Private
Son of Jacob and Cordelia Hoover; born February 26, 1895, Hartford, Ky. Moved to Spencer County, Ind. in 1899. Farmer. Entered service June 15, 1918, Rockport, Ind. Sent to Indianapolis, Ind.; assigned to Chamber of Commerce Training Detachment. Transferred to Camp Hancock, Ga.; assigned to Railway Artillery, Ordnance Detachment. Overseas August 31, 1918. Died of pneumonia October 12, 1918, Tours, France. Buried in Shilo Cemetery, Spencer County, Ind.


HORN, JOE H. --Corporal
Son of Alexander and America Smith Horn; born June 17, 1896, Eureka, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Army August 1, 1917, Evansville, Ind. Trained at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Camp Colt, Pa., and Camp Greene, N. C. Went overseas May 5, 1918. Assigned to Company I, 59th Infantry, 4th Division. Killed in action July 30, 1918, in second battle of the Marne. Buried in Fourth Division Cemetery, Changis, France.

JENKINS, JOHN OSCAR --Corporal
Son of John O. and Minnie Belle Jenkins; born November 14, 1896, Laconia, Harrison County, Ind. Student. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army May 15, 1917, Rockport, Ind. Trained at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., and El Paso, Tex. Overseas September 10, 1917. Assigned to Company E, Engineering Corps, 2nd Division. Killed in action June 3, 1918, Belleau Woods. First Spencer County boy killed in France. Buried, Belleau, Aisne, Grave 137, Section F, Plot 3. American Legion Post, Rockport, Ind., named in his honor.

JONES, CLIDA MOSES --Private
Son of L. Dow and Lucy A. Jones; born January 21, 1897, Spencer County, Ind. Coal miner. Entered service August 26, 1918, Rockport, Ind. Sent to Camp Custer, Mich.; assigned to 3rd Company, 1st Training Battalion, 160th Depot Brigade; transferred to Company A, 77th Infantry. Died of influenza October 10, 1918, Camp Custer, Mich. Buried in New Hope Cemetery near Newtonville, Spencer County, Ind.

KENNEDY, WILLIAM LEWIS --Private
Son of John W. and Mary Harris Kennedy; born November 14, 1889, Newtonville, Spencer County, Ind. Ship fireman. Enlisted in Company G, 4th Infantry, Indiana National Guard, August 20, 1917, Evansville, Ind. Trained at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind., and Camp Shelby, Miss. Embarked October 6, 1918. Assigned to Battery D, 139th Field Artillery. Died of pneumonia October 20, 1918, Mill Road Military Hospital, Liverpool, England. Buried in Everton Cemetery, Liverpool, Grave 106.

KRUSENKLAUS. WALTER L. --Sergeant
Son of William H. and Sophia Krusenklaus; born August 6, 1892, Stendal, Pike County, Ind. Spent most of his life in Spencer County. Laborer. Enlisted in U. S. Regular Army September 9, 1915, Evansville, Ind. Sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo.; assigned to Company F, 4th Infantry. Served on the Mexican Border. Embarked April 6, 1918. Killed October 14, 1918, in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Buried three miles north of Montfaucon, France.

LIPPERT, GEORGE J. --Private
Son of John W. and Margaret Lippert; born April 1, 1893, Lamar, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service June 28, 1918^ Rockport, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 57th Company, 15th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Battery A, 21st Battalion, Field Artillery Replacement Draft. Died of influenza October 18, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Evangelical St. Peter's Church Cemetery, near Lamar, Ind.

LOCKYEAR, MARSH S. --Lieutenant
Son of George and Maggie L. Lockyear; born January 26, 1889, Evansville, Ind. Moved to Spencer County in October, 1893. Salesman. Served in U.S. Regular Army 1908-1914. Re-enlisted September 14, 1914, Texas City, Tex. Stationed on Texas Border. Assigned to Company I, 26th Infantry. Overseas June 12, 1917. Served as Battalion Intelligence Officer. Killed while leading his patrol in northern France, October 18, 1918. Buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Ind.

MEEKS, LUTHER MARION --Private
Son of William L and Mary L. Meeks; born December 25, 1896, Newtonville, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 19, 1917, Rockport, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company L, 335th Infantry. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Replacement Draft. Overseas May 2, 1918. With Company C, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion at time of death. Killed in action October 9, 1918, in Argonne Forest. (Place of burial not known.)

OSKINS, EARL SHRADER --Private
Son of John M. and Fannie S. Oskins; born August 22, 1897, Gentryville, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army December 22, 1917, Gentryville, Ind. Trained at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., and Douglas, Ariz. Assigned to Troop H, 15th Cavalry. Embarked March 14, 1918. Died from heart failure March 20, 1918, on transport enroute to France. Buried at Brest, France.

OSKINS, ORA ORVAL --Private
Son of John T. and Sallie Oskins; born July 26, 1895, Gentryville, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service June 28, 1918, Berger, Idaho. Trained at Camp Lewis, Wash.; Kearney, Cal.; and Mills, N. Y. Overseas August 7, 1918; assigned to Company C, 159th Infantry, 40th Division. Returned to U.S., December 7, 1918 as casualty. Died December 16, 1918, following operation, embarkation Hospital No.1, Hoboken, N. J. Buried in Stark Cemetery, Jackson Township, Spencer County, Ind.

PARKER, PAUL E. --Sergeant
Son of Von and Parthenia Parker; born February 4, 1886, Eureka, Spencer County, Ind. Hotel manager. Entered service November 4, 1917. Sent to Camp Lewis, Wash.; assigned to Company B, Field Signal Battalion 316. Sailed overseas July 7, 1918. Died December 20, 1918 from motorcycle accident near Nogent-le-Rotrou. Buried at Nogent-le-Rotrou. Cited in Division Orders for bravery. Survived by widow, Marie C. Parker, Seattle, Wash.

POPE, IVAN LAFAYETTE Private, --U.S.M.C.
Son of George and Electa Pope; born March 7, 1896, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer-carpenter. Enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps May 10, 1918, Youngstown, Ohio. Trained at Parris Island, S. C.; assigned to Company I, U.S. Marines. Died of pneumonia January 20, 1919, Naval Hospital, Brooklyn, N. Y. Buried at Midway, near Lake, Spencer County, Ind.

PRUITT, HARRY CONVIN --Sergeant
Son of David S. and Ellen Donahue Pruitt; born September 17, 1889, Dubois County, Ind. Moved to Spencer County in 1915. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army March, 1913, Indianapolis. Sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio; assigned to Company E, 14th Infantry. Embarked April 7, 1918; assigned to Company I, 7th Infantry, 3rd Division. Killed July 15, 1918, second battle of the Marne. Buried at Fossoy Marne, near Chateau Thierry.

BALM, PAYNE --Private
Son of Charles E. and Katherine E. Salm; born August 20, 1896, Rockport, Ind. Mail carrier. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army January 14, 1918, Indianapolis, Ind. Sent to Ft. Thomas, Ky.; then to Camp McArthur, Tex.; assigned to 28th Battalion Company, Aviation Corps. Overseas in April, 1918. Transferred to Balloon Detachment No. 1; then to 69th Balloon Company. Died from nephritis January 1, 1919 in hospital, Toul, France. Buried in Justice Cemetery, Toul.

SHADIX, GROVER -- Private
Son of Thomas and Addie Shadix; born September 9, 1887, Daviess County, Ky. Residing in Rockport, Ind. at time he entered service, September 20, 1917. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Replacement Draft. Sailed overseas June 11, 1918; assigned to Company B, 167th infantry, 42nd (Rainbow) Division, at time of death. Killed in action July 15, 1918, St. Mihiel Sector. Survived by widow, Elmira Shadix, Rockport, Ind.

SIBERT, HARWOOD CRAIG -- Private
Son of Thomas J. and Hanna L. Sibert; born April 24, 1887, Rockport, Ind. Farmer. Entered service July 24, 1918, Rockport, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Battery A, 7th Field Artillery; transferred to Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. Died of influenza January 17, 1919, hospital, Louisville, Ky. Buried in Shiloh Cemetery, Ohio Township, Spencer County, Ind.

SIMONS, WILLIAM FREDERIC -- Private
Son of John and Rose Simons (Green); born August 31, 1896, near Lamar, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service February, 1918, Little Rock, Ark. Trained at Camp Pike, Ark., and Beauregard, La. Assigned to Company F, 153rd Infantry. Transferred to Military Police, Company A, 39th Mounted Police. Sailed overseas August 14, 1918. Died of pneumonia October 15, 1918, St. Florent-sur-Cher, France.

SLY, LEE D. -- Corporal
Son of Thomas and Dovie Hall Sly; born October 10, 1892, Eureka, Spencer County, Ind. Stonecutter. Enlisted September 15, 1917, Chicago, 1ll. Sent to Jefferson Barracks, Mo.; transferred to Camp Colt, Pa., and then to Camp Greene, N. C. Overseas April 16, 1918. Assigned to Company B, 6th Infantry, 5th Division. Killed in action September 16, 1918, St. Mihiel. Buried at St. Mihiel, Grave No. 28, Section No. 2, Plot No. 1.

SMITH, RICHARD H. -- Private
Son of Fred and Mary Elizabeth Smith; born July 10, 1895, Perry County, Ind. Moved to Spencer County in 1896. Coal miner. Entered service September 19, 1917, Booneville, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company A, 335th Infantry. Overseas in May, 1918. Assigned to Company I, 120th Infantry, 30th Division. Killed in action October 10, 1918, near Vaux, Andigney. Body to be returned to the U.S. for burial.

STILWELL, CHARLES MASON --U.S. Navy
Son of Charles and Mabel Stilwell; born March 25, 1899, Rockport, Ind. Educated in Winter Park College, Winter Park, Fla. Enlisted in U.S. Navy April 12, 1917, Evansville, Ind. Sent to Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Chicago, Ill. Stationed on the Montana. Transferred to the Herman Frasch. Lost at sea October 4, 1918 on the Herman Frasch, when it collided in a storm with the George Henry on the high sea.

WANINGER, ALONIS -- Private
Son of Alonis L and Katherine Waninger; born November 18, 1894, Fulda, Spencer County, Ind. Entered service July 23, 1918, Rockport, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 57th Company, 15th Training Battalion, 159th Depot. Transferred to Battery D, 72nd Field Artillery. Died of pneumonia October 10, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Fulda Cemetery, Fulda, Spencer County, Ind.

WARNKE, FLOYD -- Private
Son of William Floyd and Mary A. Warnke; born September 7, 1890, Centerville, Spencer County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service July 24, 1918, Rockport, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 57th Company, 15th Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Died of pneumonia September 18, 1918, at hospital, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Lutheran Cemetery, Spencer County, Ind.

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
By Indiana Historical Commission, John Williams Oliver Published by Indiana Historical Commission., 1921

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