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Randall A. Mattingly
Cape Boy Killed in France, June 17
Randall A. Mattingly, who lived with his parents on Broadway, is the first Cape Girardeau youth who sacrificed his life in the present struggle against Germany.  News of the youth's being killed in action on the French battle front reached the Cape yesterday morning.  The telegram from the War Department stated he was killed June 17.  Young Mattingly enlisted in the Marine Corps at Oklahoma City shortly after the death of his mother, who died in this city last August.  He accompanied his sister and brother in law to Oklahoma City.  He was sent to France in early April and was soon in the fighting lines.
The father of the fallen soldier, George A. Mattingly, is employed as a traveling salesman for an automobile concern in Chicago.  He was not in the city when the message of his son's death came.  It was delivered to his daughter, Mrs. J.B.Gray, who lives on North Middle street.  When Mrs. Mattingly died last August the family resided on Broadway.  Her son had expressed a desire to enlist in the army immediately after the declaration of war, but was dissuaded on account of his mother's health.  A few weeks after her death he went to Oklahoma and enlisted there.  He was sent to Paris Island, S.C., where he received his training before being sent overseas.
Source: The Weekly Tribune and the Cape County Herald, Cape Girardeau, MO., June 28, 1918

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