HAND & HYDE COUNTIES
WWI HONOR ROLL
1. Bruce W. Penwell
Died March 29, 1919, after his discharge from military service. Had served as a private in the Students' Army Training Corps, at Brookings, S.D. Private Penwell enlisted in the training corps in the fall of 1918. He was the son of Mrs. H. W. Penwell, and lived at Miller, S.D., at the time of entering the military service.
2. Walter William Walton
Died of influenza while serving as a private at the Edgewood Arsenal, Edgewood, Md., his death occurring Oct. 5, 1918. Private Walton had entered military service June 28, 1918, and had been assigned to duty with the U.S. Guards. At the time of his death he was 25 years old. He was the son of Mrs. Nettie Walton, Miller, S.D.
3. Walter O. Hammill
Died of influenza and complication of diseases following, his death occurring at Camp Funston, Kan., Oct. 17, 1918. He had been serving as a private in Co. L, 70th Inf., 10th Div. Private Hammill had entered military service June 27, 1918, and had nearly completed training at the time the influenza epidemic struck Camp Funston. He died while the epidemic was at its height there. He was the son of Evert E. Hammill, and lived at Miller, S.D., at the time of entering service.
4. Fred A. Schirmacher
Died in France of influenza, his death occurring at St. Die, near the Vosges front, Oct. 23, 1918. He had been serving as a private in the 160th Inf., 40th Div. Private Schirmacher went overseas after training at Camp Lewis, Was., and Camp Kearney, Cal. He had moved up to the front for action at the time he became ill with influenza.
5. David Andrew Thompson
Died of influenza, his death occurring at Brest, France, Oct. 19, 1918. He had been serving as a private in 427 Truck Co., Motor Supply Train, and had gone overseas Sept. 29, after training at Camp Dodge, Iowa. Private Thompson was a son of Howard Thompson, Wessington, S.D.
6. Bernard G. Huisman
Died of pneumonia while in service with the American army station at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., his death occurring Feb. 1, 1918. He had been ill two weeks in the military hospital there. Private Huisman entered the air service Dec. 13, 1917, and had been training at Kelley Field, Tex. He was the son of H. Huisman of Miller, S.D. At the time of his death he was 19 years old.
7. Clarence H. Heasley
Killed in action while fighting in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, his death occurring Oct. 11, 1918. He had been serving as a private in the 160th Inf., 40th Div. Private Heasley entered military service May 26, 1918, and went overseas Aug. 15, after training at Camp Lewis, Wash., and Camp Fremont, Cal. He had taken part in the capture of St. Mihiel, just before entering action in the Meuse-Argonne. He was the son of Henry Heasley, Ree Heights, and at the time of his death was 31 years old.
8. James Edgar Arbogast
Killed in action by the explosion of a high explosive shell, while fighting in Belguim in the Lys-Scheldt offensive. His death occurred Nov. 1, 1918. He had been serving as a private in Co. D, 361st Inf., 91st Div. Private Arbogast had entered service early in the war and trained at Camp Lewis, Wash. He went overseas July 7, 1918. He was the son of L. D. Arbogast, Miller, S.D., and at the time of his death was 26 years old.
9. Frank Lawrence Vopat
Killed in action in Argonne Forest just as he started over the trenches in a drive on a German section, his death occurring Nov. 2, 1918. He was killed by a high explosive shell. He had been serving as a private in Co. L, 336th Inf., 80th Div. Private Vopat entered service July 23, 1918, and went overseas Sept. 10th, after training at Camp Dodge, Camp Sherman, Ohio and Camp Mills, L.I. At the time of his death he was 23 years old.
10. Ralph T. Freimark
Killed in action at Beney, France, his death occurring Sept. 15, 1918. He was a member of an automatic rifle squad, and was acting as carrier to Sergeant Luke Meyer. Private Freimark was serving in Co. H., 355th Inf., 89th Div. He was killed while fighting in the St. Mihiel offensive. At the time of his death he was 24 years old.
12. Earl Harold Kelly
Died in military hospital, following seige of scarlet fever. His death occurred March 5, 1918, at Jefferson Barracks, Mo. Private Kelly had entered service in the Coast Artillery, and had been stationed for training at Aberdeen, S.D. At the time of his death he was 20 years old.
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