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Raymond Dankle 1891-1918


Posted By: Joe Conroy (email)
Date: 5/15/2010 at 22:54:44

The Carroll Times
Carroll, Iowa
20 Feb 1919
Page 1

Another Chum of Merle Hay Is Dead

Raymond Dankle, Reported Missing Since September 12, Now Reported Killed.

To the names of Merle Hay, Joy Dillavou and Herman Knute, members of the "Original Eight" from Glidden who were killed while facing the foe in France, must now be added the name of Raymond G. Dankle. A message from the war department received yesterday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Dankle, brought the news to them. Ray was killed on October 4th, the same day on which Sergeant Knute met his death. While the latter's death was reported about the middle of November, it has taken over four months to get the news about Ray to his parents.

The death of this young man was not unexpected. He had been officially reported as "missing" since Sept. 12th and no word had been heard from him since. The date of his death, however, was 22 days after the date he was reported missing, which would indicate that he was back in action after the first casualty report. It is probable that his death occurred in the heavy fighting in the Argonne forest during the closing days of the war, the same as Herman Knute's.

Ray was well known and well liked by everybody in this community. Along with the rest of the local volunteers he enlisted at Des Moines on May 8, 1917. He was sent to Fort Logan, Colo., then to Fort Bliss, and sailed for France June 14. He landed at St. Nazaire on June 26, and has been in some of the hardest fighting all the way through. At one time he was severely gassed, which made a long stay in the hospital necessary.
-- Glidden Graphic.


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