Krueger, Arthur F.J. died 1918
KRUEGER, KREUGER, KAMIN
Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 1/24/2018 at 11:41:08
Elkader Register, Thur., 2 June 1921. Luana column.
The remains of Arthur Kreuger arrived from overseas on the early train Saturday, accompanied by a Lieutenant. He was laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery Sunday afternoon with a short service at the house. The American Legion of Monona had charge of the military burial service.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Kamin and son, of Floyd, Iowa, have been here visiting and attending the funeral of their nephew, Arthur Krueger.
(Note: The surname was spelled two ways in these two entries in the same column of the paper. WPA records spell the name Krueger.)
Added by S. Ferrall 2/9/2018:
Soldier Helps Bury Comrade Twice
A peculiar incident connected with the military funeral of private Arthur Krueger was the fact that "Nick" Cahoon of Waterville was twice called upon to help lay the remains away. He was in France in the same company with Arthur when the latter was taken with the flu and died and was detailed one of the squad to take the body to a cemetery nearby for burial. Last Sunday after the remains were shipped home he was again called upon to serve as pall bearer at the second burial in the Luana cemetery.
~Monona Leader, Thurs. June 2, 1921
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Lieutenant Arthur Fred John Krueger was born Sept. 7, 1888, at Garnavillo, Clayton county, Iowa. He was baptised Oct. 1888, at Garnavillo, by Rev. Sommeriad. Was confirmed April 5, 1913 in the German Lutheran church at Luana, by Rev. Paulsen. At the age of five years he came with his parents to Luana, Iowa where they have made their home since.
He died Oct. 9, 1918, at the age of 30 years, 1 month and 2 days. He leaves to mourn, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Krueger, four brothers and two sisters. Rudolph is married living on a farm near Giard, Iowa, Alvin having made his home with him for five years; Edgar serving his country somewhere in France; one brother Paul and two sisters, Malinda and Fredena, are at home.
On the 26th of May 1918 he was called to the colors, leaving from Elkader for Camp Dodge. From there he was transferred to Camp Mills, Long Island, thence to France where he was in the Medical Detachment.
Letter from Overseas. The following letter was received by Mr. and Mrs. Krueger, relative to the death of their son, Arthur, in France. It was written by the Lieutenant of Arthur's company.
American Ex. Forces, A.P.O. 795
Mr. and Mrs. Krueger -
Am taking it upon myself to write you a letter of sympathy, on account of the death of your beloved son, who died while nobly serving his country and helping make the world free from insults by the common enemy.
He was in the Battalion Medical Detachment I had command of, during which time I was particularly attracted to him for the following reasons - He was always prompt and dependable in whatever task he was put at. He had a kind, plain cheery attitude which forced me to welcome his presence, and lastly and not least, was of very good moral character. At the time he took ill he was carefully looking after a sick ward, a necessary function, of course, of the Medical department. The chief part of the duty was carrying food to the ill. One morning I noticed that some one else was performing this duty and coincidently some one said "Lieutenant Krueger is sick." I promptly gave him professional attention as well as a kind of paternal comforting, particularly by comforting kind words and affording every and for him possible. Gave my own personal blankets in addition to his three, to be sure he had sufficient warmth. Observed him carefully when his temperature was reduced to nearly normal. On account of our regiment moving at the time, transferred him in an ambulance to one of our field hospitals with the assurance that he was on the road to recovery which he was
But unfortunately and inavoidably his present illness of influenza was followed by an attack of pneumonia, which was too much for his already weakened system. When the message came of his death, all those that knew him lamented with sympathy. Because he was the kind of man I prescribed in the forepart of my letter.
You may be consoled by the fact that he received all the attention that he would have, had he been with you bereaved parents. Also he has died while serving his comrades, who were helping in the same common struggle. Thereby he established a monument for himself far more beautiful than any concrete structure consisting of the finest marble, and carved by the most skilled sculptures. The monument he has is an abstract one which will be handed down from generation to generations by his relatives in blood and his allied people, when recalling in days to come the world was struggling for higher ideals.
This letter I mean in every respect and sincerity. Hopeing that you will look unto the Light that I desire my parents too should this expedition carry me to the Eternal Life.
A.F. Fleidon, 1st Lieut. M.C.
~Monona Leader, Thursday, November 21, 1918 (Luana Leader column), page 8
Note: See also Arthur Krueger's entry in the Military Records section (WWI Honor Roll) of the Clayton co. IAGenWeb site.
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