MANLICK, John P. 1899-1918
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 6/4/2017 at 08:34:13
On last Friday, November 8th, Mr. and Mrs. John Manlick received the sad news of the death of their son, John, who enlisted in the army June 30, 1918, and was in training at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., for a number of weeks. From there he was transferred to different camps, and it is thought he left Camp Merritt, N.J., about September 15th for overseas. John did not see active service on the battlefield, but was stricken with a serious sickness while still on board the transport and his parents believe, also died there.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 21 November 1918, pg 6
Soldier's Body Arrives
The body of Henry Manlick, the Reinbeck soldier boy who lost his life overseas, arrived at Reinbeck last Friday and a military funeral was given him, the Legion having charge of the services.
There was a large turnout of citizens to pay their last tribute to the young man who had given his life in the great world war.
He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Manlick, resident of Reinbeck.
This was the first soldier's body to arrive in this vicinity from overseas.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 13 May 1920, pg 1
Last Saturday afternoon the body of Private John Manlick, was laid to rest in the Reinbeck cemetery with military honors. He was the first of the soldiers who died in the service in France to be brought back and the entire town turned out to honor his memory. The body arrived early Friday morning, accompanied by Private Geo. A. Pelos, from Camp Dix, N.J., and was taken to the home of the parents. Saturday afternoon the Action Post of the American Legion assembled and marched to the home, marching from there to the cemetery with the hearse to the accompanied of muffled drums. The services were held in the open air at the graveside, Rev. Kreckles of the Lutheran church at Waterloo officiating. During the hour for the services all business houses were closed and nearly five hundred people assembled at the last rites. After the ceremony Taps was blown and as the body was lowered into the grave, a squad fired the salute. John Manlick enlisted in the army in June, 1918, being only eighteen at the time. After training he embarked for France in September but on the ship was stricken with spinal meningitis and died in a hospital in Brest soon after landing. The news of his death was received by his parents here only a few days before the signing of the armistice in November.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 20 May 1920, pg 1
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