World War I Casualties

Decatur County, Iowa
Last NameGiven Name ResidenceRank Branch of ServiceDate CausePlace IntermentNext of Kin Notes
BainThomas TaylorDecaturS2CUS Naval Reserves08 Jul 1918acute intestinal obstructionGreat Lakes Naval Hospital ILs/o James & Christina (Taylor), Decatur Enlisted 04 Jun 1918
BakerEarl MarionGrand RiverS2CUS Naval Reserves06 Jul 1918acute intestinal obstructionGreat Lakes Naval Hospital ILGrand River Cems/o Richard & Hannah, Grand Riverb. near Grand River 25 Oct 1897; enlisted 03 Jun 1918 Des Moines; USS Missouri
BohnWilliam TownerLamoniCORPUS Army09 Oct 1918pneumoniaFranceMeuse-Argonne American Cem, Lorraine Frances/o Daniel & Emma, Lamonib. Lafayette Twp 23 Dec 1896; drafted 24 May 1918; 351st Inf HQ Co, 88th Div
BoyerWheelerLamoniPVTUS Army15 Jan 1918meningitisFt George Wright WAs/o Harrison & Nancy, Lamonib. Mt Ayr IA 18 Mar 1884; Co M 159th Inf (2nd enlistment)
CampbellNeal DowGrand RiverApprentice SeamanUS Naval Reserves22 Sep 1918pneumoniaGreat Lakes Training StationGrand River Cems/o Wm H & Minnie, Grand Riverb. 28 Feb 1895 near Grand River; Co L; enlisted 20 Jul 1918
CarricoIsaac EdwardDavis CityPVTUS Army01 Aug 1918KIAFranceOise-Aisne American Cem, Picardie FranceCo A 128th Inf 32nd Div
CaseLyman ELamoniLTUS Army Signal Res Corps14 Aug 1918KIAover BelgiumRose Hill Cem, Lamonis/o Warren E & Joanna Mb. Nokemis IL 07 Aug 1896; enlisted May 1917; 17th Aviation Aero Squadron
CombsRobert GlennLeonCORPUS Army06 Apr 1919pneumonia LuxembourgArlington National Cem, Arlington VAs/o Chas F & Rosa A, Leonb. 06 Oct 1894 Leon; enlisted 17 Jun 1918; BTY C, 20th Field Art 5th Div Red Diamond Division
CowelJohnPVTUS Marine CorpwoundsBase Hosp No. 15, Chateau Thierry FranceChaumont Frances/o WP Cowlb. Afton, Iowa 27 Oct 1890; enlisted Kansas City 21 Jun 1917; 84d 6th Reg.
DaleHomerGrand RiverPVTUS Army12 Oct 1918bronchial pneumoniaHerring Court Hosp, Belfast FranceMeuse-Argonne American Cem, Lorraine Frances/o Jno Daleb. 16 Dec 1895 Grand River; mustered 25 May 1918 Camp Dodge IA; Co F 351st Inf 88th Div
DaughtonLeo MorrisWoodlandS2CUS Naval Reserves14 Oct 1918influenzaAnnapolis MD Base HospSt Mary's Cem, Woodlands/o James & Hannah (Grifin), Woodlandb. Richland Twp; enlisted 06 Jun 1918 Des Moines
DawsonHarley WilliamLeonPVTUS Army06 Mar 1918Leon Cems/o EF & Rosa; h/o Ethel Adaline Umphress; f/o Rexb. 23 Oct 1895; enlisted 18 Sep 1917; Battery E, 339th Field Artillery
DentWilliam LLeonPVTUS Army17 Oct 1918FranceBig Springs Cem, Wayne Co IAs/o Wm M & Mary (Brooks)Co G 60th Inf 5th Div
DeVriesJohn BennisPVTUS Marine Corp02 Feb 1919Monumenta Cem Lynden WAb. near Andover MO 18 Oct 1895; enlisted 01 Aug 1918 Des Moines; served at Paris Island; discharged 24 Jan 1919 Quantico VA
GarberWilfred DolfWeldonPVTUS Army15 Oct 1918Spanish InfluenzaChamp Sheridan, 133d Base Hosp Corps ALFranklin Cems/o John & Rosab. near Weldon 04 Sep 1893; enlisted 06 Sep 1918 Camp Dodge IA; Co 42 II Bat 163d Depot Brig
GrenawaltHarold VaneLamoni1 LTUS Army24 Oct 1918diseases/o CU & WKb. 08 Apr 1891 Eagleville MO; enlisted 31 Jul 1917 Des Moines; 263 HQ Co Aviation
HarrisOtto PLamoniPVTUS Army1918KIARose Hill CemCo G 139th Inf
HollidayJohn HWoodlandPVTUS Army01 May 1918pneumoniaCamp Custer Battle Creek MILeon Cems/o Chas H & Maria Jb. 03 Jul 1887 near Woodland; mustered 26 Feb 1918 at Leon; Co B 55th Eng
HonnoldLouisLeonPVTUS Army13 Dec 1918drowned, KIAFrances/o Jas W & Ellab. 12 Aug 1882 Leon; enlisted Dec 1917 Des Moines; Co C 2nd Prov Ord BN, American Expeditionary Forces
JudsonRalph ALamoniPVTUS Army03 Jul 1918KIARose Hill Cems/o Arthur, Lamonib. Lamoni 1892; enlisted Phoenix AZ; Co M 125th Inf
LaddChasGrand RiverPVTUS ArmyKIAFrances/o Wm & Ellenb. Decatur Co; enlisted 08 Oct 1917; Co. B 342nd Inf.; Charles Ladd American Legion Post No. 215, Grand River, Iowa, was named in his honor.
McConnellDavid LWestervillePVTUS Army27 Nov 1918influenzaFt Riley KSWesterville Cems/o Thos & Susan; h/o Myrtle Monroeb. Decatur Co; age at death 27y 9m 3d
McJimseyGeorge MVan WertPVTUS Army26 Oct 1918KIAVerdun Sector Franceb. near Van Wert 02 Jan 1890; mustered 21 Sep 1917; Co D 101st Inf
MilnerWmUS Army15 Oct 1918Camp Dodge IAMetier Cems/o Verneb. 14 Oct 1896 Weldon; enlisted 06 Sep 1918; Co 42 11 BM 163 Reg.
MusselmanJohn ChasLeonPVTUS Army04 Oct 1918influenzaat seaburied at seas/o Chasb. Ottawa Co KS 02 Sep 1895; mustered 07 Aug 1918; Co 9 ARD Inf
MyersTru WLamoniPVTUS Army26 Sep 1918KIAPrenys Moselle France3/4 mile from where he fell, Saint Nihiel American Cem., Thiaucourt-Regnieville, Lorraine, Franceb. 01 May 1896 Deloit, Crawford Co IA; enlisted 26 Apr 1918; Co I 357th Reg
ReynoldsJasper ELeonCORPUS Army22 Feb 1919pneumoniaFrances/o Chas Austin & Ellen MayCo E 336th Field Art
SmithGeorge WGarden GrovePVTUS Army13 Oct 1918pneumoniaFranceGarden Grove Cems/o Hugh T & Ella E, Garden GroveCo F 357th Inf
SouthFrank MarionDekalbS2CUS Naval Reserves25 Sep 1918pneumoniaUSS Ohio, Base 2Van Wert Cems/o George, Dekalbb. Leon 13 Apr 1897; enlisted 04 Jun 1918 Des Moines
StanfordAlbert LawsonEden TwpPVTUS Army07/17 Oct 1918KIASomme American Cem, Bony Picardie Franceb. Eden Twp 23 May 1892; enlisted 17 Feb 1918; Co K 119th Inf Reg
WelcherJohn WVan WertPVTUS Armyaccident
WrenMax NVan WertPVTUS Army12/30 Sep 1918KIASaint Mihiel American Cem Thiaucourt-Regnieville, Lorraine, Frances/o Mary Eb. Sharp Co AR 12 Jun 1895; enlisted at Vinita OK; Co L 358th Inf

Frank M South
 
Left to right: Tru W Myers, Lyman E Case, Ralph Judson, Harold Grenawalt, W T Bohn, Edd Carrico
  
During World War I, the Spanish Influenza appeared suddenly in January of 1918 without warning.

By noon of March 11, 1918, over 100 soldiers stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas were in the base hospital with the influenza. Within a few days, 522 of the soldiers had been reported sick.

The Influenza swept through one barracks after another across the nation, claiming the lives of many of America's doughboys. Close quarters of the troops increased transmission of the disease.

With troop movement going overseas, it didn't take long before the pandemic became world wide. The virus was deadly. The second wave of the pandemic which began in August of 1918 was more deadlier than the first. It continued to sweep the globe throughout the fall and into 1919.

The base hospital at Camp Dodge was quarantined on September 28th. Two days later, with a reported 500 cases of Influenza, all of Camp Dodge was under quarantine.

The Spanish Influenza disappeared as suddenly as it began but not before it claimed more lives than the Great War itself.

Most influenza outbreaks will kill the elderly and the young. The pandemic of 1918-1920 infected an estimated 500 million people and claimed approximately 3 to 5 percent of the world's population, predominately healthy young adults. Soldiers who were in the trenches or quartered in the barracks were particularly vulnerable.
SOURCES: virus.stanford.edu/uda/; flu.gov/pandemic/history/1918/your_state/midwest/iowa/index.html; "Decatur County's WWI Losses." Decatur County Journal. Leon IA. 20 Nov 1919. "Iowa Boys Who Have Sacrificed Their Lives That Democracy Might Live: Lest We Forget." The Iowa Magazine. Vol. 2, No. 6. Pp. 17, 18, 20. Greater Iowa Assn. Davenport IA. Dec. 1918. "Officers and Enlisted Men of US Navy Who Lost Their Lives During The World War From April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918." Government Printing Office. Washington, D.C. 1920. Decatur County Journal, 20 Nov 1919. Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September 2013; updated by Conni McDaniel Hall, September 2019.
 
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