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Leo. P. Nauman, a WWI soldier, died in France 14 Nov 1918.





Tells of Death of Leo P. Nauman,

Dubuque County Soldier, in France.




      The following letter, written by a Catholic chaplain in France and containing further details of the death of Leo P. Nauman, a Dubuque county boy who died on November 14 from wounds received while in action, has been received by the dead soldier's father, Peter Nauman, of R. R. No. 1:


"November 21st, 1918.


"My dear Mr. Nauman: You received before this, I am sure, the sad news of the death of your dear son, Leo. I, a priest in charge of the two hospitals here, was called a little after the noon hour on Nov. 14 to assist the poor dying boy. I found him perfectly conscious and glad to see me.  He received the last sacraments in the most edifying manner and I am sure that God received him in His mercy. The good nurse who was waiting on him did her best to prolong his life and to ease his last moments, but in spite of all he breathed his last a few minutes after having received the sacraments.


"I thought it would be a consolation to you and other relatives and friends to receive these consoling details  from the Catholic chaplain who assisted your brave boy, who sacrificed his life for the great cause we all have at heart.  While we celebrate our wonderful victory here below, Leo, I am confident, is celebrating it with the saints in heaven. May God bless you and console your poor heart.  I shall remember you and our dear departed at mass every day.



"Rev. M. J. A. Coutlee,

"K. of C. Chaplin, A. E. F."




~ source; The Dubuque Times- Journal, 1918

~ transcribed and contributed by Joe Schallan <jbsphx@cox.net>

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