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The West Union Argo-Gazette
West Union, Fayette Co., Iowa
Thursday, April 23, 1919
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|DECORATE CAPT. W.H. FOX
by Serbian Government of Waucoma Doctor Who Died on
FOX HOSPITAL NAMED
Letters Tell of
Affection Felt For Him by Serbians, and of Funeral Honors Paid
|Dr. Walter H. Fox of Waucoma, who as a captain in the
medical corps of the United States army died in Serbia on Feb.
22, was decorated by the Serbian government, and a military
hospital has been named in his honor Dr. Fox spent most of his
life in West Union, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fox,
are residents of this city.
Recent letters received by
Dr. Fox's widow, Mrs. Bess Fox of Waucoma, have been forwarded
by her to Dr. Fox's parents here. One of them is written from
Belgrade on Feb 25 by Lieut.-Col. Thomas W. Farnam,
commissioner for Serbia of the American Red Cross, and
addressed to Col. Anderson of the Balkan commission, at Rome.
It is as follows:
Miss Harriet L. Leete, chief nurse for northern Serbia, who
was chief nurse in A. R. C. military hospital No. 5 when Dr.
Fox was there, writes to his widow as follows:
|"I wrote you hurriedly, in long hand, on
Washington's birthday in order to take advantage of the
courier leaving that afternoon. That evening I received
a telegram from Smederevo announcing the death of Capt.
Walter H. Fox, who was in charge of our unit there.
"Captain Fox had been ill for a week, and as soon as
pneumonia developed the doctors felt that his case was
hopeless. Everything that could be done for him was
done. Three of our best nurses were with his unit, and
we sent two doctors from here.
authorities at Smederevo held an impressive memorial
service there, and marched with the body to the boat
when it was brought to Belgrade Sunday afternoon.
Through the courtesy of the Serbian government, a
military funeral was given Dr. Fox yesterday afternoon,
here. All the officials were present, or sent
representatives. We all marched to the cemetery under
escort of a full company of Serbian soldiers. At the
cemetery a volley was fired and American 'taps' were
sounded by one of the Serbian buglers. The funeral
services were very impressive, and the kindness and
sympathy of the Serbians were very much appreciated.
"Dr. Fox was awarded a decoration by the minister of
war in recognition of the fine work that he had done
during the short time he was in our service here."
The news concerning the naming of the "Fox Hospital" for Dr.
W.H. Fox comes to Mrs. Fox from Mrs. McPherson of Kansas City,
whose husband, Dr. McPherson, is Dr. Fox's successor in
|"Before this you have received the cable from
Lieut.-Col. Farnam telling of Capt. Fox's death. I
cannot tell' you how my 'heart aches for you, even
though he gave his life for others. His memory is a
blessed one, for he had made the people for whom he
worked love him. The nurses who were with him will write
about his life at Semendria.
"Capt. Fox was with
us at No. 5 military hospital, so Lieut. Regan, adjutant
at No. 5, and I, went down to see Capt. Fox on Saturday.
He knew us, and smiled back, even though he was so
desperately ill that we knew he could not recover. The
only flowers we could obtain in Belgrade were some white
wild flowers which were sent into Belgrade for the first
time on Monday. The doctors and nurses took all the
florist had, and made two wreaths for him. We also made
an ivy, blanket for under the casket One of my nurses
will write you about the flowers from Semendria. I was
especially touched by the flowers they arranged around
the head of the casket, as I know you would have been. I
tried to take some pictures of the funeral procession
for you, but the pictures here have hot been very
successful, so I am nit sure whether they will be good
or not. If they are I will send them on to you, also
will send the films. It will be several weeks, as they
cannot be developed at once. I am also sending some
flowers from the casket. Under the wreath given by the
Serbian people was placed the little American flag, and
over everything a large American flag was stretched, The
funeral was entirely military, with an English clergyman
officiating. At the last, the bugler blew our own
'taps'. The sorrow and the sweet sympathy were
beautifully expressive of appreciation for an American
who had died in service for them. I wish you might know
how greatly he was appreciated by this country, and I
know that when the nurses who were with him write you
about his illness you will get a picture of their
devotion to him."
Clermont, April 21.—Harry White returned to home folks
Thursday from fifteen months' service overseas, and is looking
|Clermont Overseas Men
Dr. and Mrs. L. L. Carr are expected to
return here in a short time. The doctor received his discharge
from service on Friday. We will all welcome the doctor and
family back, they have been gone since June.
Stray returned last week from overseas service and is at the
parental Ed Stray home.
Charles Larrabee of Fort Dodge
is reported ill at the Methodist hospital at Des Moines.