Porter County in World War ICasualties of World War I from Porter County . . . .

Much of the identification information concerning Porter County residents who died while serving in the military during World War I was obtained from the following sources:

        Cannon, Thomas H., H. H. Loring, and Charles J. Robb. 1927.
        History of the Lake and Calumet Region of Indiana, Embracing the
        Counties of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte: An Historical Account of
        Its People and Its Progress from the Earliest Times to the
        Present
. Volume I. Indianapolis, Indiana: Historians' Association.
        840 p. [p. 362]

        Haulsee, William M., Frank G. Howe, and Alfred C. Doyle. 1920.
        Soldiers of the Great War, Volumes I-III. Washington, D.C.:
        Soldiers Record Publishing Association.

        Indiana Historical Commission. 1921. Indiana World War Records,
        Gold Star Honor Roll: A Record of Indiana Men and Women Who
        Died in the Service of the United States and the Allied Nations in
        the World War
. Fort Wayne: Indiana: Fort Wayne Printing
        Company. 750 p.
 

Background Information
World War I began July 28, 1914, when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia; Germany, France, Great Britain and Russia were quickly drawn into the conflict. In April 1917, the United States entered the conflict on the side of the Allies. America's entrance was largely due to the fact that Germany was continually attacking and sinking American ships with their submarines. After war was declared by President Wilson, a demand for a patriotic demonstration throughout Porter County ensued, and early in May 1917 a mammoth parade with four thousand persons participating was held in Valparaiso. Porter County provided more than 2,000 men and women to the military service branches during the war. Several Porter County citizens serving in the war paid the ultimate sacrifice, either being killed in action, dying of wounds, or meeting death as a result of the influenza epidemic of 1918. Below is presented a list of Porter County citizens that perished while serving in World War I. Please note that it is highly likely that this casualty list in incomplete.


Porter County World War I Casualties

Babcock, Charlie John
Birth: April 19, 1894, in Porter, Indiana
Death:
Burial:
Rank and Service Unit: Private
Cause of Death: Wounds Received in Action
Hometown: Porter

Biggs, Myron Wilbur

Birth: February 16, 1892, in Columbia City, Indiana
Death: December 28, 1918, in Rolling Prairie, Indiana
Burial: Hebron Cemetery in Hebron, Indiana
Rank and Service Unit: Private, Motor Truck Transport Unit
Cause of Death: Influenza
Hometown: Hebron
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography: Son of Sanford and Sarah Biggs; born February 16, 1892, Columbia City, Indiana. Living on a farm near Hebron, Porter County, Ind., when he entered service October 15, 1918, Valparaiso, Ind. Sent to Rolling Prairie, (Interlaken) Ind.; assigned to Motor Truck Transport Unit. Contracted influenza, and died December 28, 1918, Rolling Prairie. Buried, Hebron, Porter County, Ind.

Frame, Ross Howard

Birth: October 10, 1894, in Valparaiso, Indiana
Death: September 22, 1918, at Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Chicago, Illinois
Burial: Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana
Rank and Service Unit: US Navy
Cause of Death: Influenza
Hometown: Valparaiso
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography: Son of Oscar and Lottis S. Frame; born October 10, 1894, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana. Moved to Indianapolis in 1902. Clerk. Enlisted in U.S. Navy, May 29, 1918. Sent to Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Chicago, Ill. Assigned to Hospital Corps. Died of influenza September 22, 1918, U.S. Navy Hospital, Great Lakes, Chicago, Ill. Buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.

Friday, Leo W.

Birth: August 22, 1891, in Chesterton, Indiana
Death: October 5, 1918, near Bordeaux, France
Burial: American Soldiers' Cemetery near Bordeaux, France; remains may have been later removed to Chesterton Cemetery in Chesterton, Indiana, as a tombstone is located in that cemetery
Rank and Service Unit: Private, Headquarters Company, 343rd Infantry
Cause of Death: Influenza
Hometown: Chesterton
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography: Son of Henry J. and Fredericka Friday; born August 22, 1891, Chesterton, Porter County, Ind. Electrician. Living in Rock Island, Ill. Embarked for overseas September 8, 1918; assigned to Headquarters Company, 343rd Infantry. Stricken with pneumonia he was removed to a hospital near Bordeaux, where he died October 5, 1918. Buried in American Soldiers' Cemetery, near Bordeaux.

Gable, Martin J.
Birth: July 6, 1890, in Valparaiso, Indiana
Death: July 5, 1918, in France
Burial: Maplewood Cemetery in Valparaiso, Indiana (body returned to US from France in March 1921); tombstone simply states "GABLE" (no given name inscribed) and includes an American Legion Memorial Plaque
Rank and Service Unit: Private, Company L, Indiana National Guard; later assigned to Company A, 151st Infantry
Cause of Death: Wounds Received in Action
Hometown: Valparaiso
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gable; born July 6, 1890, Valparaiso, Ind. Plasterer. Entered service September 20, 1917. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company L, Indiana National Guard. Transferred to Camp Shelby, Miss. Overseas in June 1918; assigned to Company A, 151st Infantry. Took part in Champagne Marne Drive, an fought in Lorraine Sector. Died July 5, 1918 from wounds received in action. Body returned to U.S. in March 1921, and buried in Valparaiso, Ind.

Gillespie, Loring

Birth: October 16, 1884, in New York, New York
Death: October 12, 1918, in Charleston, North Carolina
Burial: Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso, Indiana
Rank and Service Unit: Quartermaster 2nd Class
Cause of Death: Influenza
Hometown: Valparaiso
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography: Son of Charles E. and Ethel Gillespie; born October 16, 1884, New York City, N.Y. Served in U. S. Navy, 1906-1910. Discharged. Living in Valparaiso, Ind., when he re-enlisted November 9, 1917, Chicago, Ill. Sent to Commonwealth Pier, Boston, Mass.; assigned to duty on patrol boat Yacona. Stricken with pneumonia; removed to Naval Hospital, Charleston, S. C., where he died October 12, 1918. Buried, Valparaiso, Ind. Survived by widow, Pauline Tyler Gillespie, and two sons, Loring Paul, and Vernon Charles, Valparaiso, Ind.

Hayes, Lester P.

Birth: September 23, 1896, in Valparaiso, Indiana
Death: January 23, 1918, at Base Hospital in Camp Sevier, South Carolina
Burial: St. Paul Catholic Cemetery in Valparaiso, Indiana
Rank and Service Unit: Private, 2nd Engineering Corps
Cause of Death: Influenza
Hometown: Valparaiso
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography: Son of Grant (deceased) and Minnie M. Hayes; born September 23, 1896, Valparaiso, Ind. Automobile mechanic. Entered service December 12, 1917, Valparaiso, Ind.; sent to Camp Sevier, S. C.; assigned to 2nd Engineering Corps. Stricken with pneumonia he died January 23, 1918, Base Hospital, Camp Sevier, S. C. Buried in Catholic Cemetery, Valparaiso, Ind.

Hilkert, Rhen A.

Birth: February 1, 1890, in Porter County, Indiana
Death: August 9, 1918, in Fismes, France
Burial: Oise-Aisne American Cemetery in Fere-en-Tardenois, Marne, France, in Plot C, Row 35, Grave 16. Memorial tombstone located in Furnessville Cemetery, Furnessville, Indiana.
Hometown: Porter County and Westville, Indiana
Rank and Service Unit: Private, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, US Army
Cause of Death: Killed in Action
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography: Son of Isaac and Olive Hilkert; born February 1, 1890, in Porter County, Ind. Moved to Laporte County in 1904, and settled on farm near Westville. Entered service March 28, 1918, Laporte, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 10th Company, 3rd Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Embarked for overseas May 7, 1918; assigned to Company C, 112th Infantry, 28th Division. Killed in action August 9, 1918, Fismes [France]. Buried in American Cemetery, Fismes, Marne, France.
       
Johnson, Arthur Theodore

Birth: March 31, 1896, in Porter, Indiana
Death: September 12, 1918, Battle of St. Mihiel, France
Burial: American Cemetery No. 1233 [St. Mihiel American Cemetery] in Thiaucourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine Region, France [grave identified in Section 6, Plot 4, Grave 174 in 1921; later identified using new grid system as Plot D, Row 28, Grave 23). Johnson's remains may have been removed to Augsburg Cemetery in Porter, Indiana, as their is a tombstone at this cemetery honoring him [Arthur T. Johnson, b. 3-31-1896  d. 9-12-1918, 1st Lt. A. S.S.R.C. Att. to 135th Aero Sq. with A.E.F. in France - Jilled in action in performance of his duty in St. Mihiel Drive]
Rank and Service Unit: Captain (First Lieutenant), U.S. Signal Corps
Cause of Death: Killed in Action
Hometown: Porter
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography: Son of John Alfred (deceased) and Hulda Johnson; born March 31, 1896, Porter, Porter County, Ind. Graduated from Augustana College, Ill., in 1917, and entered Aviation Service April 20, 1917, Springfield, Ill. Sent to Fort Still, Okla.; transferred to Hempstead, N.J. Commissioned First Lieutenant in U.S. Signal Corps. Overseas in December, 1917. Killed in action September 12, 1918, Battle of St. Mihiel. Buried in American Cemetery No. 1233, Sec. 6, Plot 4, Grave 174.

Klein, Harry J.

Birth: March 4, 1891, in Valparaiso, Indiana
Death: December 27, 1917, in Camp Shelby, Mississippi
Burial: Maplewood Cemetery in Valparaiso, Indiana
Rank and Service Unit: Private, Company F, 3rd Infantry, Indiana National Guard; reassigned to Battery F, 137th Field Artillery
Cause of Death: Influenza
Hometown: Valparaiso
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography: Son of Frank H. and Lena Klein; born March 4, 1891, Valparaiso, Ind. Factory foreman. Enlisted in Company F, 3rd Infantry, Indiana National Guard (Battery F, 137th Field Artillery) May 28, 1917, South Bend, Ind. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss. for training. Contracted pneumonia, and died December 27, 1917, Camp Shelby. Buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Valparaiso, Ind.

Buried With Military Honors.
Valparaiso, Jan. 4 -- The body of Harry Kline, aged 20, the first victim from Valparaiso and Porter county in the war with the Teutonic allies, was buried here today. Kline enlisted in the infantry company of South Bend, where he had been in the rubber business. He accompanied the unit to Camp Shelby at Hattiesburg, Miss., and there died of pneumonia on Christmas day. Military honors were paid him at the funeral services here. His parents, two brothers and two sisters survive.

Death Notice Source: The Chesterton Tribune, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana; January 10, 1918; Volume 34, Number 43, Page 1, Column 4.

Lundberg, Axel W.

Birth: December 17, 1896, in Chicago, Illinois
Death: October 5, 1918, at Camp Sherman, Ohio
Burial: Chesterton Cemetery in Chesterton, Indiana
Rank and Service Unit: Private, 23rd Company, 6th Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade
Cause of Death: Influenza
Hometown: Valparaiso
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography: Son of William and Elida Lundberg; born December 17, 1896, Chicago, Ill. Moved to Porter County, Ind., in 1908, and settled on a farm near Valparaiso. Entered service August 26, 1918, Valparaiso, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 23rd Company, 6th Battalion, 157th Depot Brigade. Stricken with pneumonia, he died October 5, 1918, Camp Sherman. Buried, Chesterton, Porter County, Ind.

Manion, John Conrad

Birth: July 18, 1889, in Covington, Iowa
Death: October 18, 1918 (probably at Camp Mills in Long Island, New York)
Burial: St. Paul Catholic Cemetery in Valparaiso, Indiana
Rank and Service Unit: Private
Cause of Death: Influenza
Hometown: Valparaiso
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography: Son of Henry and Louise Horn Manion; born July 18, 1889, Covington, Iowa. Reared from infancy by his grandmother, Mrs. Magdalene Horn, of Valparaiso, Ind. Student. Entered army work as Knights of Columbus Secretary, in October, 1917. Selected for military service August 18, 1918. Sent to Camp Mills, L. I.; assigned to Limited Service Duty. Stricken with influenza, he died October 18, 1918. Buried in cemetery of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Valparaiso, Ind.

Nicholson, Adolph Adrian

Birth: December 9, 1890, in Crisman, Indiana
Death: November 11, 1918, Limoges, France
Burial: City Cemetery, Limoges, France
Rank and Service Unit: Cook, 1st Gas Regiment
Cause of Death: Influenza
Hometown: Crisman
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography: Son of Peter and Hannah Nicholson; born December 9, 1890, Crisman, Porter County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army December 23, 1917. Sent to Fort Thomas, Ky.; assigned to Company F, 30th Engineers. Embarked for overseas June 30, 1918; assigned to 1st Gas Regiment, Participated in battles of St. Mihiel and Argonne Meuse. Stricken with pneumonia, he died November 11, 1918, in Hospital, Limoges, France. Buried in City Cemetery, Limoges, France.

O'Boyle, David K.
Birth: July 1894, in Renfrewshire, Scotland
Death: September 29, 1918, Meuse Argonne Drive
Burial: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, in Romagne, France [Plot F, Row 35, Grave 38]
Rank and Service Unit: Private First Class, 362nd Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division
Cause of Death: Killed in Action
Hometown: Valparaiso
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography: Born in July 1894, Renfrewshire, Scotland. (Names of parents unknown.) Came to U.S. (exact date unknown.) Attended Valparaiso University in 1917-1918. Entered service April 26, 1918 in Cascade County, Mont. Sent to Camp Lewis, Wash.; assigned to 21st Company, 1st Battalion, 166th Depot Brigade. Embarked for overseas July 6, 1918; assigned to Company B, 362nd Infantry. Killed in action September 29, 1918, Meuse Argonne Drive. (Burial place unknown.)

O'Brien, Robert James

Birth: January 11, 1896, in Chicago, Illinois
Death: February 26, 1919, in Hachita, New Mexico
Burial: Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso, Indiana
Rank and Service Unit: Sergeant, Troop L, 12th U.S. Calvary
Cause of Death: Influenza
Hometown: Valparaiso
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography:
Son of Michael P. and Hattie B. O'Brien; born January 11, 1896, Chicago, Ill. Spent most of his life in Porter County, Ind. Employee of Lake Erie and Western Railroad. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army April 18, 1917, Chicago,  Ill. Sent to Hachita, N. M.; assigned to Troop L., 12th U.S. Cavalry. Stricken with pneumonia, he died February 26, 1919, Hachita, N. M. Buried in Valparaiso, Ind.

Pratt, Charles A.

Birth: March 23, 1877, in Jackson Township, Porter County, Indiana
Death: November 3, 1918, in France
Burial:
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne, France [Plot C, Row 8, Grave 17]
Rank and Service Unit: First Sergeant, Company A, 9th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division
Cause of Death: Killed in Action
Hometown: Chesterton
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography:
Son of Moses J. and Martha Pratt; born March 23, 1877, Jackson Township, Porter County, Ind. Carpenter. Served on Mexican Border in 1916. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army March 26, 1917, Ft. Thomas, Ky. Overseas in September 1917; assigned to Company A, 9th Infantry. Killed in action November 3, 1918. Buried, Meuart Ardennes, France. Awarded Croix de Guerre with two silver stars. The American Legion Post, Valparaiso, Ind., named in his honor. Survived by two children, Jesse, and Earl Pratt, Valparaiso, Ind.

Wilson, Irvin

Birth: March 8, 1898, in Hebron, Indiana
Death: October 7, 1918, in France
Burial: Commune of Exermont in Ardennes, France
Rank and Service Unit: Private, Company F, 151st Infantry
Cause of Death: Killed in Action
Hometown: Hebron
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography:
Son of James and Lauretta Wilson; born March 8, 1898, Hebron, Porter County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in Company F, 1st Infantry, Indiana National Guard (Company F, 151st Infantry) April 25, 1917, Gary, Ind. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss. Overseas in June 1918; assigned to Company K, 26th Infantry. Killed in action October 7, 1918, while helping wounded comrade. Buried in Commune of Exermont, Ardennes, France. The American Legion Post, Hebron, Ind., named in his honor.

Wiseman, Charles F.

Birth: December 5, 1892, in Furnessville, Indiana
Death: January 6, 1919, in France
Burial: Early records indicated that Charles F. Wiseman was interred in France. A tombstone for Charles F. Wise, however, exists in the Augsburg Cemetery in Porter, Indiana [Charles F. Wiseman, 1894-1919, Co. B 140 Inf.]
Rank and Service Unit: Cook, Company B, 140th Infantry, 35th Division
Cause of Death: Influenza
Hometown: Furnessville
Gold Star Honor Roll Biography:
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wiseman; born December 5, 1892, Furnessville, Porter County, Ind. Entered service June 27, 1918, Valparaiso, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 17th Company, 5th Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Embarked for overseas September 1, 1918; assigned to Company B, 140th Infantry, 35th Division. Died of pneumonia January 6, 1919. "Somewhere in France."

Information abstracted by Steven R. Shook

 

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