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Hugh Barkdull


The Montpelier Examiner, October 5, 1944


Pfc. Hugh E Bardull, 24, of the Infantry, died August 8 in France as a result of wounds received in action, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest D Barkdull of Montpelier were informed Tuesday by the Secretary of War through the Adjutant General.  Not since August 21 had the parents received information about their son who, according to a telegram of that date from the Adjutant General, had been seriously wounded on August 7 while in action somewhere in France.

Pfc. Barkdull attended grade and high school in Montpelier and before entering the service on December 23, 1942 was employed at the Burgoyne Cafe. He took his training at Fort Myer, Virginia and finished at Fort Benning, Georgia.  He went overseas in June 1944.  The last letter received by his parents was in July written while in a foxhole.  He was born in Montpelier Jan 23, 1920.

Besides his parents he is survived by two sisters Mrs. Cless Wilkes and Beth Barkdull, both of Montpelier, two brothers, Forrest Barkdull of Logan and S/Sgt. Earl Barkdull of the Air Force, whose last address was Greensboro North Carolina; his maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Dunn of Logan, and paternal grandmother Mrs. Ollie Barkdull of Pocatello.  Memorial services will be conducted Sunday at 2pm in the LDS Third Ward chapel.

The Montpelier Examiner, October 12, 1944


Memorial services for Pfc. Hugh E Barkdull, who died August 8 somewhere in France of wounds received the previous day while in action were held Sunday at 2 o'clock in the Third ward chapel with Bishop Vernal E Peterson conducting.  Also participating in the services memorializing his death were members of Post 63, American Legion under the direction of Commander E L Downing.

The American Legion memorial shrine used on occasions when burial has been overseas, consisting of a wooden cross supporting a soldier's helmet, a candle and flay all enclosed by a railing rested in front of the pulpit. The presentation of colors by J Vern Dunn and Corporal Lloyd Toomer opened the services, followed by group singing of "The Star Spangled Banner." There followed the invocation by John H Teuscher; son "Sometime We'll Understand." Singing Mothers; remarks Bishop Peterson; vocal duet, "Beautiful Land" Mr. and Mrs. James Olsen; speaker, Sup't A J Winters; vocal duet, "The Vacant Chair" Mr. and Mrs. Olsen; benediction Mrs. Bert Stephens.

The pledge of allegiance to the flag was conducted by Commander Downing followed by taps, played by Bruce Smart and retirement of colors.

The Montpelier Examiner, October 14, 1944


The son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Barkdull of Montpelier, Pfc. Hugh E Barkdull, 24, died in France August 8 from wounds received in action August 7.  Memorial services for Pfc. Barkdull were held in the Montpelier LDS Third ward chapel on October 8.


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