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"the world must be made safe for democracy"
~~ President Woodrow Wilson



In late June 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo, Bosnia. An escalation of threats and mobilization orders followed the incident, leading by mid-August to the outbreak of World War I, which pitted Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire (the so-called Central Powers) against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy and Japan (the Allied Powers). The Allies were joined after 1917 by the United States. The four years of the Great War--as it was then known--saw unprecedented levels of carnage and destruction, thanks to grueling trench warfare and the introduction of modern weaponry such as machine guns, tanks and chemical weapons. By the time World War I ended in the defeat of the Central Powers in November 1918, more than 9 million soldiers had been killed and 21 million more wounded. The Treaty of Versailles, signed in 1919, determined post-war borders from Europe to the Middle East, established the League of Nations as an international peace organization and punished Germany for its aggression with reparations and the loss of territory. Tragically, the instability caused by World War I would help make possible the rise of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and would, only two decades later, lead to a second devastating international conflict.
~history.com

Veterans Day falls on the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I on November 11, 1918.


World War I Draft Registrations from Adams County

Transcribed by Jim Cox


The records on this page are still being gathered! At this time only letters A & B are complete. The remaining letters will be put up as they are transcribed.





Book of Merit
Individual decorations and commendations awarded to Adams County men and women for services in World War I
  • Battenberg, Homer Bobo
  • Cable, LeRoy
  • Graham, Paul H
  • Jack, Daniel LeRoy
  • Murtaugh, William
  • Rex, Newton
  • Teeple, Jay Henry

  • Source: Indiana Book of Merit by Indiana Historical Collections

    Gold Stars
    A record of Adams County men and women who died in the service of the United States
    and the Allied Nation in World War I
  • Bixler, David D
  • Christen, Jesse F
  • Clark, Clarence
  • Coffelt, Roy
  • Eley, Clelmer Clayton
  • Fox, Chester
  • Heller, Reuben Hugh
  • Henschen, Frank Oliver
  • Hirschy, Christian
  • Huser, Samuel
  • Klopfenstein, John
  • Kuntz, Urbain
  • Miller, Ralph Theodore
  • Mosser, Vernon Solomon
  • Murtaugh, Charles Anthony
  • Parr, Vernon Christopher
  • Reusser, Omar
  • Schwartz, Jefferson J
  • Smith, Albert Daniel

  • Source: Indiana Gold Stars by Indiana Historical Collections

    Page updated 10/14/2013


    Adams County Biographies




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