GOLD STAR HONOR ROLL, WORLD WAR I
DeKalb County Men Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice
From "Indiana World War Records," Indiana Historical Commission, 1921




CALDWELL, ARTIE BLAIR - - - Private: Son of Winfield S. and Violet M. Caldwell; born June 12, 1894, Altoona, Pa. Moved to Garrett, DeKalb County, Ind. in 1917. Fireman on Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Entered service June 14, 1918, Auburn, Ind. Sent to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind.; then to Camp Hancock, Ga. Overseas in August, 1918; assigned to 5th Provisional Ordnance Depot, 3rd Regiment. Died of meningitis February 6, 1919, Base Hospital No. 103, France. Buried in French Cemetery, Dijon, Cote D'Or. Grave No. 154.




DARNELL, RUSSEL J. - - - Private : Son of Thomas J. and Anna E. Darnell (Cooke); born December 23, 1889, Ludlow, Ill. Moved to DeKalb County, Ind. in 1905. Plumber. Enlisted in Motor Mechanics course, Purdue University, April 1, 1918. Overseas in June, 1918; assigned to Battery D, 345th Field Artillery, 90th Division. Died November 20, 1918, Chaumont, France, from wounds received in action. The first soldier from Auburn to give his life on the battlefields of Europe.




ENZOR, EARL E. - - - Corporal : Son of Marshall and Gertrude Enzor; born March 27, 1891, near Butler, DeKalb County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service April 26, 1918, Auburn, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 5th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Promoted to Corporal. Died of pneumonia October 11, 1918, Base Hospital, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Hamilton, DeKalb County, Ind. Survived by widow, Gertrude Jacklin Enzor, Butler, Ind.




FORSYTHE, JASPER PAUL - - - Private, U.S.M.C. : Son of Alexander (deceased) and Martha Forsythe (Cloy); born October 14, 1896, near Auburn, Ind. Automobile mechanic. Enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps October 3, 1917, Detroit, Mich. Trained at Parris Island, S. C; and Quantico, Va. Won honors as a marksman, and was awarded sharpshooters medal. Died of influenza September 24, 1918, Quantico, Va., Base Hospital. Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn, Ind.




GONSER, SWAYNE WILBUR - - - Private : Son of Robert M. and Ruth Gonser; born July 4, 1891, Fairfield Township, DeKalb County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service April 26, 1918, Savoy, Mont. Trained at Camp Lewis, Wash., and Camp Merritt, N. J. Went overseas (date not given); attached to Company K, 361st Infantry, 91st Division. Killed in action October 12, 1918, battle of Argonne Forest. (Burial place unknown.)




HALLETT, VERNON DEITRICK - - - Fireman, 2nd Class : Son of George and Nina B. Hallett; born April 25, 1894, on a farm near Waterloo, DeKalb County, Ind. Employed in Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Shops, Garrett. Enlisted in U.S. Navy December 12, 1917, Indianapolis Naval Recruiting Station. Sent to Portsmouth Naval Station, Va.; given rank of Fireman, 2nd Class. Died of pneumonia January, 29, 1918, Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Buried in Waterloo Cemetery, Waterloo, Ind.




HANES, ARTHUR MITCHELL - - - Private : Son of Mitchell R. and Sarah Hanes; born July 5, 1889 on a farm near Auburn, Ind. Farmer. Called into service July 18, 1918, Auburn, Ind., and was sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Assigned to 2nd Company, 1st Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Died September 11, 1918, Base Hospital, Camp Taylor. His was the first soldier funeral held in Auburn. Buried with military honors.




HEADLEY, CHARLES OWEN - - - Private : Son of Charles R. and Anna R. Headley; born January 12, 1895, on a farm near St. Joe, DeKalb County, Ind. Automobile mechanic. Called into service May 24, 1918, Auburn, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 5th Company, 2nd Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Overseas in September, 1918; assigned to 309th Trench Mortar Battery. Invalided home, died on board ship Seattle, January 1, 1919. Buried near the home, Spencerville, DeKalb County, Ind.




KNOX, GEORGE - - - Private : Son of John and Phoebe Knox (McNabb); born October 1, 1891, near Sedan, Kan. When one month old his parents moved to DeKalb County, Ind., and settled near Corunna. Deceased was reared on a farm. Enlisted in Coast Artillery March 12, 1918; sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Transferred to Ft. Hancock, N. J.; assigned to 24th Company, Coast Artillery. Died of pneumonia April 26, 1918.




MAY, FRANK H. - - - Sergeant : Son of Henry and Ruth May; born June 24, 1894, Butler, DeKalb County, Ind. Railroad employe. Served with Company B, Indiana National Guard, 3rd Regiment, on Mexican Border in 1916. Re-enlisted in June, 1917. Sent to Camp Shelby, Miss.; assigned to Battery B, 137th Field Artillery. Died of influenza December 17, 1918, on board ship, enroute to England. Buried in Liverpool, England. Survived by widow, Ruth Longbrake May, Garrett, Ind.




MORTOFF, EARL MONROE - - - Private : Son of William and Mary Mortoff; born July 30, 1895, Steuben County, Ind. Family later moved to Ashley, DeKalb County. Moved to California, in 1916. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army in December, 1917. Assigned to the 2nd Engineers Corps, and went overseas in February, 1918. Died from wounds July 9, 1918, being the first DeKalb County man to die on foreign soil.




NODINE, MYRON - - - Private : Son of John and Lovina Nodine; born June 17, 1895, on a farm near Waterloo, Ind. Blacksmith. Called into service July 23, 1918, Auburn, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 2nd Company, 1st Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Died of pneumonia October 3, 1918, Base Hospital, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried near his home, Waterloo, DeKalb County, Ind.




PALMER, GEORGE EMERSON - - - Private : Son of William and Nancy Palmer; born June 29, 1895, near Roll, Blackford County, Ind. Moved with parents to Wells County in 1901, and in 1916 moved to Spencerville, DeKalb County. Automobile mechanic. Entered service February 26, 1918, Auburn, Ind. Sent to Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga.; assigned to Medical Corps, Field Hospital No. 22. Went overseas in August, 1918. Died of pneumonia February 14, 1919, Base Hospital, Toul, France.




RUDE, HARRY ETTINGER - - - Private : Son of Charles H. and Clara Rude; born September 30, 1895, Pawtucket, R. I. Moved with parents to DeKalb County Ind., in 1896. After completing a course in civil engineering, Northwestern University, was employed as civil engineer on Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. Entered service November 5, 1917, Chicago, Ill. Assigned to Medical Corps; sent to Ft. Riley, Kans. Died of pneumonia January 5, 1918, Ft. Riley. Buried Waterloo, DeKalb County, Ind.




SARPA, CHARLES - - - Private : Born in 1891, in Italy. Came to U.S. (exact date unknown), and was employed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company in Garrett, DeKalb County, Ind., where he entered service March 8, 1918. Sent to Camp Greene, N. C. Embarked for overseas May 5, 1918; assigned to Company I, 59th Infantry. Participated in the allied offensive South of the Marne, and died September 27, 1918, from wounds received in action. (Burial place unknown.)




SCISINGER, AARON D. - - - Apprentice Seaman : Son of Henry D. and Anna Scisinger; born May 6, 1896, Garrett, DeKalb County, Ind. Employe of General Electric Company, Fort Wayne, Ind. Enlisted in U.S. Navy June 20, 1917, Fort Wayne Recruiting Station. Sent to Newport, R. I.; transferred to Commonwealth Pier, Boston, Mass., where he died of pneumonia February 3, 1918. Buried in Woodlawn cemetery, Auburn, Ind. The American Legion Post of Garrett, Ind., has been named in his honor.




STEWARD, LEWIS FREDERICK - - - Sergeant : Son of Lewis Wallace and Cora Steward; born December 8, 1893, Spencerville, DeKalb County, Ind. Coal and lumber dealer. Entered service June 3, 1918, Auburn, Ind. Sent to Purdue University; transferred to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Battery A, 18th Battalion, Field Artillery. Died of pneumonia October 11, 1918, Camp Taylor. Buried in White City Cemetery, Spencerville, Ind. Survived by widow, Anna Wearly Steward, and one son, Lewis Frederick Steward, Jr.




SUTHERLAND, CLARK CLIFTON - - - Private : Son of John and Elizabeth Sutherland; born January 15, 1895, Waterloo, DeKalb County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army January 20, 1917, Columbus Barracks, Ohio; assigned to 45th Motor Truck Company. Went overseas in June, 1918. Took part in the second battle of the Marne, the Aisne-Marne Drive, St. Mihiel, and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Died of pneumonia February 23, 1919, while with the Army of Occupation, Maria Laach, Germany.




SWENTECK, EUGENE - - - Private : Son of Steven and Rose Swenteck; born in 1894, Philadelphia, Pa. Moved to Garrett, Ind. in 1913. Employe of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Entered service February 20, 1918, Auburn, Ind., and was sent to Ft. Thomas, Ky. Embarked for overseas May 10, 1918, with Company E, 116th Engineers. Transferred to Company C, 29th Engineers. Died of pneumonia September 12, 1918, and was buried in Langras, France.




TUSTISON, GEORGE WASHINGTON - - - Cadet : Son of Willard and Lois Tustison; born February 22, 1893, Newville Township, DeKalb County, Ind. Automobile mechanic. Enlisted in aviation service, March 13, 1918, Auburn, Ind. Trained at Kelly Field, Tex., Eberts Field, Ark., and Hempstead, Long Island. Sailed for England in September, 1918; landed at Liverpool, where he died of influenza November 17, 1918. Buried in Liverpool, England.




WALKER, GEORGE ELLIOTT - - - Private : Son of Wallie M. and Ella Walker; born October 8, 1896, Auburn, Ind. Farmer. Called into service September 1, 1918, Auburn, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 22nd Company, 6th Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Died of pneumonia October 7, 1918, Camp Taylor. Buried with military honors in Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn, Ind. Survived by widow, Susie Marie Ranney Walker.




WAREHAM, VERDE - - - Private : Son of Edward and Edith Wareham; born August 8, 1890, Waterloo, DeKalb County, Ind. Barber. Entered service May 21, 1918, Auburn, Ind. Sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio; transferred to Ft. Snelling, Minn.; then to Camp Devens, Mass. Assigned to Company H, 30th Infantry. Died of pneumonia, Camp Devens, September 26, 1918. Buried in Waterloo Cemetery, Waterloo, Ind. Survived by widow, Mary Wagner Wareham.




WHITEHURST, WALTER SCOTT - - - Private : Son of John and Mary Whitehurst; born August 30, 1893, Newville, DeKalb County, Ind. Laborer. Called into service May 26, 1918, Auburn, Ind., and was sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Beauregard, La. Overseas in August, 1918; assigned to Company G, 154th Infantry, 39th Division. Wounded in action October 11, 1918, Meuse River, and died the following day.





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