Gold Star Mother
Ola Melissa [Burleigh] Stagg
*The U.S. Marine Corps was an all-volunteer service in WWI. The Marines who served in France on the Western Front earned the nickname Teufel Hunde, or “devil dogs,” from the Germans because of their ferocious fighting in the trenches. One German prisoner complained the Marines were animals, they killed anything that moved. The term "Devil Dog" is still used with great pride in the Marine Corps today.
**Newly acquired information concerning Private
Stagg from Marine Corps records reveals: "13 [September 1918] Killed
In Action against the enemy near Thiacourt,
France. His death was in the line of duty. He was buried on
the South side of the Thiacourt-Regnieville road, approximately 5
kilometers from Thiacourt. Character would have been "Excellent" had
he been discharged." Apparently graves registration personnel could
not locate his grave, as his name is listed on the Tablets of the
Missing at Thiacourt.
The following names of the soldiers who died while in the service of the U. S. A., are all that has been reported. If any one knows of others, and the cause of their death, if possible, please inform Mrs. Wm. Cash, Bay City, Texas:
Palacios--M. M. Stagg, killed in battle.
Matagorda County Tribune,
September 5, 1919
Copyright 2006 -
Present by Carol Sue Gibbs
Jan. 30, 2006
Oct. 3, 2007