WORLD WAR I

United States entered World War I, April 6, 1917. Germany signed the Armistice, November 11, 1918. This list includes only those from Lakewood who died between our entrance into the war and the final discharges in June 1919. It would be extremely difficult to list those who have since died as the result of wounds, gas, disease, and kindred causes.
 
 

Abele, William H. Becker, Fred W.
Elliott, Frank E. Frey, Carl A.
Fuchs, Victor Jr. Funk, Harold Conrad
Gallagher, Earl E. Hager, Stafford J.
Hall, Renselear R. Heintz, Orla Thomas
Kane, Edward A. Kicka, Paul
McGuire, Michael J. McIntyre, Edward J.
Mills, Gordon G. Nelson, Otto Christian
Primett, Howard J. Prousgaard, Neil
Pullen, Carlton W. Rogers, Joseph A.
Toole, Edward Underwood, Charles L.
Urbancic, Edward Walker, Walter W.
Wall, Harrison B. Wooster, William C.

 
Abele, William H. National Army Sgt. 12-10-1918 
1214 Cook Avenue Philadelphia Pa.
William H. Abele was born in Weser, Texas. Dr. Henry J. Abele later moved his family to 1214 Cook Avenue in Lakewood. September 5, 1918, at the age of 21 years, he was drafted into the National Army. Although he had worked as a clerk, he was trained to be a truck driver, and was quickly promoted to sergeant in Motor Truck Company #554. Unfortunately, Sgt. Abele died of pneumonia within a few short weeks. His mother Hattie P. Abele received the sad news of her son's death Just before Christmas 1918.

 
Becker, Fred W. National Army  Pvt. 10-7-1918
13423 Merl Avenue France
On October 7, 1918, in the Argonne Forest, an American battalion was relieved almost intact. Only a few men were lost as the Allies moved forward. Unfortunately, Fred W. Becker was one who lost his life. His mother Louise Dortha Shreve, of 13423 Merl Avenue was notified that her son was killed in action on the same day that his battalion was relieved.

 
Elliott, Frank E. National Guard Pvt. 11-4-1918
1366 Ethel Avenue France
Frank E. Elliott joined the National Guard on August 14, 1917. He was proud to serve in Company K, 145th Infantry, 37th Division. The last phase of the Meuse-Argonne offensive lasted from October 30th until November llth, when the Armistice went into effect. Just a few days before the Armistice was signed, Frank's Grandfather, Mr. Henry Cartier was notified that Frank died, November 4, 1918. He is buried in Highland Park Cemetery.

 
Frey, Carl A. Reserve Corps Pvt. 10-15-1918
1485 Wyandotte Avenue Allentown Pa. Wd.H.S.
For years, Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Frey enjoyed a busy life raising their two boys on Wyandotte Avenue in Lakewood. They were proud of both of their sons. Their eldest son, George had established his career with the J. H. Libby Company, and Carl enlisted in the Reserve Corps. Pvt. Frey was serving with a Medical Detachment. The family worried about Carl but were grateful that he was not overseas. They were right to be concerned. Carl died of broncho-pneumonia on October 15, 1918. It was his brother, George, who had the sad duty of informing their parents.

 
Fuchs, Victor Jr. National Amy  Pvt. 10-24-1918
18028 Madison Avenue Camp Sherman, Ohio
The Fuchs family were very involved in the grocery business. Both Victor Jr., and his sister, Gizel worked in the business as clerks. November 12, 1917, Victor Fuchs, Jr. took a different kind of job. He joined the army. Of course, his family knew Victor was ill with broncho-pneumonia, but it must have been a shock to his father to be notified, October 24, 1918, that his once strong 23 year old son was dead.

 
Funk, Harold Conrad Navy Seaman 2/c 10-3-1918
1542 Highland Avenue Norfolk Va
Harold Funk was born in Cleveland, Ohio, June 25, 1896. He looked forward to his training at the Great Lakes Training Station in Illinois. He died of pneumonia at the Naval Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia, October 3, 1918. It was less than five months from the time he was called to active duty and the date of his death. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery.

 
Gallagher, Earl E. National Army 3-22-1918
11719 Clifton Blvd. U.S.A.
Earl Gallagher joined the National Army on September 18, 1917. Having worked as a pressman, he looked forward to the adventure ahead of him. Six months later the adventure was over. He died March 22, 1918, killed by the country's second enemy, pneumonia.

 
Hager, Stafford J. National Army    Pvt. 9-12-1918
16303 Clifton Blvd. France H.S.1913
Pvt. Stafford Hager was an engineer, a profession much needed by the army, especially in the infantry. Stafford was drafted into the National Army. In 1918, it was tough going at a place called Meuse-Argonne. One British commentator said, "The miracle is that it(the American offensive) did not collapse and, instead was rapidly prepared to move forward." It took the courage of many to accomplish that last push. Stafford died of wounds September 12, 1918. His mother, Mary Hager, was notified. She had a military funeral for her son from their home on Clifton Boulevard.

 
Hall, Renselear R. Air/Service 1st Lt.   Signal Corps 9-16-1918
1227 Giel Avenue Avia
Renselear Hall's life revolved around aeronautics. He was born August 4, 1907 in Elyria, Ohio. After attending the school of Military Aeronautics at Ohio University, he continued his instruction in flying at several other centers. He became a part of the American Expeditionary Forces on October 27, 1917, and accepted a commission to became a first lieutenant. He died September 16, 1918, in the crash of an aeroplane. He was buried in Arlington Cemetery.

 
Heintz, Orla Thomas Army   1st Lt. 10-8-1918
1184 Warren Road France
Lt. Orla Heintz was in the infantry of the American Expeditionary Forces. He trained at Camp Sherman, Ohio. Lt. Heintz was in Company B, 4th Infantry, 3rd Division of the U.S. Army. He was killed in action at Meuse-Argonne and is buried at Bois de Benge, France.

 
Kane Edward A. National Guard Pvt. 11-14-1919
1417 Maile Avenue Oteen, N.Carolina
Pvt. Edward Kane spent his time in the service as a saddler, wagoner and blacksmith. He died of tuberculosis pulmonary disease on November 14, 1919. He never went overseas.

 
Kicka, Paul National Guard  Cpl. 11-1-1918
2026 Lark Street Belgium
Cpl. Paul Kicka was in Company I, 145 Infantry until his death. He participated in two major engagements: Meuse-Argonne, and Ypres-Lys. He was killed in action November 1, 1918, just a few days before the Armistice. He is buried in Flanders Field American Cemetery, Wearegham, Beligum.

 
McGuire, Michael J. National Army Cpl. 7-20-1918
1201 Warren Road France
Michael McGuire was born in Crossmaglan County, Ireland. He was 23 years old when he found himself a member of Company L, 331 Infantry. He made the best of it, and quickly became a corporal. Cpl. Michael McGuire gave his life for his adopted country at Aisne-Marne, July 20, l9l8. His brother James was notified.

 
McIntyre, Edward J. National Army Pvt. 9-12-1918
11720 Detroit Avenue France
Pvt. Edward McIntyre was a salesman before his entry into service on April 27, 1918. He was assigned to Company F, 103rd Infantry, 26th Division. He was killed in action, September 12, 1918. He was in the service less than 5 months, and never came home. He is buried at St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiacourt, Meurthe-et-moselle. A military funeral mass was held at St. Rose's Church for his family and friends.

 
Mills, Gordon G. National Army Pvt. 5-19-1919
1489 Coutant Street Oteen, N. Carolina
Pvt. Gordon Mills was a draftsman and architect before he was drafted. He was in the army about l0 months. Pvt. Mills died of tuberculosis at U.S. General Hospital, No. 19. On May 19, 1919, the day he died, he had not completed the basic training course. A funeral service was held at the Methodist Church on Detroit Avenue.

 
Nelson, Otto Christian Marines Pfc. 2-13-1919
Lakewood, Ohio
Pfc. Otto Nelson was born in Lakewood, Ohio on March 1, 1896. He saw action at Aisne, Campagne-Marne, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne. He died of pneumonia February 13, 1919.

 
Primett, Howard J. National Army Pvt. 10-12-1918
17808 Detroit Avenue Camp Sherman, Ohio
Pvt. Howard Primett was in the service 43 days. He was stationed at Camp Sherman at the time. He died of broncho-pneumonia on October 12, 1918.

 
Prousgaard, Neil National Army Pvt. 11-7-1918
1504 Newman Avenue France
The Kaiser was forced to abdicate on November 9th. On the following day the German Armistice delegation which had crossed lines on the night of the 7th-8th was instructed to sign whatever terms were offered. Pvt. Prousgaard was with Company I, llth Infantry, 5th Division when he was killed in action, November 7, 1918, just four days before the Armistice was signed. He is buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-montfaucon, Meuse.

 
Pullen, Carlton W. National Guard Pvt. 3-24-1919 
12962 Clifton Blvd. at sea
George W. Pullen, Sr. was a superintendent at the Higbee Company. Carlton's brother, George W. Pullen, Jr. was a physician and Carlton Pullen was an actor. Carlton became a private in the American Expeditionary Force - not exactly the best job for an actor. He was aboard the U.S.S. Vermont when he died of cerebrospinal meningitis, March 24, 1919. His father, George W. Pullen was notified.

 
Rogers, Joseph A. National Army  Pvt. 10-19-1918
1262 Ramona Avenue Hoboken N.J.
Pvt. Joseph Rogers was attached to an aerial squadron stationed at Hoboken, New Jersey.  He died of pneumonia October 19, 1918. It was less than three months from the time of his entry into the army.

 
Toole, Edward National Army  Pvt. 10-23-1918
12204 Detroit Avenue France
Pvt. Edward Toole was a machinist before he became a private in the army. He fought at Meuse-Argonne with Company K, 6th Infantry. He died of wounds on October 23, 1918. His sister was notified.

 
Underwood, Charles L. Regular Army Pvt. 11-5-1918
1649 Riverside Road Camp Gordon, Georgia
Pvt. Charles Underwood was in the regular army. He was at Camp Gordon, Georgia when he died of lobar pneumonia, November 5, 1918.

 
Urbancic, Edward National Army  Pvt. 10-14-1918
2030 Halstead Avenue France
Pvt. Edward Urbancic was with Company C, 60th Infantry, 5th Division until his death. He lost his life at Meuse-Argonne, October 14, 1918. He is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse.

 
Walker, Walter W. Regular Army Pvt. 9-28-1918
1620 Robinwood Avenue France
Walter Walker had worked as a janitor and a laborer. Those were not exactly career-oriented jobs. He must have thought it a good idea to join the army. He was doing well in the 1st Cavalry, Battery B in the 76th Field Artillery, 3rd Division until he was killed in action on July 28, 1918. His labor was over. He was buried in Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Seringes-et-Neles, Aisne.

 
Wall, Harrison B. Officers' Reserve Corps Capt. 3-28-1918
1436 Arthur Avenue Camp Custer, Mi.
Capt. Harrison B. Wall started out as a first lieutenant in the Dental Corps. He became a captain on February 25 1918. He was a dentist assigned to the 310th Engineers. It seems especially sad that he died of peritonitis a month later. His wife, Mrs. H. B. Wall was notified of his death and a funeral service was held at Lakewood Congregational Church.

 
Wooster, William C. Regular Army    Pfc. 2-19-1919
1314 Lakewood Avenue France
William Wooster was born in Lakewood, Ohio. He joined the army June 5, 1917 and was a bugler for a while. He was sent to Meuse-Argonne and did much more than play his bugle. When the armistice was signed, the chief sensation of those on the battlefield was being shocked by the silence. After so many months it seemed unnatural not to hear gunfire somewhere. Pfc. Wooster, like many others, was elated to be sent home. He died of broncho-pneumonia February 19, 1919.

The United States sustained 325,876 casualties in World War I. Of these 115,660 were dead (including deaths by disease at home): 205,690 were wounded, and 4,526 were prisoners or missing.
 
 

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