William Mader, Pvt. U.S. Army, World War I, Barber County, Kansas Barber County, Kansas.  

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William L. Mader

Private, Co. "I", 353rd INF., 89th DIV., U.S.A., A.E.F., World War I.

Willie Mader.

Photo courtesy of his nephew, James Giles.
Willie Mader
Photo courtesy of his nephew, James Giles..

Military gravestone for William L. Mader.

Photo courtesy of his nephew, James Giles.
Military gravestone for William L. Mader
Photo courtesy of his nephew, James Giles..


The Barber County Index, __ October 1918 .

The Boys Are Writing

Letters from the Barber county boys who were in the big battle in France on September 12th and survived, are arriving daily. Recent ones heard from are William Mader, Chester Hagerman, Milton Case and L.H. Sommer. Mr. Mader was wounded in the leg quite seriously by shrapnel but not critically. He was close to Willis Nixon who was fatally wounded and died a short time afterwards. The letter indicates that William remained with his young comrade until death relieved him of his suffering.

The other Barber county boys, excepting Clark Reeves who also lost his life, went through the big fight without being injured, so far as heard from, but they all report very thrilling experiences.


WWI Draft Registration card for Willie Louie Mader of Nashville, Kansas.
Draft Registration card: Willie Louie Mader of Nashville, Kansas.

United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls.


Also see:

Photo of Soldiers in Co. "I", 353rd INF., 89th DIV., U.S.A., A.E.F.

Listing of Soldiers in Company I, 353rd Infantry, 89th Division
(Scroll down the page)

History of The 353rd Infantry Regiment

Other Barber county men in Co. I were: Lyle Bullock of Sun City; Herschel Skaggs of Sharon; Newton M. Cornwell, Aaron E. McDonald, James R. Vaughn and Lester Dell Ikerd of Kiowa and Bertie S. Hayes of Medicine Lodge.


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