Harvey County Military
Gold Star Boys--Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice
Note: This article appeared in the Evening Kansan-Republican in August of 1922.
For most of us, the war is over. It is a memory now-a memory
laid away in the lavender and rose-leaves of time, growing more
fragrant each passing day, and that memory includes those who
gave their all that a free people might remain free. Twenty-five
Harvey county boys made the supreme sacrifice in order that
democracy might not perish from the face of the earth.
John Edward Hall
One of the first general engagements in with the United States
participated, cost the life of one of
our boys. Private John Edwin Hall,
son of J. E. Hall, then of Newton,
gave his life as the result of wounds
received at Chatteau-Thierry. that
memorable battle which first turned
the Hun hordes back from their head-long rush toward Paris. Private Hall
died on July 25, 1918, as the result of
wounds received in that action.
Wayne G. Austin
Belleau Wood, following shortly after, cost the life of Private Wayne G.
Austin, son of Mrs. Mary Austin of
Burrton. He was killed in action
while fighting with his company, Co.
L, 5th Marines, on June 6, 1918.
Carl D. Johnson
Sergeant Carl D. Johnson, son of
Mrs. Mary Johnson, of Newton, gave
his life while grimly holding on in
the face of an attacking enemy in the
front line trenches near Lovline,
France, on June 29, 1918.
Lauren J. Finnell
The Meuse-Argonne claimed three
Harvey county boys as its share. Privates Lauren J. Finnell,
son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Finnell of Newton, and
Arthur Paul Whitesell, son of Mr. and
Mrs. William E. Whitesell of Newton,
were killed together by a high explosive shell on the second day of this
famous battle on Sept. 27, 1918.
Arthur Paul Whitesell
Private William Loren Rogers, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Noah T. Rogers of Newton, was wounded on the fourth day
of the battle and died in a field hospital on September 30, 1918. They
were all members of Co. K, 139th Infantry, Newton’s own company.
William Loren Rogers
Not all soldiers or sailors met the
grim reaper in the glory of battle.
Many just as brave, just as eager and
just as willing if need be to make the
supreme sacrifice to repel the Hun
invaders, were fated never to smell
the smoke of battle nor hear the cannon's roar. Sickness and accidents of
training camps and ship claimed the
lives of nineteen Harvey county boys.
The first soldier to die from the
county was Private MacArthur B. Brush, 354th Infantry, son of Mr. and
Mrs. H. A. Brush of Newton, who
died of pneumonia at the base hospital, Fort Riley, March 15, 1918.
Cerebro-spinal meningitis, contracted while taking recruit finger prints
at Camp Funston, was the cause of
the death of Private Irvin Haury, son
of Professor and Mrs. G. A. Haury,
of Bethel college, on Sept. 28, 1918.
Private Herman Heinrich Christian
Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian
Green of Newton, contracted pneumonia at Camp Meade, Maryland, and died
on Oct. 5, 1918.
Private Rudolph A. C. Steffen, Co.
C, 313th Engineers, son of Mr. and
Mrs. John Steffen of Newton, died of
pneumonia, following influenza in
France on Sept. 30, 1918.
Private James Edward Taylor, Co.
D, 351st Infantry, son of Zachary Taylor of Newton, died of pneumonia in
France on Oct. 10, 1918.
Private Emmett H. Neuway, son of
Mrs. Lusetta Neuway of Burrton, died
at Camp Dix, New Jersey, on Aug. 30,
1918, of pneumonia.
Private James Shea, Co. K, 139th
Infantry, while the company was in
training at Doniphan became ill and
despondent and died by his own hand.
Private Roy L. Pittman, son of Mr.
and Mrs. David Pittman, of Halstead,
died at the Base hospital at Fort Bliss,
Texas, on Oct. 14, 1918, from pneumonia.
Private Elmer McConnel died at Sac
betha, Kans., and was buried there,
where his mother and several other
relatives reside. His death occurred
while on furlough.
Private Joseph P. Trego, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph P. Trego of Halstead,
died of illness contracted on shipboard
enroute to England. He landed June
16, 1918, and died the next day in the
American section of a British hospital.
Sergeant Cleo Walter Milne, son of
James W. Milne, of Newton, Co. B,
79th Infantry, died at Port Douglas,
Utah, Dec. 3, 1918.
But one home in Harvey county
lost two sons in the service. Mrs. M.
S. Savage gave her sons Private Melvin and Seaman William Savage but
fifteen days elapsing between the
deaths. William Savage, Seaman U.
S. S. Clio, was drowned off Newport
News, Dec. 2, 1918, and the body has
never been recovered. Private Melvin Savage, 681st Aerial Squadron,
while on furlough to be with his mother contracted pneumonia and died in
Newton, Dec. 17, 1918.
Seaman Max Reynolds, U. S. S.
Minnesota, son of J. W. Reynolds of
Newton, died, May 26, 1917, at U. S.
Naval hospital, Norfolk, Va., of cerebro-spinal meningitis.
Seaman Leo Elmer Shepherd, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Claiborne Shepherd of
Richland township, died at Great
Lakes hospital, Feb. 4, 1918, of pneumonia.
Private Earl F. A. Hood, 69th F. A.,
son of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Hood of
Newton, died of pneumonia at Camp
Knox, Kentucky, March 9, 1919.
Private John G. Schaplowsky, son
of Fritz Schaplowsky, of Halstead, private Co. G, 35oth Infantry, died in
France of influenza, Oct. 18, 1918.
Private Burton Elmer Cochran, son
of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Cochran of
Pleasant township, died at Pittsburg,
Penn., of pneumonia on Oct. 14, 1918.
Private William E. Dreier, 337th F.
A., son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dreier
of Hesston, died in France of pneumonia on Oct. 21, 1918.
“Speech cannot utter the substance
of what was done by these brave boys.
It remains for us to take increased
devotion from that for which they
died. It remains for us to weave the
countless souls of the coming generation into the valiant deeds
of the honored dead so that there may be guaranteed forever that lasting tenet of
freedom's faith, the fullest good for
each in the betterment of all.
Harvey Co. KHHP
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