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Paul Curtis Connelley, born 28/Mar/1896 in Ripley County, Indiana, died 28/May/1986 in Bellingham, WA. Buried in the military cemetery in San Luis Obispo, CA. He was a veteran of WWI in Company "B" 139 MG Batt.His father was James Hervey Connelley and his mother was Emily (Emma) L. Grimes Connelley. Contributed by Don Connelley

A Record of Indiana Men and Women Who Died
in the Service of the United States and
the Allied Nations in the World War, 1914-1918

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor McKay; born May 4, 1887, Ripley County, Ind. Living in Fowler, Ind., when he entered service June 24, 1918. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 17th Company, 5th Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Transferred to Company G, 336th Infantry. Overseas in September, 1918; assigned to Company H, 358th Infantry. Participated in battle of St. Mihiel. Died of pneumonia October 28, 1918, Mesves, France.

Son of H. William and Anna Mary Laaker; born December 3, 1892, Brown Township, Ripley County, Ind. Moved to Dearborn County in 1908. Farmer. Called into service June 26, 1918, Lawrenceburg, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio. Embarked for overseas September 4, 1918; assigned to Company C, 335th Infantry, 91st Division. Died of pneumonia October 30, 1918. Buried in American Cemetery, Ravigny, Meuse, France. The American Legion Post, Dillsboro, Ind., is named the Laaker-Northcutt Post. (See p. 00).

Son of John and Louise Morgan; born August 23, 1895, Osgood, Ripley County, Ind. Living on a farm near Middlebranch, Decatur County, when he entered service August 31, 1918, Greensburg, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 29th Company, 8th Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Died of influenza October 14, 1918, in Base Hospital Camp Sherman. Buried in cemetery of German Methodist Church, southeast of Greensburg.

Son of W. H. and Edna F. Land; born September 2, 1886, Bryantsburg, Ind., near the Ripley-Jefferson County Line. Laborer. Entered service September 2, 1918, Madison, Ind. Sent to Camp Grant, Ill.; assigned to Company C, 1st Training Battalion, 5th Limited Service Regiment, 161st Depot Brigade, Died of pneumonia October 9, 1918, Camp Grant, Ill. Buried in West Fork Cemetery, near Bryantsburg, Jefferson County, Ind.

Son of W. H. and Edna F. Land; born April 10, 1894, Bryantsburg, Ind., near the Ripley-Jefferson County line. Farmer. Entered service May 1, 1918, Madison, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 35th Ambulance Company. Went overseas in August, 1918. Died November 15, 1918, (place not known), from wounds received in an accident. (Burial place unknown.)

Son of James T. and Melissa Martin (deceased); born December 26, 1896, Osgood, Ripley County, Ind. Family moved to Bedford, Ind. in 1911. Student. Entered U.S. Marine Corps July 14, 1918, Bedford, Ind. Sent to Boston, Mass.; assigned to duty in Recruiting Office, Marine Corps. Died of pneumonia October 2, 1918, Field's Hospital, Brookline, Mass. Buried at Osgood, Ripley County, Ind.

Son of Jesse T. and Eva Ashcraft; born January 18, 1895. Grant County, Ky. Moved to Ripley County, Ind., 1916, Farmer. Entered service September 20, 1917, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Overseas May 17, 1918; assigned to Company M, 120th Infantry, 30th Division. Killed in action September 29, 1918, near St. Quentin, France. Buried in "Old Hickory Plot" American Cemetery, St. Quentin, France.

Son of John Martin and Mary Luella Bland; born July 7, 1895, Holton, Ripley County, Ind. Furniture worker. Entered service September 20, 1917, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Embarked May 17, 1918; assigned to Company M, 120th Infantry, 30th Division. Gassed at Busigny, October 17; died November 2, 1918, General Hospital No. 74, Trouville. Buried in American Plot, British Cemetery, Trouville. American Legion Post, Batesville, Ind., named the Prell-Bland Post. (See p. 546)

Son of Joseph H. and Jennie Branham; born March 5, 1891, Osgood, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army October 5, 1914, Ft. Snelling, Minn. Served on Mexican Border. Trained at Ft. McKinley, Maine; Jacksonville, Fla., and Ft. Williams, Me. Sailed for France March 16, 1918. Assigned to Battery F, 43rd Coast Artillery Corps. Died of pneumonia October 21, 1918, in Vittel Hospital, France. Buried in Cemetery at Vittel, Vosges, France.

Son of John and Mary Bronnenberg; born December 24, 1896, Chesterfield, Madison County, Ind. Moved to Ripley County in 1906. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army February 16, 1916, Indianapolis, Ind. Assigned to Wagon Company No. 1. Served on Mexican Border. Sailed for France August 7, 1917. Assigned to Quartermaster Corps, Wagon Company No. 100. Died of pneumonia in Camp Hospital No. 28, Nevers, France, February 16, 1919. Buried in American Cemetery, Nevers, France.

Son of Perry and Missouri Brown; born October 10, 1895, New Marion, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service September 9, 1917, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company A, 335th Infantry. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Embarked May 17, 1918; assigned to Company C, 119th Infantry, 30th Division. Killed in action October 10, 1918, St. Souplet, France. Buried near St. Souplet. Survived by widow, Bessie Gray Brown, New Marion, Ind.

Son of Henry and Virginia Bultman; born October 17, 1898, Napoleon, Ripley County, Ind. Student. Entered Student's Army Training Corps, Company A, October 7, 1918, State Normal School, Terre Haute, Ind. Died of pneumonia November 7, 1918, in St. Anthony's Hospital, Terre Haute, Ind. Buried in New Salem Cemetery,


Son of James and Stella B. Deburger; born March 8, 1894, Versailles, Ind. Laborer. Called into service September 20, 1917, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company A, 335th Infantry, 84th Division. Died of pneumonia December 24, 1917, Base Hospital, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Shelby Cemetery, Shelby Township, Ripley County, Ind.

Son of Jesse and Sarah Demaree; born May 1, 1893, Shelby Township, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army December 7, 1917. Assigned to Aero Supply Squadron No. 672. Trained at Kelly Field, Tex., and Camps Morrison, and Hampton, Va. Overseas in October, 1918. Assigned to Company 499, Aero Squadron. Died of pneumonia at Base Hospital No. 101, St. Nazaire, France, February 20, 1919. Buried in American Cemetery, St. Nazaire, France.

Son of John and Caroline Diver; born August 16, 1895, Sunman, Ripley County, Ind. Railway employe. Enlisted May 12, 1917, in U.S. Regular Army, Indianapolis, Ind. Assigned to Company A, 16th Infantry, 1st Division. Joined his regiment at Ft. Bliss, Tex. Overseas June 10, 1917. Transferred to Company D, 16th Infantry, 1st Division. In first raid made by the Germans on American Army. Killed near Montdidier, April 28, 1918. Buried near where he fell.

Son of William and Florence Downey; born June 27, 1894, Dabney, Ripley County, Ind. Stenographer. Enlisted in U.S Navy June 29, 1914, Cincinnati, Ohio. Assigned to 4th Class Yeomen on battleship Missouri. Promoted to Chief Yeoman. Died of pneumonia September 30, 1918, in Municipal Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. Buried at Holton, Ripley County, Ind. Survived by widow, Wilda Elders Downey, Greensburg, Ind.

Son of William and Sarah Duncan; born May 29, 1888, Manchester, Ohio. Farmer. Called into service June 25, 1918, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to Company F, 150th Infantry, 38th Division; then to Company H, 336th Infantry. Sent to Camp Merritt, N.J.; then to Camp Mills, N.Y. Died of pneumonia in Camp Mills Hospital October 23, 1918. Buried in Washington Cemetery, Elrod, Ripley County, Ind.

Son of Adam and Margaret Endres; born May 15, 1895, near Sunman, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Called to service October 4, 1917, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company A, 335th Infantry. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Embarked May 17, 1918; assigned to Company M, 120th Infantry, 30th Division. Saw service on the Ypres front in Belgium, and about Kemmel Hill. Killed in action October 10, 1918, Vaux, Andigny, France. Buried near where he fell.

Son of John and Louisa Flick; born near Holton, Ripley County, Ind. May 8, 1894. Teacher. Called into service October 4, 1917, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company A, 335th Infantry. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Overseas May 17, 1918; assigned to Company I, 119th Infantry, 30th Division. Saw service on the Ypres front, Kemmel Hill, and Voormezeele. Died of wounds at Rouen, France, October 16, 1918. Buried at Rouen, France. American Legion Post, Holton, Ind., named in his honor.

Son of Calvin R. and Ada Weber Francis; born December 6, 1893, Correct, Ripley County, Ind. Electrical lineman. Enlisted in U.S. Navy September 28, 1915, Louisville, Ky. Trained at Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York. Promoted to 3rd class Electrician on destroyer, Jacob Jones. Lost at sea December 6, 1917, when destroyer Jacob Jones was torpedoed off west coast of England. Survived by widow, Clara Francis, and children, Mildred Clara, and Mary Margaret, Osgood, Ind.

Son of John and Louisa Fruchtnicht; born March 11, 1895, near Batesville, Ripley County, Ind. Polisher in furniture factory. Called into service June 28, 1918, Versailles, Ind. Entered Aviation Repair Department at Speedway, Indianapolis, Ind. Assigned to 821st Aero Squadron, Signal Corps. Died of pneumonia October 13, 1918, Base Hospital, Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind. Buried in Huntersville Cemetery, Batesville, Ind.

Son of Arch and Mary Ivins Gilland; born January 29, 1894, Osgood, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 9, 1917, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company A, 335th Infantry. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Overseas May 17, 1918; assigned to Company K, 119th Infantry, 30th Division. Killed in action October 9, 1918, Bellecourt, France. Buried near St. Souplet in cemetery at Busigny, Nord, France, American Legion Post, Osgood, Ind. named in his honor.

Son of George and Lucinda E, Gordon; born October 7, 1896, New Marion, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Navy June 4, 1918, Bloomington, Ill. Sent to Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Ill.; assigned to 2nd Class Seaman. Died of pneumonia September 26, 1918, Camp Dewey, Great Lakes, Ill. Buried in Salem Cemetery, near Cross Plains, Ripley County, Ind.

Son of Richard and Anna Bruns Heisman; born January 27, 1888, Sunman, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 20, 1917, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Embarked May 17, 1918; assigned to Company M, 120th Infantry, 30th Division. Gassed October 17, 1918. Died fron the effects of gas October 28, 1918, Base Hospital, Rouen. Buried in British Military Cemetery, Rouen, France.

Son of Rudolph and Mollie Dermitt Heulson; born October 3, 1894, New Marion, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in Battery B, 2nd Field Artillery, Iowa National Guard, December 15, 1917. Trained in Camp Dodge, Iowa; assigned to Company B, 350th Infantry; transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C.; assigned to Company C, 117th Infantry, 30th Division. Died of pneumonia May 17, 1918, Camp Sevier. Buried in New Marion Cemetery, Ripley County, Ind.

Son of Jesse and Carrie Hunter; born January 22, 1896, Cross Plains, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service June 26, 1918, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 20th Company, 5th Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade; later to Company B, 334th Infantry, 84th Division. Transferred to Camp Mills, N.Y.; embarked for France September 1, 1918. Died of pneumonia October 20, 1918, Noyers, France. Buried at St. Aignan Loire-et-cher, France.

Son of Samuel and Cora Hyatt; born April 18, 1895, Benham, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service September 9, 1917. Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company A, 335th Regiment, 84th Division. Sent to Camp Sevier, S. C. Overseas May 17, 1918; assigned to Company I, 120th Infantry, 30th Division. Killed in action, Somme Offensive, October 18, 1918, St. Souplet. Buried in "Old Hickory Cemetery," near St. Quentin, France.

Son of William and Anna Schormick Kissell; born December 23, 1893, Milan, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service September 20, 1917, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company A, 335th Infantry, 84th Division. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Embarked May 17, 1918; assigned to Company I, 120th Infantry, 30th Division. Died of pneumonia November 6, 1918, 41st Stationery Hospital, Amiens. Buried in Cemetery at Amiens, Somme, France.

Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Dubrowitz Levine; born August 31, 1899, Cincinnati, Ohio, Moved to Ripley County, Ind. in 1912. Grain dealer. Entered service October 1, 1918, Cincinnati, Ohio, in Student Army Training Corps, University of Cincinnati. Died of pneumonia November 7, 1918, Cincinnati General Hospital. Buried in Price Hill Cemetery, Cincinnati.

Son of Michael and Mary Lindauer; born June 17, 1889, St. Magdalene, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service September 20, 1917, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 45th Company, 12th Provisional Training Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade; transferred to Company A, 335th Infantry (?). Died of pneumonia December 23, 1917, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in Catholic Cemetery, St. Magdalene, Ripley County, Ind.

Son of Herman R. and Rebecca Jane May; born December 31, 1887, Cross Plains, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service June 26, 1918, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to Company B, 334th Infantry, 84th Division. Overseas September 2, 1918. Died of pneumonia October 23, 1918, Camp Hospital No. 26, Noyers, France. Buried in Benham Cemetery, Ripley County, Ind.

Son of John and Louisa Galbe Pohlar; born January 5, 1897, Spades, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service August 29, 1918, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to 29th Company, 8th Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade. Died of influenza October 9, 1918, Base Hospital at Camp Sherman. Buried at Penntown, near Spades, Ind.

Son of Ernest August and Margaret Hanna Prell; born June 18, 1887, Batesville, Ripley County, Ind. Carpenter. Called into service March 29, 1918, Cincinnati, Ohio. Sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio; assigned to Headquarters Company, 329th Infantry, 83rd Division. Sent to Camp Merritt, N.J., for embarkation June 11, 1918. Transferred to Company G, 28th Infantry, 1st Division. Met instant death October 6, 1918, in Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Buried, Exermont, France. American Legion Post, Batesville, Ind., named the Prell-Bland Post. (See p. 541)

Son of George W. and Louella Raney; born January 4, 1900, Cincinnati, Ohio. Moved with parents to Ripley County, Ind., same year. Electrician. Enlisted in U.S. Navy June 18, 1918, Richmond, Ind. Sent to Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Ill. Promoted to Second Class Seaman. Died of pneumonia September 29, 1918, Great Lakes Naval Hospital. Buried at Moores Hill, Dearborn County, Ind.

Son of Joseph and Margaret Brower Reynolds (deceased); born December 6, 1891, near New Marion, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in Company I, 3rd Ohio National Guard, April 10, 1917, Cincinnati, Ohio. Sent to Camp Perry, Ohio; assigned to Company C, 166th Infantry, 42nd (Rainbow) Division. Embarked October 27, 1917. With Army of Occupation; died from accidental causes January 16, 1919, Coblenz, Germany. Buried in Tanglewood Cemetery, Versailles, Ind.

Son of Finley and Cordelia Burchfield Roberts; born June 22, 1895, Elrod, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Called into service February 23, 1918, Grinnell, Iowa. Sent to Camp Dodge, Iowa; transferred to Camp Gordon, Ga., assigned to 38th Company, 10th Training Battalion, 157th Depot Brigade; then to Supply Company, 350th Infantry. Died of pneumonia in Base Hospital at Camp Gordon, April 19, 1918. Buried at Green Chapel, Ripley County, Ind.

Son of Amos and Alice Hall Sandefur; born August 5, 1895, Shelbyville, Ind. Moved to Ripley County in 1907. Fosterson of William Dollens and wife. Farmer. Enlisted in Naval Reserves March 29, 1917, Cincinnati, Ohio. Sent to Norfolk, Va. Died of pneumonia May 2, 1917, in Naval Hospital, Newport News, Va. Buried at Benham, Ripley County, Ind.

Son of Philip and Lucy Hamel Schraub; born August 16, 1894, Peoria, Ill. Moved to Ripley County, Ind., in 1911. Farmer. Called into service September 20, 1917, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S. C. Embarked May 17, 1918; assigned to Company M, 120th Infantry, 30th Division. Died October 14, 1918, from wounds received in action, near St. Quentin. Buried in American Cemetery, near St. Quentin. American Legion Post, Friendship, Ind., named in his honor.

Son of Edward and Nellie Smith; born August 24, 1894, near Milan, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army October 28, 1916, Cincinnati, Ohio. Sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio; assigned to Company F, 28th Infantry, 1st Division. Embarked for France June 14, 1917. Killed in action May 29, 1918, Cantigny, France. Buried on battlefield near Cantigny.

Son of Thomas W. W. and Hannah Rogers Sunman; born March 6, 1888, Spades, Ripley County, Ind. Farmer. Entered service September 20, 1917, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company A, 335th Infantry. Transferred to Camp Sevier, S.C. Overseas May 17, 1918; assigned to Company M, 120th Infantry, 30th Division. Killed in action September 29, 1918, Bellecourt, France. Buried near St. Quentin, in American Plot of British Cemetery.

Son of John and Dora Sutherland; born March 23, 1896, Sadieville, Ky. Moved to home of foster-parents, Thomas and Mary Morris, Ripley County, Ind. in 1906. Farmer. Entered service September 17, 1917, Red Cloud, Neb. Sent to Camp Funston, Kan.; assigned to Company G, 335th Infantry. Transferred to Camp Stuart, Va. Embarked April 6, 1918; assigned to Company G, 4th Infantry, 3rd Division. Killed in action July 29, 1918, Aisne. Buried near where he fell.

Son of John and Dicey Vestal; born September 28, 1886, near Hicks, Jefferson County, Ind. Farmer. Most of his life spent at Haney's Corner, Ripley County. Entered service October 4, 1917, Versailles, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to Company A, 335th Infantry. Death resulted from appendicitis, March 1, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried at Shelby Church Cemetery, Shelby Township, Ripley County, Ind. Survived by widow, Flora Lee Vestal, Madison, Ind.

Son of Franklin P. and Daisy D. Whitham; born December 29, 1896, Cross Plains, Ripley County, Ind. Clerk. Entered U.S. Regular Army May 29, 1918, Akron, Ohio. Sent to Camp Gordon, Ga.; assigned to Replacement Unit. Embarked August 1, 1918. Assigned to Company K, 28th Infantry, 1st Division. Killed in action October 5, 1918, in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Buried at Exermont, Ardennes, France.

Son of William and Luella Raney Wildey; born December 17, 1898, North Vernon, Ind. Moved to Ripley County in 1903. Farmer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army November, 1916, Indianapolis, Ind. Assigned to Company C, 28th Infantry, 1st Division at Ft. Ringgold, Tex. Overseas July 12, 1917. Saw service at Cantigny, Chateau-Thierry, and Verdun. Wounded in action at Argonne, France. Sent back to U.S. Died of pneumonia Camp Taylor, Ky., February 22, 1919. Buried at North Vernon, Ind.

Son of B. F. and Content B. Wilson; born July 13, 1897, Dillsboro, Dearborn County, Ind. Later moved to Ripley County, Ind. Student in Mooreshill College. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army Medical Department, March 5, 1917, Columbus, Ohio. Went into training at Columbus Barracks, where he died of diphtheria April 25, 1917. Buried at Dillsboro, Dearborn County, Ind.

Son of Lorenzo L. and Flora Jackson; born April 27, 1897, Ripley County, Ind. Moved to Rush County in 1899. Laborer. Enlisted in U.S. Regular Army July 24, 1916, Columbus Barracks, Ohio. Transferred to Ft. Totten, N.Y.; assigned to 1st Company, Coast Artillery Corps. Transferred to Ft. Hamilton, N.Y. Overseas in August 1917; assigned to 8th Battalion, Howitzer Regiment, 30th Coast Artillery. Killed in action June 28, 1918. (Place unknown.)

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