UF and World War I 1914-1918

by Pam Hawley Marlin, March 2014

"The Boys of Old Florida..." came to mind as I strolled past the two plaques commemorating the UF students who perished in World War I at the north entrance of Ben Hill Griffin stadium on the University of Florida (UF) campus. I pass these memorials nearly every day but only recently stopped and read the inscriptions. "Dedicated to those Floridians who made the supreme sacrifice" they read, then I noticed the statement at the bottom of the plaque, "The names of these Florida men are inscribed upon a scroll and sealed within this plaque." My thoughts turned to these Florida boys and the world events that led their short lives down a path from where they would never return. On this year, the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, I began a journey of my own as I set out to discover as much as I could about each of these Florida boys and the ultimate sacrifice they made in The Great War.

Photo right: Enlistees off to war, Gainesville, Florida 1917
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory http://floridamemory.com/items/show/11922

UF Involvement in World War I


Army Training Camp

Image right: World War I recruitment poster
With the passing of the National Defense Act of June 3, 1916, military instruction at universities became important during World War I. This act provided for training at colleges for units of the Reserve Officer's Training Corps, and authorized the Secretary of War to furnish supplies and provide a standard course of instruction for soldiers. These units provided corps of reserve officers to lead the United States in times of war and "proved the wisdom of the general faith of the country in the intelligence, adaptability, spirit and bravery of college men as military leaders."
History of Florida: Past and Present, Historical and Biographical Volume 1 by Harry Gardner Cutler, Lewis Publishing Co., 1923


"Immediately after the U.S. entered the war, the equipment of universities was placed at the disposal of the Government. The ranks of the students were depleted because of the large number who volunteered for service. During the summer of 1918 the College of Engineering was operated as the "University of Florida Army Training School" for the vocational training of successive detachments of soldiers. At the opening of the session of 1918-19, all regular activities of the University were subordinated to the task of training men for the armed forces of the United States. Besides two companies in the "Vocational Unit", there were a naval division and two full infantry companies of the Students' Army Training Corps. On December 14, 1918, upon the mustering out of the Student Army Training Corps, the university again took up its regular work, although it made liberal allowance in credits to students for the interruption of their studies caused by military service. During the whole period of the war, many of the faculty were individually active in Government work or in various Red Cross, United War Work, and like campaigns."
Florida's War-Time Activities Reviewed The Florida Alligator February 6, 1919. Second column from left, center of page.



Musicians

Photo left: UF Cadet Band In front of Buchman Hall, 1910's.
UF's first marching band, the cadet band, was created in 1914. Male students in all land grant colleges were required to fulfill certain military obligations and college bands, commonly known as cadet bands, were important adjuncts to the military department. Shortly after the declaration of war in April, 1917, many members of the cadet band volunteered to join the band of the 2nd Florida Infantry regiment. The University bandsmen were formally inducted in the Headquarters Company of the 124th Infantry and in August, 1917, the regiment, with the band, was mustered into Federal service and reported to Camp Wheeler near Macon. Georgia. At camp Lucien Y. Dyrenforth was leader of the band (chief musician) and Frank Holland was assistant leader (principal musician). At the end of World War I, many veterans returned to finish their education and some became members of the newly created "University Jazz" orchestra in 1919.
The Biggest BOOM in Dixie The Story of Band Music at the University of Florida by Harold B. Bachman, published by author, 1968.





Ambulance Unit

With the start of the war in 1914, the American Colony in Paris inaugurated a volunteer ambulance service to transport the wounded from the front lines to the American Hospital on the outskirts of Paris. The service attracted young volunteers from the American literati: college students, poets and writers. The UF Ambulance Unit, No. 35, was part of the French Army. A list of those involved with this unit was posted in The Florida Alligator in October 1917 (bottom right of front page).


Herbert G. Ford, UF student, became part of the UF Ambulance Unit No. 35 that served in France. In a 1918 letter written to then UF President Albert A. Murphree and posted in the March 13, 1918 issue of The Florida Alligator (image left), Ford states, "Just a line to let you know that the University of Florida Ambulance service has at last reached France. We landed in England on January the 24th and stayed in an American Rest Camp there for ten days." He continues, "Our meals are quite good and the quarters comfortable, so with the mud somewhat dried up, we have nothing to complain of. We will be issued heavy marching boots with steel rimmed heels and hob-nailed soles in a few days which I am sure will keep our feet dry." Ford would survive the war, graduate from UF, and become a Rhodes Scholar. He was also part of the UF football team.


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Many Leaving to Enlist The Florida Alligator December 12, 1917 Editorial section, far left
The College Student and the World War by Herbert Hoover, United States Food Administrator
The Florida Alligator February 13, 1918
University of Florida Battalion Inspection The Florida Alligator April 17, 1918

Remembering those who died

Photo right: original plaque in 1934 and again in 2014

John J. Tigert became president of the University of Florida in 1928. Shortly after becoming president, he enacted plans for a new, larger football stadium. Initial construction halted when the nation plunged into the Great Depression so Tigert enlisted a group of friends to raise funds, and together they collected $118,000 in personal loans. The stadium was completed in 1930 and named Florida Field. On October 13, 1934, the stadium was dedicated to the memory of the servicemen who died in World War I and a plaque was placed on the north wall of the stadium. Tigert, a World War I veteran having served as a YMCA volunteer in the American Expeditionary Force, liked the name Florida Field because it reminded him of Flanders Fields, the famed World War I battlegrounds. The president said the name “would remind him of those boys that died in the First World War.”

Today there are two plaques on display, as there was in 1934. The first plaque inscription reads as follows:

Florida Field
Florida Seal
Department of Florida
Dedicated to those Floridians who made the Supreme Sacrifice in the World War April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918
The historical records of the names of these Florida men is inscribed upon a scroll and sealed within this plaque



The second plaque reads as follows:

Florida Field
Florida Seal
In Memoriam

Claude Sims Brannon
Wiley Haralson Burford
Martin R. Daniels
Redding Alex Dukes
Arthur Ellis Hamm
Bret Hart
James W. Hatton
James Abel Johnson
Joseph Shergold Laing
Addinell H. Lockey
William Haisley Lynch
Oliver Thompson McKeown
Paul D. Mobley
Thaddeus Hentz Smith
Richard Ray White
Earle E. Wiggins

University of Florida Alumni who were among those to whom Florida Field is Dedicated April 6, 1917 - November 11, 1918
Presented by the American Legion Alumni of the University of Florida


The Scroll

Over the years the UF stadium has undergone multiple expansions and renovations. I was curious as to whether the scroll, referenced on the memorial plaque, where the names of the UF World War I deceased were listed, was still sealed inside. After a few internet searches I found a November 1990 article from the Gainesville Sun that provided more information on the sealed scroll. The article mentions that the "nearly 60 year old lead pouch containing the names of University of Florida dead has been successfully recovered from a memorial plaque at Florida Field" when the scrolls were moved to their present location in the stadium.







Photo of Governor David Scoltz (second from left) and UF President John Tigert (third from left) with two American Legion officers, dedicating the plaque on the north wall of
Florida Field during the Tulane game October 13, 1934.
University of Florida Digital Collections Photo



Century Tower Memorial

The UF Century Tower began construction in 1953 with funds from alumni and friends. It was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the University and serve as a memorial for students and alumni who perished in both World War I and World War II.

Photos below: Century Tower dedication and Commemorative plaque on north side of the Century Tower


In Memoriam

The following is a list of the men on the memorial plaque who attended the University of Florida and died by disease or in military action when the United States entered World War I in 1917. Most of my research involved visiting the following sites, Ancestry, Florida State Archives, UF Digital Collections, Find-A-Grave, the Library of Congress and the National Archives Administration. I was also able to find obituaries and World War I service cards at the Alachua County Library. Photos of the men were difficult to come by. Most of the photos and personalized stories came from a memorial article published by The Florida Alligator in May 1919.

Excerpts from The Florida Alligator, May 1919:

"It is with sorrow-filled hearts that we, the students of the University of Florida, try to tell something of the thoughts that choke us when we speak of our friends and comrades that have gone...

Somehow, we cannot believe that they are dead. We cannot picture them save as last we knew them; their cheerful laughs, their arms across our shoulders, their songs and all...

Tall Lockey with his quiet grin; Brannon the earnest; Mobley, who used to growl to hide his sympathy; big Dukes; happy Nat Carson rise before our mind's eyes as our fellows that made life worth living. We look for them to step from a doorway, to shout as of old in the old boyish way. We cannot believe them dead."

Claude Sims Brannon

"Born at Ocoee, Florida, May 26, 1898; entered University 1913; continuous student except one year till December 1917 when he entered aviation service in which he graduated at head of his class; finished pilot work Ft. Worth, Texas, and while waiting for commission, contracted influenza and died Dec. 12, 1918. A good student, an athlete, a Christian, a patriot."
Preceding text and photo (left) taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics: Freshman, College of Arts and Sciences University of Florida Catalog 1913-1914

Regiment: Aviation

Birth: May 26, 1898, Ocoee, Florida

Death: December 12, 1918, Lobar Pneumonia, Ft. Worth, Texas

Burial: Ocoee Cemetery Ocoee, Florida

Documents: World War I Service Card

Articles: University of Florida Tampa Tribune January 2, 1919

Wiley Haralson Burford

"Florida's First to Fall." "Wiley Burford died in battle on February 14, 1918, the first man from the University and the first man from the State to be killed for America. He nobly upheld the traditions of his Southern forbears. He was born in Ocala, October 31, 1893, was graduate from Princeton with honors and was studying Law at this University when he entered the service. He died as he lived, a man" Preceding text taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919
Photo left from the Nassau Herald, Princeton Yearbook 1916


Academics: Junior, College of Law, University of Florida Catalog 1915-1916

Regiment: 2nd Lieut. Battery A. 7th Field Artillery First Division A. E. F.

Birth: October 31, 1893, Ocala, Florida

Death: February 14, 1918, Bullet Wound, France

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C.

Books: The Collected Works of Sir Humphry Davy Discourses Delivered Before The Royal Society. Elements Of Agricultural Chemistry, Pt. I
by Edward Everett Hale (Author), Sir Humphry Davy (Creator)

Documents: World War I Service Card      Registration Card     Obituary

Articles: Wiley H. Burford Killed In Action The Gainesville Daily Sun February 17, 1918    
Wiley H. Burford notice of death The Florida Alligator February 20, 1918
Wiley H. Burford's Picture Presented to the University The Florida Alligator May 15, 1918
War's Toll of American Officers in First Year The New York Times March 24, 1918

Nathan Bryan Carson Jr.

"Nat Carson was possibly the happiest man of all these that we have lost. He had a smile for every one and would stop at any time to have a laugh with you; he did more to brighten the campus than any man on it. He was twenty-one years old when he fell in the thick of the fighting in the Argonne - one of the Marines."
Preceding text and photo (left) taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics:

Regiment: 2nd Div. 45th Co. 5th Reg. US Navy

Birth: February 2, 1898, Kissimmee, Florida

Death: November 1, 1918, Killed in action, crossing of the Meuse River, Meuse-Argonne Offensive, France

Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Kissimmee, Florida

Documents: World War I Service Card     Report of the Sect. of the Navy Enlisted Men

Articles: News of Nat Carson's Death Confirmed The Florida Alligator April 4, 1919      
In Memory of Nathan B. Carson The Florida Alligator April 18, 1919

Martin R. Daniels

"Entered the University of Florida in 1916, remaining here only one year because of the war. Called to service at Tavares, Sept. 15, 1917, and sent to Camp Jackson, S.C., and later to Camp Wheeler, Georgia. Here he contracted pneumonia and died Nov. 18, 1917. One of the first to brave the storm and one of the first to pay the supreme sacrifice."
Preceding text and photo (left) taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics: 1916

Regiment: Co. L. 124th Infantry

Birth: July 2, 1898, Mascotte, Florida

Death: November 17, 1917, Lobar Pneumonia, Camp Wheeler, Georgia

Burial: Mascotte Cemetery, Mascotte, Florida

Documents: World War I Service Card    Report for Duty list 1917-1918

Articles: Deaths at Camp Wheeler Charleston News and Courier November 19, 1917

Redding Alex Dukes

"Entered Agricultural College fall of 1911, and graduated spring of 1916. Took active part in such College activities as the literary societies, Y.M.C.A., and Military organization. A hard worker, he stood with the head of his classes. An independent thinker, a true Christian, he was repsected and his views appreciated on all important matters. One of the first to the colors, and one of the first to fall." Preceding text and photo (left) taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics: Military Organization, Sophomore, College of Agriculture, Junior, College of Agriculture University of Florida Catalog 1913-1914

Regiment: Private, 156 Dep Brig

Birth: Worthington, Florida, November 14, 1888

Death: January 3, 1918, Cerebro Spinal Fever, Camp Jackson, Richland, South Carolina

Burial: New Hope Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, LaCrosse, Florida

Documents: World War I Service Card     Registration Card     Report for Duty List

Articles: Receives B.S. in Agriculture The Tampa Tribune June 7, 1916      1916 UF Seminole Yearbook Photo

Captain Arthur Ellis Hamm

"Registered College of Law fall of 1915 but did not take the regular law course. Still that his principal study, taking only a few hours in the Teachers College. He was a member Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He left here in early part of May 1917, for first O.T.C. at Ft. McPherson, Georgia from which he graduated on Aug. 15th with rank of captain. He was assigned to a non-combative organization at Camp Gordon. This did not suit him in the least, and his application for transfer to a regular infantry regiment was soon granted. He crossed with the 82nd Division and fought with it in the hardest of its campaigns till he fell fighting at the head of his company." Preceding text taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics: Specials, College of Law University of Florida Catalog 1915-1916

Regiment: 326th Infantry, US Army

Birth: June 29, 1892, Groveland, Massachusetts

Death: September 14, 1918, Killed in action by a bomb from a German plane, Lorraine St. Mihiel, France

Burial: St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France

Awards: Distinguished Service Cross and the French Croix de Guerre

Books: In White Armor The Life of Captain Arthur Ellis Hamm by Elizabeth Creevey Hamm

Documents: World War I Service Card     Registration Card      1916 UF Seminole Yearbook Photo

Articles: D.S.C. Posthumously Awarded to Captain Arthur Ellis Hamm The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919
University Renders Homage to Memory of Arthur E. Hamm The Florida Alligator February 6, 1919
In Memorium Captain Arthur Hamm The Florida Alligator March 21, 1919
Many Casualties in New York Units The New York Times October 3, 1918

An Arthur Ellis Hamm Memorial Scholarship was established in 1919 by Mrs. Elizabeth C. Hamm offered to students at the University of Florida in accordance with the last will and in memory of her husband, Captain Arthur Ellis Hamm, a former student of the University who fell in battle at St. Mihiel, France, on September 14, 1918.

Bret Hart

"Born May 1, 1890, at Mascotte, Florida; attended University in 1916; taught school in Florida for six years; enlisted in Navy in April 1918; sent to Newport, Rhode Island. Here he contracted pneumonia and died May 15th. A persistent worker, a good student, a devoted son, a true Christian, a loyal American."
Preceding text and photo (left) taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics: Fourth year, Teachers College, Practical High School University of Florida Catalog 1915-1916

Regiment: Apprentice Seaman, U.S. Navy

Birth: May 1, 1890, Mascotte, Florida

Death: May 15, 1918, Lobar Pneumonia, Naval Hospital Newport, Rhode Island

Burial: Mascotte Cemetery, Mascotte, Florida

Documents: World War I Service Card     Registration Card

James W. Hatton

"J.W. Hatton was at the University in 1914 and bid fair to make a name for himself in Athletics had he not been called home. He was a Pi Kappa Alpha. He went to France determined that his country should hear of him. He lost his life in the Argonne. He won the Croix de Guerre and the honor of his fellows."
Preceding text and photo (left) taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics: Senior, College of Law, University of Florida Catalog 1913-1914

Regiment: 328 Infantry

Birth: August 20, 1896, Tampa, Florida,

Death: October 14, 1918, Meuse-Argonne Offensive, France

Burial:

Awards: Croix de Guerre

Documents: World War I Service Card

James Abel Johnson

"Born at Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1892; graduated St. Petersburg High School 1913; registered Agricultural College University fall of 1912; graduated 1917; member Agricultural Club, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi honorary fraternity. Varsity baseball '14, '15, '16, '17. Enlisted second O.T.C. Ft. Olglethorpe, Georgia, 1917; commissioned Dec. 1917; wounded many times and gassed; killed in action Oct. 9, 1918. those who knew him best, loved him best."
Preceding text and photo (left) taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics: Senior, Certificate Phi Kappa Phi Class of 1917, College of Agriculture, University of Florida Catalog
1915-1916

Regiment: Lieut. Co. M 38th Inf., 3rd Div.

Birth: 1892, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Death: October 9, 1918, Mount Faucon, France

Burial:

Documents:

Articles: In Memoriam The Florida Alligator March 28, 1919      1916 UF Seminole Yearbook Photo      1916 UF Seminole Yearbook Photo

Joseph Shergold Laing

"Born at Sanford July 4, 1897; entered Arts and Science College of University fall of 1916; changed to part law same scholastic year; one year at this institution; member Y.M.C.A., Farr Literary Society, Freshman football and "Rat" baseball; enlisted U.S. Marines Sept. 9, 1918; died Paris Island, S.C. Nov. 12, of pneumonia. Enthusiasm and determination made him one of the leaders among his associates."
Preceding text taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics: College of Arts and Sciences University of Florida Catalog 1915-1916

Regiment: Co. R. 385th U.S. Marines

Birth: July 4, 1897, Sanford, Florida

Death: November 12, 1918, Disease, Paris Island, South Carolina

Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Sanford, Florida

Occupation: Good Year Tire, Jacksonville, Florida

Documents: World War I Service Card     Registration Card     Certificate of Death    

Addinell Huston Lockey

"He entered the Practice High School of the University fall of 1913 and remained with us till the Great War broke out, at which time he was a sophomore in the Agricultural College. He is remembered as honest and resolute, staunch and determined; a true Christian, enthusiastic and loyal. he reached France to contract influenza which later developed into pneumonia and brought about his death. He died so that you and I might live."
Preceding text taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics: Third Year, Practice High School Fourth Year University of Florida Catalog 1913-1914

Regiment: Private, 16th Company OCT AUTO Replacement Draft

Birth: July 25, 1894, Pembroke, North Carolina

Death: November 18, 1918, Influenza and brocho pneumonia, Haute-Normandie, France

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C.

Occupation: Dairy Purity Ice C & D Co.

Documents: World War I Service Card     Registation Card     Report for Duty List

William Haisley Lynch

The only soldier from Gainesville to be killed in the war. William was born in Gainesville in 1895, and was the first Alachua County resident killed in action during World War I. Lynch was killed at Cote de Chatillion, France just days before the end of the war during the Meuse Argonne Offensive. His father, Louis Lynch had enlisted at 50 and had also served in Europe during the year. Having been notified of Haisley's death he found his sons burial place and had Haisley returned home. The local post of the American Legion is named in his honor. The area in Gainesville now known as Lynch Park as given by Haisley Lynch's mother to the city of Gainesville in honor of her son. At that time it was called Haisley Lynch Memorial Gardens. Preceding text and photo from Evergreen Cemetery

Academics: Fourth Year, Practice High School, University of Florida Catalog 1913-1914

Regiment: M.G. Co. 167th Inf. 42nd Div.

Birth: December 3, 1895, Gainesville, Florida

Death: October 17, 1918, Cote de Chatillion, Meuse Argonne Offensive, France

Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Gainesville, Florida

Occupation: Bank Clerk, First National Bank, Gainesville, Florida

Documents: World War I Service Card     Registration Card

Articles: Haisley Lynch makes the supreme sacrifice The Gainesville Daily Sun 1918    
Funeral Services The Gainesville Daily Sun July 1921    
Lynch Memorial to be presented Today The Gainesville Daily Sun July 1921     
Haisley Lynch Memorial is presented to Church The Gainesville Daily Sun August 1, 1921

Oliver Thompson McKeown

"Born March 22, 1896, Gretna, Florida; member Baptist church age of fourteen; graduate Quincey High School, 1915; entered Agricultural College University fall 1916; here year and half; entered O.T.C. Camp Gordon, Georgia, Jan. 5, 1918, graduating in three months; received commission after reaching France. Killed in action October 3, 1918. Faithful to every trust, obedient to his country's call, diligent in his service for Christ."
Preceding text and photo (left) taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics: Freshman, College of Agriculture, University of Florida Catalog 1915-1916

Regiment: 2 Lt. Inf./Co. H. 59 Inf.

Birth: March 22, 1896, Gretna, Florida

Death: October 5, 1918, Killed in action, Meuse-Argonne Offensive, France

Burial: American Cemetery near Septsarges Woods, Montfaucom Mays

Occupation: Farmer

Documents: World War I Service Card     Registration Card     Florida Veterans of the First World War

Paul D. Mobley

"Paul D. Mobley was graduated in Law from the University in 1913, afterwards practicing his profession in his home town. He went to France with the 318th Field Artillery in September, 1918, and died like a soldier in Feb., 1919. We remember his as one of the kindliest men that we ever knew; he did not let his left hand know the good that his right hand did; rather he covered his lovable character by a pretended surliness that was belied by the twinkle in his eyes. We shall never forget him." Preceding text taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics: Bachelor of Law, College of Law, University of Florida Catalog 1913-1914

Regiment: Private, Co. 156 Dep. Brig./Btry. D 318 FA

Birth: September 10, 1894, Rhine, Georgia,

Death: March 30, 1919, Meningitis

Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Occupation: Attorney-At-Law

Documents: World War I Service Card     Report for Duty List      1914 UF Seminole Yearbook Photo      1914 UF Seminole Yearbook Signature

Thaddeus Hentz Smith

"Hentz Smith entered the University in September, 1912, having attended Mercer the two years previous. He was graduated in Law on June 9, 1914. His manner was genial and sincere; he made friends wherever he went. he threw himself into his college activities just as he did the more grim duties that fell him in France. He died of influenza on October 16, 1918."
Preceding text and photo (left) taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics: Bachelor of Law, College of Law, University of Florida Catalog 1913-1914

Regiment: 2nd Lt. QC

Birth: August 9, 1891, Marianna, Florida

Death: October 17, 1918 Lobar Pneumonia, France

Burial: Saint Lukes Episcopal Cemetery Marianna, Florida

Occupation: Justice of the Peace, 6th Dist., Jackson County

Documents: World War I Service Card     Registration Card      1914 UF Seminole Yearbook Photo      1914 UF Seminole Yearbook Signature

Richard Ray White

"Ray White fell at the battle of Saint Mihiel on September 12, 1918, while leading his platoon against the enemy. He fought in the battles of the Somme, the marne, and in the sectors of Soissons, and Marbache, and Saint Mihiel. He was a true soldier. We remember him as quiet, reserved, dignified, yet always a good fellow. He was one of the founders of the chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon of the University." Preceding text and photo (left) taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics: Senior, College of Law University of Florida Catalog 1915-1916

Regiment: 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Birth: December 11, 1891, Conway, Florida

Death: November 13, 1918, Missing in action, Battle of Saint Mihiel, France

Burial: Tablets of the Missing at St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France

Occupation: Attorney, General Counsel

Documents: World War I Service Card      Registration Card      Report for Duty List      1915 UF Seminole Yearbook Photo

Earle E. Wiggins

"Born 1891; entered Law College fall of 1913, graduating fall of 1915. Entered service in December, 1917, being first stationed at Camp Johnston, Fla.; later transferred to remount service Camp Travis, Texas; died of influenza in January, 1919. He will be remembered for his enthusiasm, his earnestness, his honestness and his loyalty. A good fellow an excellent student, a successful lawyer, a noble soldier, he gave his all ungrudgingly, that the cause of Right might triumph over Evil." Preceding text taken from The Florida Alligator May 23, 1919

Academics: Senior, College of Law University of Florida Catalog 1913-1914

Regiment: Private, Dep. Co. Auxiliary Rmt. Dep. 329 - Hq. Co. Auxiliary Rmt. Dep. 329 to death

Birth: 1891, Hawthorne, Florida

Death: January 4, 1919, Broncho Pneumonia

Burial: Hawthorne Cemetery, Hawthorne, Florida

Documents: World War I Service Card      1914 UF Seminole Yearbook Photo      1914 UF Seminole Yearbook Signature






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