|Birth: ||Sep., 1898|
|Death: ||Nov. 5, 1918|
Obituary: Six Weeks Later Family Notified - Was an Artillery Officer
News was received in Montgomery yesterday, five weeks after the armistice was signed, of the death in France of Lieut. Leon Herman Hattemer, of Montgomery, who fell in action presumably in the great battle of the Argonne Forest. A telegram bringing the unhappy news came to Mrs. Hattemer Monday afternoon. The message was signed, "Harris, adjutant general" He was killed on November 4.
Lieut. Harris [sic, Hattemer] had been in France, but a short while. He had gone originally to Italy, whence he was transferred to the French front. There he soon went into action. On November 3, he wrote a letter to his wife in Montgomery. At that time he was sound and well. The next day he fell among the tall trees of the dread wilderness of the Argonne where the losses of the American army were heavier than in any other engagement of the war, and in which several thousand other Alabamans were engaged, one group of them with the Camp Gordon Division, or the 82nd, another group with the Rainbow or 42nd division. Lieut. Hattemer, however was not with the Alabamans. He was attached to the 77th Division, 305th artillery regiment.
Lieut. Hattemer was in the first draft of Montgomerians. He went into a training camp in September 1917. A few weeks later he was given his discharge papers in recognition of his right to exemption on account of a dependent wife and little daughter. He tore up the papers and said that he would not claim his exemption. He remained with the colors. Soon he was sent to officers' training school at Camp Lean Springs, Texas, where he was commissioned a lieutenant of artillery.
Lieut. Hattemer was one of the most prominent and popular young business and social figures in Montgomery prior to his leaving for the war. He had been proprietor of the Dixie Coal Co., disposing of his interests in that concern upon leaving for a training camp. He took an active part in the social pleasures of the city, counting his warm friends by the score. He died at 22 years of age, just one week before the last shot of the war was fired.
The gallant young soldier is survived by a widow, Mrs. Lorana Cain Hattemer, and a young daughter, Lorana, and by his mother, Mrs. Jessie Hattemer, Asheville, N. C., two brothers, Frank Hattemer, Asheville, N. C., Henry Hattemer, Montgomery, and two sisters, Mrs. Clinton Hughes, Asheville, and Mrs. W. B. Valentine, Asheville. Mrs. Hattemer, the widow, is a daughter of McDuff Cain of Montgomery, United States Marshal of the District of Alabama.
The first details of the death of Lieut. Leon H. Hattemer, who was killed in action in the Argonne forest on November 5, 1918, have been received in a letter to his sister Mrs. C. K. Hughes from her husband, Lieut. C. K. Hughes who is at present stationed at St. Calombe, France. The letter is in part as follows:
"This morning I started on what I thought was going to be a very pleasant trip, but it terminated in being the saddest I have taken.
"The major sent me to Chaumont in an automobile. I knew that Leon's division, the 77th, was stationed somewhere there, so I thought I would get to see him. I drove for about three hours trying to locate the 305th field artillery and finally succeeded. I was never so shocked in all my life as when they told me Leon had been killed a month before I had a long talk with his captain. He is unusually nice and had been very fond of Leon, and was deeply grieved over his death.
"Leon was killed about 8 o'clock on November 5. He, with his colonel, major and several other officers, were together when a German machine gun, which was hidden in the woods nearby opened fire on them. The major was wounded and Leon was killed instantly. He was buried nearby.
In the same letter Lieutenant Hughes tells of sending home the personal effects of Lieutenant Hattemer, among them the leave of absence card which he had been granted for his six month' overseas service and which he had not used. The reason he had not used the leave was because he volunteered for special duty and he was on that duty when he was killed.
John Francis Hattemer (1853 - 1908)
Jessie Lee Hattemer (1859 - 1923)
Lorana Cain Hattemer Sullivan (1913 - 1986)*
Henry Lee Hattemer (1891 - 1968)*
Leon Herman Hattemer (1898 - 1918)
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement de la Meuse
Plot: Plot F, Row 3, Grave 37
Maintained by: Robert Louis Daniell
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55993169
Rest in peace, Cousin. Thank you for having served. Sadly, you were killed in action six days before the Armistice ended World War I.|
Robert Louis Daniell
Added: Jan. 27, 2013
Leon was born Sep 1889 Ft. Deposit, Alabama son of John Francis 'Frank' Hattemer and Jessie Lane Lee|
Kaye Van Fleet
Added: Mar. 5, 2008