|Birth: ||Mar., 1896|
|Death: ||Aug. 10, 1918, France|
Cosmer Magnus Leveaux was born in March 1896 in Ludington, Mason County, Michigan. His parents were C. John Leveaux and Christine Emma Johnson Leveaux. Both John and Christine Emma were born in Sweden.
Cosmer's siblings included Jenny, Emery, Amy, John F. and Carol. John and Christine Emma had another child, born June 22, 1898, but sadly this child was stillborn.
In 1910 Cosmer and his family resided in Pere Marquette (outside of Ludington), Mason County, Michigan, USA.
Cosmer graduated from Ludington High School in 1913.
Per the 1913 and 1915 Ludington, Michigan, City Directories, Cosmer was a student residing with his parents John and Christine Leveaux on East Ludington Avenue, (They also show John Leveaux's occupation as mason.)
After graduating from high school, Cosmer attended Michigan Agricultural College.
Cosmer's brother Private Emery Leveaux served as an Oiler in the Merchant Marine.
Emery was killed before the United States had declared war on Germany.
The Healdton, with Private Emery Leveaux aboard, was destroyed in the North Sea, 23 miles north by east of the lightship at Terschelling Island, Holland, on Wednesday, March 21, 1917, at 8:15 p.m. according to G. H. Krogh, American Vice Consul to Rotterdam, in his official report to the State Department. Vice Consul Krogh's official cablegram states that Private Leveaux either drowned or was suffocated.
In part excerpted from: November 27th 1918 peace edition of the Ludington Daily News. [.....] November 11th 1918 was Armistice Day, the signing of the cease-fire that heralded the end of hostilities with Germany. The United States declared war on Germany April 6th 1917. [....] Private Cosmer Leveaux of Pere Marquette Township "enlisted [....] to avenge the death of his brother Emery, murdered by a German submarine." KIA August 10th 1918.
Corp. Leveaux served in the U.S. Army 119th Field Artillery Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division--the famed Red Arrow Division.
According to a publication of the Michigan Agricultural College, he was engaged to Miss Hildah Cummings of the college's Bacteriology Department.
On August 10, 1918, Corp. Cosmer Magnus Leveaux was killed in action in the Argonne offensive, France. A direct hit on a field gun took his life and that of 11 other artillerymen.
He is buried in Plot D Row 34 Grave 1 in the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Fere-en-Tardenois, France.
LeVeaux Park, originally East End Park, was given its present name in 1925 by the City of Ludington enacting an ordinance naming it LeVeaux Park in memory of two sons of Ludington pioneer John LeVeaux, Emery and Cosmer LeVeaux, who were both killed in action during World War I.
The Ludington Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post Leveaux is named in honor of brothers Corporal Cormer Magnus Leveaux and Private Emery Leveaux.
Corp. Cosmer Magnus Leveaux is honored along with others by a special monument in Ludington City Park:
Historic Site- Monument at flag pole: "1917, 1918, Erected by the grateful people of Mason County in memory of these our heroes, who gave their lives for our country and in honor of our soldiers and sailors in the World War. John Benjamin Adam, Frank R. Allen, John Albert Anderson, Frederic Chris Bertelsen, John R. Borski, Russell Clayton Boxell, Louis Brozzo, Eric Carlson, Gordon Chadwick, Carl Christensen, Alvin R. Drabenstott, Dezerie A. Duplessis, Edwin Harold Ewing, Anton Brye, Edwin Glynn, August Gorski, Joseph Hall, John Hanson, Floyd James Herrington, R.D. Keith, Cosmer Leveaux, Walter Loxen, Frank Lukaszewicz, Joseph P. Maluski, Isadore Meyette, Marion Michael, Otto Miney, Francis Joseph Odean, Hans Christian Peterson, Michael Przybysz, Walter Rives, Albert Sheppard, Samuel Shinnock, Samuel Henry Shunk, Wilbur Nelson Sims, Louis Stump, Harold L. Sweet, William R. Vogel, Emil B. Von Sprecken, Lester Vorac, Charles Winner, August T. Ziolkowski, Joseph Zopel , Unveiled May 30, 1926"
Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement de l'Aisne
Plot: D Row 34 Grave 1
Maintained by: Cherie J.
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56638618
Far from home, buried in foreign soil ...Rest in peace.|
Added: Aug. 25, 2013
Added: Nov. 13, 2012
For Corporal Cosmer M. Leveaux, an American Hero, in gratitude for your Service. May you rest in peace.|
Added: Nov. 9, 2012