|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1896|
|Death: ||Sep. 25, 1918|
Departement de la Haute-Marne
On the St. Mihiel front great activity was noticeable, and it soon became evident that an attack was about to be made. The gunners had to wait no longer than the night of September 11-12. Shortly before midnight they were
ordered into action. The barrage began at 1:30 a. m. and continued with great intensity until 5 o'clock, when the infantry went over the top in the drive that smashed the St. Mihiel salient.
The attack was delivered with such force that within a few hours the enemy had been driven out of range of the trenchmortars, which had advanced as far as Remonville. There
the battery's first engagement ended. It was cited for the efficiency of its barrage in this attack.
Two days later another move began. Going by way ofBoncourt, Pont-sur-Meuse and Autrecourt, the battery reached Vraincourt, a town which had been the object of especially destructive shelling by the Germans, the march was made in eight days, a remarkable achievement.
Vraincourt was enjoying a brief freedom from enemy shells. A few old men and women were found there, despite the fact that most of the buildings were in ruins. Unfortunately the battery's coming caused fresh terror for the
inhabitants, for on the afternoon of September 25 the Germans discovered the presence of American troops, and renewed the bombardment. High explosive shells and gas bombs rained on the town. An old barn, in which a
number of the men of the battery were billeted, was struck by a shell. Chief Mechanic William Berrehus, Waggoners John G. Mapes, Harry E, Wiles and Edwin Knoess, and Privates Albert Johnson and Adolph Erickson were killed.
Corporal Anthony Mayer, Waggoner Harry J. Fruit and Private George Scoville were wounded so severely that it was necessary to take them to the Souilly Hospital.
Edwin Lewis Mapes (1868 - 1956)
Ella Mary Holzinger Mapes (1867 - 1934)
John G. Mapes (1896 - 1918)
Paul Edwin Mapes (1899 - 1985)*
Ina Ruth Mapes Nelson (1906 - 1987)*
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Originally Created by: Lisa
Record added: Jan 01, 2012
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My Brother-in-law of brother-in-law of 1st cousin 2x removed. Never forgotten and always loved.|
Christopher Erin Lindstrom
Added: Mar. 30, 2014
John, my husband was named after you by his mother, your sister who dearly loved you. You gave your life in the Great War, so others might live... you are remembered and not forgotten...|
Added: Mar. 18, 2013
Freedom is not free. Thank you for your service to our country.|
Added: Mar. 18, 2013