|Birth: ||Dec. 31, 1892|
|Death: ||Nov. 7, 1918, France|
Killed in Action - World War I
In France on Nov. 7, 1918
Virgil enlisted in the Army on 5 Mar 1914 in Texas City Texas. His mother, Jemima Lockwood Lacey was notified of his death by telegram on 21 Jun 1919. And, another telegram dated 15 Mar 1921 announced the arrival of the body back in United States; therefore, Virgil was laid to rest approximately 2 years, 4 months and some days after he was KIA.
A request for him to be honored with a Purple Heart was made in May 2013 and the following message from U. S. Senator John Cornyn's office arrived in September 2013.
"PVT Virgil Lacey, USA, was KIA during the period of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France on November 7, 1918, four days before the armistice went into effect. The circumstances here are a little different due to the fact the Army did not begin to issue the PH until after WWI. Eligibility was made retroactive for those who did serve during WWI. From the Army's prospective, it is still an initial award of the PH and a presentation is appropriate. "
The presentation of the PH will be made in the near future.
Updated 25 Oct 2013 by Great Niece Barbara Carmon
John David Lacey (1859 - 1905)
Mary Jemima Ann Lockwood Lacey (1857 - 1947)
Josephine Lacey (1890 - 1906)*
Virgil Calvin Lacey (1892 - 1918)
Leo A Lacey (1895 - 1966)*
Virgil C Lacey
Born Dec 31, 1892
Died Nov 7, 1918
He laid down his life
That Liberty and
Democracy might not
Perish from this earth
Plot: Section D
Maintained by: BARBARA CARMON
Originally Created by: Mark Lindahl
Record added: Jan 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17414036
Purple Heart to be presented Brig. Gen. Clark Le-Masters, commander of the Army's 13th Expeditionary Command (Sustainment), will present a posthumous Purple Heart for World War I veteran Virgil Calvin Lacey at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mills County Courth...(Read more)|
Joe W. Fields
Added: Jan. 9, 2014