|Birth: ||May 30, 1893|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 29, 1918, France|
Mrs. Florence Johnson, of 127 North street, this city, has received a dispatch from the War Department, Washington, D.C., stating that her son, Private Virgil H. Bogardus, was reported as killed in action September 29.
Private Bogardus was born in this city May 30, 1893. He received his education in the schools here, then engaging in the occupation of a pattern maker, being employed by the Alberger Pump & Condenser Co., of Newburgh. He enlisted in Company I, where he served, securing his discharge. He was drafted and departed for Camp Upton with Co. H, of Newburgh, leaving home April 1, 1918.
The young man is survived by his mother.
--Orange County Times-Press (Middletown, NY), Tuesday, November 19, 1918, page 8
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FINAL TRIBUTE IS PAID FOUR HEROES
Tears in Eyes of Many Person at Services in Armory For Boys Who Gave Lives for Their Country
Caskets Draped With American Flags and Strewn With Flowers - Gold Star Mothers, Relatives and Friends Occupy Seats in Front - Mayor Cox Speaks
Final tribute was paid four American heroes who paid the supreme sacrifice on the battlefields of France at Memorial services conducted by the local post of the American Legion in the armory Saturday night.
The services were adequate, inspiring, pathetic. From a raised dais overlooking four caskets, each covered with an American flag, and strewn with flowers, the four principals in the services looked down upon an assemblage that nearly filled the large drill hall.
The four boys for whom the services were held were Floyd M. Carter, James Flaherty, Virgil Bogardus, and John Elmore Terwilliger.
Gold star mothers, near relatives, friends and other mourners occupied seats in front near the caskets. Two members of Company I, facing each other, stood at attention near the outermost caskets.
"In Flanders Field," the most wonderful of poems inspired by the war and set to music by Spross, was rendered by Mrs. C. S. Harmon. The number was particularly appropriate in view of the fact that the first touch of was censed by these boys "in Flanders Field." It was here that they struck their first blow for Democracy and for the rights of all mankind. Only providence, however, prevented them from paying the supreme sacrifice on the blood-soaked soil of Belgium and saved them to died a most glorious death a few months later in an advance that threatened for a time to end with the star-spangled banner placed aloft the tallest spire in Berlin.
Tears came to the eyes of many while Mrs. Harmon was singing. The whole tragedy of the great struggle was brought back in that brief space of time that it took to complete the song. Much is forgotten in the space of three years In a few minutes, words written by Colonel McRae, who later died in the war, had brought it all back.
The Rev. Thomas H. Saunders, chaplain of the American Legion, led the assemblage in prayer. Then followed an address by Rosslyn M. Cox who paid tribute to the dead heroes "who had given their all."
The Rev. J. L. McCabe, pastor of the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel then said a few prayers over the bodies.
The services were concluded with a short prayer by the Rev. Thomas H. Saunders.
The bodies rested in state for a few minutes while those present surged about the flag-draped caskets. Each box had been labeled with the name, regiment and company of the inclosed body.
Funeral services for the heroes were held yesterday and today.
Virgil H. Bogardus was buried yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the undertaking parlors of L. E. Smith, the Rev. Fred W. Stacy officiating. Interment followed in the family plot in Wurtsboro cemetery. The members of Wallkill Council, 92, Jr. O. U. A. M attended in a body.
Members of the American Legion acted as pall bearers. Four firing squads from Company I accompanied the bodies to the graves.
--Middletown (NY) Daily Herald, Monday, March 21, 1921, page 1
Co. H. 107th Inf.
New York, USA
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