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Pvt Orla Russell Simmons
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Birth: May 24, 1890
Deming
Hamilton County
Indiana, USA
Death: Nov. 8, 1918
Verdun
Departement de la Meuse
Lorraine, France

Saint-Hilaire-en-Woëvre is a commune in the Meuse department in Lorraine in north-eastern France.

(WWI) Co M 131 Inf AEF
originally buried in France- reburied Cicero in 1922

Name: Orla Russell Simmons
Rank: Private
Indiana World War Records: Gold Star Honor Roll, A Record of Indiana Men and Women who died in the service of the United States and the Allied Nations in the World War, 1914-1918
Hancock County
Page 233:
Son of John and Sarah C. Simmons; born May 24, 1890, near Noblesville, Hamilton County, Ind. Moved to Hancock County before he entered service. Farmer. Entered service October 5, 1917, Greenfield, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor; transferred to Camp Logan, Tex.; assigned to Company M, 131st Infantry. Overseas May 22, 1918. Killed in action November 8, 1918, near St. Hilaire, Troyon. Grave found in German Cemetery, near Dompierre.

From: "THE 131ST U.S. INFANTRY (FIRST INFANTRY ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD) IN THE WORLD WAR; NARRATIVE—OPERATIONS—STATISTICS" By COLONEL JOSEPH B. SANBORN
p. 356: Simmons, 1977995, Pvt. Orla Russell, Co. M. Information given by Edward F. Hamilton, 2nd Lieut. Co. M. Pvt. Simmons was last seen by Sgt. John J. Murray on the night of Nov. 8, 1318, about 300 yards from St. Hilairc, where this company had a patrol of 100 men. He was carried as missing in action till Feb. 22, 1919, when same was changed to killed in action upon orders from regimental headquarters. Simpson, 1st Lieut. William E., Co. E. Information given by Frank Bastl, Pvt. Co. E.

The description of the movements of Company M during the death date given -
pp. 187-188: Our situation here was new, inasmuch as we occupied billets. Patrols were numerous. One from Company M was out on the nights of the 6th and 7th, 7th and 8th, and Sth and 9th of November, under command of Lieutenant A. G. Miller, for the purpose of taking prisoners. This object was accomplished on the morning of November 9th. A German machine gun crew was gathered in. A large fighting patrol to which "M" Company contributed 40 men set out at one o'clock on the morning of November 8th for the purpose of raiding the town of St. Hilaire and securing prisoners. Approaching the town at daybreak they were subjected to intense machine gun fire. For this cause it was considered unwise to raid the town without more artillery preparation. During the engagement, Sergeants John J. Lee and Albert A. Dutton played an important role. Their example, and utter disregard for the intense fire were important factors in encouraging the advance. They were both continually exposed. On the order to retire Sergeant Dutton in his effort to direct the men, as to the course to take, was among the last to fall back. On the following morning the same patrol went out with the same purpose in view, this time under the command of Captain Stockwell. In the meantime the town had come in for plenty of attention from our artillery and the patrol found it evacuated.

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Orla Russel Simmons
County: Hancock
State: Indiana
Birthplace: Indiana,United States of America
Birth Date: 24 May 1890
Race: Caucasian

Home in 1900: Jackson, Hamilton, Indiana
John R Simmons 45
Sarah C Simmons 37
Nettie Simmons 15
Ina Simmons 13
Orla Simmons 10
Mary Simmons 6

Home in 1910: Wayne, Hamilton, Indiana
John R Simmons 55
Sarah C Simmons 47
Netta Simmons 25
Ina Simmons 22
Orla Simmons 19
Mary Simmons 16
Researched by Laura J. Stewart. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John R Simmons (1854 - 1932)
  Sarah C Simmons (1862 - 1953)
 
Burial:
Cicero Cemetery
Cicero
Hamilton County
Indiana, USA
Plot: sect 4 lot 410 row 4 gs 23
 
Maintained by: Laura J. Stewart
Originally Created by: SKL
Record added: Nov 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44886271
Pvt Orla Russell Simmons
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Pvt Orla Russell Simmons
Added by: John Wolfe
 
Pvt Orla Russell Simmons
Added by: John Wolfe
 
 
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WWI 131st Infantry - Company M
- Laura J. Stewart
 Added: Dec. 11, 2012
WWI 131st Infantry - Company M
- Laura J. Stewart
 Added: May. 5, 2011
 
 
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