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Calvin J (Jack) Altice
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Birth: Dec. 11, 1893
Franklin County
Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 18, 1918
Departement des Ardennes
Champagne-Ardenne, France

Born in Franklin County VA. Never married. Served in Co. E 167th (Alabama) Infantry, 84th Brigade, 42nd (Rainbow") Division of the AEF. He was mortally wounded in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of September-October 1918. His headstone merely states he "DIED IN FRANCE." Listed in the Roanoke newspaper as "died of wounds" on foreign soil. Buried in the Altice Family Cemetery (off Greenhouse Road, Glade Hill VA at north end of Greenhouse Road, left side (northwest) 100 yards up hill in field overlooking the river.)

His World War I Burial Case File at the National Archives in St.Louis provides the following information  He is officially  listed as "died of wounds" ("MWIA--"mortally wounded in action") in France.  The family remembers he died of "pneumonia."  I initially guessed that he died of influenza pneumonia and the AEF censors had suppressed this  (fearful that if the extent of the Spanish flu epidemic in the AEF  became known it would hinder the war effort --- more American soldiers died of the flu in France than were killed on the battlefield.) Actually he was "gassed' and died in the Base Hospital #2 on 10/18/1918. The record records was "gassed by shell" 10/16/1918 during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, probably in the final assault on the Cote de Chatillon. He died at Base Hospital #2 10/18/1918 hence listed as as MWIA (mortally wounded in action). He was initially buried 10/22/1918 at Julvecount, Meuse but re-buried 10/15/1919 in the Argonne American Cemetery at Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Meuse. His father requested there return of his son's remains on Dec 20, 1918 and he reach home October 22, 1921

    Actually, both the Army and the family may be correct.  He was MWIA being "gassed" but the mechanism for his death may have been "pneumonia" caused by inhaling the poison gas. 
Altice Family Cemetery
Franklin County
Virginia, USA
Created by: David F. Cross MD
Record added: Oct 23, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 119183573
Calvin J (Jack) Altice
Added by: David F. Cross MD
Calvin J (Jack) Altice
Added by: David F. Cross MD
Calvin J (Jack) Altice
Added by: David F. Cross MD
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Thank you for your service, Uncle Jack.
- Janet West
 Added: Sep. 13, 2015

- Amanda Bishop Burns
 Added: Nov. 6, 2014

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