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Paul B. Pugh

Death 1 Jul 1899 (aged 17–18)
Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Burial Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 100642427 · View Source
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Omaha Daily Bee, July 6, 1899:

Council Bluffs News - Paul Pugh of Company L, Fifty-first Iowa, whose death from typhoid fever is reported from Manila, is a son of John T. Pugh, local agent of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railway. Private Pugh was one of the youngest members of Company L, being but 17 years of age at the time of his enlistment a year ago. He enlisted June 15, after the regiment had gone to San Francisco. En route to Manila on the Pennsylvania he was taken ill and was left in the hospital in Manila, having made the journey from Honolulu as a stowaway in one of the transports. Pugh took part in the fighting before Calumpit on April 23 and was overcome with the heat and had to be taken to the hospital. In the last letter received by his father he said he had recovered and expected to be returned to the front.

Excerpt from the Omaha Daily Bee, March 19, 1900:

Council Bluffs News - The memorial services held yesterday afternoon over the remains of Private Paul B. Pugh of Company L, Fifty-first Iowa volunteers, who died of fever in the far-off Philippines last July while serving with his company, were most impressive and the large auditorium of the First Congregational church was crowded to the doors. Every pew was occupied and many were compelled to listen to the services from the outer corridors and steps. The large gathering of friends of the dead soldier and others was a fitting tribute of the affection felt for the young hero who at his country's call volunteered his services and gave up his life while in the performance of these duties, being stricken down by disease while thousands of miles away from home and loving parents.

... At the close of the services the remains were taken to Walnut Hill cemetery, where the last salute was fired over the grave by a squad of his former comrades. The procession to the cemetery was most imposing. At the head marched the Grand Army fife and drum corps, followed by the squad that was to fire the last salute. Then came the hearse with its escort of six members of Company L. Immediately behind the hearse marched Company L with Captain Matt Tinley at its head. Following the younger soldiers marched the veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic, headed by the post flag, while behind them marched the two companies of the High school cadets. The military procession was followed by numerous carriages, the cortege being one of the longest ever seen in this city.




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