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 Royal Lester Dahrens

Royal Lester Dahrens

Birth
New Mexico, USA
Death 29 Jul 1918 (aged 21)
France
Burial Sapulpa, Creek County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 101994393 · View Source
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Son of Henry William Dahrens, a German immigrant, (1864-1944) and Essie Elmeda Bryant of Ohio, (1874-1948).

Lester's sister, Bertha Lea Nora Dahrens King, wrote that "During that same summer my brother was drafted into the army...This was the draft of World War I...He was the right age and he could of got to stay home if he had put in that Mother was a widow. He said, 'I am a Christian and I know I am ready to go if I am called to die, and the boy that takes my place might not be ready to go.' So, that (was the)last time I saw my brother, Lester Dahrens, was when we took him to the train in Grayling, Kansas to go to the army camp. That was the summer of 1917." (Story provided by her granddaughter, Robin Hembree).


Lester was living in Hanston, Hodgeman County, Kansas, when he was drafted into the US Army. He reported for duty on 10/2/1917. He served with several different units during his 9 months of military service to include, 48th Company, 164th Depot Brigade (in question), Battery "D" 334th Field Artillery, Headquarters Company, 334th Field Artillery, and finally with Company "I", 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Army Division with whom he was serving when he was killed in action (died of wounds). At the time of his death, he held the rank of Private First Class.

Royal Lester Dahrens was killed in action on July 29, 1918 in the Aisne-Marne campaign. He rates the following decorations for his World War I service:
- Purple Heart Medal
- World War I Victory Medal with Aisne-Marne campaign bar
- World War I Service pin


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  • Created by: Rick Lawrence
  • Added: 10 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101994393
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Royal Lester Dahrens (5 Aug 1896–29 Jul 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101994393, citing Old Sapulpa Cemetery, Sapulpa, Creek County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Rick Lawrence (contributor 47207615) .