Excerpt from William Prescott Letter in 1919 -
Chad gave up his life as a brave man should, doing his duty for his country. Yes, doing more than his duty, for most of the Supply Sergeants stay back behind the lines, but Chad always went everywhere his men went and saw to it that we got our rations in good shape and the proper amount to each platoon. When we were in the Reserve in Belgium he used to lead the ration party up to the front lines every night, several miles through mud, rain, and darkness and often under grueling shell fire. No matter how much we were shelled, the party that Chad was in charge of never lost so much as a can of water, but delivered every bit of it to the boys in the front lines every night. And, by the way, he was the only Supply Sergeant who made the trip every night.
Knowing Chad as I do I am sure that was the way he would have chosen to die - a glorious death in the attack that broke the Hindenburgh Line and was one of the turning points of the war.
s/ William A. Prescott (A neighbor from Lacona, NY - served in same unit)
According to his burial card, he was first buried in a shell hole grave near Ronssoy in the Somme, France where he fell. In May of 1919 he was moved to the American Military Cemetery at Flanders Field. He was finally returned to his family in April of 1922 and buried in the Washingtonville Cemetery with his family.
Killed in action WWI
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