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PVT Arthur Randall “Boss or Bochee” McCormick

PVT Arthur Randall “Boss or Bochee” McCormick

Leighton, Colbert County, Alabama, USA
Death 6 Feb 1960 (aged 70)
Hartselle, Morgan County, Alabama, USA
Burial Danville, Morgan County, Alabama, USA
Plot A few rows east of the big magnolia tree in the old section of the cemetery
Memorial ID 22501512 · View Source
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Arthur McCormick was the son of William Anderson McCormick and Eliza Ellen Harlow McCormick. He served in the Army in World War I as a Pvt. in Co. H. 30 Inf. He was a tall man for that time, standing 6 feet 4 inches and his picture in his army uniform shows him wearing a uniform with sleeves that were too short for his long arms.

He was seriously wounded by enemy fire in Chateau Thierry, France and left for dead. To prevent himself from bleeding to death, he cut off part of his uniform with his pocket knife and packed it in the wounds in his legs. He was found by a recovery detail that was making rounds to pick up dead soldiers and was taken to a hospital. He was in the hospital for an extended period and his family did not know if he was dead or alive. He arrived home one day walking across the field to his farm near Danville, Alabama. There was great rejoicing upon his return, but he was to carry terrible scars with him the remainder of his life from his war injuries.

Arthur never married, but was beloved and cherished by his nephews and nieces. He lived with, and cared for, his elderly mother until her death. His brother, Claud, with whom he was a farming partner, called him "Boss" as did many of his nieces and nephews. When Claud's children were small and beginning to talk, their version of Boss became "Bochee" and that is what they called him all of their lives.

He was respected in the community and is remembered with affection by his many loved ones for his wisdom and his kind and gentle ways.

Hartselle Enquirer - October 9, 1918

The most recent Alabama World War casualties include Arthur McCormick, RFD No. 2 Danville, wounded severely.


Pvt Co. H 30 Infantry WWI

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Arthur Randall “Boss or Bochee” McCormick (6 Nov 1889–6 Feb 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22501512, citing Johnson Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Danville, Morgan County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by C. R. Lane (contributor 46928647) .