Lieut Carl Wehner

Lieut Carl Wehner

Birth
Lincoln, Lincoln County, Kansas, USA
Death 8 Oct 1918 (aged 26)
France
Burial Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Plot Section 29
Memorial ID 42223520 · View Source
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Carl Wehner graduated High School, in Madison, in 1909. Prior to the U.S. involvement in WWI, Wehner worked as an assistant storekeeper at the UW Chemistry Lab...When war came, Wehner enlisted in the Wisconsin National Guard (32nd Division). Graduating from officer's training school, he was assigned to the 141 Infantry (36th Div., Co. K)....It was near St. Etienne, as his captain layed dead, Wehner led his unit forward, until he himself was struck in the head, by enemy gunfire, and killed. One account of the battle (perhaps a little exagerated), said: "Lieutenat Wehner died with three machine gun bullets in his forehead and a smile on his lips as he led Company K of the 141st Infantry over the top after his captain was killed by the fire of the enemy."....In a letter signed by the Marshall Of France, Commander in Chief of the French Armies of the East, Petain, it was written: "Lt. Wehner displayed audacity and disregard of danger during the operations near St. Etienne. At the head of his men, encouraging them with his skill, he largely contributed to the success of the operations which made it possible to capture all objectives. He was killed at his post of combat." For his bravery, Wehner was awarded the Croix de Guerre with palm for bravery....As for Wehner's family, they didn't find out until after Christmas, that Wehner had been killed, in battle...Wehner's body was returned to Madison in 1921, and reburied at Forest Hill on 10/21/1921.


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  • Created by: RavenHawk
  • Added: 21 Sep 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 42223520
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Carl Wehner (2 Oct 1892–8 Oct 1918), Find a Grave Memorial no. 42223520, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by RavenHawk (contributor 47099650) .