Claude Eugene Herman, son of Matthew C Herman (1834 - 1893) & his wife Susan Guyant Thompson Herman (1853 - 1934)
HERMAN, CLAUDE EUGENE
Dies of Wounds.
Claude Eugene Herman, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Herman, of rural route 28, died in France as a result of wounds received in action in September, according to word received by his parents last week. Mr. Herman was raised on a farm near Topeka. In 1907 he joined the navy, where he served five years. When the United States entered the war he enlisted and received his training at Camp Funston. He was a member of the 341st machine gun battalion, and went to France with the Eighty-ninth division. He had been in active service since July.
from The Topeka Daily Capital, Wednesday, December 4, 1918, transcribed by Jim Laird
WW1 Fatal Casualties Shawnee County, Kansas Surnames E-K www.tgstopeka.org/HonorRoll/casualties_e-k.html
Claude Eugene Herman
PFC National Army born 9 Nov 1886 Topeka, Shawnee Co., KS Enlisted Oct 1917
Son of Susan T Herman & (the late) Matthew C Herman, Topeka, KS
DFW 02 Oct 1918 sustained on 13 Sept 1918 while clearing resistance through the village of Boullionville on the second day of the St Mihiel Offensive. With the 341st Machine Gun Battalion, 89th Division.
Name inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing at St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France.
Honor Roll Casualty List Dec 4, 1918
Note: the T in the middle of his mother's name stands for her maiden name of Thompson
Update 23 Dec 2011 from Dave Murray
I have today received about 30 pages of documents from Claude's military file held at St Louis – these papers escaped the disastrous 1973 fire at that facility.
They prove fairly conclusively that the original reported date of death of 2 Oct 1918 was incorrect.
Claude was seriously wounded on 13th Sept 1918 near Beney Woods on the second day of the St Mihiel Offensive.
The wounds included shell fragmentary wounds to the right shoulder, right leg and left knee cap in addition to being poisoned by gas.
He was given first aid treatment on the field and moved immediately to the nearest Field Hospital (I'm still trying to identify where this hospital was located).
The report confirms that Claude died on the same day before reaching the hospital
This file clears up why his memorial on the American Battle Monuments webpage shows Sep 13, 1918 as his death date, whilst all the telegram to his mother etc. originally stated Oct 2nd to be the date.