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PVT Thomas Burton Swannell

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PVT Thomas Burton Swannell

Birth
Red Bank, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Death 29 Sep 1918 (aged 24)
France
Burial Thiaucourt-Regnieville, Departement de Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine, France
Memorial ID 55820799 View Source
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Pvt, A Co., 303rd Engineers 78th Division. Enlisted 29 Apr 1918 in N.J. but resident in Topeka, KS. Born 24 Feb 1894 Red Bank, NJ. Brother of Dr. & Mrs. Edmund James KULP, Topeka, KS
KIA 29 Sept 1918 while the 78th Division was holding the area around Limey-Remenauville, in the aftermath of the St. Mihiel Offensive. The organization of this sector, just taken from the enemy, and the frequent raids carried out to divert the attention of the enemy from the approaching Meuse-Argonne Offensive, made its occupancy a particularly active one, and the division suffered 2,107 casualties.
According to the diary of a Private J.G. Northrup, Co. B, 303rd Engineers, entitled "Diary of My Army Life”, on 9/28 he reports: “Very, very bad day. Worst since in France. Shelled all day and night. Waiting any minute for a shell to finish us. There were five men hur(t) while eating. Two killed and blown to a hundred pieces which we picked up with a shovel and put in a box. I was sent as the orderly with the capt to report this to Hdqr. A shell burst in front of me …ripped the butt off my gun.” 9/29 Smokd all night. One cigarette after another living in dugout waiting for shell to finish us. Everyone was a nervous wreck, camoflague, Limey, building a bridge while under heavy fire."


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  • Maintained by: Dave Murray
  • Originally Created by: RPD2
  • Added: 3 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 55820799
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/55820799/thomas-burton-swannell : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Thomas Burton Swannell (24 Feb 1894–29 Sep 1918), Find a Grave Memorial ID 55820799, citing Saint Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial, Thiaucourt-Regnieville, Departement de Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Dave Murray (contributor 47017878) .