PVT Leland L. Ream

PVT Leland L. Ream

California, USA
Death 28 Sep 1918 (aged 23)
Burial Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, France
Plot Plot B Row 22 Grave 34
Memorial ID 55960348 · View Source
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Leland L. Ream
Private, U.S. Army
137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division
Entered the Service from: Kansas
Died: September 28, 1918
Buried at: Plot B Row 22 Grave 34
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
Romagne, France

Leland L. Ream (1894-1918) was born in December 1894 in California. He traveled with his father and siblings to Iowa where they are shown in the 1900 census of Danvers, McLean County. By 1910, the father financially strapped, Leland and his older brother Fay and sister Lena were "wards" in the home of John and Elizabeth Headlee in Osceola, Clarke County, IA. Leland enjoyed the outdoors, including catching butterflies and fishing, and in 1914 helped organize the Chetopa High School Athletic Association's basketball teams. Leland and his brother Fay were named in a 1915 Oswego (KS) Independent article about the death of their multi-millionnaire uncle Norman Bruce Ream, stating that they "are said to be heirs to a good portion of an estate left by their uncle ... amounting to something like $75,000,000." At the time, Leland was in Chetopa, while his brother resided in Philadelphia, PA. Newspapers reported that he received a bequest of $75,000. He joined the U.S. Armed Forces in 1917, as the nation edged ever closer to the inferno of World War I, and was preparing to be shipped to France in October of that year. He contracted a serious case of influenza in the winter of 1918 and spent 42 days confined to a hospital in Camp Doniphan, OK. Leland was sent overseas again after recovering, as a member of the 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division. In December 1918, his friend Ed Frye of the 130th Field Artillery in France sent a letter to his mother, Mrs. C.B. Stephens of Chetopa, saying that Leland had "been severely injured by bullets from a Hun machine gun." Another Chetopa resident, Gertrude Hazen, serving with the Red Cross in France, said that Leland was missing in action, but Dewey Winstead, another local, said he had seen Leland in a hospital having lost a leg. The matter remained a mystery for months, until June 26, 1919, when the Advance reprinted a Parsons Sun story stating that Leland was a wartime casualty due to an accident. In fact, Leland had been wounded during the Battle of the Meuse Argonne and died on Sept. 28, 1918, at the age of 23. He rests today in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in Lorraine, France. [Find-a-Grave]


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  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 5 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 55960348
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT Leland L. Ream (Dec 1894–28 Sep 1918), Find a Grave Memorial no. 55960348, citing Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by R & S (contributor 46634910) .