Pvt Crawford J Bonnell

Pvt Crawford J Bonnell

Grayling, Crawford County, Michigan, USA
Death 19 Dec 1918 (aged 23)
Savenay, Departement de la Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 18, 4017
Memorial ID 57041544 · View Source
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As re-collected by Robert Rolfe Phillips, and as recorded in the diary of his mother, Mary Bonnell:

Crawford Bonnell, the youngest of George and Mary Bonnell's children, was born in Grayling (Crawford Co, Mich). His father, George Bonnell, was one of Michigan's early photographers who, after photographing the lumber camps in the Grayling area, moved his family to Leslie (then known as Leslie Village) and later to Lansing. It's believed that Crawford graduated from Lansing's Eastern High School circa 1913.

Crawford served in the Michigan National Guard. On his draft card, he recorded farming as his occupation. He was called up on Sept 16, 1917 for training at the armory in Corruna and then Camp Custer (near Battle Creek). He returned home on Oct 20, but left the next evening for Camp MacArthur in Waco, Texas. In Feb 1918, he was sent to France as a Private in Company M (Owasso Armory), 125th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division (the Red Arrow Division).

The Bonnell family was notified that Crawford had been severely wounded on July 31, 1918 at Chateau Thierry. The War ended on November 11, 1918. In his last letter, December 11, he stated that he was gaining and hoped to be home soon. He thought he would be transferred by Christmas. He died in Savenay eight days later, age 23 years, and was buried in France. Ten years later, his family was notified that Crawford's body would be returned to the US and re-buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He lies in lot 174, Plot 2. His Serial Number was 264003, something a soldier never forgets.

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Gravesite Details Private, Company M, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32 Division of the US Army - World War I
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