Lieut Orville M Coston

Lieut Orville M Coston

Birth
Lincoln County, Tennessee, USA
Death 9 Oct 1918 (aged 25)
France
Burial Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 60057083 · View Source
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Lieutenant 328 Infantry A.E.F.
Killed in action, Cornay France

Orville Coston was in his senior year at the University of Alabama and also taking his first year of classes at the university's law school when he answered the call for volunteers for the U.S. Army during WWI. His father, Dr. H.R. Coston, wrote with great pride of his son's accomplishments. At the age of seventeen, Orville had actively supported Prohibition, even speaking to groups, in favor of its enforcement. As Orville began his higher education, he "contributed liberally to the School and College papers where he attended. He was a Mason and president of Lambda Chi Alpha when he left the Alabama University for training camp."

After enlisting in the army, Orville was assigned to Company A, 328th Infantry, and shipped overseas with the 82nd Division. Like most of the newly arrived Americans, Orville and his comrades were given front-line training and firing range work before facing the grim realities of combat. But all too soon Orville found himself in action. Orville fought in the Battle of of St. Mihiel before being removed to the Argonne Front, under fire, October 6-9, 1918. His father wrote: "Morning of October 9, was leading command up very steep hill when he received three bullets in left leg. Was dragging broken leg and leaning on left hand and right leg and with right hand, waving his men forward when shot through the head and killed." Dr. Coston recounted the praise of his son's commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel M. Boyle, who said that Orville "was absolutely without the sense of fear. That he led a clean life and never once complained of or tried to shirk any hardship."

Alabama Heritage Magazine, Spring 2004, published by the University of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

(Thank you Heather Clark)


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Orville M Coston (19 Mar 1893–9 Oct 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60057083, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .