WESTLING, John Ruben. Cpl National Army b.28 Jan 1895 Green, Clay Co. KS Enlisted 18 Sept 1917. Son of Mrs. Ruben WESTLING, Topeka, KS. Killed in action 23 Sept 1918 during the St. Mihiel Offensive. From the Company History of Co. G, 353rd Division there is the following account "During the night of the company moved up to the first line again in the Bois de Charey, or "Suicide Woods", as the boys usually called it, north of the village of Beney. …….. On the following morning, September 23rd, the First Battalion of the 356th Infantry hurdled "G" Company sector and made a raid on the Boche lines. In retaliation the German artillery laid down a barrage where "G" Company had "dug in ", causing heavy casualties among both 356th men and "G" Company. The woods at that point were very dense and the enemy artillery shelled them continuously, day and night." With G Co., 353rd Infantry, 89th Division. Honor Roll Casualty List Nov 16, 1918.
Additional info provided by Bill Stephens:
Cpl, G Co., 353rd Infantry, 89th Division.
Son of John G. and Hulda C. WESTLING, Fancy Creek, Riley Co., KS. and husband of Naomie WESTLING, Topeka, KS
Originally buried on the battlefield, 1 kilometer west of Beney and 50 ft south of the road to St Benoit in Grave #9, later re-interred in the St. Mihiel military cemetery in France. Remains returned to the US and buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Leonardville, Riley Co., KS Plot: 4-8.
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