W. W. I Kansas 3rd Div. 7 Infantry
Pvt, C Co., 7th Inf., 3rd Div. Enlisted Sept 1917 in Topeka, KS.
Honor Roll Casualty List July 2, 1918.
Born 28 Jan 1892, Brantford, Washington Co., KS. Son of Lillie Blanche (FICKEL) & William Allen BAIRD, Topeka, KS
DFW 22 June 1918 sustained in the Belleau Woods Offensive. By 17 June 1918, the 7th Infantry had relieved three battalions of U.S. Marines from their positions 1,000 meters S.W. of Torcy down through the northern part of Belleau Woods to Bouresches in the S.E. of the sector.The 7th Infantry was then charged with clearing an entrenched German machine gun nest within the northern edge of Belleau Woods. Between 18-22 June, the 7th Infantry attempted, unsuccessfully, to eliminate this nest. BAIRD was fatally injured during one of these nightly attempts.
Originally buried in French soil, remains returned to the US and re-interred in the Rochester Cemetery, Topeka, KS.
Above information provided by Dave Murray
Former student at KSAC, Manhattan, Kansas
See photo of Memorial Stadium Plaque.
Sent by FAG member 47567805.
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