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Charles Anthony Murtaugh

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Charles Anthony Murtaugh

Birth
Woodruff, Marshall County, West Virginia, USA
Death
8 Oct 1918 (aged 21)
Camp Taylor, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial
Decatur, Adams County, Indiana, USA Add to Map
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Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams Co, IN; Wednesday, October 9, 1918
SON IS CLAIMED - Charles, Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Murtaugh, is Claimed by Death - At Camp Taylor, KY - Word Awaits Parents on Arrival Home - He Left Here a Month Ago
When Mr. and Mrs. William Murtaugh, of Mercer avenue, arrived home last evening from Camp Taylor, Ky., they found word awaiting them that their son, Charles, aged twenty-one, at whose bedside they had been, had passed away while they were enroute home, Tuesday morning at 9:45. He had been ill of Spanish influenza, with pneumonia as a complication, and they had hastened at once to his bedside, leaving here Sunday. Mrs. Murtaugh became ill and unnerved while there and they decided to return home, as the son was being given the best care by the government, and everything possible was being done for him. His condition was such that some hope was extended for his recovery. He knew his parents and recognized them, and they felt certain that even should recovery not be possible, he would survive the week. While they were there, he suffered somewhat from slight hemorrhage from the throat, and they think that he must have passed away suddenly during a hemorrhage.
He was the last one of the four Murtaugh boys to enter military service. He left here only a month ago last Saturday, leaving here September ?. He was not twenty-one years of age until September 28.
His three brothers in military service are Will who is in France; James who is now on the ocean on his way across; and Harry, who is at Camp Mead, Md. A brother, Joe, and three sisters, Regina, Marie and Anna, with the parents, constitute the surviving members of his family in this city.
The boy was a member of the St. Marys Catholic church of this city and was popular and well liked. The body will be brought here as soon as possible as it is necessary to await the turn of each.
Boys Have Good Care
Mrs. Murtaugh, even in her sorrow, has only the best to say of the way the government is caring for their boys, and that the mothers here who have boys in the army, may rest assured that everything possible is being done for them, asks that an article from Monday's Louisville Times be quoted with corroboration by her.
Speaking with regard to the excellent nurses there and the figures showing a decrease in cases, it says:
"The situation is much better at the camp, however, since less than 400 new cases were admitted Sunday and (continued on page two) 750 patients were discharged and returned to their organizations. Of the 1,040 cases admitted between 8 o'clock Saturday morning and 8 o'clock Sunday morning, several hundred came from the Field Artillery Firing Center at West Point.
"Medical officers expect to discharge 1,000 more cases today. The rate of new cases today was very low. Those admitted yesterday were several hundred under the daily record.
"The situation is bad enough, medical officers at the camp say, but it is not as severe as made to appear by wild rumors floating about the streets. These rumors, which smack of German propaganda, are to the effect that the men are dying like flies and that the deaths are not being reported. These are German lies, medical officers say. Every death is immediately reported and within five minutes after death a complete record is placed in the hands of newspaper correspondents.
"Thirty nurses are engaged in the work of nursing 'flu' victims at Zachary Taylor, having been sent there by the Right Rev. Bishop O'Donaghue, of the diocese of Kentucky, after a conference with military authorities in which he offered their services. The Sisters were sent from the Ursuline Convent, Sacred Heart Home, Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital.
"The Pennsylvania and Delaware division of the American Red Cross has been asked by the local military authorities to send twenty nurses from the Mercy hospital at Pittsburgh for work here. Camp Zachary Taylor is in the Lake Division, upon which it has drawn rather freely for nurses, therefore it was decided to ask assistance from the other division. However, if the nurses are in heavy demand in Pittsburgh, they will not be sent here.
"A telegram received at the camp today gave information of the confinement within a hospital at Kansas City, Mo., of Lieutenant Herbert A. Reynolds of Jeffersonville, an officer in the Provost Guard Company, and three guards with the 'flu'. They left here a short time ago with thirty conscientious objectors for Fort Leavenworth. On the way home the lieutenant and three of the eight guards were stricken."
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World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Charles Anthony Murtaugh; Home Address: Decatur; County: Adams; State: Indiana; Birthplace: West Virginia; Birth Date: 28 Sep 1896; Roll: 1439777; DraftBoard: 0; Age: 21; Occupation: Santa Fe...???; Nearest Relative: William Murtaugh of Decatur, IN; Height/Build:; Color of Eyes/Hair: Blue/Brown; Signature: June 5 1918
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Indiana World War Records: Gold Star Honor Roll, A Record of Indiana Men and Women who died in the service of the United States and the Allied Nations in the World War, 1914-1918
Adams County
Name: Charles Anthony Murtaugh
Rank: Private
Son of William and Mary Murtaugh; born September 28, 1897, Woodruff, W. Va. Later moved to Decatur, Adams County, Ind. (date not known), where he was an employe of the Chicago and Erie Railroad. Entered service September 5, 1918, Decatur, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 17th Company, 5th Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Died of pneumonia October 8, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Decatur, Ind.
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From 'The Gold Star Honor Roll: Indiana World War Records, 1914-1918" for Adams County Soldiers, from Adams County Gen Soc Newsletter, July 2008:
Charles Anthony Murtaugh, born Sep 28, 1897 in Woodruff, WV. He entered service Sep 5, 1918 in Decatur. He died Oct 8, 1918 of pneumonia at Camp Taylor, KY. He is buried at St. Joseph, Decatur., s/o William and Mary Murtaugh.
Contributor: Karin King (47469179) •
Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams Co, IN; Wednesday, October 9, 1918
SON IS CLAIMED - Charles, Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Murtaugh, is Claimed by Death - At Camp Taylor, KY - Word Awaits Parents on Arrival Home - He Left Here a Month Ago
When Mr. and Mrs. William Murtaugh, of Mercer avenue, arrived home last evening from Camp Taylor, Ky., they found word awaiting them that their son, Charles, aged twenty-one, at whose bedside they had been, had passed away while they were enroute home, Tuesday morning at 9:45. He had been ill of Spanish influenza, with pneumonia as a complication, and they had hastened at once to his bedside, leaving here Sunday. Mrs. Murtaugh became ill and unnerved while there and they decided to return home, as the son was being given the best care by the government, and everything possible was being done for him. His condition was such that some hope was extended for his recovery. He knew his parents and recognized them, and they felt certain that even should recovery not be possible, he would survive the week. While they were there, he suffered somewhat from slight hemorrhage from the throat, and they think that he must have passed away suddenly during a hemorrhage.
He was the last one of the four Murtaugh boys to enter military service. He left here only a month ago last Saturday, leaving here September ?. He was not twenty-one years of age until September 28.
His three brothers in military service are Will who is in France; James who is now on the ocean on his way across; and Harry, who is at Camp Mead, Md. A brother, Joe, and three sisters, Regina, Marie and Anna, with the parents, constitute the surviving members of his family in this city.
The boy was a member of the St. Marys Catholic church of this city and was popular and well liked. The body will be brought here as soon as possible as it is necessary to await the turn of each.
Boys Have Good Care
Mrs. Murtaugh, even in her sorrow, has only the best to say of the way the government is caring for their boys, and that the mothers here who have boys in the army, may rest assured that everything possible is being done for them, asks that an article from Monday's Louisville Times be quoted with corroboration by her.
Speaking with regard to the excellent nurses there and the figures showing a decrease in cases, it says:
"The situation is much better at the camp, however, since less than 400 new cases were admitted Sunday and (continued on page two) 750 patients were discharged and returned to their organizations. Of the 1,040 cases admitted between 8 o'clock Saturday morning and 8 o'clock Sunday morning, several hundred came from the Field Artillery Firing Center at West Point.
"Medical officers expect to discharge 1,000 more cases today. The rate of new cases today was very low. Those admitted yesterday were several hundred under the daily record.
"The situation is bad enough, medical officers at the camp say, but it is not as severe as made to appear by wild rumors floating about the streets. These rumors, which smack of German propaganda, are to the effect that the men are dying like flies and that the deaths are not being reported. These are German lies, medical officers say. Every death is immediately reported and within five minutes after death a complete record is placed in the hands of newspaper correspondents.
"Thirty nurses are engaged in the work of nursing 'flu' victims at Zachary Taylor, having been sent there by the Right Rev. Bishop O'Donaghue, of the diocese of Kentucky, after a conference with military authorities in which he offered their services. The Sisters were sent from the Ursuline Convent, Sacred Heart Home, Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital.
"The Pennsylvania and Delaware division of the American Red Cross has been asked by the local military authorities to send twenty nurses from the Mercy hospital at Pittsburgh for work here. Camp Zachary Taylor is in the Lake Division, upon which it has drawn rather freely for nurses, therefore it was decided to ask assistance from the other division. However, if the nurses are in heavy demand in Pittsburgh, they will not be sent here.
"A telegram received at the camp today gave information of the confinement within a hospital at Kansas City, Mo., of Lieutenant Herbert A. Reynolds of Jeffersonville, an officer in the Provost Guard Company, and three guards with the 'flu'. They left here a short time ago with thirty conscientious objectors for Fort Leavenworth. On the way home the lieutenant and three of the eight guards were stricken."
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World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Charles Anthony Murtaugh; Home Address: Decatur; County: Adams; State: Indiana; Birthplace: West Virginia; Birth Date: 28 Sep 1896; Roll: 1439777; DraftBoard: 0; Age: 21; Occupation: Santa Fe...???; Nearest Relative: William Murtaugh of Decatur, IN; Height/Build:; Color of Eyes/Hair: Blue/Brown; Signature: June 5 1918
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Indiana World War Records: Gold Star Honor Roll, A Record of Indiana Men and Women who died in the service of the United States and the Allied Nations in the World War, 1914-1918
Adams County
Name: Charles Anthony Murtaugh
Rank: Private
Son of William and Mary Murtaugh; born September 28, 1897, Woodruff, W. Va. Later moved to Decatur, Adams County, Ind. (date not known), where he was an employe of the Chicago and Erie Railroad. Entered service September 5, 1918, Decatur, Ind. Sent to Camp Taylor, Ky.; assigned to 17th Company, 5th Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade. Died of pneumonia October 8, 1918, Camp Taylor, Ky. Buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, Decatur, Ind.
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From 'The Gold Star Honor Roll: Indiana World War Records, 1914-1918" for Adams County Soldiers, from Adams County Gen Soc Newsletter, July 2008:
Charles Anthony Murtaugh, born Sep 28, 1897 in Woodruff, WV. He entered service Sep 5, 1918 in Decatur. He died Oct 8, 1918 of pneumonia at Camp Taylor, KY. He is buried at St. Joseph, Decatur., s/o William and Mary Murtaugh.
Contributor: Karin King (47469179) •

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