Pvt Hugh Kartchner Gale

Pvt Hugh Kartchner Gale

Franklin, Greenlee County, Arizona, USA
Death 5 Oct 1918 (aged 19)
Burial Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, France
Memorial ID 89387826 · View Source
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Hugh lost his life on the battle fields of France and was buried there in a grave dedicated to those soldiers who remains were not able to be identified. His mother was invited by the US Government to come and decorate his common grave as a Gold Star Mother after the War.

The Americans under General John Pershing attacked the St. Mihiel Salient south of Verdun and then attacked through the Argonne west of Verdun as part of a general advance. The Germans were steadily pulling back, and even though the Allies continued to suffer tremendous losses (The Americans lost 100,000 casualties just finghting through the Argonne region), they were now inspired by the continued German retreat. The final position of the yellow line shows the approximate front at the time the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918.

Victor lost his life just one month before the end of the war. He was a Private in rank in the 8th Machine Gun Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division and is buried in Romagne, France. The cemetery there is called "Tablets of the Missing at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery".

Though his family at home wrote letters to Hugh often he never got them before he died. Today, his entire family surrounds him with their love, respect and the eternal bond with which they have for each other.

Etta Gale Richardson wrote that Hugh was a very good student and learned to play the violin. He and his brother Marlin both played violins together with Etta accompanying on the organ or piano. Many times they played music together in the evenings after dinner.

The last time Etta was with Hugh, he gave her an Indian bracelet to remember him by as he was about to enter the Army and they would be separated...

That separation took 81 years for Etta to join her brother Hugh in the afterlife where they could talk about that Indian bracelet and once again play those old musical tunes they loved.

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  • Created by: Gary Foster
  • Added: 30 Apr 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 89387826
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Hugh Kartchner Gale (18 Jul 1899–5 Oct 1918), Find a Grave Memorial no. 89387826, citing Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Gary Foster (contributor 47500898) .