Winebrenner, Virgil, CPL

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1917-1917, American Expeditionary Force
Service Years
1916 - 1917

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Merriam, Indiana

Casualty Date
Nov 12, 1917
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War I
Location of Interment
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 Unit Assignments
1st Infantry Division
  1917-1917, 1st Infantry Division
  1917-1917, American Expeditionary Force
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
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Last Known Activity
In October 1917, the 1st Infantry Division hit the front lines.  They replaced beleaguered French troops along the Einville sector, near Luneville, France.  The first American casualties of World War I soon followed.

Within weeks, a fateful Western Union Telegram from the U.S. War Department arrived at the post office in Merriam.  As local grocer, Al McDaniel tried to locate Virgil’s parents, A.J. and Ella, word quickly leaked throughout town.  Younger brother, Heber first heard the awful news from childhood friends.  He at once thought of his mother.  “Oh boys, don’t tell Mama,” he begged.

The correspondence spoke squarely.  “Deeply regret to inform you that Corporal Virgil G. Winebrenner infantry is officially reported killed in action.”  Winebrenner was the second Hoosier killed in World War I, shot in the head while serving in the trenches of France.

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