Kilmer, Alfred Joyce, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Military Intelligence
Last Primary MOS
AAF 638-Intelligence Observer
Last MOS Group
Military Intelligence (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1917-1918, 42nd Infantry Division
Service Years
1917 - 1918


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Home Town
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Last Address
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Casualty Date
Jul 30, 1918
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War I
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Oise-Aisne, France
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World War I FallenFamous People Who Served in the U.S. Military
  1918, World War I Fallen [Verified]
  2018, Famous People Who Served in the U.S. Military [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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42nd Infantry Division
  1917-1918, 42nd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1918-1918 World War I/Champagne-Marne Campaign/Battle of Chateau-Thierry
 Colleges Attended 
Rutgers UniversityColumbia University
  1904-1906, Rutgers University
  1906-1908, Columbia University
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Last Known Activity
Well known for his poem, "Trees", (Alfred) Joyce Kilmer enlisted at age 30 in the United States Army at the outbreak of the American involvement in WWI. He quickly rose to the rank of Sergeant in the 69th Volunteer Infantry Regiment (later redesignated the 165th Infantry Regiment) of the 42nd Infantry Division (Rainbow Division).

Originally assigned as the Regimental Statistician, he became an observer in the Regimental Intelligence Section, gathering information about the enemy. This required him to participate in numerous patrols deep into enemy territory.

On July 30, 1918, during the battle of Ourcq, France, he attached himself as adjutant to Major William Donovan, who commanded the First Battalion, as Donovan's aide had been killed the day before. He was killed near Muercy Farm, beside the Oureq River near the village of Seringes in France later that day when a German sniper shot him. He was posthumously awarded the French Croix de Guerre for his valor.

Joyce was interred in Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, located 2.5 kilometers east of Fere-en Tardenois, along the D2 highway near the hamlet of Seringes-et-Nesles, approximately 113 kilometers northeast of Paris.

He was married and the father of five children.

"Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree."
-from Trees
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