WWI Casualties from Fayette County

Pvt. Joseph Krenek's funeral at St. Mary's Catholic Church at Live Oak near Ellinger, 1921

Joe became ill and died soon after he arrived in France during WWI and was buried overseas. Like many others, he was reinterred after the war. His fiance attended the funeral in her wedding dress. Photo contributed by Gail Heffley.

The young men of Fayette County who entered the military during WWI had as much to fear from the great influenza epidemic and other illness as from the foreign enemy. Looking at the more than forty young men below who died in service to our country, well over half died from illnesses contracted in crowded training camps and transport ships. Many died without ever leaving Texas.

If you would like to contribute a photograph or imformation about a veteran from Fayette County who died while serving our country, please contact Rox Ann Johnson.

Robert F. Adams

Private First Class, U.S. Army
360th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: Texas
Killed in action: October 14, 1918
Buried at: Plot C Row 22 Grave 24
St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France

J.H. Behrens

5 Mar 1836 - 20 Mar 1918

Died of illness

Trinity Hill Cemetery

Edward Berger

2 Nov 1892 - 25 Jan 1918

Died of illness

St. John Catholic Cemetery, St. John

Obituary

George J. Best

December 20, 1889 - February 13, 1919

Co D 47th Infantry

Died in France

Flatonia City Cemetery - Oak Hill

Anton F. Brdecko

3 Apr 1889 - 18 Dec 1918

Born at Kobyli in Moravia

Died at Camp Travis

Psencik Cemetery, Cistern

Pfc. William Doms

June 9, 1891 - September 18, 1918

Killed in action in France

Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Memorial at Pitman Cemetery, Muldoon

Ludvik Dornak

October 28, 1893 - October 5, 1918

Private, U.S. Army
9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division
Son of John & Adolphina (Dedek) Dornak
Died from wounds suffered in WWI

Buried at: Plot H Row 07 Grave 11
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France

Obituary

Photos from Jaime Teas Dilger

Hugo J. Ehlers

13 Aug 1893 - 10 Oct 1918

Medical Corps, 143d Regular 36th Division

Killed in action at St. Etienne, France

Son of Hugo and Agatha Ehlers

La Grange City Cemetery

See Footprints of Fayette article, "Sorrow - Soldier is Lost"

Article on reinterrment

Vladimal F. (Lad) Faktor

1896 - 1918

Died of illness

Praha Catholic Cemetery

Helmuth Adolf Paul Garlin

December 23, 1896 - October 15, 1918

Died in influenza epidemic at Mare Island, California Naval Training Station

Pagel Cemetery

Obituary

Edward C. Goette

Private, U.S. Army
357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division
Died of illness: November 26, 1918
Buried at: Plot A Row 10 Grave 25
Suresnes American Cemetery, Suresnes, France

Walter Graf

25 Feb 1890 - 18 May 1919

Died of illness

Florida Chapel Cemetery

Joseph Jecmenek

Son of Pavel and Veronika Jecmenek; Husband of Ida Elizabeth (Bessie) Juren

burial place unknown

If you would like to contribute a photograph of a veteran from Fayette County who died while serving our country, please contact Rox Ann Johnson.

Charles Maximillian Juren II

21 Nov 1896 - 23 Nov 1917

Volunteered for the U. S. Army Signal Corps, died when he was thrown from an army truck in San Antonio during basic training

Son of Rev. Jindrich and Frances Schiller Juren, born at Fayetteville, TX

Fayetteville Brethren Cemetery

Emil Kiesling

Died January 1918 at Camp Travis

Son of John Kiesling

burial place unknown

Obituary

Richard Knezek

8 Dec 1889 - 18 Oct 1918

Died of illness

Praha Catholic Cemetery

Pvt. Joseph John Krenek

1 Sep 1894 - 25 Jun 1918

Co B 56th Engineers

Born at Ellinger, son of Joe M. and Marie Simek Krenek
Wounded in action June 15, 1918; died in Paris hospital, also suffering from tuberculosis & meningitis

His family worked for a year to purchase this large marker in the Ellinger Catholic Cemetery*

See photo of funeral at top of page

Obituary

C.M. Larsen

20 May 1888 - 18 Jan 1918

Died of illness

Pittmann Cemetery, Muldoon

Louis Machac

Private, U.S. Army
304th Field Remount Squadron
Died of illness: September 28, 1918
Buried at: Plot C Row 17 Grave 10
St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France

Eugene Maeckel

1895 - 1917

Died of illness

Post Oak Cemetery

Elton Manske

8/23/1898 - 10/10/1918

Died of illness

Waldeck Cemetery

Robert Manthey

8/21/1891 - 11/9/1918

Died of illness

Pittmann Cemetery, Muldoon

Frank J. McClellan, Jr.

5 Jun 1893 - 22 Nov 1918

Died of bronchial pneumonia at St. Nazaire, France

Ledbetter Cemetery

Obituary

Otto Edward Mehner

29 Feb 1896 - 19 Oct 1918

Son of Gustav Hermann & Katherine (Riefkohl) Mehner
Died of influenza at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio

Flatonia City Cemetery - Oak Hill

Obituary

Photos contributed by Cheryl Cook Singleton

Eugene Michael

Son of John Michael

Died in December 1917 at Camp Bowie

Exact burial place in Mecklenburg area unknown

Obituary

Pvt. Jaromir Michal

March 17, 1895 - October 12, 1918

Co ? 114th Infantry

Killed in action at Battle of Argonne Meuse Forest

Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Memorial at Flatonia City Cemetery - Oak Hill

Benno Michalski

June 16, 1896 - September 29, 1918

Died of illness at Camp Dix

Psencik Cemetery, Cistern

Ferdinand J. Mendel

 

August 2, 1892 - January 21, 1918

St. John Catholic Cemetery, St. John

Obituary

Henry Niemeyer

3 Jun 1894 - 22 Sep 1918

Died of illness at Brest, France

Trinity Hill Lutheran Cemetery

Fritz Oeltjen

20 Oct 1894 - 13 Oct 1918

Died of illness

Prairie Valley Cemetery

Heinrich H. C. Onken, Jr.

13 Jun 1895 - 29 Sep 1918

Died in car accident near Rutersville while on furlough

Rutersville Cemetery

Obituary

Stephen J. Piwetz

26 Dec 1895 - 9 Dec 1917

Son of J. F. and Agnes Piwetz

Died at Camp Bowie, Ft. Worth, Texas of illness

Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery

Pvt. Louis O. Quade

4 Apr 1894 - 16 Oct 1918

Killed in action

Richter Hill Cemetery

Joseph A. Rabel

7 Feb 1888 - 25 Sep 1918

Born in Fayette Co, TX

Died of illness in France

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery
Schulenburg

Obituary

Louis P. Ruhmann

23 Sep 1886 - 19 Oct 1918

Died of illness

La Grange City Cemetery

Henry Ignac John (Jinrich) Samohyl

Apprentice Seaman, U. S. Navy

Born 30 Aug 1894 near Fayetteville, the son of Frank Somohyl

Died 9 Jun 1917 in U. S. Naval Hospital at Great Lakes, Illinois of pleurisy, suppurative

SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery, Plum

Joe Sassin

Died 16 Oct 1918 of illness

Dubina Catholic Cemetery

Herbert H. F. Schroeder

September 17, 1894 - October 12, 1918

Son of Dick Schroeder

Killed in action in France

Prairie Valley Lutheran Cemetery

Article on Reburial in 1921

J. Henry Schroeder

 
July 8, 1894 - October 13, 1918

Died in France

Prairie Valley Lutheran Cemetery

Gustav H. Schulze

Private, U.S. Army
39th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
Killed in action: July 19, 1918
Buried at: Plot D Row 37 Grave 18
Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Fere-en-Tardenois, France

Konrad Frank Sevcik

 

February 19, 1897 - January 23, 1918

Seaman, 2nd Class, US Navy

Died of septicemia on the steamship Espagne

Son of Mary Rainosek

Hostyn Catholic Cemetery

Adolph Tauch

July 22, 1895 - October 22, 1918

Electrician, 1st class, USNavy

Died of influenza in US Army Hospital
Marseille, France

Son of Charles Tauch

Flatonia City Cemetery - Oak Hill

Felix Wagner

6 May 1891 - 12 Oct 1918

Killed in Action at St. Etienne, France

Co. 1 143 Inf 36 Div.

Carmine City Cemetery

Edmund Weis

14 Oct 1896 - 14 Oct 1918

Died of influenza at Camp Travis

St. John Catholic Cemetery, St. John

Obituary

Henry Winter

Private, U.S. Army
20th Machine Gun Battalion, 7th Division
Son of Mrs. Henrietta Winter
Died: November 1, 1918 from pneumonia
Buried at: Plot C Row 26 Grave 10
St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France

Obituary


Additionally, Frank W. Freeman, a member of Company K, 360th Infantry, 90th Division who was born in Schulenburg but who grew up in Glidden in Colorado County, died in France in World War I and was reinterred in the Catholic Cemetery at Schulenburg.


Acknowledgements

Most veterans' cemetery photos are courtesy of the Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives.

Data on soldiers buried in France came from the American Battle Monuments Commission website.

Some information comes from Ancestry.com U.S. Naval Deaths, World War I

* Additional Joseph John Krenek information from Texas Veterans of Czech Ancestry, published by Eakins Publishing Co, 1999, for the Czech Heritage Society of Texas.

If you would like to contribute a photograph of a veteran from Fayette County who died while serving our country, please contact Rox Ann Johnson.

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