This is the continuation of a series of stories about men who died in World War 1, and whose photographs appeared in a publication called “Our Nation’s Roll of Honor.” The original post and explanation can be found at this link. There will also be a complete listing of all the names researched at that same blog post.
LOST FACES OF WORLD WAR ONE: Our Nation’s Roll of Honor — Part Sixteen
Samuel William Myers was born 22 Nov 1895 in Lancaster PA, the son and only child of Samuel & Mary (Schmitt) Myers, and grandson of Philip & Barbara (Kohler) Schmitt. Samuel’s mother married 2d) to Albert Mallgraf. In 1915 Samuel W. Myers married Agnes McFalls, and in the same year had a daughter, Gladys Myers who died at the age of 1.Samuel W. Myers enlisted in the regular army at Ft. Slocum NY on 28 March 1917. He was assigned to Co. A 23rd Infantry, and designated the rank of Private. He was promoted to Pvt 1cl on 1 Sep 1917, and then to Corporal on 5 Sep 1917. He was overseas from 7 Sep 1917 until his death.
Corporal Samuel William Myers died 8 June 1918 of wounds received in action. Though probably originally buried in France, his body was returned to the United States and his remains lie in Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster PA.
Frank Jerry Michael was born 3 February 1895 in Flora, Clay Co., Illinois, son of William J. & Dora C. (Ruchti) Michael. He grew up in Harter, Clay Co. IL, and also on LaSalle Street in St. Louis, Missouri. His siblings included: Lena, William, Carrie, Mary, Warren and William.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper of 13 June 1918: “He enlisted in the regular army 6 May 1917, and was in one of the first units sent to France. At the time of his enlistment he was a construction foreman for the Terminal Railroad Association. Notice of Michael’s death came last night in a telegram from the Adjutant-General of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William J. Michael of Jennings.
Michael and his father, also a Terminal construction foreman, had gone to and from their work together for seven years and were close companions. Private Michael’s brothers, Warren, 20 years old, and William, 34, today expressed a desire to avenge their brother’s death. “I am going to enlist in the marines right away,” said Warren, “I’ve got to get those Huns for killing Frank.”Frank J. Michael was assigned to Company D, Second Engineers and sent to France. He was killed in action June 6, 1918 at Belleau Wood. He was 23 years old.
The St. Joseph Observer of 22 June 1918 stated that Frank J. Michael “was distant relative of the kaiser, according to his mother, Mrs. William J. Michael, who said her maternal great-grandmother was a second cousin of the German emperor. “We are all ashamed of our relationship with the kaiser and my boy showed it by giving his life to whip him,” she said.”
As was common during WWI, Frank was originally buried in France, then in September of 1921 his remains were returned at the family’s request. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch of 3 September 1921 reports that a funeral was held for him at the Corpus Christi Church, and that he was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Frederick I. “Fred” Miles was born December 1889 in Shenango, Mercer Co. PA, son of John K. & Cora S. (Seiple) Miles. He had two siblings: a sister Sara A. Miles, b. 19 May 1895 in Erie PA, and d. 9 Feb 1999. She married Bennie Starkey; and a half-brother, Carral L. Sanders, born 9 Jan 1900 Chicago, Huron, Ohio, son of Clarence and Cora (Seiple) Sanders.
Frederick’s father, John K. Miles was a railroad brakeman, who died (probably killed and robbed) in July of 1896 when Fred was 6 years old. His then-widowed mother remarried in 1897 to Clarence Sanders. In 1900 a young Frederick was living with his maternal grandparents, Henry and Sarah Seiple in Greenville, Mercer Co., PA.The Adjutant General Military Records for Ohio describes his service:
“MILES, FREDERICK I., 55648, White, Geneva, O,” noting that he enlisted in the regular army at Columbus Barracks, Ohio, 2 September 1915, that he was born in Shenango PA and was in HQ Co. 26th Infantry until his death. He started as a Private on 2 Sep 1915, promoted to Corporal/Musician 1st Class on 1 May 1917. He was moved into the Defensive Sector, in France, American Expeditionary Force, 14 June 1917. He was killed in action on 27 May 1918 [probably near Cantigny, France]. Cited in General Orders 11 Division, dated 1 January 1920.
Corporal Frederick I. Miles’ body apparently was removed from France, and was placed in a family plot in Shenango Valley Cemetery, Greenville, Mercer Co. PA.
Clyde Millard was born 3 May 1900 in Washington, Virginia, son of David Buck & Grace (Martin)
Millard. His siblings were Lizzie, Robert L., William G., and Carl F.
14 June 1918 Friday, The Indianapolis News, page 14. MONTPELIER IND. June 14–Private Clyde Millard, age eighteen, listed in today’s casualty list as having died of wounds, is the son of Mrs. Grace Millard, of this city. He was a member of the Montpelier Boy Scouts at the time of his enlistment in the regular army in January 1917. Last October he was sent to France and has been in active service since that time. On May 8 Mrs. Millard received a message from the war department at Washington saying her son was seriously wounded, and yesterday she received another message which said he died on May 26.
The Indiana WWI Vets Database was an invaluable source that stated Clyde Millard was a member of Co. M, 18th Infantry, 1st Division. The date they state of 27 April 1918 as his death date is probably incorrect, as it is the date he was severely wounded at Cantigny, France. A WWI Army cable confirms the wounding date, and then questions the correct death date. I believe his actual death date to be 26 May 1918 as stated in the newspaper report.
Private Clyde Millard was cited for gallantry & especially meritorious service. He is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Montpelier, Blackford Co. Indiana. The Clyde Millard Post of the American Legion was named in his honor.
Ira Hoffer Miller was born 4 October 1887 at Silver Spring, Lancaster Co PA, the son of Albert & Elizabeth (Hoffer) Miller. He had siblings, He has siblings Edwin H. and Gabriel H. Miller.
In 1900 he was a student, living with his family in West Hempfield, Lancaster Co. PA, with his father working as a cabinet maker.
Ira H. Miller enlisted on 3 October 1917, and was assigned to Co. I 316th Infantry to 2 Feb 1918, and then to Co. I, 11th Infantry to his death.
On 24 April 1918, the regiment sailed for France. By May 1918 it joined the 5th Division. The 11th Regiment then took part in the Vosges Mountains, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne offensives.
On 12 Sep 1918, Private Ira H. Miller was killed in action in the St. Mihiel Sector. He was buried, and now rests at Saint Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, Lorraine, France in Plot C, Row 28, Grave 5.