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 Seventeen
Rufus Ford Montgall was born July 20, 1887 at St. Louis Missouri, son of William H. and Sarah E. “Sallie” (Ford) Montgall. According to “The Soldier from Independence: A Military Biography of Harry Truman,” by D.M. Giangreco, page 90, Rufus F. Montgall was “Truman’s second cousin on his father’s side.”
Rufus F. Montgall attended local schools, and graduated in 1910 from the University of Pennsylvania. The school’s catalog of that year shows the following activities: 1910 University of Pennsylvania Catalog. Rufus Ford Montgall. Phi Delta Theta (1) honor comm; (1) track; Vice President and Sales Manager American Sash and Door Co.; mem. Mid-Day, Country and Kansas City Athletic Clubs. Am Sash and Door Co. and “Rockhill Manor,” 43d and Locust Sts. Kansas City, Mo.
When he filled out his June 5, 1917 WW1 Draft Registration form, he noted that he was a member of the Officers Reserve Corps. He was sent overseas, as part of the Quartermaster’s Corps. Supplies were essential to the American troops, and this Corps had been preparing to assault Cantigny. Capt. Montgall was at Chaumont during the air raid. Continue reading