Thursday, April 29, 2010

Pvt. Dee Lash

Born L. D. Lash on December 11, 1895 in Richfield, Genesee County, MI to John H. Lash and Cordelia Lane.
He worked for the city of Flint as a Laborer, according to his June 5, 1917, World War 1 Draft Registration Card.

He died July 20, 1918 at the 103rd Field Hospital in La Ferte, France. Died of wounds received during the battle of Chateau-Thierry. He was buried in the American section, La Ferte-sous-Jouarre, Grave #239.

According to correspondence in his military file he "was cheerful and quite optimistic when evacuated. Later died at hospital, and accorded military burial. Greatly admired by his fellow soldiers, his untimely death is sincerely regretted."

In July of 1921 his body was brought home, at first his final resting place was going to be Arlington Cemetery, but his father changed his mind and had him laid to rest in Gracelawn Cemetery, Flint, Genesee County, MI. There is no grave marker on his grave that I was able to find.

I have searched the Flint Journal paper for July 1918 and 1921, there is no mention of him dying or being brought home. There is no obituary, not even in the list of injuried soldiers is there anything mentioned of him.

Here are some World War 1 links that are helpful

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