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Sgt. Lloyd C. Ackerman
Co. E, 58th Infantry, 4th Division.
November 7, 1893 - July 18, 1918

     The former Poet-Laureate of England, Alfred Austin, in one of
his poems sent out an appeal for a stronger friendship between
the two Anglo-Saxon democracies on both sides of the Atlantic.
"Let us speak with each other face to face, and answer as man
to man," he urged. When the chief apostle of the religion of
brutal force threatened the world, America, the traditional
home of liberty, united her forces with the democratic nations
of Europe, that "his menace be void and vain."

     One of the American crusaders, a son of Evansville, Lloyd C.
Ackerman, was born in Rome, Ind., November 7, 1893. He received
his education in Evansville, and graduated from the eighth grade
of Columbia school, at the age of fifteen. For a short period he
lived at Troy, Ind. Returning to this city he was employed by the
Dundee Woolen Mills, where he worked for two years.

     The life of a soldier had a great fascination for him.  At the
age of eighteen he enlisted in the coast artillery. He renewed his
period of enlistment, and served at various camps in California,
Washington and Oregon for seven years. When our country entered
the world war his term for service had expired, but rather than
be drafted he again enlisted in November, 1917, at Gettysburg,
Pa., in Co. E, Fifty-eighth Infantry. Here he met Miss Helen
Phyllis Schofield, a war worker from. Lynn, Mass. The romance
culminated in the first wedding which ever occurred at Camp
Gettysburg. The whole camp turned out to witness the ceremony,
and the wedding dinner, attended by many soldiers and civilians,
was served in military style.

     When he was transferred to Charlotte, N. C., he took his bride
with him. After two months of training he was sent to New York,
and in February, 1918, he sailed for France.

     A detailed account of his experiences at the front has not
been obtainable. In his last letter home he said: "War is hell,
but at that it is not nearly as bad as most people think. I am
well. We are really enjoying ourselves over here.  We have not
actually been sent up against the Hun, but I sure hope to meet
him soon, and do my part." In that letter he added that he had
not been hearing from his parents, and would "love to hear from
good old U. S. A."

     About the time this letter came to Evansville, his mother
received a letter from her other son, Crafton Ackerman, who
was in the service at London.  "Lloyd is well, I know, mother,"
he wrote. "Don't you worry about him. I'm going over there and
surprise him, and say, won't his old eyes get big when he sees me?"

     Sgt. Ackerman made the supreme sacrifice July 18, 1918, five
miles from Chateau-Thierry. The following letter to his wife from
Captain W. F. Marshall, of Anderson, S. C., gives the circumstances
of his death, and an appreciation of his heroic service:

     "Your husband, Sergeant Lloyd C. Ackerman, was in my company,
and was the best sergeant I ever had. I thought a lot of him, and
was greatly grieved when he was killed. He was right at my side
when he was killed. We were in a wheat field about five miles
northwest of Chateau-Thierry, and your husband is buried there.
Your husband died a hero. He was right in the front line
advancing on the Germans, when some machine guns opened up on us
and killed many of our men. Sgt. Ackerman was the best drill
sergeant I ever had, and was cool under fire. The company and
regiment lost a very valuable man when he was killed, and I
personally feel it very deeply. I cannot speak too highly of him.

_____

Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
pp. 28-29.

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April 15, 1998