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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.
April 15, 1998