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|Pvt. Dan Cheaney
Co. F, 111th Engineers, 36th Division.
June 1, 1891 - November 9, 1918
The spirit of military service was not new to Dan Cheaney when America entered the war. Long before the true significance of Prussian militarism was realized by the world, he entered the navy. When the call for men came in 1917 he again entered the service and followed the American flag to France. He was born in this city June 1, 1891. He received his education in the Harlan Avenue School and graduated at the age of fifteen. In 1909, at the age of seventeen, he joined the navy, and was assigned to the battleship Connecticut. In October 1911 he was transferred to U.S.S. Massachusetts. During his career as a bluejacket he had the opportunity of seeing different parts of the world, including the countries of the Caribbean Sea, France and Germany. He liked life in the navy so well, that when he was discharged in 1912, he thought of re-enlisting. However, after spending a short time with his mother in Evansville, he went to Oklahoma City, and obtained employment on the staff of the "Oklahoma News." When Cheaney was in the navy he said that if he had a chance to see Europe once more, he would make the most of the opportunity. This opportunity was offered him when America called for men to serve across the sea. In October, 1917, he enlisted in Co. F, 111th Engineers, Thirty-sixth Division, at Fort Worth, Texas. There he remained until July 17, 1918, when he sailed for France. During the several months of his service in France, he sent but few letters which gave practically no information of his activities and experiences. As he recalled beautiful France basking in rays of sunshine and peace, he could scarcely recognize the desolate, battle torn country, "where man's red folly has been purged in fire." The circumstances of his death have been recorded in a letter from Capt. O. L. Welch of Co. F. 111th Engineers, Thirty-sixth Division. The Captain said that Cheaney was killed on or about November 9, 1918. In part the letter stated: "He and another man from my company went up towards the front lines on a souvenir hunting expedition and according to the story of Corporal Kuper, who was the man who went with him, they went "over the top" with some infan- trymen. Cheaney was killed and Kuper was wounded and taken prisoner." Investigation has revealed that Kuper's knee was broken by a machine-gun bullet. He was captured by the Germans and taken to a hospital in Kaiserslsutern, Germany. However, on December 5, 1918, he was released. A report said that Corporal Kuper who probably has more information about Cheaney has been sent to a Chicago hospital, but an attempt to find him in the various hospitals of Chicago, has proved futile. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 pp41-42.
April 15, 1998