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Pvt. Paul Chamier
Co. M, 120th Infantry, 30th Division.
October 15, 1894 - September 29, 1918

     Paul Chamier was born in Tell City, Ind., October 15, 1894. When
he was a child of two years his family moved to Evansville. He
received his education at Carpenter Street School. Later he learned
the cigarmakers' trade, and became a member of the Local Union.

     He entered the service October 6, 1917 at Camp Taylor, and was
assigned to Co. B., 335th Infantry. At this training station he
remained until the end of March, 1918, when he was transferred to
Co. M, 120th Infantry, Camp Sevier, S. C. Six weeks later he was sent
to Camp Merritt, and after a sojourn of two weeks he sailed for
England on a British cattleship. He landed at Dover, England, and two
days later he sailed to Calais, France. Through July and August he
was in the midst of the fight at Ypres, Belgium. His unit was relieved
for one week by British troops. During this period he was recuperating
ten miles in back of the line. When he returned, he was sent two
miles behind Bellicourt. On September 29 he went "over the top" and
was killed in action by shrapnel. Mis body was buried west of Beth
dourt, France, "on a slight eminence near the St. Quentin Canal." His
grave has heen marked with his name and organization.

    Capt. L. F. St. John of the 120th Infantry in a long letter to his
family described the circumstances of Paul Chamier's death. In part
the letter stated:
    "Private Chamier made the supreme sacrifice on September 29, 1918
in what proved to be perhaps the most decisive battle of the year,
and the most important in which this organization was engaged. His
death resulted from artillery shell fire and was instantaneous. At
this time his organization was assaulting the great Hindenbnrg defenses
at the St. Quentin Canal, near Bellicourt, France, on the
St. Quentin-Cambrai front. With other gallant comrades, Pvt. Chamier
moved to the assault with great courage in the face of determined
resistance, proving himself a true, loyal soldier.  It was such a
spirit as this young man displayed which permitted such glorious
victory in the cause of humanity. And through our tears we now
realize that such noble sacrifices as this have not been in vain.
It is sometimes difficult to recognize the justice and wisdom of
Providence, but with time healing the wounds of sorrow, I am sure
there will come the full realization that the Great Commander doth
see things well."
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Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
pp39-40.

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