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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." _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 pp39-40.
April 15, 1998