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|Pvt. Herman Daum
Co. G, 351st Infantry
October 26, 1889 - March 21, 1918
Herman Daum's military career was terminated by a fatal epidemic. His aim was to help crush the arrogance of the German Empire. He realized that: "We fight the fight of freedom For every suffering one, We fight the fight of justice Till pride shall be undone." He was born in Evansville, October 26, 1889. He attended a country school in Posey County, and was later engaged in railroad work, as a fireman on the L. & N. Railroad, between Nashville and Paris Tenn. He left this employment because he wanted to join the union, and for a year he worked on a farm in Illinois. In 1916 he went West. He found work on a ranch in Jones County, Iowa. On February 21, 1918, he entered the service at Camp Dodge, Iowa. He was assigned to Company G, 351st Infantry. It was only four weeks later that he contracted the Spanish influenza. He died at the Base Hospital, March 21, 1918. Capt. Arthur Ernley of the 351st Infantry said that death came as a result of "extreme secondary anemia complicated by broncho-pneumonia." The body was laid to rest in St John's Cemetery. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 p51.
October 25, 1998