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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
October 25, 1998