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|Pvt. Oscar Dannenberg
Battery C, 40th Field Artillery
May 31, 1894 - October 14, 1918
The growing tolerance of the American spirit and the emphasis on material influences of life have resulted in a general increasing indifference to theological discussion and forms of religion. This tendency had no influence on Oscar Dannenberg. He combined the loftiest national ideals with a religious and spiritual vision. Oscar Dannenberg was born in Evansville, May 31, 1894. He received his primary education at the Centennial public school, and the First Avenue Lutheran School. As a boy of thirteen he heard a call for the pulpit. He attended a seminary at Woodville, Ohio, for his secondary education and to prepare himself for the ministry. However, a year later he altered his career. After he returned home he worked in a urniture factory for a short time, and then was em-ployed by the F. W. Cook Brewing Company. He held a position as a shipping clerk in this firm for five years. During this time he was a member of the First Avenue Lutheran Church, and Moose Lodge. Oscar entered service August 30, 1918. Two of his brothers had been rejected. He was, therefore, the only boy of the family with the colors. He was assigned to the 40th Field Artillery, Battery C, at Camp Custer. The omnipresent epidemic, the Spanish Influenza, claimed him as a victim, after six weeks of training. His parents visited him, and did their utmost for his recovery, but after ten days of illness the disease proved fatal. He died October 14, 1918. A comrade, Clyde Byrd, accompanied the body to Evansville. He was buried in Locust Hill Cemetery. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 p50.
October 25, 1998