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Pvt. Orville Demick
Headquarters Company, 150th Filed Artillery, 42nd Division
June 4, l900 - Feb. 3, 1919

   Orville Demick was born in Gibson County, Ind., June 4, l900.
When he was a child the family moved to Summerville, Ind., where
he attended school. In Evansville Orville Demick worked for the Cook
Brewing Co., and I. A. Thiele Co.

   Although he was but a lad of seventeen he was among the first
to volunteer when America went into war.  He entered the service
April 12, 1917, in Troop A, First Indiana Cavalry, which was recruited
by Capt. Orion Norcross. He was one of the six men chosen for the
field artillery and was sent to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis,
for a special course of training. He was assigned to 150th Field
Artillery, Headquarters Company, Indiana's unit in the Rainbow
Division. From Camp Mills, Long Island, N. Y., he sailed' for France in
November 1917.  Practically no information has been received
concerning his individual experiences at the front. He went through the
various activities of the Rainbow Division throughout the war, fought,
and saw the glorious day of the Armistice.

   When the fighting ceased he was in the army of occupation in
Germany.  On February 8, 1919, his mother received a letter sent
January 13 from Rheinland, Germany. "We are having fine weather,"
he said, "just like summer the year round. I expect to be home soon."
In another letter sent January 5, he seemed to be full of optimism and
good health and telling his mother not to worry.  He said, "I had a
fine Christmas dinner, but would rather have been at home with
you."  At this time he became ill and contracted pneumonia.  On
Feb. 3, 1919, he died at the Evacuation Hospital No.2, Coblenz,
Germany. His body now lies in the American military cemetery of that
city.

   Chaplain U. B. Nash of the 150th Field Artillery wrote
the following to his mother:
   "It is especially tragic that after coming safely through
    the campaigns of last year, your son should have fallen a
    victim to disease, the same which caused so many deaths at
    home as well as in the army last fall. You will be relieved
    to know that your son's illness was of short duration."

   "I sincerely trust that in your sorrow you are strengthened
    by the comfort of God's presence, and by the realization
    that your son's life so tragically cut short was given in
    the great cause now crowned with victory."

 Col. Robert H. Tyndall of the 150th Field Artillery wrote to his mother:
   "Allow me at this time to express my deep and most sincere
    sympathy for the great loss that you have suffered at this
    time in the death of your son, Orville."

   "He was admired and respected by all of his officers and
    comrades, and his company realizes the loss of such a man,
    not only to our organization, but to his country."

   "You, as his Mother, have made the greatest sacrifice that
    a Mother can make, but no doubt you feel great pride in
    knowing that your son died in fighting civilization's
    common enemy."
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Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
pp54-55.

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October 25, 1998