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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." _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 pp54-55.
October 25, 1998