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Pvt. Wesley Edwards
United States Marine Corp
November 12, 1897 - September 25, 1918

   One account of the battle of Chateau-Thierry says that when
the German army had made great preparations for a drive on
Paris and had beaten back the French for miles, the Marines
came to the rescue. There were only 8,0OO Marines against
30,000 picked German troops. Victory crowned their efforts.
This was the fighting caliber that attracted Wesley Edwards.

   He was born at Talahoma, Tenn., November 12, 1897. When he
was still an infant the family moved to Spencer County, Indiana.
Wesley came to Evansville when he was three years old. In this
city he attended the Fulton and Delaware Schools. He worked in
a furniture factory in Evansville, and then went to New Albany
and Princeton, Indiana. When he returned home he was employed
by the Hercules Buggy Works.

   On August 6, 1917, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.  He
was sent to Paris Island, S. C. Three months later he was sent
to Quantico, Va.  In September, 1918, he contracted the Spanish
Influenza which later developed into pneumonia.  He was sick for
nine days, and on September 25, 1918, he succumbed. His body was
buried in the family lot at Midway, Indiana.

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