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|Pvt. Charles Flack
Co. I, 119th Infantry, 30th Division
March 22, 1896 - August 2, 1918
As Charles Flack lay on the battlefield through the night, and his life's blood was oozing from his limbs, his thought was: "Death may engulf me in eternal darkness still I have no regret or pain. He felt the assurance that he was with those who yearned for liberty. He knew that should he fall before despotism was crushed, he would be recalled with tenderness and reverence. Charles Flack was born March 22, 1896, at Stanley, Warrick County, Indiana. He came to Evansville when he was five years old, and went to school in this city for three years. His education was completed at Stanley, where he lived with his grandfather. For about six months he worked in the L. & N. shops. He left this work to go on a farm with the purpose of improving his health. While he was in Evansville he became a member of the Woodmen of the World Lodge. When Charles Flack heard the call for service, he was by no means vigorous and not even in normal health. He had suffered from an attack of the grip, and was under the care of adoctor until two weeks before his enlistment. On October 4, 1917, he entered the service and was sent to Camp Taylor. At this camp he was assigned to Co. A. 335th Infantry. On Good Friday, 1918, he was transferred to Co. I, 119th Infantry, Camp Sevier, S. C. Six weeks later, May 12, 1918, he sailed from Boston, Mass., and on May 29 he arrived in France. It was eight weeks before his family heard from him. The official telegram said that he "was killed in action," August 2, 1918 at Ypres, Belgium, on the British front. However, a returning comrade has given his mother numerous details of his death. According to that account, Charles Flack was stationed as a guard of guns at Ypres, while the company went out on a night sniping trip. A German shell burst, killing one of his comrades instantly, and blowing off Charles Flack's foot. A comrade tried to get first aid, but he came too late. He was not rescued. For six hours of the night he lay on the battlefield gradually bleeding to death. He was buried in Ypres, in cemetery No.439. All of his personal effects have been returned to his mother. Lieut.-Colonel, Charles C. Pierce, Q. M. C., in a letter to his mother said: "You will be comforted to know that his body has been recovered and that it lies buried in a place which for military reasons cannot at this moment be disclosed. You need have no fear, however, that there will be any danger of the loss of this location, or the record of interment." _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 pp60-61.
October 25, 1998