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Pvt. Leo Goelzhauser
Co. B, 120th Infantry, 30th Division
September 28, 1889 - November 4, 1918

   "He was Only a private. He just did his duty," his brother
explained. Yet, it was the combined contributions of the
privates without rank, without spectacular exploits, frequently
even without leaving a record of their experiences, that enabled
America to triumph. Leo Goelzhauser, the youngest of seventeen
children and the thirteenth boy in the family, was born
September 28, 1889. He attended the St. Mary's School, and later
worked as bookbinder at the Herbert Journal Printing Company.

   He entered the service at Camp Taylor about September 21, 1917,
where he went into training for seven months. On one occasion while
he was at target practice he was accidentally shot in the leg and
hand. After a sojourn of five weeks in the hospital he reported for
duty. On January 3, 1918 he returned to Evansville to marry Miss
Eleanor Lichtenfeld.

   In May, 1918, he was transferred to Camp Sevier, and was assigned
to Co. B, 120th Infantry, 30th Division. He sailed for France on the
Bohemian, a British steamer.  In Flanders he was in a machinegun
battalion, and took part in the fighting near Ypres.  He contracted
the influenza, and after a few days of illness he died on November 4, 1918.
He was buried at Rouen, France in St. Sevier Cemetery.


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