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|Pvt. Russell Goad
Co. C, 605th Engineers
March 9, 1894 - October 20, 1918
Much has been said of the valor of those who were decorated with the Croix de Guerre or Victoria Cross, but there were many "Heroes in this war that the world will never hear about." The pluck and daring of many of our boys have never been recorded. Their trials and suffering were witnessed by their companions, but the world at large will little realize their experiences. Russell Goad was one of the persevering American soldiers who grappled with plague and death while crossing the ocean, and won. Like many of the boys on board that ship, he tenaciously held on to life to stake it on the fields of France for the world's cause. He lived to see French soil, but relentless fate overpowered him. He was born March 9, 1894. He graduated from Delaware School and attended the Evansville High School for one term in 1909. Then he began to work as a carriage trimmer at the Hercules Buggy Co., there he was employed continuously for seven years. After that time I~be left for Detroit but remained there only a few days when he left for Flint Mich., where he became engaged in the automobile industry. He remained in Flint until he entered service, May 28, 1918. He joined the 605th Engineers at Camp Taylor, and two weeks later was transferred to Camp Forrest in Georgia, where he remained until the first part of September, when he was transferred to Camp Merritt. On September 28, he sailed on the George Washington with 7,200 other soldiers. A more deadly enemy than the German submarine met these soldiers while on the Atlantic. For thirteen days the Spanish Influenza raged on board ship, and took many victims in spite of all the one hundred and sixty-five Red Cross nurses accompanying the boys, could do. Russell Goad was among those afflicted with the epidemic. On October 14, the George Washington landed at Brest, France. Russell Goad was taken to Base Hospital No. 1. On October 20, 1918, he died of pneumonia. Me was buried at Brest, with military honors. Capt. Robert B. Finley expressed the following words in a letter he wrote to Russell Goad's family: "He was faithful to duty and a willing worker and while our loss is great, yours of course is much greater." _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 pp71-71.
October 25, 1998