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|Pvt. William Allen Jones
2nd Casualty Company
February 19, 1897 - October 8, 1918
William Allen Jones was on board ship expecting within a few days to see France, and to render service to his country. It was for this purpose that he had volunteered. However, he Was not destined to take part in battles. He did not even step on French soil; he died before the ship landed. He was born at Smith Mills, Ky., February 19, 1897. When he was about four years of age the family moved to Corydon, Ky., where he attended school. Here he lived until he was seventeen, when he went to Henderson. He worked on the county roads as a grader. A year before his enlistment he came to Evansville, where he was employed in the L. & N. shops. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and attended the Missionary Baptist Church. On July 27,1918, he volunteered and was assigned to Co. A, 211th Engineers. From there he was transferred to Second Casual Company at Camp Upton, N. Y. He sailed for France on the U. S. S. George Washington during the month of September. On the way he contracted Spanish Influenza. The development of pneumonia caused his death the morning of October 8, 1918. P. F. Bloomhardt, U. S. Chaplain said, that the ship had passed through the danger zone. His body was returned to America, and was laid at rest near his place of birth, at Corydon, Ky. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 p88.
October 25, 1998