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Pvt. Albert T. Kemmerling
22nd Engineers
January 21, 1893 - May 28, 1918


     "It is plain how we were forced into the war.  The extraordinary
insults and aggressions of the Imperial German Government left us
no self-respecting choice but to take up arms in defense of our rights
as a free people and of our honor as a sovereign government."

     Albert T. Kemmerling understood the issue as it was expressed
by the above words of President Wilson.  He was rejected, but his
persistence ultimately won him the opportunity of entering the
service.  That his military career was brief, was not due to any
circumstances within his power to control.

     He was born January 21, 1893.  He attended St. Mary's School
until he completed the eighth grade.  After his school days he was a
slate contractor until 1909, when his father was killed while at work.
He continued the same kind of work with his brother until three years
before he entered the service.  During that time he was employed at
the Hercules Gas Engine Co.

     He heard the call for service.  Twice he attempted to enter the
service but was rejected because of nervousness.  He went to the
chairman of the First District Board, Percy P. Carroll, and made a plea
to be permitted to serve his country.  Finally when the Twenty-second
Engineers were organized, Albert Kemmerling was admitted to their
ranks, May 18, 1918.  The unit went to Indianapolis and began to
train at Ft. Benjamin Harrison.  As a result of an innoculation he
became sick.  His illness developed a delirium.  His brother, Joseph,
went to see him, and having arranged for his return home, came back
to Evansville.  On May 28, 1918, his other brother, Edward, was waiting
in Indianapolis to take Albert Kemmerling home.  The night before,
however, in his delirious condition, he wandered from camp.  About
eight o'clock in the morning while he was still wandering in his fever,
he was killed by a train.

     His body was brought to Evansville and was given a military
funeral.  The recruiting detail of this city were honorary pall-bearers.
The services were held in St. Benedict's Church and he was buried
in St. Joseph Cemetery.  Albert Kemmerling was a member of the
St. Benedict's Church, Holy Name Society and the St. Michael's Society.
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Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
pp. 89-90.

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October 25, 1998