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|Pvt. Albert T. Kemmerling
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. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 pp. 89-90.
October 25, 1998