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Sgt. Walter L. Krusenklaus
Co. F, 4th Infantry, 3rd Division
August 6,1892 - October 6, 1918


     When the bullets whizzed around and the shells shrieked,
when a rain of lead deluged the blood-soaked battle field, Walter
Krusenklaus, as his officer testified, was calm and faithful in
the performance of his duty.

     Walter L. Krusenklaus was born August 6,1892 in Pike County.
He received most of his education in Dubois County, where his
family moved when the boy was eight years of age.  When he was a
youth of seventeen he and his family made their home in Spencer
County.  From the time he left school in Dubois County until he came
to Evansville in 1912, Krusenklaus worked on the farm, most of the
time helping his father.  In this city he was employed as a driver by
the R.H. Pennington Produce Co.  He was engaged in this work until
he enlisted for service on September 8, 1915, long before a great
many citizens of our country realized the impending national crisis.
The first of a series of training camps which he attended was
Jefferson Barracks, Mo., where he spent only two weeks.  He was
assigned to Co. F, Fourth Infantry.  Throughout his varied experience
and training in this country, and on different battle fields of
France, he remained with his comrades of the Fourth Infantry, Co. F.

     Upon one occasion when our neighbor on the other side of the
Rio Grande became troublesome, Krusenklaus was among the troops
sent to Brownsville, Texas.  His service on the Mexican border
continued for eight months.  Then he was sent to Gettysburg, Pa.,
where he remained until October, 1917.

      He continued his training at Camp Greene. Charlotte, N. C.,
until the first of December, when he was transferred to Camp Stewart,
El Paso, Texas.  At this camp on January 26, Walter Krusenklaus
received his first promotion, to the rank of a corporal.  When he went
across to France in March, 1918, he was promoted to a sergeant.

     Characterizing Sergeant Krusenklaus as a soldier of democracy,
his company commander said of him: "He was a man among men --  a
man's man -- faithful in the performance of his duties and the trust
reposed in him by you and yours, and the country he so nobly served."

     A detailed account of his activities on the various fronts if
obtainable would no doubt reveal many daring deeds and venturesome
exploits. This conclusion is deduced from an official document
which enumerated the engagements in which Sergeant Krusenklaus
participated. The record includes:

       The Aisne defensive,
       The Champagne-Marne offensive,
       Aisne-Marne offensive,
       St. Mihiel offensive,
       Meuse-Argonne offensive.

     It was during the seventh day of the last battle on
October 6, 1918 that a machine gun bullet pierced his breast.
He was killed instantly, and was buried three miles northeast
of Montfaucon.

     A letter from G.A. Herbs, Colonel Fourth Infantry, sent
from American forces stationed at Plaidt, Germany, expresses an
appreciation of the brave sacrifices of such men as Sergeant
Krusenklaus.  "We are proud indeed," the letter states, "of those
who have gone on before.  For the victories we have attained have
been because of their sacrifice, and it is with keen regret we
realize they will not have an opportunity to carry on the work
of reconstruction throughout the world with the same spirit of
determination which was characteristic of their activities over here."
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Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
pp. 95-96

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October 25, 1998