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Pvt. Emanuel O. Leberer
Co. F, 47th Infantry, 4th Division
July 1, 1890 - August 10, 1918

     Emanuel 0. Leberer responded to the spirit of  France, which
"clings to Freedom like lichen to rock, or like stars to celestial
splendor."  It was the same old, dauntless spirit of France which
overthrew the oppression of the Old Regime of Feudalism, that
withstood the attack of Kaiserism on the fields of the Marne.

     He was born in Clay City, Ind., July 1, 1890.  There he received
his elementary education, and when he completed the eighth grade he
went to Canada, where he spent two years.  He was also in Spokane,
Washington, for about a year.  When he returned to his native state
he attended high school at Terre Haute for one year, and then entered
a business college.  Upon the completion of his course he worked as
a bookkeeper.  Later he went into business, where he advanced until he
became the owner of a garage.  In 1915 he came to Evansville, where he
was engaged in the automobile business.  Together with his brother,
Loye Leberer, he started the Auto Tire Vulcanizing Company.  He abandoned
this business to become a clerk in the L. & N. Railroad freight office.
On January 16, 1918, he married Miss Ada Tisserand.  He did not live
to see his little daughter, Betty Jane, who was born after he was
killed in action.

     On March 29, 1918, he entered the Engineer Corps and was sent
to Camp Taylor.  Before he entered service he had been rejected
twice on account of defective eyes.  On both of these occasions he
was put in Class five.  At Camp Taylor he remained for six weeks, and
was then sent to Camp Mills. N.Y. On May 10, 1918, he sailed for
France as a member of Co. F, 47th Infantry, Fourth Division.  He was
engaged in the Marne battle, when he was shot in the head August 10,
1918.  His burial place was on that battlefield, but on December 5,
1918, he was reburied in Cemetery No.847, at Bayoches (Aisne).

     The Associated Press described the fighting on the day when
Leberer was killed as follows:
     "In the American attack the German infantry held for a while,
and then broke, and the Americans kept going at the same pace without
the assistance of the tanks. . . .  At the same time the German
artillery became active, and dropped shells in the direction of the
American troops, which inflicted a few casualties.  The Americans,
however, ran on and reached the smoke line just as it lifted.  There
they found themselves at grips with the enemy."

Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
pp. 102-103
October 25, 1998