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Pvt. Thomas Edwin Land
Battery B, 70th Field Artillery
March 18, 1894 - October 13, 1918

   Thomas Edwin Land's mother, father, sister and brother were
present at his bedside six days before his death:
     "And watched the starlight perish in pale flame,
      Wondering what God would look like when He came."

   Thomas was born March 18, 1894, in Center Township, Vanderburg
County. He attended Stringtown School, and later worked for his
father on the farm. He was employed in draining land before he
entered service on May 24, 1918.

   He was sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio, and six days later he was
transferred to Del Rio, Texas. At this post he remained in training
for four months, and then went to West Point, Ky., where he was
assigned to the Tenth Field Artillery.  When he was afflicted with
the influenza he was sent to the base hospital at Camp Taylor. Double
pneumonia developed, and he died on October 13, 1918.  His body
was brought to Evansville and buried in a cemetery on Stringtown

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