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|1st Class Gunner's Mate Warren E. Labry
United States Navy
December 5, 1891 - September 17, 1918
Theodore Roosevelt's teachings will long remain in the heart of America, but his most characteristic exhortation was "the doctrine not of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife." Warren E. Labry heard the admonition of that great American. He joined the ranks of the industrial army while he was still a boy, and when he reached maturity he entered military service when America was still neutral in the World War. Warren E. Labry was born December 5, 1891, at Henderson, Ky. He completed public school by the time he was thirteen. For the next four years he worked at a carriage factory. When he came to Evansville at the age of seventeen he was employed at the Hercules Buggy Co., as a top builder. Four years later he went to Detroit, Michigan, where he secured automobile work. A year later he returned to Evansville, and to his former place of employment. On September 22, 1915, he enlisted for a four year term in the navy. After his final examination at Indianapolis, he was sent to Norfolk, Va., where he remained in training for six months. He was assigned to U. S. S. Pennsylvania. During this period of his career he was promoted to a first class gunner's mate. He was transferred to a torpedo school at Newport, R.I., June 22, 1918. On September 14, 1918, he had an attack of Spanish Influenza. The illness developed into broncho-pneumonia. His parents went to see him, and were present at his deathbed, September 17, 1918. His body was sent to Evansville and laid to rest in the Oak Hill Cemetery His record in the navy was perfect. Death reached him four days before his graduation from the torpedo school, where he was to be an instructor, as a reward for honorable and faithful service. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 pp97-98.
October 25, 1998