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Cook Odus E. McFadden
Co. C, 335th Infantry, 84th division
September 1, 1894 - November 3, 1918

     A report from the Associated Press describes the fighting on the
day Odus McFadden was killed in action:
   "Fighting with all the ferocity of the early days of the war, the
Germans did their utmost today to bring to a halt the American
offensive.  Early this morning and in the afternoon the Americans
pushed forward through a blanket of fog, a yard at a time, and later
in the day, when the mists lifted, they drove forward a further
distance against the German lines.

     "Almost no change has been made on the right near the Meuse,
but on the left, the operation's of the French west of the Argonne
forest, and the Americans on the east defined more clearly the salient
in which the enemy still has a considerable force opposing the
Americans, who have been steadily clearing the forest of machine
gun nests."  A gas wound did not daunt the courage of Odus McFadden.
His desire to fight gave him strength to rejoin his comrades and make
the supreme sacrifice.

     Odus E. McFadden was born in Grafton, Posey County, Indiana,
September 1, 1894.  Until he was sixteen he lived at different times in
Warrick and Spencer Counties of this State.  He then went to Arkansas
and Missouri, where he spent four years.  When he came to Evansville
he found employment at the Crown Pottery Co.  After remaining in this
city for a year he left for Kennet, Mo., where he was engaged in the
dairy business.

     He entered the service at Kennet about the middle of March, 1918.
At Camp Funston, Kansas, his first training station, he was assigned
as a cook to Co. C, 335th Infantry.  In the latter part of May, 1918,
he sailed for overseas service.  He went from New York by way of Canada.
On June 1, 1913, he arrived in England, and several days later went to
Brest, France.

     Practically nothing is known from his letters of his experiences
in France.  The few known details of his death have been given by
an army chaplain who knew of Odus McFadden. The chaplain said
that in a great drive of the Meuse-Argonne battle Odus McFadden
was gassed October 5, 1918.  He was transferred to an S.O.S. Hospital
October 10.  Nineteen days later he recovered sufficiently to rejoin
his company.  On November 3, 1918, he was struck by a shell, while in
action.  His wound was so severe that he died before first aid could
be given.  His burial place is unknown.

Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
pp. 112-113
October 25, 1998