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Cpl. Edward E. Mosby
Battery A, 82nd Field Artillery
January 9, 1893 - October 13, 1918


     Edward E. Mosby recognized the call of duty to overwhelm the
monster of Europe, Prussian militarism, which for many years has
sown distrust and hate, and reaped a harvest of its downfall and
destruction.

     Corporal Mosby was born in Evansville January 9, 1893.  He
went to Centennial School and graduated in 1907.  His desire to learn
the printing trade led him to seek employment at several local printing
firms, among which were the Speed Press and Keller-Crescent.
When he mastered his trade he was, admitted to the local printers'
union.  After several years of this work in Evansville he went to
Hammond, Ind., where he secured employment in a printing office
as press feeder.  He returned to Evansville four months later, and
worked for the Adams Express Company for a year.

     On June 1, 1917, he entered the service as a member of Battery
A, Eighty-second Field Artillery.  His first place of training was
Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Mo.  Two weeks later he was sent to
Cheyenne, Wyoming.  There he remained for six months.  It was at
this camp he was promoted to a corporal.  After spending one month
at Fort Logan, Huston, Texas, he was transferred to El Paso, Texas.
Here he fell a victim of the epidemic which was raging throughout
the country, the Spanish Influenza.  After a week of illness he seemed
to recover, and was even ready to be discharged from the hospital;
but he contracted pneumonia, which caused his death, October 13, 1918.
His body was brought home and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.

     Corporal Mosby was one of the many heroes who did not serve
in France, but who, nevertheless, contributed to victory.  It was not
long after America was forced into the world struggle, and made
common cause with the Allied forces against the menace of the world,
Germany, that he joined the colors.  He knew America needed help,
and he was ready to do his part.  That he did his part well, we know
from one of his officers, Capt. S.A. Connor, of Battery A, Eighty-
second Field Artillery, who said of him: "To serve in an organization
with men of his type is an honor to any commander."  Lieut. J.L.
Hinshaw said: "He was always on the job, and did not once slight
his duty. He led a clean, conscientious life."
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Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
pp. 124-125

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