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Sgt. Frederick Grant Myler
Co. M, 310th Infantry, 78th Division
April 6, 1888 - September 22, 1918


      Frederick Grant Myler was a devoted and affectionate husband
and father, but so intense was his desire to serve his country that he
willingly assumed a different name in the army, that there might be
no opportunity for his dependents to seek his exemption.

     Frederick Myler was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, April 6, 1888.
When he was ten years old he moved to Tiffin, Ohio, where he attended
school until he reached the ninth grade.  When he was seventeen
he entered the U.S. Navy and enjoyed a trip around the world.  Three
years later he fell out of the ship's riggings and suffered injuries to
his ribs and one leg.  After he was discharged from the navy on
April 19, 1909, he worked in a pottery at Tiffin.  He later followed
the same trade in Evansville.  On April 8, 1911, he married Miss Mamie
Daum.  They had two children, one of whom died while Myler was in the army.

     When the Lusitania was sunk he chafed at the apparent inactivity
of the government.  "If America does not act," he thought, "I, for
one, will avenge the victims on the Lusitania."  Acting on this thought
he left home without informing his family of his intentions and enlisted
in the British army, in Canada.

     Finally, America did enter the war.  Myler 'wanted to fight
under his own country's flag.  He left the British army and enlisted
at Detroit under the pseudonym of Keller and was sent to National
Park, Gettysburg, Pa., June 25, 1917.  He was made Corporal in Co.
K, Fourth Infantry.  Two months later he was transferred to the 310th
Infantry, Co. M, Camp Dix, N.J., where he was made a sergeant.  On
May 9, 1918, he sailed for France.  After months of training he entered
the lines on September 17, 1918, in the St. Mihiel drive, a few
miles from Thiaucourt.  In a battalion raid, in which his platoon was
the assaulting unit, Sergeant Myler was killed in action, September
22, 1918, "while leading his men bravely and calmly."

     Lieutenant Irvin E. Goldsmith, Co. M, 310th Infantry, wrote of
Sergeant Myler:  "He was always faithful in the execution of his
duties and always had the men under him well in hand, which is the
best proof of efficiency as a non-commissioned officer.  The very
short time it was necessary for him to be in the lines, he conducted
himself entirely in a manner which should make his country and his
dear ones proud of him.  In the midst of the greatest danger he
never hesitated to neglect his own personal safety for the execution
of his duties."
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Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
pp. 126-127

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