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|Pvt. Albert Jackson Perkins
Co. M, Provisional Battalion Engineers
October 11, 1897 - October 9, 1918
When America entered the World War it was not long before public opinion was crystallized in the sentiment which is expressed in the War Information pamphlet, "Why America fights Germany." "We have all realized," it said, "that our nation cannot live on this earth if it can be insulted and wronged with impunity; that its liberty and rights for the future must be insured; that mercy and truth, justice, and peace, must be secured throughout the earth if civilization is to survive on it." To serve this ideal many young men postponed their life work, and leaving family and friends went to defend "what we most value and love on earth." Albert Jackson Perkins was one of the many clean-cut, public spirited American citizens who responded in the American crisis. He was born in Floyd County, Indiana, October 11, 1897. He received his education in this city at the Centennial School. Later he worked for the C.& E.I. Railroad and in a furniture factory. On August 17,1918, he married Miss Lillian Goble. He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, and belonged to the Red Men Lodge. He entered the service September 6, 1918, in the Field Artillery. At Camp Taylor he was assigned to 59th Co. 15th Battalion, 150th Depot Brigade. Toward the end of that month he left for Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indianapolis. At this camp he was transferred to Co. M, First Training Battalion. During the first part of the next month he contracted the Spanish Influenza which developed into pneumonia. He died on October 9, 1918, and was buried in St. Joseph Cemetery. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 p151.
October 25, 1998