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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
October 25, 1998