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Sgt. Albert J. Paul
Co. A, 2nd Casual Company, 2nd Provisional Regiment
June 12, 1891 - September 20th. 1918


      Albert J. Paul was born in Henderson, Ky., June 12, 1891.  When
his family moved to Evansville, he attended Columbia, Chandler, now
known as Stanley Hall and graduated from Canal, now Wheeler
School.  He continued his education at Draughon-Porter's Business
College, and completed a commercial course.  For ten years he worked
for the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Co.  During the last four years of his
employment he was a salesman for that firm.  While in this city he
belonged to the United Commercial Travelers and to the Masonic Lodge.

     On April 27, 1918, he engaged in government work at an arsenal,
at Rock Island, Ill.  He was an inspector in the gun department, but
later was promoted as inspector of the tool room.  On May 21, he left
the arsenal, and on July 1, 1918, he entered the service of his country
in the Ordnance Department, Co. A, P.0. 74, Camp Hancock, Ca.
He was in the service but twenty-eight days, when he was promoted
to the rank of sergeant.

     He left Camp Hancock July 28, and sailed for France, August 1,
1918, from New Port News.  Because he went by the way of Italy it
was three weeks before he stepped on French soil: In a letter home,
written from France, he said he was not sick while on the ocean.
He was greatly impressed by the sights he had witnessed, and the
experiences he went through. "One thing is sure," he said in that
letter, "if we don't come here, the Huns will come to the States and do
our mothers, wives and children as they did in Belgium, and that will
never be and never shall."  His service in France consisted of driving
a 10-ton British truck, delivering supplies from one sector to another.

     While out on detached service, away from his organization he
contracted pneumonia, and died in the American Red Cross Military
Hospital No.8, September 20th. 1918.  He was buried the next day in
the A.E.F. Cemetery No.34, Grave No.697.

     Albert J. Paul was imbued with the spirit of the American soldier.
In one of his letters from France he said, "I am glad and proud that
I am a soldier of Uncle Sam and trust that I can prove and make
myself worthy of being one."

     A letter to Paul's brother, Jack D. Paul, from Morris Holzman,
a returned Evansville soldier who was at that time in Bourges, France,
gave information about his death.  In part the letter said: "My whole
heart and sympathy is extended to your mother and family, and hope
you will all find consolation in the fact that this supreme sacrifice
was not in vain.  Brave Americans like Albert have contributed to
this great cause which won the war for the Allies, and I know he
gave his life willingly for his country."

     A testimonial of Paul's faithful service was given in a letter
from his captain, Edward Fry, to his mother.  Among other things the
letter said, "During the short time that your son was in this Company,
he was an excellent soldier. His record is one of credit to his country,
his family and his memory."
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Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
pp. 149-150

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