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Wagonner Frank Powell
Supply Company, 119th Infantry, 30th Division
November 13, 1895 - December 29, 1918

     Frank Powell fought on the blood saturated fields of Flanders
where "roaring seas of Huns swept on and sank again."  He was
born in Spottsville, Ky., November 13, 1895.  He received his education
in the public schools of Spottsville.  He moved with his family to
Evansville about twelve years ago.  In this city he worked for the
Crescent Milk Company.

     He entered the service October 6, 1917 and went to Camp Taylor,
where he was assigned to Co. B, 335th Infantry.  At this camp
he remained until May, 1918, when he was sent to Camp Sevier, S.C.
Three weeks later he began his trip across the Atlantic, and on June
5, 1918, be arrived at Gravesend, England.  He immediately crossed
the Channel to Calais.

     On his arrival in France he was transferred to Supply Company,
119th Infantry, Thirtieth Division, popularly known as "Old Hickory."
During July he saw active service at Ypres and Kemmel Hill.
On the anniversary day of his entrance into service, October 6, 1918,
he received a shrapnel wound in his left leg.  The wound was received
while he was taking part in the breaking of the famous Hindenburg
defense system, which had begun in the last part of September.
He was sent to an English hospital, and on December 15, 1918,
he arrived in New York as a casualty, on the Leviathan, formerly the
German ship, "Vaterland."   He took a grim satisfaction in the fact
that a German ship was forced to carry him back to his native land.
On his way to America he contracted a serious disease.  His mother
went to see him after his arrival at Debarkation Hospital No.3, New
York. He had not recovered from his wounds received on the battlefield,
his new affliction overpowered him.  Death came December 29, 1918.
His body arrived in Evansville on New Year's Day, 1919, and was buried
two days later in Oak Hill Cemetery with military honors in a flag
draped casket.  Fifty soldiers accompanied the body to its final
resting place.

     Frank Powell was a devoted son to his widowed mother.  The
large blood stains on a field medical card found in his comfort kit,
gave a silent testimony of his heroism.  A soldier who fought by his
side wrote his mother: "You have every reason to be proud of your
son.  He was a real soldier and fought bravely."  Before he died in
New York he said to his mother, "1 took my share of the enemy soldiers."

Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
pp. 156-157
October 25, 1998