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Pvt. Grover C. Reid
Co. B, 47th infantry, 4th Division
December 16, 1892 - July 31, 1918


     "On July 28th, still another three miles' advance was recorded
in the course of which the Ourcq was crossed on a two-mile front and
the farm of Meurcy and the village of Sergy taken.  After debouching
from this river a strong enemy resistance was encountered; the
Americans ran up against a veritable mass of automatic rifles.  A
strenuous fight ensued, during which the village of Sergy many times
changed hands.

     "In the yellow wheat fields which covered the slopes adjacent to
the Meurcy farm, along the heights above Fere-en-Tardenois, bordering
the little mud road between Sergy and 'the Poplars' and on the hills
extending from these trees down to Cierges, General Liggett, on
visiting the scene of action, found the bodies of his own men not
twenty yards from the German lines; the khaki uniforms were
stretched beside the greenish tunic of the emperor's troops up to the
very entrenchments of the enemy machine guns where these men had
met in a death grapple."

   This account in the work, "The American Army In The European
Conflict," by Col. De Chambrun and Capt. Dc Marenches, gives the
historical circumstances of the death of Grover C. Reid.  He did not
fear death in distant lands, but "he must feel a stab of pain who says
good-bye to all he loves."  During the tumult of departure he prayed
for strength to fight worthily for the cause, and meet the fatal hour,
if it should come on the battlefield, with a spirit worthy of, an
American soldier.

     He was born in Hebardsville, Ky., December 16, 1892.  When he
was a boy of thirteen his family moved to Stanley, Ky., and four
years later they moved to Henderson, Ky.  At Henderson he worked
at the painting trade.  On June 25,1912, he married Miss Nellie
Williams at Henderson.  For a year he worked at Louisville. Ky., finishing
pianos.  In 1915 he moved with his family to Evansville, where he
again worked as a painter.

     His response to the call for service was a sacrifice justified only
by the national crisis, and the nobleness of the cause.  Leaving his
parents, his wife, a little girl of five and a little boy of six years,
he entered the service April 1, 1918.  He went to Camp Taylor, and was
assigned to the Forty-seventh Infantry, Co. B, Fourth Division.  He
was already well acquainted with military life.  At Henderson he had
been a member of the State Guard for six years.  At Camp Taylor
he remained only three weeks and towards the end of the month he
was sent to Camp Mills, New York.

   He landed in France, May 23, 1918.  Throughout the summer of
1918, only three brief letters were received from him.  The last letter
was received May 10, 1918.  While engaged in battle, he was shot
under his shoulder and died twenty minutes later.  A comrade of
Grover Reid, Hubert B. Roaland, who is now living in Stanley, Ky.,
said that he was killed in the battle of Chateau-Thierry near Sergy,
July 31, 1918.  He was buried two hundred yards from the place
where he was killed.
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Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
pp. 158-160

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