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|Pvt. Charles Frederick Stoermer
Co. M, 102nd Infantry, 26th Division
June 15, 1892 - November 11, 1918
Who will ever forget the historical day, November 11, 1918? For several days before that, the victorious American soldiers were driving the Germans mercilessly. When the enemy was routed and driven to their knees supplicating for peace, an armistice was declared. The news flashed throughout America. The anxiety was at last over. Pandemonium reigned. The country went wild with celebration of victory. Soldiers marched in parades, greeted by happy tears and deafening cheers and applause. America, traditionally a peaceful nation, was once more preparing to practice the arts of peace. It was on this historical day that Charles Frederick Stoermer gave his life for the world's cause. He was one of the last of the American heroes to sacrifice their lives for democracy. He was born in this city, June 15, 1892. He attended the Fulton Ave. public school until he was sixteen, and then learned the molder's trade. In June, 1914, he was admitted as a member of Union No. 51. About a year later he went to Cleveland, 0h., and again identified himself in organized labor by joining Union No.27. In Cleveland he entered service, March 27, 1918. In Camp Sherman, his first place of training, he remained four weeks. He was then transferred to Camp Merritt, where he trained for three weeks before crossing the Atlantic. On June 27, 1918, be reached England, and a few days later he crossed the Channel to France. While in this country he was in Co. L, 329th Infantry, but in France he was transferred to Co. M, 102d Infantry, Twenty-sixth Division. In a letter home he wrote that on August 26, 1918, he was getting ready to go to the front. He little realized the intensive fighting he was to experience in battle. In a letter written during the early part of November he said, "I have just returned after nine weeks spent at the front. We are now quartered in an old fort, and it is the first time we have had shelter over us for over nine weeks." However, he did not enjoy a long rest. He was soon called to the front, and on November 11, 1918, the day when the Armistice was signed, he was killed in action. He was buried November 13, 1918, at Suresnes (Seine) Paris, Cemetery No.34, Grave No.947. His grave is carefully marked with his name, rank and company, and was recorded by the Graves Registration Bureau of the A. E. F. An article in the International Molders' Journal spoke of Stoermer as a good shopmate. While in Evansville he was a member of the Zion's Church, an active Sunday School worker, and had a host of friends. Among his associates he was known for his intense loyalty and patriotism. He expressed his confidence in America's power when he said, "The United States of America never was licked, and never will be licked." _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 pp171-172.
October 25, 1998