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Pvt. George John Sander
Co. D, Development Battalion No. 1
September 20, 1891 - February 6, 1919


   George John Sander had several physical disabilities which might
have daunted other men  He, however, never complained.  He always
had a smile on his face, and went about his altruistic work of
cheerfully ministering to the needs of others. His was the optimism
of which the war poet, Winifred M. Letts, said:

    "Yes, you wore courage as you wore your youth
With carelessness and joy.
    But in what Spartan school of discipline
Did you get patience, boy?
    How did you learn to bear this long-drawn pain
And not complain?"

   He was born near Evansville, September 20, 1891. When he completed
the rural school in Armstrong Township, he was a clerk in a store and
later was assistant postmaster in Armstrong, Ind.  In Evansville he
worked at the Hercules Gas Engine works. He belonged to the Bethel
Church in this city.

   When war broke out he offered himself as a volunteer, but was
rejected because of the loss of a part of one finger. He was, however,
later accepted and left for Camp Taylor, September 20, 1917. Because
of flat feet he could not receive the usual military training. He
attended a baker's school and received his diploma. When he had been
in Camp Taylor about a year he was transferred to Camp Custer,
Battle Creek, Mich. At this camp he served as a recording clerk in the
Hospital Detachment.  He was home for Christmas, 1918, and although
he was not well, he said nothing.  During the latter part of
the next month he contracted influenza.  He was so busy helping
others, working as much as sixteen and sometimes even eighteen
hours a day, that he neglected himself.  His illness lasted for two
weeks. His condition became more critical when at that time he began
to suffer from mastoiditis as a result of a previous injury of the
nose, which he incurred in an accident before he joined the army.
Death came on February 6, 1919.  His body was brought to Evansville
and was laid to rest in Zoar Cemetery, six miles from this city.
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Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record,
Compiled by Heiman Blatt,
Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920
pp161-162.

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