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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. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 pp161-162.
October 25, 1998