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|Lee D. Sly
60th Infantry, 5th Division
October 10, 1893 - September 10, 1918
Lee D. Sly feared that his wife, who was sickly, would prevent him from enlisting. At the same time he yearned to do his part in the war. Not disclosing his intentions, he asked his wife to go to Boonville to his parents, presumably to help them in canning work. While she was there, he left for Chicago to enlist in the service. A few days later, when she returned to Evansville, she found a bundle which contained his civilian clothes. He was born in Spencer County, October 10, 1893. When his school days were over he came to Evansville at the age of sixteen, and began work at the Crescent Stove works. He was ambitious to learn the trade of the stove mounter. Later, when he had completed his period of preparation for his trade, he worked for the Advance Stove Company until he entered the service. On February 15, 1913, he married Miss Goldie May. He entered the service September 15, 1917. His first training station was at Gettysburg, Pa. Later he was transferred to Camp Greene, Charlotte, N. C. The date of his sailing for France and the details of his military career and experiences across the sea, are unknown. He was killed in action, September 10, 1918, at the time when the A. E. F. were preparing for the first phase of the Meuse-Argonne offensive. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 p169.
October 25, 1998