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|Pvt. August Carl Turpen
Battery A, 68th Field Artillery
December 13, 1891 - October 12, 1918
August Carl Turpen did not live to fight across the sea, but during his period of training and to the last moment of his life he was convinced that "On our faithful, chivalrous endeavor victory's full- orbed sun at last shall glow." He was born December 13, 1891, in Gibson County, Indiana. He attended school in that county, and when he reached the age of sixteen he came to Evansville. Here he was a plasterer and belonged to the Plasterers' Union, Local No. 27. On December 10, 1908, he married Miss Mary Laswell of this city. He entered the U. S. service April 29, 1918, and was sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. For a short time he served in the 23d Co., 159th Depot Brigade. Then he was transferred to Battalion A, 68th Field Artillery, West Point, Ky. When he contracted the influenza he was sent to the Base Hospital at Camp Taylor. Pneumonia developed. For a week before his death, his mother and sister, Minnie, and brother, Downey, were at his bedside to comfort him in his last hours. The end came at six o'clock, October 12, 1918. Two days later his body arrived in Evansville, and was laid to rest in Oak Hill Cemetery with military honors. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 p176.
October 25, 1998