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|Pvt. Emmit White
447th Aero Construction Squadron
October 26, 1886 - January 6, 1919
Now that the united strength of the Allies and America have won a victory over a military machine which was constantly augmented and perfected for over a generation, it is futile to decide which branch of the army made the greatest contribution to that victory. However, many remember that when the great hordes of the Huns Threatened the world, we placed our hopes on the aeroplanes, "the eyes of the army," and Emmit White contributed his share in procuring the material for the aeroplanes. He was born October 26, 1886, in Caseyville, Ky. When he was in the second grade the family moved to Leavenworth. Ind. He graduated from the public school, and later worked and managed a farm near Cypress until 1910. At that time he went to Carthage, Missouri, where he worked in a coal mine until he entered the service. In 1908 he wanted to enter the army, but was rejected because of his small stature. For this reason, when war was declared he had to go into limited service. He entered the service from Carthage, February 18, 1918, and was assigned to the Seventh Aeroplane Production Squad, at Vancouver Barracks, Washington. His work was to cut spruce trees for the manufacturing of aeroplanes. On Christmas of 1918 he had charge of the quarters, soon after that he contracted pneumonia, and died on January 6, 1919. His body was brought to Evansville on January 11, 1919, and now rests in the cemetery on Upper Mt. Vernon Road, near Redbank Station. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 p189.
October 25, 1998