News: Dorchester - Real War Heroes From Wis. (16 Aug. 1918)

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Surnames: Wood, Mueller, Sheridan, Wellner, Carroll, Todd

----Source: DORCHESTER HERALD (Dorchester, Clark Co., Wis.) 16 Aug. 1918


Marshfield and Neillsville Young Men Distinguish Themselves on the Fighting Front

James B. Wood, war correspondent for the Chicago Daily News, writing to that paper and published in its issue of August 5th, has the following words of praise to say of two of Company A’s gallant soldiers. It does one good to read of such valor and must make every Marshfield person feel proud of their boys fighting in France. Mr. Wood as correspondent is right on the fighting line and sends his news fresh from the battlefield. He says:

"It was during the capture of Hill 230 that Lieut. Walter Mueller, Marshfield, Wis., single-handed disposed of eight Germans, one of whom was wearing the iron cross, which the lieutenant is now sending home as evidence of his activity in the war. More acts of heroism were performed in the fight for that hill than were ever written in any book," said Capt. Sheridan, a reserve officer from Montana. "The men fought with dash and utter disregard of life and safety, finally making the Germans believe that they were superhuman."

"An amusing incident occurred when an officer sent back Private Mike Wellner, also of Marshfield, known as a boy because he was only 16, with a message asking for reinforcements. Unable to find an officer Wellner himself gave the order and had the platoon going forward to the front at double-quick when the officer overtook them."

Raymond Carroll, war correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal, who is in France with the American troops under Foch, sends the following human interest story which relates to Ernest Todd, of Neillsville. The dispatch says:

"One sergeant from Neillsville reached an enemy trench in which he counted seven dead Germans. Hanging over the edge of the trench was the body of the lone American conqueror, who proved to be the sergeant’s kid brother from another *** Note: The rest of the article was cut off.



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