Friday, July 15, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: World War I Soldier's Body Brought Home (1922)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, March 9, 1922 – page 1, column 2:

Friday, the body of Corporal Burchard McClain arrived from France and was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fielding McClain, friends, neighbors and former service men, who placed the body in the vault in the [Danville] South Cemetery to remain until arrangements are made for the funeral at Old Union in Boone county. An unauthenticated story is to the effect that Corporal McClain and a detail of five men on scout duty took refuge in a shell hole when being pressed by the Germans and all [were] killed but one who escaped. At any rate, the body of McClain and four other Americans were found in the shell hole, all having been shot to death.

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