Edwardsville Ryan Garbs Gold Star Memorial
U S Army U S Air Force U S Marines U S Navy

Soldiers and Stories

We found remarkable and tragic stories of these young men.

Edwardsville native US Army Staff Sergeant Roland W. Bauer (who sent letters home that were reprinted in the Intelligencer) fought Japanese soldiers hand-to-hand. Two Hamel brothers, US Army Private Heinrich W. and Mess Sergeant August H. Hellman died on the same day, October 11, 1918 in different parts of the world. Glen Carbon resident Air Force Private First Class David L. Sotl was stationed at Pensacola Air Base in Florida in 1951 and drowned while swimming in the ocean with his newlywed bride. And Worden resident and E.H.S. stand-out football player USMC 2LT. Melvin Colclasure was killed when his plane crashed in North Carolina.

There are seventy-three more stories

U S Army
Wilbert V. Adamick
Sergeant, United States Army
May 17, 1930 - Jul 9th, 1953

U S Army
Christian M. Ahrens
Private, United States Army
Jun 4, 1893 - Sep 3rd, 1918

U S Marines
Dr. Lester W. Baird
Captain, United States Marine Corps
Apr 19, 1907 - Oct 6th, 1943

U S Army
John P. Bast
Private, United States Army
Aug 31, 1892 - Oct 9th, 1918

U S Army
Roland W. Bauer
Staff Sergeant, United States Army
Mar 29, 1923 - Jun 10th, 1945

U S Army
Robert H. Berlemann
Private First Class, United States Army
Jan 13, 1931 - Sep 3rd, 1950

U S Army
Virgil H. Bertels
Private, United States Army
Mar 18, 1921 - Jan 17th, 1945

U S Marines
Scott F. Bianco
Corporal, United States Marine Corps
Jul 11, 1969 - Feb 17th, 1991

U S Army
William M. Blume Jr.
Private, United States Army
Jul 4, 1893 - Sep 27th, 1918

U S Army
Donald W. Bornman
Sergeant, United States Army
Dec 28, 1947 - Jan 5th, 1968

U S Marines
David A. Boyle
First Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps
Dec 31, 1956 - Apr 27th, 1983

U S Army
Michael D. Broderick
Private First Class, United States Army
Nov 2, 1919 - Nov 8th, 1942

U S Army
Edgar W. Brunnworth
Private, United States Army
Mar 30, 1921 - Jul 10th, 1942

U S Army
Oscar J. Brunnworth
Corporal, United States Army
Apr 15, 1906 - Jul 17th, 1944

U S Army
Eugene T. Burns
Private First Class, United States Army
Feb 9, 1926 - Jan 25th, 1945

U S Marines
John E. Burroughs
Sergeant Major, United States Marine Corps
Dec 4, 1884 - Apr 11th, 1918

U S Army Air Corps
Roger W. Christians
Private First Class, United States Army Air Corps
Nov 2, 1924 - Apr 16th, 1945

U S Navy
William V. Colbert
Lieutenant, United States Navy
Jun 17, 1918 - Dec 20th, 1944

U S Marines
Melvin Colclasure
Second Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps
Jul 4, 1921 - Nov 1st, 1943

U S Air Force
Lawrence B. Dillman
Staff Sergeant, United States Air Force
Apr 28, 1915 - Nov 27th, 1953

U S Army
Arthur James Dippold
Sergeant, United States Army
Mar 14, 1921 - Mar 10th, 1945

U S Army
Robert H. Feldner
Private, United States Army
Apr 19, 1891 - Sep 19th, 1918

U S Army
Thomas W. Fischer Jr.
Private, United States Army
Apr 29, 1892 - Oct 18th, 1918

U S Navy
Earl F. Gaertner
Seaman, United States Navy
Jan 25, 1902 - Sep 26th, 1918

U S Army
Ryan C. Garbs
Specialist, United States Army
Oct 17, 1986 - Feb 18th, 2007

U S Army
Arthur F. Gears
First Lieutenant, United States Army
Feb 15, 1910 - Mar 18th, 1945

U S Army
John Gemoules
Private First Class, United States Army
Aug 1, 1924 - Feb 9th, 1944

U S Army
William S. Giza
Staff Sergeant, United States Army
Sep 29, 1917 - Apr 13th, 1945

U S Army
Joseph W. Goree
Private, United States Army
Mar 27, 1966 - Dec 12th, 1985

U S Marines
Orville S. Hambleton
Private First Class, United States Marine Corps
Jul 18, 1925 - Oct 6th, 1944

U S Army
August H. Hellmann
Sergeant, United States Army
Jan 9, 1895 - Oct 11th, 1918

U S Army
Heinrich W. Hellmann
Private, United States Army
Apr 25, 1893 - Oct 11th, 1918

U S Marines
Gerald E. Henry
Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps
Feb 16, 1949 - May 11th, 1969

U S Army Air Corps
Stanley T. Hittner
Technical Sergeant, United States Army Air Corps
Oct 6, 1922 - Oct 12th, 1944

U S Army
William D. Hotz
Staff Sergeant, United States Army
Dec 10, 1919 - Oct 21st, 1943

U S Army
Louis Franklin Hydron
Sergeant, United States Army
Dec 14, 1918 - Feb 11th, 1945

U S Army
Leo M. Johnson
Corporal, United States Army
Nov 17, 1908 - Jun 12th, 1944

U S Army
Frank B. Kahtz
Private., United States Army
Jun 18, 1893 - Feb 14th, 1918

U S Air Force
William M. Kaman
Sergeant, United States Air Force
May 30, 1954 - May 5th, 1978

U S Army
Albert E. Kayser
Private, United States Army
Feb 19, 1896 - Oct 18th, 1918

U S Marines
Ronald D. Keller
Corporal, United States Marine Corps
Dec 25, 1948 - May 10th, 1969

U S Air Force
Charles R. Kessel
Airman First Class, United States Air Force
Feb 17, 1931 - Nov 20th, 1953

U S Navy
John Dee Lack
Fireman First Class, United States Navy
Jan 1, 1926 - Oct 25th, 1944

U S Army
William F. Landa Jr.
Sergeant, United States Army
Aug 2, 1913 - Jan 12th, 1945

U S Army
Robert L. Long
Corporal, United States Army
Sep 2, 1895 - Apr 21st, 1918

U S Army
Clovis E. Madoux
Staff Sergeant, United States Army
Jun 22, 1914 - Jun 6th, 1944

U S Army
William B. McDaid
Private First Class, United States Army
Sep 4, 1912 - Feb 27th, 1945

U S Army
Albert B. Metzger
Private, United States Army
Mar 23, 1891 - Sep 30th, 1918

U S Navy
Harold F. Metzger
Ensign, United States Navy
Sep 23, 1920 - Feb 17th, 1945

U S Army
Alfred C. Miller
Private, United States Army
Oct 7, 1895 - Aug 30th, 1918

U S Army Air Corps
Ivan G. Moorman
Lieutenant, United States Army Air Corps
Apr 15, 1894 - Mar 1st, 1928

U S Army Air Corps
Dana T. Mudd
Flight Officer, United States Army Air Corps
Aug 21, 1920 - Sep 21st, 1944

U S Merchant Mar
Clifford L. Newman
Seaman, United States Merchant Marines
Jan 1, 1919 - Jan 9th, 1943

U S Army
Henry N. Ostendorf
Private, United States Army
May 2, 1894 - Aug 7th, 1918

U S Army
Stanley Peterson
Private, United States Army
Feb 5, 1898 - Dec 2nd, 1918

U S Army
Eugene F. Poeling
Private First Class, United States Army
Feb 19, 1945 - May 20th, 1967

U S Army
Charles L. Rizzoli
Sergeant, United States Army
Jun 20, 1924 - Dec 21st, 1944

U S Army
Ronald E. Rohrkaste
Private First Class, United States Army
Jan 4, 1948 - Feb 9th, 1968

U S Army
Fred W. Sanders Jr.
Corporal, United States Army
Jul 16, 1893 - Oct 12th, 1918

U S Marines
Richard J. Sasek
Captain, United States Marine Corps
Feb 8, 1937 - Jul 6th, 1967

U S Army
Edwin J. Schlechte
Private, United States Army
Jun 11, 1922 - Oct 13th, 1943

U S Army
John H. Schwartz
Private, United States Army
Sep 26, 1892 - Oct 22nd, 1918

U S Army
Leonard T. Sedlacek
Private First Class, United States Army
Mar 16, 1916 - Mar 19th, 1945

U S Army
Jerrold R. Smith
Corporal, United States Army
Dec 28, 1928 - Nov 30th, 1951

U S Air Force
David L. Sotl
Private First Class, United States Air Force
Jun 11, 1930 - Sep 30th, 1951

U S Army Air Corps
Carroll F. Spindler
Sergeant, United States Army Air Corps
Feb 12, 1918 - Dec 14th, 1944

U S Army
Edward H. S. Stille
Private, United States Army
Jul 9, 1892 - Sep 19th, 1918

U S Merchant Mar
Roy E. Take
Machinist Mate First Class, United States Merchant Marines
Dec 31, 1916 - Oct 6th, 1943

U S Army
Robert E. Theuer
Private First Class, United States Army
Nov 9, 1924 - Oct 1st, 1944

U S Army
Henry Van Vertloo Jr.
Sergeant, United States Army
Nov 17, 1921 - Feb 14th, 1945

U S Army
Joseph L. Walsh
Private, United States Army
Dec 27, 1890 - Sep 25th, 1918

U S Air Force
Joseph W. Walter
Master Sergeant, United States Air Force
May 15, 1921 - Jun 7th, 1952

U S Marines
Guy Weeks
Private, United States Marine Corps
Jan 14, 1891 - Oct 8th, 1918

U S Army
Warren R. Weeks
Technical Sergeant, United States Army
Oct 27, 1920 - May 15th, 1945

U S Army Air Corps
Cecil L. Wells
Colonel, United States Army Air Corps
Feb 17, 1917 - Sep 13th, 1944

U S Army
William E. Wheeler
First Lieutenant, United States Army
Feb 23, 1895 - Oct 20th, 1918

U S Marines
LeRoy K. Zahradka
Private First Class, United States Marine Corps
Feb 13, 1914 - Mar 1st, 1945

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