From Here To Over There : Fremont County In The Great War
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Killed in Action

World War I was one of the deadliest wars fought in modern history claiming the lives of over 18 million people worldwide. This number includes the deaths of military personnel and civilians as well as deaths from combat and diseases. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 116,516 military personal died during WWI and of that number 63,114 died of non-battle related causes. 53,402 American soldiers died in combat.

A few young men from Fremont County who served in the army during World War I did not return home from the fight. Cañon City High School graduates and First Lieutenants, Harry C. Wray and John A. McKinstry, were killed in action during the battle of Saint-Mihiel in September 1918. The American Legion in Cañon City named their post after these two brave soldiers, Wray-McKinstry Post 13. The American Legion Post in Florence carries the name of Private William Kitto from Rockvale, who died November 5, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

Eulogy

This typed eulogy honors local service men John McKinstry, Harry Wray, and Private Leon Starr. Leon Starr died on April 5, 1917, one day before the U.S. entered the war. He died of spinal meningitis while waiting orders at the State Rifle Range in Golden, CO.
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2008.047.003
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