Metamora Men in the Military
Woodford County, Illinois Genealogy Trails

Fred Herring was the first Metamora boy to die in World War I. The American Legion Post is named in his honor.

Co. B, 353 Inf. A.E.F. Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Metamora, Ill


John Bernard Fuchs
contributed by Sue (Fuchs) Mischler

Fred Cluer

John Bernard Fuchs with two of his buddies (names unknown)

Private Alvin Willman writes to his parents from Camp Dodge that the weather moderated at that point Sunday. He adds that enough coal is on hand at the camp to supply Metamora for five years (Jan. 25, 1918 - Herald).


Application for Headstone
Louis Zoss - Illinois - Fireman 3cl. U.S.N.R.F. October 6, 1918
Date of Death - Oct. 6, 1918 [b. Oct. 20, 1901]
Burial location - Harmony [Stewart-Harmony], Metamora, Ill.
Shipped to - Louis A. Willman, Metamora, Ill, Jan. 2, 1929


Death Certificate - J. Walter Obery was b. Jun 10, 1923, d. Jul 31, 1943 at the age of 20 yrs 1 m 21 days. His parents were Edward Obery and mother, unknown, both from Metamora, Ill as per informant, S.Sgt. Marvin G. Berlin.
Mr. Obery was an Auto Mechanic, and died, Jul 31, 1943, in an automobile accident from injuries obtained in that accident. Place of death was Colleton County, Verider Township, Walterboro, South Carolina.

Lyndon Murray was the first Metamora boy to enter service. A parade was given in his honor 'sending him off to war'.

The Herald: "Lieut. Newton Is Across; Letter Received By Mother Wednesday and Another Last Friday; Had Stormy Voyage; Letter Dated on Other Side January 17, Stated that He Had Just Arrived--Feeling Fine and Eating Well".

Metamora, Illinois, Friday, March 1, 1918

Has 8 Boys In Service

With a record of eight boys in the service of the country, two of whom are officers now at the front in France, the Metamora Christian Union church will dedicate a service flag in honor of the boys who have gone forth, with a special program next Sunday evening. Thereafter when any of the boys enlist or are called into service stars will be added to the flag.

The special service of dedication of the church's service flag will be held at 7 o'clock.

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