SHAWANO COUNTY'S GOLD STAR LIST
Contributed by Cobi Burke. Thank you, Cobi!

 

World War I took the lives of 115,000 American soldiers.  A special recognition was given to the mother's of these individuals...the GOLD STAR.  After the end of the war, the government sent these moms overseas to visit the burial sites of their children. The following  contains information about those brave men and women from Shawano County, Wisconsin who died of wounds or disease during World War I.  The database includes name, rank, age, place living at time of entry into service, service record (abbreviated version),  place and date of death, place of burial, and cause of death.  You'll notice that (pneu) pneumonia is listed as a frequent cause of death.  In 1918, the INFLUENZA epidemic killed more people than World War 1.  Because of the lack of antibiotics, flu victims frequently developed pneumonia and pleurisy that resulted in their death.

For more information on Gold Star & World War I:
U.S. Service Star Flags
Obtaining Copies of World War I Records
W.W.I Gold Star Mothers' Pilgrimages
Military & Veterans Links (General)

 
ARMY NAME AGE HOMETOWN RANK DEATH PLACE/DATE
ALFT, Joseph 22 Shawano WNG; 
pvt 107tmby
overseas; k (premature explosion) July 18, 1918
AUSTIN, Edwin 18 Shawano WNG; pvt 127inf kia July 31, 1918
BERGNER, Edward C. 22 Pulcifer corp 16fa;  Vesle, St.Mihiel, Argonne
dd (pleur) February 3, 1919
BESAW, Leonard,  27 Shawano WNG; corp 127inf Chateau Thierry, Alsace sec kia August 4, 1918
BLIMKE, Paul 26 Shawano pvt 47inf dw October 7, 1918
BLOECHER, Raymond F. 25 Wittenberg 2Lt mgco 18inf Chaudin (Aisne); 
kia July 18, 1918
BOERGER, Fred William 25 Wittenberg pvt 47inf kia August 3, 1918
BOSSELL, Fred Louis 26 Mattoon pvt 9amtn; U.S. dd (pneu) October 27, 1918
BREDENDICK, William E. 22 Birnamwood pvt 58inf w October 4; kia
November 11, 1918
BRENGER, William 25 Shawano pvt 161 depbrig,  Camp Grant; U.S
dd (pneu) October 8, 1918
BRUNNECKER, Joe A. 22 Birnamwood pvt 53inf overseas; dd (pneu) 
October 31, 1918
BUDAHN, Arthur A.F. 25 Almond pvt 25mgbn U.S.; dd (pneu) 
October 22, 1918
CRAWFORD, John W. 21 Keshena pvt 5tmbn overseas; dd (pneu) 
October 6, 1918
DARLING, Milo A. 26,m Eland pvt 32mgbn U.S.; dd (pneu) 
September 30, 1918. 
DAVENPORT, Lyle 20 Bowler pvt 127inf Roncheres, Fismes; kia August  6, 1918
DORN, Frank C. 24 Pulaski pvt 47inf kia July 31, 1918
DRAKE, Payne 19 Shawano WNG; pvt 1cl 127inf Roncheres,Fismes,Juvigny; kia September 1, 1918 
ELEFSON, Edwin 19 Shawano corp 127inf Roncheres,Fismes,Juvigny; kia September 1, 1918 
EVANS, Otis 24 Gresham pvt 1cl 127inf Roncheres, Fismes; dw November 2, 1918
FRANCOVICK, Peter 27 Lane WNG; pvt 1cl 127inf Alsace, Chateau Thierry; kia July 30, 1918
FRANK, George A. 21 Shawano pvt 127inf Alsace, Chateau Thierry, Cierges; kia August 1, 1918
GARMOND, Arthur 25 Eland Junction pvt 18bn USG U.S.; dd (pneu) 
October 18, 1918 
GEORGE, Guy S. 45 Shawano pvt Icl 127inf Alsace, Chateau Thierry, near Fismes; kia August 4, 1918
GOODWIND, Matthew T. 24 Pella pvt 332 mgbn overseas; dd (pneu) 
October 1, 1918
GOREE, Joseph 18 Shawano WNG; pvt 127inf Alsace, Chateau Thierry sec; kia August 1, 1918
GROSS, Alfred 26 Belle Plaine WNG; pvt 127inf Alsace, Chateau Thierry; kia July 31, 1918
HAFEMAN, Robert 26 Bonduel pvt VH9 overseas; dd (neph) 
May 13, 1918
HEINS, Ervin 27 Tilleda pvt 1cl 356inf kia November 10, 1918
HINZE, Fred J. 27 Cecil pvt MD U.S.; dd (pneu) 
October 14, 1918
KLEMAN, Oscar 25 Bowler pvt 353inf St. Mihiel offensive; dw September 12, 1918
KLIMEK, Christ J. 24 Rose Lawn pvt 332 mgbn overseas; dd (pneu) September  29,1918. 
KOPANKE, Fred 20 Shawano WNG; pvt 1cl 127inf Chateau Thierry, Fismes; kia August 4, 1918
LEIDHEISL, Joseph 29 Tigerton pvt 1cl 36fa U.S.; dd. (pneu) 
January 5,1919
LUECKE, Robert 22 Shawano pvt 127inf Chateau Thierry, Cierges; kia August 1, 1918
MANGOLD, Louis A. 26 Shawano WNG; corp; 127inf Chateau Thierry. Alsace sec; kia August 4, 1918
MATHISON, Melvin 19 Wittenberg pvt 1cl 128inf overseas; dd (diph) 
March 31, 1918
MIELKE, Albert 26 Barton pvt 1cl 129inf overseas; dd (diph) November 12, 1918
MIXTACKI, Adam V. 26 Pulaski pvt 16inf Ansonville sec, Cantigny; dw June 1, 1918
MOHAWK, Henry 25 Gresham pvt 332mgbn overseas; dd (pneu) 
November 22, 1918
OWEN, John Harvey 24 Mattoon corp 128inf near Fulleren; kia
June 13, 1918
PETERS, John J. 20 Keshena pvt lengnrs Broyes; dw April 28, 1918
PLISCH, Clarence M. 23 Aniwa pvt 56inf kia November 8, 1918
ROBINSON, Charles 22 Gresham pvt 1cl 127inf kia August 4, 1918
SALZER, Edward 23 Neopit WNG; corp 127inf kia August 4, 1918
SCHARDT, Ernest 23 Shawano pvt inf Camp MacArthur Sept rpldrft; dd (influ) 
October 6, 1918
SCHWENKNER, Herman 23 Shawano WNG; corp 127inf Roncheres, Fismes, Juvigny, Verdun; dw October 21, 1918
SEVERSON, William Arthur 26 Rose Lawn pvt 1cl 332mgbn U.S.; dd (pneu) 
September 26, 1918
SKALESKI, Charles J. 29 Shawano corp 127inf Chateau Thierry, Alsace, near Cierges; kia
August 1, 1918
STAEGE, Asa J. 28 Mattoon pvt MD U.S.; dd (pneu) 
October 25, 1918
STEINKE, Otto 27 Leopolis pvt 1cl 332mgbn overseas; dd (pneu) 
October 4, 1918
TIEGS, Emil 30 Shawano pvt 127inf Alsace, Chateau Thierry; kia July 30, 1918
WALLRICH, William 24 Shawano 1Lt 38inf Aisne, Champagne, Marne, Aisne-Marne; kia
July 23, 1918
WARDWELL, Ira 28 Morris pvt CAC Ft. Moultrie Sept rpldrft; overseas; dd (pneu) 
October 16, 1918
WEIGEL, Moritz 23 Shawano pvt 127inf Alsace, Chateau Thierry, Roncheres; kia July 30, 1918
WENDT, Fred 26 Green Valley pvt 53inf overseas; dd (pneu) 
October 30, 1918
WOLF, Anton 25 Aniwa pvt 9amtn U.S.; dd (pneu) 
November 2, 1918
ZENSKE, Emil 23 Shawano pvt 127inf Roncheres, Fismes, dw September 15, 1918
ZERNICKE, Clarence 27 Bonduel pvt 209sbn U.S.; dd (pneu) 
November 21, 1918
ZIEGELBAUER, Waldemar C. 21 Gresham pvt SATC UW U.S.; dd (pneu) 
October 30, 1918
NAVY NAME AGE HOMETOWN RANK DEATH PLACE/DATE
BRICKO, Raymond Mathew 23 Eland app seaman dd (pneu) Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, IL; 
September 20, 1918
KADLETZ, Joe Anthony 23 Leopolis seaman 2cl dd (pneu) Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, IL; 
September 22, 1918
NEHLS, Edward Carl 24 Wittenberg fireman 3cl dd (diph) USS New Jersey at sea; April 20, 1919
ZILAK, Joseph 27 Mattoon elecn 3cl d Naval Hospital, New York City; January 20, 1918
MARINES NAME AGE HOMETOWN RANK DEATH PLACE/DATE
SCHENK, Edgar George 22 Shawano hq Washington DC d France February 9, 1919
ABBREVIATIONS 
b = born dw=died of wounds m=married k=killed
d=died kia=killed in action dd=died of disease w=wounded
diph=diphtheria neph=nephritis pneu=pneumonia influ=influenza
typh=typhoid Lt=Lieutenant pvt=private corp=corporal
amtn=ammunition train arty=artillery bn=battalion CAC=Coast Artillery Corps
cav=cavalry co=company defnsve=defensive dep=depot
drft=draft fa=field artillery fbn=field battalion hq=headquarters
inf=infantry MC=Medical Corps MD= Medical Department mg-machine gun
mgtngc=machine gun training corps regt=regiment sec=sector sq=squad
tech=technical tng=training tmbn=trench mortar battalion tmby=trench mortar battery
tr=troop VH=Veterinary Hospital USG=United States Guards WNG=Wisconsin National Guard
elecn=electrician app=apprentice USS=United States ship pl=pleurisy
sbn=signal battalion

 
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