Prepared August 2017
Following up on the article about her maternal grandfather, Chester Allen Bower, Valerie Young continues to research the other members of Company G, 315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, AEF: “In researching my grandfather’s Great War experience, I learned that Company G lost 20 soldiers during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive… The number of casualties is at the lower end of losses when compared to other 315th Infantry companies. I have learned that this was due primarily to the 2nd Battalion being held in reserve position for much of the fighting, both in the Montfaucon / Nantillois drive at the end of September 1918 and in the drive east through the heights of the Meuse in early November, 1918… Of the 20 Company G soldiers who died in the Great War, eight are buried at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne, France… In this document I share information I have been able to find to date about each soldier.”
As Webmaster and a driving force behind her two pilgrimages, it is very rewarding to see someone become so absorbed in her grandfather’s experience and in his unit; and he hopes that her research will encourage other researchers / family members to offer their stories through this website.
As with Valerie’s first article, the Webmaster chose to use her .pdf format rather than to rely on his limited format abilities. But that should not detract from her summary of the men of Company G buried in Romagne. Each Doughboy (and female) buried there has a story that should be told.