Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Anniversary of a WWI Death

The Pittsburgh Catholic, February 28, 1924
Last week was the anniversary of my great-uncle's death in France during World War I. George J. Stenglein was born to German parents just 1 week after they arrived in New York in 1891. The family soon settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. George served in the Army from September 21, 1917, until his death on September 26, 1918. My grandmother was only 10 years old when her oldest brother was killed in action.

Several years after George's death, The Pittsburgh Catholic listed him among the names of the city's Catholic soldiers who were buried in the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery. Here's part of the newspaper article:

     "Many Catholic graves in the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery, located at Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, (Meuse), France, have been recently blessed. The graves of American heroes from the Diocese of Pittsburgh are listed below.
     The location of this cemetery is within the area of the Meuse-Argonne offensive, the greatest engagement in which American troops ever participated. During the forty-seven days' struggle 1,200,000 Americans were engaged, suffering 120,000 casualties.
     Upon completion of concentrations there will be 13,969 interments in the American cemetery. The data on the Catholic heroes has been assembled through cooperation of the pastors, the Catholic press, and the Bureau of Records, N.C.W.C. [National Catholic Welfare Conference]
     The following are grave records of young men of the Pittsburgh diocese who, serving in the World War, made the supreme sacrifice and whose bodies are buried in the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery..."

Each man's military unit, date of death, and grave location in the cemetery were also provided by the newspaper.
  • Paul Adamski, Braddock
  • Joseph Battaglia, Sharpsburg
  • Anthony Broestel, Pittsburgh
  • John F. Coakley, Washington
  • Dominico Colaizzi, Pittsburgh
  • Patrick Paul Collins, McKeesport
  • James Connolly, Pittsburgh
  • Edward R. Connors, Pittsburgh
  • John Patrick Corrigan, McKeesport
  • Patrick J. Cronin, Pittsburgh
  • Domenico Dimasi, Greensburg
  • Andrew Early, Pittsburgh
  • Barton W. Elliott, Springdale
  • George W. Fleischer, Butler
  • Oscar John Gallas, Pittsburgh
  • Stephen Gasper, St. Vincent
  • Lorenzo Gentile, Jeannette
  • Paul Grabowski, Braddock
  • Albert Jacob Hohman, Pittsburgh
  • John Hutchinson, New Salem
  • John P. Jene, Pittsburgh
  • Alex Johnston, Turtle Creek
  • Walter R. Johnston, Pittsburgh
  • William B. Kamer, Ford City
  • James M. Keady, Pittsburgh
  • Daniel R. Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
  • John P. Kirby, Pittsburgh
  • Andrew H. Klein, Pittsburgh
  • Karl Kleinert, McKees Rocks
  • Joseph Kohuth, Glencampbell
  • Louis F. Krezanosky, Avella
  • Walter Kudzman, Vandergrift
  • Andrew Leap, Pittsburgh
  • Ellsworth J. Lew, Carrick
  • Donato Maesano, Sharpsburg
  • Fiore Marchegioni, Bradenville
  • Samuel Martello, Braddock
  • Marco Mercurio, Greensburg
  • Peter J. Och, Pittsburgh
  • Vincenzo Piccirillo, Butler
  • John Plehta, Uniontown
  • Stanley Price, Glassport
  • Michael Puskat, Burgettstown
  • William A. Reinhardt, Pittsburgh
  • Frank J. Rieble, Pittsburgh
  • Ludwig Rigotti, Sutterville
  • Sylvester Rombach, Pittsburgh
  • Anthony Ryder, Braddock
  • George A. Schafer, Millvale
  • William E. Schaffer, Duquesne
  • Alphonse A. Schmidt, Pittsburgh
  • George Schmidt, Pittsburgh
  • George Joseph Schmitt, Pittsburgh
  • Nicola Serago, Jeannette
  • Michael Snee, Kittanning
  • Christopher A. Steighner, Coylesville
  • John Steininger, Blairsville
  • George J. Stenglein, Pittsburgh
  • John H. Theuret, Freeport
  • Bernard W. Travers, Castle Shannon
  • Emanuel G. Tschippert, Pittsburgh
  • George J. Wintz, Pittsburgh
  • Steve Wolf, Connellsville
  • William H. Zewe, Duquesne
  • Mike Joseph Zoldak, Coral

You can search issues of The Pittsburgh Catholic (1844-2001) in Duquesne University's Gumberg Library Digital Collections. 

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