spruce soldiers gravestone

Spruce Soldier Gravestone


As people have sent me e-mail messages asking about their relatives who were Spruce Soldiers, several have shared images of the grave markers for these individuals. In addition, several grave marker enthusiasts and cemetery managers have asked about the Spruce units mentioned on the markers they have seen.

This page has a selection of these photos, and includes information pointers about the Spruce units to which these men belonged in 1918. The photos were taken by the original correspondents, and are their sole work. (I made modifications to some of the images with GIMP, to make them appear better on this webpage. These enhancements to the images are intended to make the inscriptions more readable; consequently, the images may not be as pleasing as the originals.)

When viewing these grave markers, note the ages of these men when they entered the service. Some were over 30 years old. In addition see their ages at death. Some died in 1918, possibly from the influenza pandemic, others passed away in their 50’s or earlier. It should be noted that many men drafted into the Spruce Squadrons were ’limited service’ men, that is men who were too old, or not physically qualified to fight on the front lines in France.

Grave Marker Images and Links


[Andrew Hitchings]

Andrew Hitchings -- Spruce Soldier, 119th Spruce

[Charles Bailey]

Charles Bailey -- Spruce Soldier, 53rd Spruce

[David Gunn]

David Gunn -- Spruce Soldier, 74th Spruce

[David Martin]

David Martin -- Spruce Soldier, 118th Spruce

[Frank Fifield]

Frank Fifield -- Spruce Soldier, 77th Spruce

[Hannibal Estep]

Hannibal Estep -- Spruce Soldier, 50th Spruce

[John Holland]

John Holland -- Spruce Soldier, 135th Spruce

[Peter Johnson]

Peter Johnson -- Spruce Soldier, 89th Spruce

[Raymond Goodman]

Raymond Goodman -- Spruce Soldier, 52nd Spruce

[Ralph Cobb]

Ralph Cobb -- Spruce Soldier, 48th Spruce

[Louis Wegscheider]

Louis Wegscheider -- Spruce Soldier, 144th Spruce

[David Everest]

David Everest -- Spruce Soldier, 71st Spruce

[John Wesley Morrison]

John Wesley Morrison -- Spruce Soldier, 94th Spruce

[Sherman Clark]

Sherman Clark -- Spruce Soldier, 146th Spruce

[Clyde Rainey]

Clyde Rainey -- Spruce Soldier, 19th Spruce

[Peter Houck]

Peter Houck -- Spruce Soldier, 88th Spruce

[Frank Sander]

Frank Sander -- Spruce Soldier, 47th Spruce

[James Coleman]

James Coleman -- Spruce Soldier, 60th Spruce

[Bert Coad]

Bert Coad -- Spruce Soldier, 80th Spruce

[Charles J. O’Donnell]

Charles J. O’Donnell -- Spruce Soldier, 93rd Spruce

[Enos Palmer]

Enos Palmer -- Spruce Soldier, 3rd Spruce

[George Calvin Smith]

George Calvin Smith -- Spruce Soldier, 38th Spruce

[Clarence Gardner]

Clarence Gardner -- Spruce Soldier, 28th Spruce

[Michael Horgan]

Michael Horgan -- Spruce Soldier, 33rd Spruce

[Charles Yates]

Charles Yates -- Spruce Soldier, 61st Spruce

[John Benson]

John Benson -- Spruce Soldier, 86th Spruce

[Clyde Lee]

Clyde Lee -- Spruce Soldier, 125th Spruce

[August Peterson]

August Peterson -- Spruce Soldier, 15th Spruce

[Carl Karg]

Carl Karg -- Spruce Soldier, 102nd Spruce

[John Edmonds]

John Edmonds -- Spruce Soldier, 27th Spruce

[Clarence Bradley]

Clarence Bradley -- Spruce Soldier, 118th Spruce

[Charles Henry Lisk]

Charles Henry Lisk -- Spruce Soldier, 102nd Spruce

[James Bailey]

James Bailey -- Spruce Soldier, 118th Spruce

[John Weston]

John Weston -- Spruce Soldier, 79th Spruce [His brother Harry Weston, served in the same unit.]

[Loy Snyder]

Loy Snyder -- Spruce Soldier, 117th Spruce

[Norman Macaulay]

Norman Macaulay -- Spruce Soldier, 19th Spruce

[Benjamin Brody]

Benjamin Brody -- Spruce Soldier, 122nd Spruce

[Carl Holmberg]

Carl Holmberg -- Spruce Soldier, 52nd Spruce

[Harley Hoerler]

Harley Hoerler -- Spruce Soldier, 102nd Spruce

[William Edmisten]

William Edmisten -- Spruce Soldier, 80th Spruce

[NOTE that he died in the influenza pandemic, while serving in the 80th Spruce.]

[Jim Vitley (Vitale)]

Jim Vitley (Vitale) -- Spruce Soldier, 103rd Spruce

[Milton Gardner]

Milton Gardner -- Spruce Soldier, 28th Spruce

I have more images and information for Gardner at this link.

Additional Spruce Soldiers

Charles Murray Yates has been honored by a WikiTree website, which includes a photo of the gravestone, as well as other interesting information. He was a member of the 61st Spruce.

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Updated Sun 07 Jan 2024 01:54:55 PM CST