from the battlefields of France...
"Three thousand miles from home, an American army is fighting for you.
Everything you hold worthwhile is at stake.
Only the hardest blows can win against the enemy we are fighting.
Invoking the spirit of our forefathers, the army asks your unflinching support, to the end that the high ideals for which America stands may endure upon the earth."
—General John Pershing
To hear a recording of General Pershing's admonition to the American people courtesy of the Library of Congress click here.
honoring those that served in WWI...
emil g. anderson
arthur r. beals
don cameron bell
george w. boggs
mark e. brown
marion vern brown
forrest h. carter
gjerluf l. christensen
carl g. dahlgren
alfred w. danielson
arthur e. edwall
axel leonard edwall
robert h. eiker
howard k. ericson
carl c. fahnstrom
herbert f. flack
fred lloyd galbert
roy a. gibbs
fred I. gray
lloyd s. gustafson
louis r. p. hansen
leslie r. huber
raymond h. hurlbutt
george maurice kermeen
glen h. kermeem
john a. kinvig
william e. leaf
walter j. larson
otto reuben lindahl
howard g. magnuson
don killip manley
robert s. miller
walter l. mortenson
john e. mugrace
theodore benton patton
axel a. peterson
george r. peterson
louis ralph peterson
glenn william reed
carl fredrick schwab
john c. sheahan
amil e. shostrom
edwin l. stephenson
archie glee stotts
virdi warren thomas
george a. todd
dale n. west
charles r. williams
curtis w. wood
Four of our veterans perished during the "Great War." They are memorialized on a stone which may be viewed in Veteran's Park.
It was on November 20, 1918, when the telegram from the Adjutant General's office in Washington arrived at the Galva home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hagberg, 925 West Division St., more than two months after his death at the age of 29.
Wilbur Lawrence Hagberg was the only Galva-Bishop Hill area soldier to be killed in action during World War I. The local American Legion post was named in his memory and later his name was joined by that of Dale Hamlin, the first Galva serviceman to die in World War II.
On each Memorial day a brief memorial service is conducted at the grave of Wilbur Hagberg in Bishop Hill cemetery.
Wilbur Hagberg's death came only four and one-half months after he entered service April 30, 1918, when he went to Camp Dodge, Iowa, with a Henry County draft contingent from Cambridge. Wilbur had been a partner of Bert Cole in a garage on Market Street here, but sold his interest to Fred Morley before entering service.
He was stationed at Camp dodge three weeks and then was at Camp Travis, Texas, three weeks. After only six weeks of training he received his overseas orders and landed at LeHavre, France, July 5.
In France, he was assigned to the 90th Division, Co. F of the 357th Regiment.
By mid-October, there were fears among members of his family and his friends that Wilbur might have been killed in action.
There was an ominous message in a letter received October 21 by Miss Nettie Englund, of Altona, a friend of Wilbur, written a month earlier by Earl Fitzpatrick, a member of Co. L, 357th:
The items sent included Wilbur's identification and a photo of Miss Englund which had been in his possession.
An inquiry sent to Red Cross headquarters in Washington resulted in this reply:
His last letter, written September 6, eight says before his death, was received September 23.
Later, a letter was received by his brother Ralph from Sgt. George C. Stewart, who said Cpl. Walter West, of Woodward, Oklahoma, was only two or three feet from Wilbur when he was hit.
A memorial service was conducted May 4, 1919, at the First Methodist Church by the Rev. Bartle.
The body was returned to the United States in 1921, with a final service June 26, and burial in Bishop Hill cemetery.
--George Swank, Galvaland Magazine, October 1963
Raymond H. Hurlbutt
F. Chester Peterson
Rudolph M. Nordeen
General John "Black Jack" Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force, World War I.
Galvan Wilbur L. Hagburg was mortally wounded at St. Mihiel.
We are eternally grateful for his sacrifice.
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