Frasier, John (P1, C3, L3)
Private John Frasier, 29, of Ashland, Boyd County, was shot and killed in the early morning hours of April 24, 1917 while doing guard duty with the Kentucky National Guard on federal active duty at "Poor Tunnel" near Elkhorn City in Pike County. Frasier was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion of the 2nd Kentucky Infantry Regiment. Frasier enlisted in the KYNG on 9 April 1917. The entire Kentucky National Guard was placed on federal active duty on 13 April 1917.
See Kentucky Guard Railroad Related Fatalities 1917-18
According to newspaper accounts Frasier had prior military service with both the Army and Navy and was a native of Michigan. Frasier was shot and killed by fellow guardsman Private Byron Hogg. Hogg, sometimes spelled Hogge in newspaper accounts, also of Company K, had enlisted in September of 1916. Hogg was a native of Louisa who lived in Catlettsburg when he joined the Guard. Hogg had was standing guard duty with Frasier at the time of the incident and had previously served with his unit on the Mexican border in the Punitive Expedition.
According to newspaper accounts, Corporal Roscoe Pennington, 19, of Company K, heard the shot, ran to the scene. He subsequently disarmed and arrested Hogg without being armed himself. Hogg was waving his gun and keeping back a crowd with a revolver by the time Pennington arrived. Pennington then had Hogg take charge of the body and carry it to a handcar and push the car to the depot, presumably Elkhorn City. Pennington stood guard over his prisoner and fallen comrade until the next morning when he took them to Pikeville by train where he turned Hogg over to the jailer.
Hogg was lodged in the Pike County Jail on April 24, 1917 until he was sentenced to 12 years in the penitentiary. Research to date has not revealed any motive for the incident.
Newspaper accounts spell Frasier’s name as Frazier. His name is spelled as Frasier on Company K, 2nd KY Inf muster roll for the period ending 30 April 1917.