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Wells, John W. (P1, C3, L21)

Private First Class John W. Wells, 21, of Henderson, Henderson County, Kentucky, died on 9 October 1918 while on active duty serving with Company A of the 116th Engineers, 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division during World War I. Wells joined the Kentucky National Guard’s Company B, 1st Battalion of the 3rd Kentucky Infantry Regiment in December 1915 and served as a cook. Wells was born in Beaver Dam and at the time of his enlistment reported his occupation as carriage trimmer. His unit transitioned to Company 2 of the Training Battalion of the 149th Infantry where he served until October 1917. He then transferred to Company D of the 149th Infantry on May 1918. He was part of the Camp Shelby replacement Draft until July 1918 when he was assigned to Company A of the 116th Engineers. Wells is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne, France.

    French Croix de Guerre.

    Wells, John (deceased), 1544881,, 2d, Engineers, 2d. Division.

    French Croix de Guerre with silver star, under Order No. 13,372 “D”, dated February 10, 1919, General Headquarters, French Armies of the East, with the following citation:

    “As liaison agent at the Medeah Farm on October 8 and 9, 1918, he continually carried messages through a barrage. Was killed while accomplishing his mission.” (Next of kin: Mr. Roy Wells, brother, R.F.D. No. 2, West Owensboro, Ky.)

    Residence at enlistment: 24 South Ingram Street, Henderson, Ky.

The Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund, Inc., is a recognized 501(c)(3). EIN 26-3705273
 

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