Thursday, October 11, 2007

Joseph G. Fiedler (1889-1918)

FIEDLER, JOSEPH G.--PRIVATE
Son of Albert and Dorothy Fegler Fiedler; born November 25, 1889, Gar Creek, Allen County, Ind. Living in Columbia City, Ind., when he entered service May 29, 1918. Trained at Camp Taylor, Ky., and Camp Beauregard, La. Overseas in August, 1918; assigned to Company A, 355th Infantry, 89th Division. Fought in the Meuse-Argonne Drive. Died November 8, 1918, from wounds received in action. Survived by widow, Regina Auer Fiedler, Columbia City, Ind.
Gold Star Honor Roll: A Record of Indiana Men and Women Who Died in The Service of the United States and The Allied Nations in The World War 1914-1918 (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission, 1921) Page 718. Contributed by Meredith Thompson.
Columbia City Post ~ Wednesday, January 8, 1919
A message was received Saturday morning at the home of Edward Auer, of Washington township, containing the sad information that Private Joseph G. Fiedler had died on November 8th, of wounds received in action in France. The young man was wounded severely November 5th, and succumbed to his injuries a few days later, dying on November 8th, according to the official message. The first message stating that he had been wounded severely in action was received at the Auer home on December 11th, but it was hoped that he would recover. Mr. Fiedler is at present living in Fort Wayne.

The official message received by Mr. Auer read as follows: “Deeply regret to inform you that Private Joseph G. Fiedler, infantry, wounded severely in action November 5th, died of wounds on November 8th. Further details will follow as soon as they are available. Harris. Adjutant General.”

Joseph G. Fiedler was a son of Albert and Dortha (Felger) Fiedler and was born in Garecreek, Milan township, Allen county, November 25, 1889. At the time of his death, he lacked just seventeen days of being 29 years of age. The young man spent his youth in Allen county and a few years ago went to Montana. A year ago last September he came back from the west and worked on a farm in this county until he was sent to Camp Taylor last June. He did not train very long in this country, but was sent overseas in August. His training period was evidently short overseas, because in only two months after he arrived there the young man was sent into battle. He was wounded severely during the fighting which followed and his death took place as stated.

On April 7, 1918, Private Fiedler married Regina Auer, daughter of Edward Auer, of Washington township, who still survives. She is at present making her home in Fort Wayne. Besides his parents the young man is survived by three sisters, Mrs. John Kerch, of Union township, and Bertha and Mary, at home, and five brothers, Edward, Harmon, Will, Martin and Clarence.

The deceased was well known in Washington township and his many friends regret to hear of his death. While it was known that he was wounded severely, it was hoped that the wounds might not prove fatal. The news was a double shock, coming as it did so many days after the armistice was signed, and when the young man’s relatives could but hope that Private Fiedler had come safely through the war.

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