Fallen Heroes: Private Paul Brewer

This fallen hero saw numerous engagements during three years of campaigning with the Union army. He probably never expected that, after experiencing the violence of war, he would lose his life while safely in the bosom of home. The Brewer family arrived in Maryland in the 18th century, settling in the city of Baltimore, thoughContinue reading “Fallen Heroes: Private Paul Brewer”

Fallen Heroes: Private Russell Andreas

Some fallen heroes served their country for years before being asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. Others make that sacrifice in the first several weeks or months of their service. Some, like this fallen hero, never survive their first taste of combat. The ancestors of Russell Andreas (1894-1918) settled in Tuscarawas County in the firstContinue reading “Fallen Heroes: Private Russell Andreas”

Fallen Heroes: 2nd Lieutenant Clara A. Young

Not surprisingly, given the nature of warfare in the past, the majority of fallen heroes are young men. There are, however, examples where servicewomen find themselves on or near the front lines, or in roles that put their lives in danger. In the case of this fallen hero, though she prepared and trained for serviceContinue reading “Fallen Heroes: 2nd Lieutenant Clara A. Young”

Fallen Heroes: Corporal Hubert Jentes

During World War One there were numerous young men from Tuscarawas County who found themselves fighting in Europe. The battlefields of Europe, however, were not the only place where American soldiers served and lost their lives. The Jentes family began in Tuscarawas County with the arrival of German immigrant Adam Jentes (1822-1903) and his pregnantContinue reading “Fallen Heroes: Corporal Hubert Jentes”

Fallen Heroes: Sergeant Ralph L. Lab

It is not uncommon for multiple sons to serve their country in a time of need and sacrifice. One local family provided four sons for service during the Second World War but only two of their sons would survive the conflict. This is the story one of those fallen sons. Pierre (later Peter) Lab leftContinue reading “Fallen Heroes: Sergeant Ralph L. Lab”

Fallen Heroes: Private Daniel K. Hinkel

There are may families where multiple siblings serve their country in the military, in peacetime and during periods of conflict. A large percentage of those families’ sons and daughters will serve without suffering any loss at all. There are those cases however, like this one, where the family sacrifices one of those children to conflict.Continue reading “Fallen Heroes: Private Daniel K. Hinkel”

Fallen Heroes: Sergeant Robert J. Wherley

Patriotism and the desire for service are often driving forces when one makes the decision to serve their country. That service often begins at a time of peace, but is punctuated by the ultimate sacrifice in a subsequent conflict. This fallen hero, determined to serve his country as the Second World War ended, is oneContinue reading “Fallen Heroes: Sergeant Robert J. Wherley”

Fallen Heroes: Corporal Arthur T. Friley

Many imagine that only men from the Navy or Coast Guard saw duty on the numerous patrol boats that operated in the rivers of South Vietnam. The Army, however, also played a part in what they referred to as “riverine” operations. The story of this fallen hero is one example of that type of service.Continue reading “Fallen Heroes: Corporal Arthur T. Friley”

Fallen Heroes: Specialist 5 James B. Alexander

The first Tuscarawas County soldier to lose his life in Vietnam was not some young-faced draftee straight out of high school. He was a career soldier who had served in two previous wars and been wounded in battle once. His death, and those that died with him that day, would bring the Vietnam War intoContinue reading “Fallen Heroes: Specialist 5 James B. Alexander”

Fallen Heroes: Private Fred Heintz

The stress of combat can affect soldiers differently. World War One was notorious for a perceived new ailment called “shell shock”, an ailment we now refer to as post-traumatic stress disorder. Private Fred Heintz (1888-1923) was a different man when he returned from the fields of France, and like many veterans his life would beContinue reading “Fallen Heroes: Private Fred Heintz”