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Frank Pitterle

1896-1918

 

Born                                06 26 1896

First Communion                     06 06 1909

Confirmation                        11 11 1909

Graduation, St. Henry’s             06 21 1909

Graduation, Watertown High School   06 18 1913

Enlisted with Co E of Watertown     05    1917

Died at age 22                      08 30 1918, WWI casualty

 

Gravestone is at St. Henry’s Cemetery but Frank’s body was never sent back to the U.S.  Is memorialized in Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, one and a half miles east of Fere-En-Tardenois, France.  The Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial website database has him officially listed as “Missing in Action or Buried at Sea” on its “Tablets of the Missing” at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery

 

 

Frank L. Pitterle, Corp, 120 Machine Gun Battalion, 32nd Division

 

Died August 30, 1918, casualty of WWI

 

Abstracted from WDTimes, 09 30 1918 and 10 07 1918

 

A Watertown boy, Company Clerk Frank Pitterle, a member of Co. E, made the supreme sacrifice on the blood-stained field of France.  Official notification was not immediately received but, according to the Watertown Daily Times, Captain A. F. Solliday wrote a home in a letter stated that he had been informed of the killing and that he had located the grave. 

 

Frank Pitterle was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Pitterle, 205 Third St.  He was born June 26, 1896, and graduated from Watertown High School with the class of 1913, being a few days short of seventeen years of age when graduating.  He was a bright student, carrying the required work during the last half year, though employed part time in the office of I. L. Henry Company, with which company he remained until enlistment.

 

A 9 a.m. solemn Requiem Mass was sung for Corp. Frank Pitterle at St. Henry’s.  Through the kindness of the officers at Camp Grant, Corp. Leo Pitterle, was granted a leave of absence to attend the services.

 

Buried in France but gravestone in parish cemetery.

 

St. Henry’s Cemetery veterans listing

 

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   1916 / I L Henry employee 

 

    1917      

 

    1918 

 

 

Sgt. Frank L. Pitterle Post No. 189, Watertown:

     American Legion Band_1    American Legion Band_2

 

Article cross reference:

      Watertown’s Company E Went to War, Frank Pitterle

 

 

 

 

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