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Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Honor Fallen WWI Soldiers
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13 October 2018   David McAtee

It’s the 100th year anniversary of the ending of the war.

At the October 4, 2018 Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting, Betty Bourgault, Founder and Researcher of the "All Veterans Memorial" plaque project was on hand to receive the signed proclamation honoring the Yavapai County's World War I Fallen Soldiers. This year we recognizing the 100-year anniversary of the ending of the war. Yavapai County has 31 veterans of the armed forced that gave their lives in WWI We must remember their service and sacrifice in perpetuity.

The Proclamation reads:

Honoring Yavapai County’s World War I Fallen Soldiers during the 100th Anniversary of the Ending of World War I
WHEREAS, hundreds of Yavapai County citizens answered the call to defend freedom and fight tyranny in 1917-1918; and,
WHEREAS, 31 veterans of the armed forces from Yavapai County gave their lives in World War I in defense of freedom from tyranny; and,
WHEREAS, Yavapai County must remember and honor the service and sacrifice of their fellow citizens in perpetuity; and,
WHEREAS, a plaque mounted on the “All-Veterans Memorial” located on the Yavapai County Courthouse grounds in Prescott commemorates these fallen World War I soldiers:
Sgt. Thomas Arnold, U.S. Army, from Prescott, died on May 16, 1918, while serving in France.
Pvt. Louis S. Boyer, U.S. Army, from Clarkdale, killed in action, while serving in France. Date of death unknown.
Pvt. Aaron W. Casner, U.S. Army, from Beaver Creek, Yavapai County, died of illness on October 5, 1918.
Pvt. Chester W. Crews, U.S. Army, from Mayer, missing in action, on September 6, 1918, while serving in France.
Pvt. Eli Davis, U.S. Army, from Skull Valley, died on October 27, 1918, from wounds, received in action, while serving in France.
Cpl. Charles M. Dewey, U.S. Army, a miner in Jerome, killed in action on September 6, 1918, while serving in France. He was the great nephew of Admiral George Dewey.
Cpl. Howard M. Draper, U.S. Army, from Yavapai County, killed in action on September 5, 1918, while serving in France. Prescott High School student.
Pvt. Walter H. Grant, U.S. Army, from Jerome, died on October 18, 1918 from wounds, received in action, while serving in France.
Cpl. Charles A. Harding, U.S. Army, from Seligman, killed in action on October 3, 1918, while serving in France.
Pvt. Oral T. Henderson, U.S. Army, from Jerome/Cottonwood, died on November 22, 1918, from wounds, received in action, while serving in France.
Cpl. Harry B. Horgan, U.S. Army, from Congress Junction, killed in action on July 31, 1918, while serving in France.
Pvt. Karl Hurst, U.S. Army, from Cornville, died of disease. Date of Death unknown.
Pvt. Guy A. Jamison, U.S. Army, from Canon (Black Canyon City), killed in action on October 9, 1918, while serving in France.
Pvt. William W. Jones, U.S. Army, from Prescott, died from disease on November 23, 1918.
Pvt. John Kelly, U.S. Army, from Mayer, died on October 21, 1918, while serving in France.
Pvt. William King, U.S. Army, from Prescott, died of disease on March 17, 1918.
Pvt. William Emmons King, U.S. Army, from Prescott, missing in action on September 25, 1918, while serving in France.
Pvt. William Albert Kinsman, U.S. Army, from Camp Verde, killed in action on September 26, 1918, while serving in France.
Pvt. Samuel A. Kuykendall, U.S. Army, from Skull Valley, died on October 28, 1918, from wounds, received in action, while serving in France.
1st Lt. Ernest A. Love, U.S. Army Air Service, from Prescott, died on September 16, 1918, from wounds received in action while serving in France. Prescott High School student.
Cpl. Elexandro Moisa. U.S. Army from Jerome, killed in action on October 6, 1918, while serving in France.
Pvt. Sidney Owens, U.S. Army, from Mayer, killed in action on June 14, 1918, while serving in France.
Pvt. Albert Pitts, U.S. Army, from Seligman, killed in action on August 29, 1918, while serving in France.
Fireman Second Class, Charles D. Shumaker, U.S. Navy, from Clarkdale, died from disease on October 10, 1918.
Pvt. Jacob K. Theobald, U.S. Army, from Prescott, died on November 16, 1918, from wounds received in action, while serving in France. Prescott High School student.
Sgt. Arthur J. Tisdale, U.S. Army, from Yavapai County, killed in action on September 27, 1918, while serving in France.
Pvt. Clair S. Tompkins, U.S. Army, from Camp Verde, died of disease. Date of death unknown.
Pvt. Steve Vaglio, U.S. Army, from Jerome, died of disease on September 25, 1918.
Pvt. William Walter, U.S. Army, from Seligman, killed in action on October 12, 1918, while serving in France; and,
WHEREAS, the names of two additional fallen soldiers have been found who are not on the “All Veterans Memorial” plaque,
Pvt. Howard E. Morrow, Canadian Army, from Prescott, killed in action on August 10, 1918, while serving in France. Prescott High School student, and,
Cpl. John Henry Pruitt, USMC, from Jerome, killed in action on October 4, 1918, while serving in France. Cpl. Pruitt is a double Medal of Honor recipient.
NOW THEREFORE, in recognition of their sacrifice in the fight for freedom and against tyranny, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors do hereby remember and honor the service and sacrifice of the Yavapai County citizens that lost their life as World
War I Fallen Soldiers,
FURTHER, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors encourage all citizens of Yavapai County to pause in remembrance of these brave soldiers during the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War I, The War to End All Wars.
IN WITNESS THEREOF, the Board of Supervisors have hereunto set our hand and caused the seal of the County of Yavapai, to be affixed this 3rd day of October, 2018.