Arthur R. Keeran – World War One Casualty

Arthur Roy Keeran was born on 10 Nov 1894, in Leipsic, Ohio. His parents were John R. & Mary S. Keeran. Prior to enlistment Arthur R. Keeran was employed as a clerk and as a laborer.
Arthur R. Keeran would enlist 18 November 1917. He would receive his training at Camp Sherman, Ohio with Company 3, Training Battalion, 158 Depot Brigade. He would then be assigned to Company B, 308th Ammunition Train, 83rd Infantry Division, at Camp Sherman until 20 December 1917; Keeran would then depart Hoboken, New Jersey, on 4 January 1918, aboard the USS Mercury. While in Europe he wrote home to D. C. Nelson. In the letter he talks of seeing some soldiers from Marion. (article below). He would serve in Europe with the Motor Transport Corps., 302 until his death. Pvt. Arthur R. Keeran died of tuberculosis on 5 March 1919.His remains would arrive at the Brooklyn Naval Base, on 19 June 1921, aboard the Mars.
Pvt. Keeran is buried in the Marion Cemetery. Pvt. Arthur R. Keeran is remembered on the Honor Roll, at the Veterans Memorial Park, in Marion, Ohio; and World War One Honor Roll, located on the second floor of the Marion County Courthouse.

Tell About Marion Boys and
What They’re Doing.

D. C. Nelson has received from Arthur R. Keeran, of the 302d motor car company, postcards on the back of one of which Keeran states that he is located in Tours and is now engaged in driving a motor car for Colonel Bush.
Keeran says: “I had the good fortune of seeing some of the Marion boys. Yancey Shields is now a second lieutenant in the infantry. I saw John Douce, who is driving a car in the aviation corps. Corporal Millard Baldwin is in charge of an American gas station. Robert Coe and Owen Kirts are in the aviation not far from here and Harley Lewis is an officer in the artillery about fifty miles from this place.
“As far as I can learn all the Marion boys are O K and the way things are beginning to look we might get home some of these days.”

Marion Daily Star dated 11-02-1918

Charles L. Landon – Earns Distinguished Service Cross, World War One Casualty

Charles Lee Landon was born in April of 1884, in Marion County, Ohio. Lyman & Olive D. (Eager) Landon. Prior to entering service Charles L. Landon was employed as a switchman with the Erie Railroad in Marion, Ohio. Charles was married to Lillian F. (Gilbert) Landon. They had three sons; Harold G. Landon; and Carl V. Landon; and Raymond Landon.
Charles L. Landon was a member of D Company, 4th Ohio Infantry, while they served in the Border Campaign. Marion’s D Company would be called back to service for World War One shortly after their return.
Charles L. Landon was listed as a Private (Pvt.) on the roster for World War One. Pvt. Landon would stay with D Company and distinguish himself while in combat. He would respond to a call for help of a wounded comrade in D Company along with Private John C. Fischer, also of D Company. Pvt. Landon would be killed in the attempt when an enemy shell exploded nearby. During this rescue attempt on 13 July 1918, Pvt. Landon was killed in action. For his actions, Pvt. Charles L. Landon and Pvt. John C. Fischer would later be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
Pvt. Charles L. Landon is buried in the Marion Cemetery.
Charles L. Landon is remembered on the Honor Roll at the Veterans Memorial Park in Marion, Ohio; and World War One Honor Roll located on the second floor of the Marion County Courthouse.

Charles L. Landon Granted
Official Recognition 10
Years After Death

Although more than 10 years have passed since Charles L. Landon gave his life in an effort to save a wounded buddy in the last German offensive during the World war, his heroism will not go unrewarded.
Announcement has been made at the war department in Washington that a posthumous award of the distinguished service cross is to be made to Landon, a former Marion man who enlisted with Company D, 166th infantry, of the 42nd division. A number of Landon’s relatives live in Marion and vicinity.
Landon, a stretcher bearer, lost his life when he attempted to aid a wounded soldier of Company D, according to George T. Geran, a former major in the 166th infantry.
Landon died July 13, 1918, the day following the start of the last German offensive of the war. (sic)

From The Marion Star dated March 29, 1929

Distinguished Service Cross
DURING World War I
Service: Army
Rank: Private
Division: 42d Division, American Expeditionary Forces

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Charles L. Landon (ASN: 93527), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company D, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F., northeast of Chalons-sur-Marne, France, 15 July 1918. Private Landon with Private John Fischer, volunteered to rescue another soldier who had been severely wounded during the heavy enemy bombardment. With a total disregard for their own personal safety they courageously went forward and while attempting to reach the wounded soldier. Private Landon was hit by a shell which resulted in his death a few minutes later.

War Department, General Orders No. 3 (1929)

Sgt. George H. Chapman – World War Two Casualty, Okinawa

George Harmon Chapman was born 21 February 1910, in Marion, Ohio. His parents were Thomas & Francis B. (Callahan) Chapman. George H. Chapman was employed with the Marion Star prior to entering service.
George H. Chapman would enter service in June of 1942, with the United States Army. Chapman would receive training at the following locations: Camp Pickett, Virginia; Camp Howze, Texas; Camp Blanding, Florida; Camp Livingston, Louisiana; and Fort Ord, California. Chapman was an infantryman with the expert rifleman badge. He would attain the rank of Sergeant (Sgt.) and serve in New Caledonia from June to September 1944, and Espiritu Santo, in the archipelago of New Hebrides, from September 1944 to March of 1945.
Sgt. George H. Chapman was assigned to the 27th Infantry Division and would be part of Operation Iceberg. Operation Iceberg was the codename for the invasion of Okinawa in April of 1945. On 28 April 1945, while Sgt. Chapman was leading a squad on the Island of Okinawa, he was ambushed by a Japanese heavy machine gun emplacement. Sgt. Chapman was hit and died almost immediately. His squad was able to recover his body.
Sgt. Chapman’s brother, Thomas Chapman, Jr., received a letter from Captain David Rose, army chaplain. The chaplain expressed his regrets for the families loss and stated that a funeral was held on the island. He described the burial location as “overlooking the China Sea.”
Early on in the Battle for Okinawa, bodies of service members were buried in temporary graves. This was difficult at first due to the closeness to the battle front. Later weather and terrain became an issue in the preservation of identification. A typhoon, in October of 1945, would add to the difficulties. Nearly 95 percent of the casualties were recovered and identified. Sgt. Chapman was given a proper military funeral and most likely laid to rest, under the name, Harmon Chapman, in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.
George H. Chapman is remembered on the Honor Roll at the Veterans Memorial Park in Marion, Ohio; on the west wall of the Marion County Courthouse; and on the World War II Veterans Memorial Wall at the Marion Cemetery.

Sgt. David S. Harris – Vietnam Casualty

David Stanley Harris was born in Marietta, Ohio, on 24 September 1947. he was the son of Coleen D. Harris. Davis S. Harris graduated from Pleasant High School in 1966. Harris was a noted athlete while attending Pleasant High School. Harris would set numerous track and football records at the school. Harris was named first All-Central District as a senior. Harris was honored as an outstanding athlete at Pleasant by being added to the Hall of Fame and having his football number, “48”, retired.
Harris would attend the University of Nebraska, and would work at Tecumseh Products prior to entering service.
While in the service, Harris would serve with the Ninth Infantry Division in A Company, 6th Battalion, 31st Infantry. Sadly on 24 March 1969, Sgt. David S. Harris would be killed in action by small arms fire in Vietnam. He was killed while in an engagement with the enemy on the Ong Cong Creek which is 9 Kilometers Northeast of Sa Dec City, Vietnam.
Sgt. Harris was awarded the following medals among others: Silver Star, Bronze Star (Merit), Purple Heart.
Sgt. David S. Harris is buried in the Chapel Heights Memory Gardens, Marion, Ohio. Sgt. Davis S. Harris is remembered on the Honor Roll, at the Veterans Memorial Park in Marion, Ohio; on the west wall of the Marion County Courthouse; on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, at the Marion County Admin building at 222 West Center St. in Marion, Ohio; and on Panel 28W, Line 026 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Washington, D. C.
Also, Sgt. Davis S. Harris is honored by having a section of State Route 4, named in his memory. This section is located south of Marion, from Somerlot-Hoffman Road to Owens Road. This is in the school district that he was a star athlete.

Dr. James W. McMurray – Veteran Spanish American War, 1898

Major James W. McMurray

James Wilson McMurray was born on 1 September 1867, in Steubenville, Ohio. His parents were John W. & Minerva F. McMurray, of Marion, Ohio. James W. McMurray would be raised and attend school in Marion. McMurray would graduate from the Starling Medical College in 1897. Later Starling would merge with the Ohio Medical College; and later they would merge with The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1914. In 1897 McMurray would join the Ohio National Guard and become a member of G Company. He would see service as a Sergeant in the War with Spain. He would leave with Marion’s G Company for service in Puerto Rico. Prior to departing for Puerto Rico, G Company would encamp at Chickamauga, Georgia for training. It was here that Sgt. McMurray, aka Sgt. Jim to the members of G Company, would be sent back to Marion, Ohio, to recruit more members to bring the company up to the full 106 members. While in Puerto Rico he would be assigned to the Red Cross Hospital at Guayama, where he was in charge. He would be permanently detailed to the Regimental Hospital for the duration of the war.

Dr. James W. McMurray

McMurray would receive his officer’s commission and attain the rank of Major in the Ohio National Guard. He was a surgeon of the regiment. He would live in Marion, Ohio, and practice as a physician/surgeon. On 5 August 1915, Dr. James W. McMurray was elected vice-president of the Spanish War Veterans of the Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He would remain active throughout his life in veteran’s affairs. He was a staff volunteer for the Ohio Soldiers & Sailors Home in Xenia, Ohio. He had a love for horses, and was known for riding one of his thoroughbred horses representing veterans in local parades.
Dr. James W. McMurray would die on 26 June 1932. He was given full military honors and was recognized for his service to nation and his community. He is buried in the Marion Cemetery.