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Sherman Harrison Turner

Submitted by: Laurie Button {He was killed with a soldier I am connected with.}

Sherman Harrison Turner born around 1894. Sherman Turner served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service


Sherman Harrison Turner was killed on Nov. 10, 1918 by an artillery shell as the 11th Infantry fought to liberate the village of Louppy-sur-Loison during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

Five other American soldiers were killed by the same blast: Pvt. Thomas Wade ofCompany L (3270565—Lake City, Arkansas); Pvt. Miles G. Goleman, Company L (2660865, Greenup, Illinois); Cpl. Orval Boggs, Company L (2660977, Greenup, Illinois); Cpl. Henry Wilson Company G (736096, Jacksboro, Tennessee); and Pvt. Walter Wave Miguel Company L (3802505, Arnolds Park, Iowa).

They were initially buried where they fell but were reinterred next to each other at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery June 18, 1919. All six were repatriated and sailed back to the United States together on the U.S.A.T. Wheaton. The ship left Antwerp Sept. 21, 1921.

A seventh soldier—Pvt. Newton Powell (736642, Iron Mountain, Michigan)—also died in Louppy-sur-Loison on Nov. 10th but in a separate incident. He was a cook with Company K.

Wave and his three brothers all served in the Army during WWI. Two of the other three also fought in France and returned home safely. The youngest brother was still training when the Armistice was signed. Their father, Henry, wanted to enlist but was too old. A carpenter by trade, he still answered the call to help in the war effort by traveling to Seattle to help build ships.

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