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Marshall - Oscar

Source: Waveland Independent newspaper, Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana, August 29, 1924

Oscar Marshall killed at Camp Knox. Waveland has had more than her share of tragedy in the last few months, and another chapter was added on Monday evening when Oscar Marshall was killed at Camp Knox, Ky., whither he had gone with the local detachment of the National Guard. The word was received here about one on Tuesday morning. He had gone to the rifle range about three miles Camp Knox and was returning with other soldiers in the trucks when the accident occurred that cost his life and two others. Just as the trucks were starting down a hill they were met by a car with undimmed lights. The driver of the truck, a regular army man from Ft. Harrison, was dazed by the light and swerved to the side of the road, the truck going over a bank fifteen feet high and turning over two or three times. Oscar was caught under the truck. He was pulled out by Dale McClain, who was sitting next (to) him, but who received only slight injuries.

Dale dragged him to the top of the bank unaided, and says that his heart was still beating at the time. Harvey J. Walton, of North Salem was instantly killed. William Petrie of Ladoga lived until he reached the camp hospital. James Worrell, of Ladoga had his shoulder injured and ribs broken. There were about thirty in the truck, and nineteen suffered minor injuries, among them Clyde Collings, formerly of this place. The body was brought here on Tuesday evening by rail, Moxley Fullenwider accompanying it from Camp Knox. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. J.B. Johnson having charge and were largely attended. Burial at Union Cemetery. A firing squad from the Russellville Legion Post fired a volley over the grave and taps were sounded by a bugler. The following obituary was read: "Oscar, ninth child of Cyrus and Susan Miles Marshall, was born in Waveland June 28, 1901; and died at Camp Knox, Kentucky, on Monday evening, August 25. He spent his short life in this town, receiving his schooling here, here entered into the activities of this community and made many friends. He united with the Baptist Church, June 19, 1919, under the ministry of Rev. Mr. Stone. He had been in the employment of the Vandalia railroad continuously for the past eight years, and because of his industry and steadiness was highly respected by his employers. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Trackman. Whatever he became interested in he did with a vim.

There was nothing half-hearted about him. There are so few who made so many friends and so few enemies of Oscar Marshall. He was a member of L. Co., 151st Infantry of the National Guard. Of his company there was no man more punctual and loyal. He was a devoted son. Nowhere will he be more missed than in the home where he ministered to the needs of his widowed mother with such beautiful devotion. He is survived by his mother, by three brothers: Otis Marshall of Champaign, Ill.; Guy Marshall of New Market; Clyde Marshall of Waveland; and by three sisters: Mrs. Fredia Hill, Mrs. Maude Fuller and Laverne Marshall, all of Waveland. - transcribed by kbz
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