World War I Honor Rolls
"Dedicated to those fromSANTA CRUZ COUNTYwho served their country inthe World Warand to the memory of those who gavethe last full measure of devotion1914 - 1918"
"Dedicated toThe Soldiers and Sailorsof all wars by theCounty of Santa CruzMemorial DayMay 30, 1928"
This stop was photographed soon after the "Operation Surf" escort. The escort experience was a lot of fun and meeting some of the wounded warriors was a pleasure
45 of Santa Cruz's fallen are remembered here. I was able to find information on these men.
5 January: Pvt Ernest D Fitch was serving with 33rd Inf., 91st Division. He was 25 years old.
15 January: Pvt Irvin I Cruts, 18th Inf 1st Divsion, KIA Muse-Argonne.
19 July: Pvt Atone Porta, was among the first men of Santa Cruz County drafted in 1917. He departed New York for France May 23rd 1918. He was killed in action in the Aisne- Marne area.
6 August: Sgt 1C Richad B Haines was from Aptos. He was killed in action and remains buried at the American Cemetery in Picardie France.
14 August: Cpl Victor H Handley died of wounds received four days earlier while fighting with the 33rd Infantry. He was wounded by an artillery shell that fell among a group of over a dozen men, five of them killed instantly.
18 August: Pvt Christ E Ciges is buried at Suresnes American Cemetery. No details are known.
27 September: Cpl Edward Lorenson was KIA while fighting with 363rd Infantry, 91st Division. He is buried at Lorrain, France.
30 September: Pvt William Felix Devitt died from wounds received while fighting with the 364th Infantry 91st Division. He had been drafted eleven months earlier.
4 October: Pvt Clyde Clausen, USMC is buried in San Jose and enlisted in the Corps in April of '17. No further details found.
7 October: Cpl Walter Brostrom, who was killed in action on 7 October 1918 while fighting with the 58th Infantary 4th Division. He remains buried at the American Cemetery in Lorraine, France.
8 October: Evan S Marlin, died in training at Camp Grant.
9 October: Pvt Charles L "Roy" Garretty had been drafted and left for recruit training on Easter Sunday. He was killed in action while fighting with 361st Infantry 91st Inf Division. He died during an assault on Hill 255. He remains buried at the American Cemetery in Lorraine, France.
10 October: PVT Manuel Christodoulon, KIA whiel serving with 361st Inf of the 91st Divison. He was a native of Greece and two brothers were also fighting, but for the Greek government. Christodoulon was a quarry worker before enlisting in April... just over five months from taking the oath to being killed.
15 October: Pvt Louis D Chaney, was a 27 year old cannery worker. Drafted in June and died in hospital in France of bronchial pneumonia.
27 October: Edward H Carr, age 30, had enlisted in the Army in 1913 and had served two years in the Phillipines. At the outset of the Great War he was posted to Kelly Field in San Antonio. He fell ill with what appeared to be a severe cold died with his mother at his bedside.
3 November: SN Arthur E Johnson died of malarial fever while in, or near, Colon, Panama. He was serving aboard a Navy sub chaser, SC-285.
12 November: Pvt Lester Frank Rowe, USMC. Died while serving with Dental Infirmary Det 1 at San Diego Recruit Depot.
The honor roll tablet has deteriorated to the point that many of the names are not completely legible. The 93 year old marker should be refurbished. The cenotaph stands at a busy intersection, with lots of pedestrian traffic and near the old City Hall building. It was likely the absolute center of the community in 1925. Today people walk by with any notice of the effort to remember men that answered the call at a time when 80 percent of the nations' able bodied men that were given notice formally applied to be exempt from the draft. In historical retrospect, The Great War was not at all popular among those called to fight.