362nd Infantry Regiment, 91st Division
Plot D, Row 3, Grave 4
1st Lt. Albert Clostermann served with the 362nd Infantry Regiment, 91st Division during World War I. He grew up in Portland, Ore., one of two boys born to German immigrants. His parents travelled to Denver, Colo., from Munich in the late 1890s, eventually settling in Portland. Clostermann graduated from Washington High School in 1904. He worked at a bank and then joined the Oregon National Guard, serving with the 3rd Oregon Infantry Machine Gun Company near the Mexican border.
Clostermann entered into officer’s training in San Francisco, Calif., at the Presidio. He rose to the rank of second lieutenant and joined other soldiers to form the U.S. Army’s 91st Division, also known as the “Wild West” Division.
With Company E of the 362nd Infantry Regiment, Clostermann set sail from New York, N.Y., to France on June 28, 1918 to reinforce the French army in Belgium. In a letter to his parents dated September 1, 1918, Clostermann wrote:
We have no effective lights, no matter of sewage systems, not streetcars or any kind of amusement, excepting what our government has brought over here… I have met several of the 3d Oregon boys over here with whom I was down on the border. They were all feeling fine and I sure was glad to see them…
The 91st Division took part in three major battles. The final one was the Ypres-Lys Offensive, which began at the end of October 1918. On November 3, 1918, just eight days before the war’s end, Clostermann mustered his men at 5:00 a.m. for combat anticipated in the nearby area of Knok. He was hit by an artillery shell and died within minutes.
Albert M. Clostermann is buried in Flanders Field American Cemetery Plot D, Row 3, Grave 4.