363rd Infantry Regiment, 91st Division
Plot D, Row 01, Grave 22
Sgt. Alfred John Foster served in the 363rd Infantry Regiment, 91st Division during World War I. Born on his father’s farm in Orland, Calif., on September 1, 1894, Foster was one of 15 children.
Foster was fifth on the draft list of Glenn County, Calif., and the four before him were exempted. Thus he was the first to serve. He traveled by train to Camp Lewis, Wash., to begin his training and was promoted to corporal shortly thereafter. He participated in the formation of the 91st Division, the “Wild West” Division.
Foster was known for being cheerful and helpful, and demonstrated competence that led to his promotion within the ranks. He was promoted to sergeant in late 1918 after gaining some battlefield experience.
Foster arrived in Cherbourg, France in July 1918 with the rest of the 91st Division. The division was in reserve during the St. Mihiel offensive, and fought in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
The 91st and 37th Divisions were tasked with reinforcing the French in Belgium to maintain the momentum of Allied attacks in the region. The division went over the top at dawn on October 31, and Foster was hit almost immediately. He was killed on his first day of battle.
Alfred J. Foster is buried in Flanders Field American Cemetery Plot D, Row 01, Grave 22.