108th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division
Plot C, Row 2, Grave 11
Pfc. Louis J. Herman served in the 108th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division during World War I. He was born Martinsville, Niagara County, N.Y., on July 9, 1895. He worked at the Wurlitzer Organ and Piano Company in North Tonawanda, N.Y., as a piano regulator. This position was highly specialized, necessitating a gifted ear and near perfect pitch.
Herman was serving with his cousin Capt. Edward Martin Herman in the New York 27th Division. His cousin worked with the U.S. Lighthouse Service as a light keeper at the Marblehead Lighthouse on Lake Erie, Ohio. The cousins were together when Louis was killed by a sniper’s bullet during a gas attack on August 13, 1918.
Edward wrote home to the family to inform them. Because official notification did not arrive until months later, the local paper disputed the fact that Louis had died, asserting that perhaps he was only wounded and missing. In April 1919, Edward planted a walnut tree on the ground of the Marblehead Lighthouse in memory of Louis. The tree still stands there to this day. Edward went on to become the head custodian in charge of the Washington Monument.
Louis J. Herman is buried in Flanders Field American Cemetery Plot C, Row 2, Grave 11.