148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division
Pfc. Sol Holtzman served with the 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division. He was born into a Jewish community in Sakiai, now in Lithuania. His date of immigration to the United States is unknown, but by the start of the war he was living in Rochester, N.Y., with his four siblings, and had spent time running his own clothing store in Penn Yan, a small village in upstate New York.
Holtzman entered the service on April 28, 1918, training with the 153rd Depot Brigade, and was assigned to the 148th Infantry Regiment of the 37th Division on June 5, 1918. His unit embarked for Europe on June 22, 1918. He was promoted to private first class on October 28, 1918.
The 37th Division replaced the French 132nd Division on October 30 to reinforce the Ypres-Lys Offensive in Belgium. They pushed the German line backwards and crossed the Escaut/Scheldt River.
Lt. Wesley Morris Jr. wrote that Holtzman “was always ready for duty. His specialty was rifle grenades, and he had no equal in our company… I was talking to Private Holtzman on the afternoon of November 4th. He expressed a desire to visit his parents before returning to the United States after the war.” Holtzman was killed in action by an exploding shell on November 4, 1918, the last day before his unit went into reserve.
Sol Holtzman is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Flanders Field American Cemetery.