148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division
Plot A, Row 1, Grave 4
Pvt. Orine L. Trafka served in the 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division during World War I. He was born in Beaver Dam, Wis., on December 3, 1889 to Lawrence and Annie Trafka. The Trafkas had eight children: four sons and four daughters. Trafka worked at the Monarch Range plant and spent his leisure time hunting.
Trafka was drafted on May 27, 1918. He was sent to Camp Grant, Illinois for basic training with the 161st Depot Brigade. He was transferred to the 344th Infantry Regiment, 86th “Black Hawk” Division after a training period of 30 days. When Trafka arrived in Europe, he was reassigned to the 148th Infantry Regiment.
Trafka was killed in action near Olsene on October 31 1918. He was buried along the road to Ghent. His remains were moved to Waregem on June 4, 1919.
Orine L. Trafka is buried in Flanders Field American Cemetery Plot A, Row 1, Grave 4.