110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division
Pvt. William M. Conley and his brother Pvt. Francis X. Conley both died in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Their mother, Elizabeth Conley, was stricken with grief. Initially, she desired that her sons’ bodies remain in France. In 1931, however, she wrote to the Quartermaster Corps, “after seeing so many others being brought back to the United States, I want mine back too.”
When she found out that her son William would remain missing, she again requested that Francis remain in France. She didn’t want “only one” back. Her second request came too late to cancel the repatriation of Frances’ body.
Elizabeth Conley participated in the official Gold Star Pilgrimage to France to pay tribute to her fallen son.
William M. Conley is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.