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Walter De Haven

132nd Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Division

Sergeant, U.S. Army

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Grave Location:

Plot A, Row 35, Grave 22

Sgt. Walter De Haven was 48-years-old at the time of his death on the first day of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. He was a 25 year veteran in the Illinois National Guard and insisted on remaining with his troops.

On September 26, 1918, as the 33rd Division advanced in the area between the Meuse River and Bethincourt, De Haven was shot by an enemy sniper.

His son, Sam, who was also serving in France during the war, wrote a letter to him two months later, not knowing that his father had died during the initial advance of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. He wrote, Are you near to me?  I sure would go A.W.O.L. if I thought you were within walking distance.

Walter De Haven is buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Plot A, Row 35, Grave 22.