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John Verplanck Newlin

Section 29, U.S. Ambulance Service

Private, U.S. Army

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Grave Location:

Plot A, Row 32, Grave 19

Pvt. John V. Newlin attended Princeton University where he was art editor for “Tiger,” a comedy magazine, and an editor for another magazine, “Litt”.

After attending training in Plattsburg in the summer of 1916, Newlin left college before completing his degree to enlist in the American Field Service. In 1917, he wrote home from Paris that he was fascinated by war.

Newlin’s experience came to an abrupt end just as it began, when his section moved to the front to the west of Verdun. On the night of August 3, 1917 he was wounded by a shell that landed near the entrance of his dug-out. He was operated on the following evening, but he died the next day after receiving a citation and Croix de Guerre.

Awards: French Croix de Guerre

John Verplanck Newlin is buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Plot A, Row 32, Grave 19.