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Cleo J. Ross

8th Balloon Company

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:




Grave Location:

Plot A, Row 2, Grave 22

During World War I, balloons were used to conduct observations and coordinate artillery fire from aloft. Lt. Cleo J. Ross of Titusville, Pa. was the only member of the Balloon Corps to die due to aerial activity.

On the first day of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, he was aloft with Lt. Herbert Hudnut when a Fokker D-7 attacked them. As the balloon burst into flames, Ross delayed parachuting to make sure Hudnut had jumped clear. His parachute caught fire and he fell one thousand feet to his death.

Awards: Distinguished Service Cross

Distinguished Service Cross
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Cleo J. Ross is buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Plot A, Row 2, Grave 22.