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Pvt.1st Class Orville Peter Kilroy - Fallen

WWI
Porterville, CA
County: Stark
World War I - Fallen
Date of Loss: October 9, 1918 / Age: 39
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: Machine Gun Company, 164th Infantry

Killed in action at Argonne Forest, France, on Oct. 9, 1918.

Buried in France. Remains returned to U. S. on Sept. 9, 1921, and buried in Catholic Cemetery, Porterville, Calif.

Name included on the All Veterans Memorial at State Capitol in Bismarck ND.

Information found in Volume 2, page 1672 of the Official Roster of North Dakota Soldiers, Sailors and Marines.

Not a registrant, over age. Born, New Richmond, Wis., May 19, 1879, of American parents. Occupation - ballplayer. Enlisted in Machine Gun Company, 2nd Infantry, North Dakota National Guard, at Dickinson, on July 14, 1917. Called into federal service, World War, on July 15, 1917. Served in Machine Gun Company, 2nd Infantry, North Dakota National Guard (Machine Gun Company, 164th Infantry), to Jan. 15, 1918; Company A, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion, to death. Grades: Private 1st Class, Aug. 20, 1917; Private, Jan. 15, 1918; Private 1st Class, Jan. 19, 1918. Overseas from Dec. 15, 1917, to death. Engagements: Defensive: Montdidier-Noyon. Offensives: Aisne-Marne; St. Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne. Defensive Sectors: Ansauville and Saizerais (Lorraine); Cantigny (Picardy). Cited in General Orders No. 94, Headquarters, 1st Division, AEF, Germany, Dec. 13, 1918. Although sick, he insisted upon staying with his company, and was mortally wounded while faithfully and courageously performing his duty. Cited in General Orders No. 1, Headquarters, 1st Division, Camp Zachary Taylor, Ky., Jan. 1, 1920, for gallantry in action and especially meritorious services. Entitled to wear two silver stars.

Medals and Honors

Silver Star - January 1, 1920
Silver Star - December 13, 1918