| Chase Elmore FULKERSON of Ohio enlisted in 1917 to fight in the "War to End All Wars." The two articles below appeared in the Andover News, in Alleghany Co., NY, in 1919 and 1920. |
Pvt. Chase Fulkerson of Camp Sheridan Ohio, who has been passing a few days furlough with his brother, Clark Fulkerson of Andover, returned to camp yesterday.
Pvt. Fulkerson is a veteran of the world war only being home from France a few weeks. He is the most messed up man we have seen returning from the war and yet one of the most cheerful. He was wounded at the second battle of the Marne, lay in the hospital for six days unattended because they thought him dead. He was gassed and had pneumonia and the effects, but is still alive and able to enjoy a visit with his brother and has attended the several welcome home receptions to the soldiers given in Andover this week.
It has been almost impossible to get him to talk about himself. He is modest and retiring and tries to make light of the big part he has taken in the world war. The news reporter, however quietly drew from him a few facts that are mighty interesting. He was decorated for bravery by the French Government and wears the Distinguished Honor badge on his shoulder.
This distinguished honor badge was presented him for particular bravery in action. He, with two others volunteered to go over to the German lines and destroy the camouflage concealing a particular nasty bunch of machine guns. They went in the dark, carefully crawling right up to the guns of the enemy, poured kerosene oil on the camouflage and set it on fire. The light from the fire of course exposed them to view of the enemy, and they were treated to a very warm time before finally reaching their own lines, slightly wounded. The French immediately decorated them for their gallantry.
Pvt. Fulkerson bears the evidence of his strenuous service on his body. He has 123 scars on his body from the effects of shrapnel and machine gun bullets. He has lost his left eye, has his jaw broken and was left for dead for several days, yet, he says he didn’t do much worth telling.
There is nothing too good for our country to bestow upon our heroes who fought in France.
Chase Elmore Fulkerson, overseas veteran and member of the fighting 146th Infantry, composed principally of Akron boys, died at noon Sunday, at the home of his parents, in Springfield Center, Ohio, the same day on which his “Buddies” were honoring the memory of his comrades now lying under the sun on the field of honor.
Complications, resulting from injuries received in a German gas attack in Belleau Woods in the fierce fighting there in 1917 caused his death. He made a wonderful fight overseas, but his brave fight for his own life was a losing one. The poisonous gas had penetrated his whole system, and some weeks ago the doctors gave up hope.
Fulkerson enlisted in Akron in June 1917. He was then nineteen years old, one of the youngest soldiers from this city in the war. He saw service in the Belleau Woods, Chauteau Thierry and on the Alsace-Lorraine sector, where he served for thirty-two days without getting a scratch.
In order to support the line of Communications, his unit was ordered on the last day to hold their position at any cost. Orders came later to retire at daylight, but these were delayed, and they were caught in the open without any protection.
Every member of the detail in charge of the emplacement was wounded, Fulkerson’s injuries being the most serious. When he came out of the hospital he had lost the sight of one eye and bore an ugly scar on his face.
Fulkerson was awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery in burning camouflage in “No Man’s Land.” He also received the highest praise from his commanding officer for his part in the Bellau Woods fight.
Fulkerson was born in Springfield Center, December 17, 1897. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Fulkerson, three brothers and three sisters.
Funeral service will be held at Springfield Center, tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock.
|Chase Elmore FULKERSON|