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Admin/Biog History Frank Obersteiner was born March 4, 1894. In 1914 he is listed as a chairmaker for Buckstaff Company in Oshkosh. He enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard on March 1, 1914. He saw active service on the Mexican Border in 1916. In World War I, Company F became Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division. He was promoted to sergeant, saw active service in France and was poison gassed on July 15, 1918 near Champaigne, France. He recovered and returned to duty on August 1, 1918. While the non-commissioned officer's were holding a meeting on October 22, 1918, a German artillery shell landed in the group, killing him and wounding several others. He received shrapnel to the head and died instantly. He was buried in the field and later reburied in the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France.
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Collection Frank Obersteiner
Dates of Accumulation 1918
Abstract Notebook from the "Continental" clothing store in Oshkosh, used by Sergeant Frank Obersteiner, Company C, 150th Machinegun Battalion, 42nd Division,. It contains notes on combat:

In sending out a patrol select your men first then examine ammunition and arms. For reconnoitring about 4 or 5 men is sufficient. One is sent out on a point, 1 as right and left flanks, on as rear observer. When it is necessary to cross open ground always make it at the double-time and expose yourselves as little as possible. A reconnoitring patrol is sent out for information and should not fire upon any opposing patrols. Combining patrols, one is sent out for the purpose of attracting their attention by sparring fire or any way of attack."
There are also lists of soldiers assigned to patrols and other duties. Another note describes:

"July 7
Started at 7:30 proceeding on the road to trench sector north west, one man proceeded to [illegible] for observation. Proceeded west and deployed, and over until we reached fence [illegible] 200 yards south of [illegible] road and proceeded along under brush toward west of opening at 300 yards, south east of farm, white farm house a trench for 8 men overlooking south side of opening north west of Company D. Barb wire fence ran east & west 800 yards of road directly west of road from house. Noticed foot prints of spikes on shoes and proceeded to Company D."

The balance contains list of names, pay, and addresses of soldiers.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.22.2
Object Name Notebook
People Obersteiner, Frank
Subjects World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Trench warfare
Title Notebook
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