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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.
Classification Archives
Collection World War I Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation 1918
Abstract Telegram to Grace Zimmerman, informing her of the death of her son, Sergeant Frank Obersteiner, Company C, 150th Machinegun Battalion:

Washington DC

Mrs Grace Zimmerman
934 Ninth St
Oshkosh Wis

Deeply regret to inform you that Sergeant Frank Obersteiner Machinegun Battalion is officially reported as killed in action October twenty-second.

The Adjutant General
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.22.3
Object Name Telegram
People Obersteiner, Frank
Subjects World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Trench warfare
Title Telegram
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