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Son in Service Banner: rectangular silk banner with red border and white center; blue star in center (one family member); suspended from wooden rod with gilt arrow points; suspended from wool cord. A black mourning band with gold star in the center is attached vertically to the front. This service banner is covered with a band of mourning, indicating that a person who gave their life lived in this house. Rolland S. Retelle was born in Manistee, MI on March 30, 1895, the son of Albert Retelle. The family moved to Oshkosh circa 1896 and he graduated from Oshkosh High School and the Business College. He worked as a stenographer for the Oshkosh District Attorney D. K. Allen. He was drafted July 18, 1918 and trained at Camp Hancock, Georgia. He shipped out for France September 25, 1918. He was hospitalized with pneumonia on October 5, 1918 and died October 15, 1918 in Brest, France. He was buried in the American Cemetery, Lambezellec, Finisters, France and reburied at Riverside Cemetery in Lot 4, Block 5.
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