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Admin/Biog History James J. Regnery grew up in Oshkosh, but was living in South Dakota when World War I began. He became a member of Company B, Machine Gun Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Division. He was killed on the night of February 19, 1918 at about 7:30 PM while in the trenches on only the second day near Seicheprey, France. A piece of shrapnel entered his left shoulder in the back and pierced his heart. He was buried in the American Cemetery at Mandres-Meurthe et Moselle, Grave #154. He was later moved to Grave No. 16, Row 19, Block B, St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiacourt, Meurthe et Moselle, France.
Collection World War I Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation May 19, 1918
Abstract Postcard forwarded through the American Red Cross from Private Lawrence Clark to Andrew Regnery concerning the details of the death of his son, James J. Regnery, Company B, Machine Gun battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Division. attached to, SC411.10.11.3.

Private Lawrence Clark
May 19, 1918
American Red Cross
Home Communication Service

Dear Sirs,

Your letter of April 30th received of the request of the death & burial of James J. Regnery. Pvt Regnery was killed on the night of Feb. 9th at 7:30 while on duty at his gun by a piece of shell which entered his left shoulder in the back piercing his heart. He knew no pain. He was on duty about 2 hours when killed and was his second knight in the trenches. I took his remains to Mondrier where he was given a very nice burial on Feb. the 10th in the American Cemetery. may he rest in peace.
Yours very truly,
Pvt. L. R. Clark
Company B, Machinegun battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, American Expeditionary Forces, France.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.11.4
Object Name Postcard
People Regnery, James J.
Subjects World War I
Wounds & injuries
Death & burial
American Red Cross
Title Postcard
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