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Identification Tag (Dog Tag): aluminum disk; single hole punched at bottom for attachment to neck cord; stamped on front: "JAMES J. REGNERY/PVT./57/CO.K.1ST.N.D./INF./U.S.A." This tag was worn by James Regnery while he was a member of Company K, 1st North Dakota Infantry, National Guard, before he was transferred to 1st Division. James J. Regnery was born in 1892 or 1894 in Oshkosh, WI and was the son of Andrew and Mathilda Embs Regnery. He 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 schrapnel 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. Ironically, one of his cousins was killed and two were wounded fighting for Germany during World War I.
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