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Kell Charles A

Charles A Kell
Serial Number:
332nd Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division
Date of Death:
West Lawn Cemetery Canton, Stark County, Ohio
Section 27

Corp Charles A Kell BIRTH 10 Oct 1893 East Canton, Stark County, Ohio, USA DEATH 4 Nov 1918 (aged 25) Valvasone, Provincia di Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy ITALIAN REPORT: KELL Charles A, from Canton (Ohio) (United States), Corporal 332 Infantry Regiment, (American Army). - With serene courage, rushed to the assault of a very important enemy position, he came first among the first, at the head of his squad, until, shot to death, heroically fell on the field - Tagliamento, November 4, 1918. Kell was the only soldier killed in ground action in World War 1 in Italy. BACKGROUND INFO: Corporal Kell left with the Canton contingent in September, 1917; and sailed overseas in June. The regiment went first to England, and then to France and later to Italy. It was not until the last few weeks of the war that the infantry went into action with the Italians against the Austrians on the last drive before the enemy surrendered. Charles was killed in action while leading a squad on Tagialmento just one week before the end of the war. He is interred in a small chapel cemetery in Valvasone, about four miles north of the engagement. Charles was the only American killed in action buried there. Charles' sister, Mrs. Judson E. [Amelia] Franklin, received letters from Chaplain J.K. O'Heeron of the 332nd Infantry and Captain J.P. Dempsey. The above account was taken from those letters. Charles is memorialized in West Lawn Cemetery, Canton Stark County Ohio, with his parents.