Albert Louis Agnew

Submitted by: Benjamin Woodard

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Albert Louis Agnew born around 1899, Albert Agnew served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

Albert Louis Agnew was born in Keokuk, Iowa, to Charles Agnew. He was living in Rock Island, Illinois, when the war broke out, but his father would not let him enlist. He ran all the way to Huntington, West Virginia, so he could join up in Jun 1917. He stated that he was born Oct 23, 1895, but most likely lied about his age s it was said that he was 18 in Jul 1918.

He sailed for France about 2 months later on the ANTILLES. He was assigned as a Private to Company A, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, American Expeditionary Force, US Army. He was in action during the operations relating to the capture and defense of Cantigny (May 27-31, 1918). He was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s fourth highest award, for gallantry in action. He “displayed unusual courage during the attack and later in evacuating wounded under heavy artillery and machine gun fire.” During the latter action, he was wounded himself.

Agnew was back in action by the Second Battle of the Marne in July, where he became missing in action on the 20th.

He was memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France.