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Henry Christian Klindt

Submitted by: Rebecca Nelson {Granddaughter}

Henry Christian Klindt

Henry Christian Klindt was born around 1894, Henry Klindt served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service


Henry C. Klindt served as an “Automatic Man” in WWI, U.S. Army National Guard, Company E, 130th Infantry, 33rd Division from February 26, 1918 to March 21, 1919, arriving in Brest France on May 16, 1918.

Prompted by his cousins, he wrote about his war experiences in a letter which is attached. He fought in various places in France and his biggest battle was the Argonne Forest Offensive. He was injured when he fell on his knees on railroad tracks but his buddies picked him and he went on.

The last battle he was gassed, picked up unconscious and carried by his buddies and woke up in a hospital in Vichey France. By the time he got out, the war was over. Somehow he dodged all the shells and bullets sent his way, survived near starvation and the nonstop noise of shelling; being gassed and dealt with not taking his shoes off for 45 days.

Henry and all those who served in WWI simply did what they committed to do when they signed up. It was heroic action from which the entire world still benefits. Henry’s story has a happy ending although his war injuries eventually left his legs paralyzed in the early 1960s.

He farmed land in Iowa, married, had children and grandchildren. He and Estella moved into town when Henry had to start using a wheelchair but that didn’t stop him from gardening and a “gardening” wheelchair was made for his use in vegetable gardening.

Thank you for creating this website and providing a venue whereby stories like this can be told, shared and never forgotten.

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