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Talmage Edward Dawson

Submitted by: Brian Paul Kaess {Maternal Grandson}


2021 No Photo Available imageTalmage Edward Dawson born around 1895. Talmage Dawson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Pfc. Talmage Edward Dawson, b. abt Oct 9, 1894/95 in Topeka, Kansas, d. May 1 1974, Northbrook, IL.

Married many times. 1st marriage to Mabel Lillian Atchinson (1895-1983), divorced from Mabel on March 20 1924, 2nd marriage to Sadie Huseman, one daughter: Wanda Lou Dawson. Widower in 1935. 3rd & 4th marriage to Margaret Jane Swartz- one of these on Dec 11 1952 in Cook County, Illinois. This may have been their 2nd marriage. One Daughter: Marie Ellen Dawson.

Margaret Jane Swartz, says she married Talmage Dawson twice and divorced him twice. Talmage was a native of Kansas. Worked as a Typographer for the Pittsburg Kansan, a Kansas newspaper. He is also mentioned as a linotype operator in other sources. Jeanene M. Forshey jokingly says that Wanda Lou Dawson, her Mother, thought Talmage looked like the ‘Duke of Windsor.’

Registered for the Draft for WW1 in Crawford County, Kansas, on June 5 1917. He tried to gain an exemption from the Draft but failed because he married too late. Served in the U.S. Army in WW1 on the West Front in France. Enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 28 1918 and was Honorably discharged on Jun 8 1919.

Served in HQ's Co, 351st Infantry Regiment, 176th Infantry Brigade, 88th Division. Talmage name appears on a roster of the 88th Division. Saw action in Haute Alsace Sector. His regiment was attacked at Schonholz Woods at night (during Fog). Entitled to wear a gold war service decoration. A 'Clover' Medal was designed specifically for the Division.

Talmage was a Member of American Legion Cary Post in Eskridge, Kansas, in 1920. Also, Talmage’s middle name was confirmed as Edward by a 1942 WWII Draft Registration.

Margaret Jane Swartz said he suffered from ’shell- shock.’ 

He died on May 1 1974. Cause of death was Carcinoma of the Esophagus. The funeral home was Hanekamp Funeral Home in Glenview, Illinois. On May 3 1974, Talmage E Dawson was buried in Archer Woods Cemetery in Willow Springs, Illinois. 

His letters are published at Our Military Heritage at Allen County Public Library, WWI section.

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