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Red Hill Memorial - WW1 - Pennsylvania

   
Red Hill Memorial - WW1 - Pennsylvaniazoom
436 Main Street, Red Hill, PA 18076
Red Hill
PA
USA
18076

The Borough of Red Hill was not much different than most American towns that sent their young men off to fight in the war to end all wars. In the early part of the twentieth century the well noted industry of the town was cigar manufacturing.  What made Red Hill unique was its German Heritage.   A large percentage of the residence immigrated from the southern part of the German States and many of the boys coming from Red Hill spoke, at least a little, Pennsylvaniche Deutch (Pennsylvania German) or commonly called ‘Pennsylvania Dutch’,  a decided advantage during their military service ‘Over There’.   Also, considering the small population of the Borough at approximately 760, the recorded number of those that served totaled 37 men, about 5% of the population.   This included Charles Boyer and Charles Schuler who paid the ultimate price, never to return home to continue their lives and enjoy the fruits of their service.   Although the names of the 37 volunteers are known, little information has been uncovered as to their service records at this writing.   It is known that Edwin E. Zepp, a cigar maker by trade, and Robert Snyder, both took their training at Camp Meade, Maryland and served in Co. F, 314th Infantry, 79th Div., a unit that saw heavy fighting on the Western Front, ‘going over the top’ for the first time in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive on 26 September, 1918 and participating in action at Bois de Chenes, Moirey Crepoin, Hills 328 and 319 and Cote de Romagne ending on Monday, 11 November, 1918.   John N. Snyder of Co. I, also served with the 314th, 79th Div. as well as Charles L. Moyer, Headquarters Company, Regimental Band.

Slightly more information is known of Wilson Fillman originally of Third and Main Sts.  Fillman enlisted on 2 November, 1917 at Camp Mead, Maryland and trained at Camp Logan, near Houston, Texas, arriving in France on 23 April, 1918 joining up with the 5th Division near Chaumont and serving in Company L, 11th Infantry Regiment.  It is known he took part in the Saint-Mihiel and Meuse Argonne Offensives.  He was wounded on 10 November, 1918, one day prior to the Armistice.  Fillman returned to The States and was honorably discharged on 2 May, 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey.

Those who participated in the ‘War To End All Wars’ and are listed on the RED HILL monument are:

Harvey Boyer John Hillegass Charles Romeike Frank Snyder
Raymond Boyer John Kline John Schick Robert Snyder
Charles Boyer * John Maier Elwood Schaefer Amandus Specht
Irwin Brey Charles Moyer George Seasholtz Edwin Undercoffler
Jacob Faust Manoah Reiter Roger Seasholtz Grover Welker
Wilson Fillman Jesse Reiter Charles Shuler * Millard Wilfong
Fred Gebhart Frank Reiter Norman Smith Charles Yerger
Earl Gerlach Thomas Reiter John Snyder Edwin E. Zepp
Clifford Gerlach John Reiter Clarence Snyder Russell Ziegler
Harry Herbert      

* Made the Supreme Sacrifice

Paul Decker, Director
Historical Information
Red Hill Borough
46 West Fourth St.
Red Hill, PA  18976

Slightly more information is known of Wilson Fillman originally of Third and Main Sts.  Fillman enlisted on 2 November, 1917 at Camp Mead, Maryland and trained at Camp Logan, near Houston, Texas, arriving in France on 23 April, 1918 joining up with the 5th Division near Chaumont and serving in Company L, 11th Infantry Regiment. It is known he took part in the Saint-Mihiel and Meuse Argonne Offensives. He was wounded on 10 November, 1918 one day prior to the Armistice. Fillman returned to The States and was honorably discharged on 2 May, 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey. 

 
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