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Britain, the USA–and Indiana, The Great War in Song


Samuel Woodfill’s Life: A Lecture

This study traces Sam Woodfill’s life from his birth in 1883 near Bryantsburg, IN to his burial as a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for WWI at Arlington Cemetery.

Military photo of Samuel WoodfillPraised as “Outstanding” by AEF commander General John Pershing1, Samuel Woodfill would be resoundingly praised as a hero following his return from Europe during World War I.  For his bravery and heroism, he would receive the Medal of Honor as well as numerous other military honors by European nations. 


Though Woodfill reportedly disliked publicity, Indiana’s war hero would receive no shortage of it as he met with presidents, was given a standing ovation in Congress, and was hand-picked to represent the Army’s infantry as pall bearer in the burial of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. 


Renowned for his incredible feats as a soldier and remarkable humility as a hero, the Outstanding Soldier of the World War was born and died a Hoosier.


1 “Pershing Terms Hoosier ‘Outstanding’ War Hero,” Garrett Clipper (Garrett, IN), Nov. 07, 1921, p8.

Project Details:

  • Sponsoring Entity: Dr. Robert Woodfill

  • County: Jefferson

  • Type: Individual

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Indiana World War I Centennial Committee


  • Co-Chairs
    Brig. Gen. Stewart Goodwin
    Indiana War Memorial
    Jim Brown
    Indiana Department of Veteran's Affairs

  • Vice Chair
    Jim Osborne
    Indiana Military Museum

Committee Members

  • Katherine Gould
  • Indiana State Museum
  • Gerald Hadley
    Indiana National Guard
  • Elizabeth Howard
    Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Dr. Dan Murphy
    Hanover College
  • Lauren Patton
    Indiana State Library
  • Johnathan Pickett
    Department of Indiana, American Legion
  • Jo Ann Remender
    Salvation Army
  • Dr. Kathleen A. Tobin
  • Indiana Association of Historians
  • Major Bob Webster
    Salvation Army


  • Marilyn Fernandez
    Indiana Archives and Records Administration
  • Jennifer Hodge
    Indiana Archives and Records Administration

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