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American Battle Monuments Commission
Henry F. Peterson
Private, U.S. Army
363rd Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: California
Died: November 3, 1918
Buried at: Plot C Row 4 Grave 15
Flanders Field American Cemetery
December 5, 1918
Wounded Heroes Die In France (excerpt)
Died of Wounds – Henry Fred Peterson, son of Olaf F. Peterson, 688 Thirty-first Street, Oakland; Harold Wayne, 212 Woolsey Street, Berkeley.
Peterson was 29 years old, and the son of Mr. And Mrs. Olaf F. Peterson, 688 Thirty-first Street.He was unmarried and made his home with his parents.For twelve years prior to entering the Army in October 1917, he had been engaged in business with his father on Tenth Street.He was in training at Camp Lewis for about nine months.He was sent to France in June 1918, and assigned to Company K, 363rd Infantry, and was in much of the hardest fighting with the First American Army in the vicinity of Verdun until wounded.
The last letter received from him by his parents was dated October 19.He had escaped injury up to that time and mentioned being in excellent health and spirits, having nothing to complain about, and was apparently performing his tasks in helping drive back the Huns with enthusiasm.
Young Peterson was born and reared in Oakland, and was educated in the grammar and high schools.He was a member of the local lodge of Eagles.Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. L. Freitas, of Sacramento, and two brothers, Edwin Peterson, who is employed by the local traction company, and John Peterson, who is with the American forces in Siberia, a member of Company F, 31st Infantry.
San Francisco Examiner
December 2, 1918
Oakland Men Die in Battle (excerpt)
Ten East Bay Soldiers on Casualty Lists; Fred H. Peterson Dies of Wounds.
O. F. Peterson, an Oakland businessman residing at 681 Thirty-first Street, received a telegram yesterday from the War Department stating that his son, Fred. H. Peterson, had died of wounds on November 2.Before he entered the army in October 1917, young Peterson was engaged in business with his father.He was 29 years of age and is survived by his father and mother and sister, Mrs. L. Freitas of Sacramento.
List of Mothers and Widows of American Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines Entitled to Make a Pilgrimage to War Cemeteries in Europe, Government Printing Office, 1930
Name and address: Peterson, Mrs. Winfred, 688 31st Street, Oakland
Name of deceased: Peterson, Henry F.
Organization: Co. K, 363d Inf
Cemetery: Flanders Field
Desires pilgrimage: No
1930 Federal Census, Sacramento County, CA
Louis Freitas, head, M, W, age: 47, age at 1st marriage: 34, born: CA, father born: Portugal, mother born: Portugal, occupation: book binder
Minnie A. Freitas, wife, F, W, age: 42, age at 1st marriage: 29, born: CA, father born: Sweden, mother born: Ireland, occupation: none
1910 Federal Census, 715 Jefferson Street, Oakland, Alameda County, CA
Olaf Peterson, head, M, W, 56, age at 1st marriage: 24, born: Sweden, immigrated to U.S.: 1880, occupation: proprietor of saloon
Winifred Peterson, wife, F, W, 46, age at 1st marriage: 24, children: 4, born: Ireland, immigrated to U.S.: 1888(?)
Minnie Peterson, daughter, age: 22, born: CA, occupation: milliner
Fred Peterson, son, age: 20, born: CA, occupation: bar tender
John Peterson, son, age: 16, occupation: driver for Wood Ware Co.
Edwin Peterson, son, age: 13, occupation: none
California Death Index
Minnie A. Freitas, 11/05/1888, F, California, San Mateo, 05/12/1973, 571-20-1503, 84 years
Louis Joseph Freitas, 06/18/1882, Silveira, Freitas, M, California, Sacramento, 03/03/1957, 74 years
John A. Peterson, 04/03/1893, Tennyson, Peterson, M, California, Alameda, 07/03/1951, 558-01-0418, 58 years