SOLDIER’S BODY IS ON WAY HERE-- REMAINS OF ORLIE McDANIEL TO ARRIVE TOMORROW OR FRIDAY – PASSED IN ARGONNE –Died Month Before Armistice, After Serving 16 Months Overseas With First Division.**********
The body of Orlie McDaniel, New Castle soldier who lost his life in the Argonne, has arrived in this country and is now en route here from New York City, according the message received last evening by his mother, Mrs. Frank Foust, living on the Hagerstown pike east of the city.The remains are expected to arrive tomorrow or Friday, having left New York at 1:05 o’clock this afternoon.
McDaniel, who was with the First Division, died in a front line hospital on October 7, 1918, after having been gassed in an attack by the Germans in the Argonne on October 2.His body was laid to rest at that time in the Meuse Cemetery in France but is now being brought to its final resting place here.
The funeral and burial ceremonies will be held here with the Howard R. Smith post of the American Legion in charge and full military honors will be accorded the dead hero.Plans for the ceremonies cannot be completed until the remains arrive.However, it is known that it will be held at the United Brethren church and intermentwill be made in the mausoleum at Southmound cemetery.
Over 16 months.
McDaniel’s death came after sixteen months of heroic service with the United States signal corps in France.McDaniel was with the First Division, a regular army unit, which was the first to go into action.He was in a headquarters but on active duty at the time he was fatally gassed.He lived only five days after receiving the injuries.
He enlisted from here on March of 1917, a little over a month before the United States officially entered the conflict but at a time when war seemed certain.He received his training at Camp Harry Jones, Douglas, Ariz., and went across with the First Division in June, 1917.
McDaniel was well known about Newcastle, having lived here all of his life and having attended school here.He is survived by both his mother, Mrs. Foust, and his father, Lee McDaniel, also of this city. In case the body arrives here at the time expected, the funeral will probably be held either Saturday or Sunday.
********Source:Orlie McDaniel, Obituary, The New Castle Courier, New Castle, Indiana, Wednesday Evening, September 28, 1921, page 1, column 1, microfilm record, Henry County Public Library, 376 South 15th Street, New Castle, Indiana47362, (765)529-0362.