Thursday, February 03, 2005

Last WWI Veteran Dies in Illinois

I just got to the local section of the Southern Illinoisan today and they have a story on Warren V. Hileman who died Sunday at the age of 103 at the Anna State Veterans Home.

Hileman was believed to be the last veteran of the Great War still living in Illinois. He served not in Europe as most might expect, but in Siberia in the often-forgotten campaign against the Bolsheviks.

He saw action at Posolskaya, not against the Red Army, but when the Cossack leader Semanov opened fire on boxcars of sleeping doughboys.

Hileman was part of the 27th Infantry which earned the nicknamed "Wolfhounds" during their time in Russia.

The National Archives's website has a good article on the reasons for American intervention and the activities of the American Expeidionary Force entitled "Guarding the Railroad: Taming the Cossacks."


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