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Addie Duffield

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Addie Duffield

"Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men."

General George S. Patton

Addie Duffield, son of William Anderson and Mary Jerusha [Mollohan] Duffield, was born February 19, 1893 in Calhoun County at Chloe, West Virginia. Like most of the people in Calhoun County at that time, William Duffield made his living as a farmer. As a young man, Addie worked on the family farm, helping his father with all the work. Duffield Home,
Calhoun County
Duffield Home, Calhoun County

William and
Jerusha Duffield Family
William and Mary Jerusha Duffield Family
On June 5, 1917, Addie registered for the World War I draft. According to his draft registration card, he was 24 years old, medium height and build, with blue eyes and black hair. He served as a private in Co. L, 30th Infantry, which was part of the 3rd Infantry Division.

In late September 1918, members of the 30th Infantry were preparing to participate in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which resulted in the final defeat of the German Army and the signing of an armistice on November 11, 1918. World War I
Victory Parade, Grantsville, November 1918
World War I Victory Parade
Grantsville, November 1918

Addie Duffield
Addie Duffield
While this offensive was getting underway, Addie Duffield was probably already ill from the influenza that killed him on September 26, 1918. The devastating influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 killed millions of people worldwide. Thousands of the US soldiers on the battlefields of Europe died as a result of the influenza instead of the weapons of the enemy.

Addie Duffield was buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne, France. He was survived by his mother Mary; brothers Curtis, Scott, and Thurman; and sisters Ettie Duffield Knotts, Bina Duffield Siers, Ursala Duffield Shawver, Osie Duffield Jarvis, and Elsa Duffield Criss. Grave marker of
Addie Duffield
Grave marker of
Addie Duffield
November 1918


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