Willie Greer
Navarro County, Texas


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Willie Greer
Dec. 23, 1893 - Nov. 2, 1918

Willie was the son of William Henry and Martha “Mattie” Dodson (Ingram) Greer. He was born 23 Dec 1894 in Eureka, Texas. He was single, medium height and slender with gray eyes, farming in Eureka when he signed the Draft Registration card. He entered service on October 20, 1917 and was attached as a Corporal to Co D, 359th Infantry, 90th Division.
He trained at Camp Travis, Texas. In Apr 1918 he succeeded Corporal John W. Pittman as Laundry Orderly for the Company while at Camp Travis before going to the front in France.
He was fighting with the 1st Army, III Corps, 90th Division during the last 47 days of the battle of the Meuse Argonne when he was killed in action on 03 Nov 1918, just 9 days before armistice was declared. He was buried at Meuse, in the Verdun Sector.
His remains came to Corsicana over the Cotton Belt, from Hoboken, New Jersey on September 23, 1921 and were taken to Eureka on the 23rd. The funeral was held at his mother’s resident and burial was in the Eureka cemetery on Sep 25, 1921.

Willie Greer

The remains of the late Willie Greer, who was killed overseas during the world war, reached here last night over the Cotton Belt from Hoboken, New Jersey, and were taken to Eureka today.

The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon from the home of his widowed mother.

Willie Greer was killed in action November 2, 1918. He was 2g [sic] years of age at his death. His body was first buried at Meuse, in the Verdun sector. He was a corporal in Co. D, 359th Infantry, 90th Division. He entered the service October 20, 1917, and was trained at Camp Travis, Texas. His mother, Mrs. Mattie Greer, resides in the Eureka community.



Two Soldiers To Be Buried.

The remains of Willie Greer of Eureka, and of Robt. Jones of Corsicana, both of whom were killed overseas, will arrive here tonight.

The remains of Robert Jones will be buried tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock from the Sutherland undertaking parlors, and that of Greer will be buried at Eureka tomorrow afternoon at 5 o’clock.


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