Pvt. David H. Steely was born in
Corsicana on March 9, 1887, and was
educated in the Corsicana public schools. Entered the service
of the U. S. Army July 23, 1918. Was assigned to the 34th
Division, Battery A, 127th Field Artillery, and trained at Camp
Cody, New Mexico. Went overseas in September, 1918.
Contracted pneumonia on the way over and was started back on the
Empress Britain and died on the high seas on the 6th of December.
He gave his life to his country just as surely as did the men who
fell in battle and he is entitled to all the honor of having made
the supreme sacrifice. His remains were sent to his home in
Corsicana and buried there.
History of Texas World War Heroes
Sickness in England
Mrs. Dave Steely received a letter from her
husband yesterday, dated Oct. 31, written from Liverpool, England,
telling her that he was just able to sit up after a long attack of
pneumonia, which attacked him while aboard ship on his way to
France. He was put off the ship sick and taken to the hospital and
has been there since.
Mar 9, 1887 - Dec 6, 1918
A Few Brief Facts Concerning The Navarro County Boys Who Made
The Supreme Sacrifice Following is a list of the boys from Navarro
county who made the supreme sacrifice during the world war, whether
being killed on the battlefield or dying of disease in France or at
the various army camps throughout the country. After untiring work
this list has been compiled and is believed to be correct:
DAVID HUBBARD STEELY—Died of disease. Died at sea, December
6th, 1918. Trained at Camp Travis, Texas and Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Entered the service July 23d, 1918. Aged 31 years. Was a private.
Body buried in Oakwood
Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas. Was married. Left a wife. Belonged
to Battery A, 127th Field Artillery. Address of deceased, Corsicana,
Texas. Mother, Mrs. Matilda Steely, Corsicana, Texas.