MUNROE FALLS – History has not forgotten a soldier who died in the trenches of the Western Front in France 100 years ago. Neither has the Munroe Falls Historical Society.
On Oct. 8 at the Stow Cemetery where Pvt. Roger W. Moore is buried, the Munroe Falls Historical Society remembered a fallen soldier in a rededication ceremony.
Mr. Moore was born Aug. 9, 1895 and was described on his draft card as a farmhand of slender frame, medium height, light hair and blue eyes.
Mr. Moore, one of 22 children born to Henry Samuel and Martha Savilla Moore, served in Company F, 332nd Infantry Regiment from Sept. 22 until Nov. 9, 1917 and served in Italy as part of the 83rd Division; and then Supply Company 348th Infantry Regiment through June 11, 1918 where he served as a wagoner because of his experience handling a team of horses pulling a wagon, said U.S Army Veteran Sgt. Robert Sallaz.
After the Automatic Replacement Draft July 27,1918, Mr. Moore was transported to France and served as a rifleman in Company E, 23rd Infantry, part of Second Division until he was killed in action Oct. 8, 1918, in the trenches at the Western Front in France at the Meuse-Argonne Defensive Sector, the bloodiest battle of the U.S. military history. That battle claimed 26, 277 killed in action and more than 90,000 mortally wounded, he said.
Their patch was the Indian Head and motto "second to none," Sallaz said.
Mr. Moore was interred in American Cemetery in Romanya, France with 15,000 others, Sallaz said. His remains were shipped to Munroe Falls Jan. 26, 1921, and buried in the Stow Cemetery.
A wreath was laid by Robert Schweikert of Richfield, a great-nephew of Mr. Moore. His grave marker is nearest the road in a long line of Moore family members.
The Stow-Munroe Falls High School Brass Quintet, Julia Moxley, Jenson Kozar, Brian Walsh, Wyatt Martin and Nick Kusic performed patriotic music.
Stow-Munroe Falls High School speech and debate team member Brady MacPherson read "The Final Inspection."
MFHS members Barb Baltrinic and Sarah Hamlin unveiled a special exhibit of Pvt. Roger W. Moore with photographs and information that will be displayed in the museum. In addition flip books with WWI Ohio rolls and information on Camp Sherman near Chillicothe, the third largest training camp during WWI, will be added.
The museum will be open Oct. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. And members of the Historical Society will be present to answer questions.
On Nov. 18 the Civil War uniforms will be on display with a Civil War timeline and roster of Stow Township men who enlisted and their military history in a flip book.
For more information, go to the MFHS website at historicalsocietymunroefalls.weebly.com.
Reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at 330-541-9434 or firstname.lastname@example.org