I am writing in response to the article entitled “Time to Remember One of Prescott’s Original Hometown Heroes.” The article was in the Courier on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.
I became quite disturbed and sad when I read the following sentence in the first paragraph. “Prescott had many sons fighting in the war, with little or no incident.” How did you come to that conclusion and was there any research done?
I was the founder and the sole researcher for the All Veterans Memorial Plaque Update Project here in Prescott. I have a file on all 31 Yavapai WWI fallen soldiers of which eight are from Prescott.
These are the statistics as to how these eight brave, young servicemen died in WWI:
2 — were killed in action
2 — died from wounds received in action
1 — missing in action
1 — died of accident
2 — died of disease
Four of these soldiers were Prescott High School students. Two of these young men had families attend the monument’s plaque dedication in 2016 as the names of their relatives were finally added to the monument after 98 years.
The question is: Don’t we have eight WWI hometown heroes from the City of Prescott? These eight definitely did not die with little or no incident!