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Five years ago, Terry Krautwurst,
whoatone time lived inLeRoy,came
to the Historical Society to research
hisgrandfather,StanleyCrocker,who
fought inWorldWar I. As Terry tells
thestory,henever imagined that this
rather simple request for informa-
tionwouldpropel himonafive-year
odyssey,which is still unraveling. Al-
thoughStanleyCrocker survived the
war, Terry noticed that the Genesee
County honor rolls of soldiers who
died in “The War to End All Wars”
were inconsistent.
“Someof thosediscrepancieswere
understandable - - it’snot surprising,
for example, that a list of casualties
published early in the war would
have fewer names than one pub-
lished later. Nor is it inconceivable
that anameor twomighthavebeen
overlookedor inadvertentlydropped
on anygiven list.“ Frustratedby the
discrepancies, Terry decided to set
the records straight. This led to five
yearsof intense researchwhich took
him to theNationalMilitaryArchives
Center inSt. Louis,Missouri. Afire at
the facility destroyed large portions
of the records,but luckily the records
hewas looking for survived.
Terry has given the Historical So-
ciety his research pertaining to the
twelve LeRoyans who paid the ulti-
mate sacrifice in the service of their
countryduringWorldWar I.Terrycon-
tinues to gather information about
the other people from Genesee
County, and that information will ul-
timately be placedwith theGenesee
CountyHistorian inBatavia.
Terry includes a note to the fami-
lies: “A sincere attempt has been
made topresent, towhatever extent
is possible, an accurate portrayal of
each person profiled here. ...Piec-
ing history together from scattered
bits of information often requires
educated guessing, and always re-
quires obsessive attention to detail
and accuracy. If younotice instances
in which I have failed on either ac-
count, please contact me and I will
make corrections.” In themeantime,
we are looking for information that
will lead to relatives or descendants
of these people and we will add to
Terry’s research. Perhaps someday,
Terrywill publishabook.
The list of twelve LeRoyans in-
cludes some very familiar names.
GeorgeK.BottsandLeoA.Fioritoare
memorialized by the Botts-Fiorito
American Legion Post #576. Percy A.
Luttrell was the namesake of Post #
355Veteransof ForeignWars.
George Botts
was a Private in
Company G, 7th Infantry, 3rd Divi-
sion.Hewaskilled inactionnearFos-
soy, France on July 15, 1918 at the
age of 23. He is buried in the Oise-
Aisne American Cemetery in Fere-
en-Tardenois,France.
Leo Fiorito
was a Private in
Company I, 108th Infantry, 27th
Division. He died of wounds near
Poperinghe, Belgium, August 25,
1918at theageof25.Hisbodywas
returned toLeRoyandhe isburied
inSt.FrancisCemetery.
Errol D. Crittenden
was a Private,
HQ Company, 312th Engineers, 87th
Division. He died of pneumonia at
Camp Grange-Neuve, Bordeaux,
France,onOctober15,1918attheage
of 31. He grew up in LeRoy on Lake
Road near Fort Hill. In 1911 or early
1912, he moved to Idaho and took
coursesat theUniversityof Idahoand
worked for theU.S.Forest Service.
While home in LeRoy, he regis-
tered for thedraft inBataviaandwas
called for service in1918. InSeptem-
ber he was assigned to Services of
Supply in France but died a month
later.Hewasoriginally interred in the
AmericanExpeditionaryForcesCem-
etery inCarbon-Blanc,but in1920his
bodywas returned to LeRoy and he
wasburiedatMachpelahCemetery
Thomas Illes
wasaPrivate inCom-
pany 6, 74th New York Infantry. He
was the first soldier from Genesee
County to die in service after the
United States entered the war on
April 6,1917.He registeredon June5,
1917and twoweeks laterheenlisted
in the National guard in Buffalo. On
July 15, all the National Guard units
were called into federal service. At
the end of August his unit was or-
dered to prepare to move to Camp
Wadsworth inSouthCarolina,butbe-
fore leaving Buffalo, Illes was struck
by a trolley car and was so badly
injured that he diedwithinminutes.
He isburiedatMachpelahCemetery.
Edward Kane
was a Private in
Company B, 59th Infantry, 4th Divi-
sion. (Terry Krautworst notes that
therearemanydifferent spellingsof
Kane ie. Kain, Cain, Caine, etc.which
made it difficult to tracehis records.
However, Terry is confident that he
has sorted through the various re-
cords and has confirmed Edward
Kane’sservice.) EdwardKanediedof
pneumonia in a hospital at Aix-les-
Bains, France on November 9, 1918
at the age of 27. He is buried in St.
FrancisCemetery.
Percy Luttrell
was a Private in
Company A, 108th Infantry, 27th
Division. Luttrell was wounded in
the leg and was in a hospital in
Rouen for “about a week”when he
succumbed to pneumonia on No-
vember 4, 1918.Thewar endedone
week later. In1936, twenty-five area
veterans formed the Percy A. Lut-
trell Post # 355 Veterans of Foreign
Wars. The organization was active
through the early 1970s. He is bur-
ied in the Somme American Cem-
etery,Bony,France.
PatrickMolyneaux
was a Private
inCompany A, 59th Infantry, 4thDi-
vision. He was killed in action near
the Bois de Brieulles, France, Sep-
tember 30,1918at theageof 29.He
was born in Ireland and emigrated
to theUnitedStates in1908.He and
his brother lived at 13Maple Street
andheworkedon the railroad.
WhenPatrickwas selected inFeb-
ruary1918asamemberofGenesee
County’s fourth draft contingent,
he was one of sevenwhowere in-
ducted directly into the infantry at
Camp Greene, in Charlotte, North
Carolina.Of the sevenwho left Bat-
avia for Camp Greene on March 4,
1918, three lost their lives fighting
with the4thDivision’s59th Infantry.
There is some question about ex-
actlywhenandwherehewaskilled.
His body remains in Romagne,
France in the Meuse-Argonnne
AmericanCemetery.
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