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World War I 1917-1919

Andrew and Frank J. DEITSCHEL

Second cousins once removed, nephews of the Schneider's, they were born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Their parents were born in Germany before they arrived in America in 1881. The brothers fought in France quite possibly against their German cousins and their parents former neighbors?

Leland Othneal 'Lee O' EIKENBERRY

Fifth cousin once removed, was an aviation pioneer from Carroll County, Indiana. Served from Howard County, Indiana. Uncle of Merle EIKENBERRY who ran the Eikenberry Funeral Home. Lee was friends with Eddie Rickenbacker, Capt. Jimmy Doolittle and Col. Roscoe Turner, with over 15,000 hours of flying in 32 years. A World War I pilot, he owned the first plane in Carroll County in 1920. He carried passengers and stage air shows at Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky fairs. He died November 17, 1970 age 77 years and is buried in Flora, Carroll County, Indiana. "The Indiana book of records, firsts, and fascinating facts" by Fred D. Cavinder states "was the first man to fly a plane with retractable landing gear." Also "was the greatest barnstorming pilot on record. He made 17,000 flights carrying 32,000 paid customers during the 1930's...also set a record in a Waco 3-place biplane by flying it 928 hours without an overhaul in an era when overhauls were required after 100 hours in the air." He also set the endurance record for keeping a Piper Cub aloft by a Hoosier set in Muncie circa 1925 keeping the plane aloft for 3 weeks by refueling with 5 gallon cans of fuel hoisted from a moving pickup truck. Buried in Flora, Carroll County, Indiana.

Cecil M. FOLLIS

First cousin once removed son of Arthur FOLLIS who was in the Spanish American War, Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana, belonged to the American Legion, was past master Rubecon Lodge No. 495 FAM Detroit, Michigan. He is buried in Falls Cemetery Wabash, Wabash County, Indiana.

Fred SNYDER (SCHNEIDER)

Granduncle was in the U.S. Navy not sure if he was in W.W.I., he died in 1922. Buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.

Peter SCHNEIDER

Granduncle, brother of Fred SNYDER, died January 20, 1935 a Chief Boatswain Mate buried in the Arlington National Cemetery section 17 in Northampton County, Virginia. His tombstone photo is on Find-A-Grave after I requested in spring 2010 that someone take his tombstone photos.

Last Surviving World War I Veterans listed by Country

Harry Patch, the Last of Britain’s Army Veterans of World War I, Is Dead at 111

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