Famous Lasts The Last Soldier Killed in World War I
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THE LAST SOLDIER KILLED IN WORLD WAR I
There are two candidates for the title of "the last soldier killed in W.W. I." It depends on when the war ended. The official end of the shooting was supposed to coincide with the signing of the armistice at 11:00 A.M. on Nov. 11, 1918. Pvt. Henry Gunther of Baltimore, Md., was with Company A, 313th Infantry, 79th Division of the U.S. Army as it advanced upon Metz near the German border. Gunther's platoon ran into an ambush. Enraged by the enemy machine-gun fire, Gunther charged the German position with fixed bayonet. At the very moment that a messenger arrived with word that the war was ending at 11:00 A.M., Gunther was shot through the left temple and left side, at 11:01. General Pershing's order of the day named him as the last American killed in the war. Posthumously, he received the Distinguished Service Cross. However, if Gunther was killed after hostilities had ended, then the last soldier killed in the war was Pvt. G. E. Ellison of the 5th Royal Irish Lancers, who was shot to death about five seconds before 11:00 A.M. The third-to-last soldier killed in W.W. I was Pvt. G. I. Prince, a Canadian, who died in action at 10:58.
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