An emotional memorial to a World War I soldier in Woodlawn Cemetery

William J. Buhl, like so many of his fellow World War I heroes, died of disease, not combat wounds.

William J. Buhl, like so many of his fellow World War I heroes, died of disease, not combat wounds.

William J. Buhl
August 30, 1895 – November 2, 1918

William Buhl served in World War I and was one of the many American boys who gave his life to save the world for democracy.  Some soldiers die in combat, others of disease. All are heroes. 

A year after his death, two memorial notices appeared in the Baltimore Sun’s obituary pages.
 
Baltimore Sun
November 2, 1919  
In Memoriam 

In sad and loving remembrance of our beloved son and brother, PRIVATE WILLIAM J. BUHL, of Company B, Three Hundred and Tenth Supply Train, who died in Greivers, France, of broncho-pneumonia one year ago today, November 2, 1918, aged 23 years. 

Our thoughts today are over the sea; 
We picture a rough, wooden cross
Over the grave of a loved one who
Is far from us, and none but
God can know our loss. 
Sleep on, dear son and brother, life’s golden dawn; 
May we meet where all tears are wiped away, 
Where heartaches and sorrows are gone. 
A tear within a father’s eye, 
A mother’s broken heart, 
Can only tell the agony
How hard it is to part. 
He left a memory fair and sweet: 
Its fragrance can never die; 
His life was short, but still complete, 
When God called him above. 

BY HIS FATHER, MOTHER, BROTHERS AND SISTERS

In loving remembrance of my dear friend, Private William J. Buhl, of Co. B. 310th Supply Train, who died in France on November 2, 1918. 

BY HIS FRIEND, VIOLA OWENS