PVT Willis Nusbaum
Record NO: (527)
Rank / Rate
PVT
War of Service
WWI
Date of birth
Oct. 1, 1895
Place of birth / home town
Bluffton
Family Members
Parents: Mr Daniel and Mrs Nusbaum Brother; Phares, Sisters: Jenny & Mary
High School
Enlistment Date
June 5, 1917
Branch
Army
Service Number
3090912
Unit / Ship / duty Station
Co. A 128th INF
Date of Casuality
Nov 10, 1918
Cause of Death or Status
KIA
Place of Incident
France
Place of Burial or Memorial
Arlington National
Awards
Purple Heart, WWI Victory Medal
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Nusbaum was killed in action on Sunday, Nov. 10, 1918. His death occurred during the third and final phase of the Meuse-Argon Offensive in northeastern France. At the time, Willis was serving with the American Expeditionary Forces, 118th Infantry, 32nd Division. Initially, Nusbaum served with Company A, 128th Infantry. Willis, along with many other United States soldiers, was buried in a temporary French cemetery. After World War I, the primary next of kin for each identifiable service member were notified and given three options in regard to a final resting place for their loved one. The first option was to have the deceased buried in a permanent American military cemetery in France free of charge. The second option was to have the deceased repatriated back to the United States for burial at any national cemetery free of charge. The third option was to have the deceased repatriated to the United Sates for burial in a local cemetery of the family’s choosing. The government would pay the cost for this option up to the amount it would cost for burial at a national cemetery. Because this process took a considerable amount of time — the identification of remains, contacting the families, waiting for the final decision and response — it wasn’t until 1920-‘21 that mass repatriation of service members back to the United States took place. During this time period, Arlington National Cemetery received nearly 5,000 individuals for interment. Nusbaum was one of these individuals. The interment date for Willis Nusbaum was Sept. 29, 1921 — almost three years after he was killed in France.