Charles Vere Neely

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NameCharles Vere Neely
Serial Number
Highest RankPrivate
Service BranchArmy
War/ActionWorld War I
Date of Birth
Place of BirthCheyenne County, Nebraska
Colorado Home TownGolden
Date of Death11/16/1918
Place of DeathPouilly, France
Place of BurialMeuse-Argonne American Cemetery (Romagne, France)
CircumstancesDied Of Wounds
BiographyOldest son of Civil War Corporal Calvin Neely and Ella M. Bliss Neely. Moved to Jefferson County in 1906 and lived at Golden, Fruitdale and Maple Grove. Left April 27, 1918 and sent to Camp Funston where he was assigned to 354th Infantry, 89th Division. Served as a runner for 1st Platoon in which he was bunkie and best friend of fellow runner George H. Ware. Died from wounds received at 10:10 a.m. just 50 minutes before armistice was signed when Boche 77 shell landed in midst of his company while at rest beside sawmill just back of Pouilly, France, which killed 7 men including his commanding officer and wounded 21 others. Brother of Doris G. Neely and servicemen Chester C. and Harlan L. Neely. Described in "History of Western Nebraska and Its People" as "well and affectionately known all through Kimball county, for he had qualities that won him friends wherever he went." According to Ware in a letter sent to Harlan "A better buddy in every way, a more fearless soldier, a quicker and more dependable runner and a surer guide, than your brother, never lived." Neely Post #22, American Legion in Kimball, Nebraska named for him when formed in 1919.
InscriptionPanel: 2, Column: 1, Row: 21
Added to Database11/12/2006
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