"Claude Kruse died September 27, 1918, with honor serving his country"
There is one BIG problem...he lived to be 73 years old!
August 19, 1950 - Jake (Claude) & Ruth Kruse on vacation in Chicago, Illinois, during Ruth's birthday
Fortunately the granddaughter was told at least some of this story...just think if she had not been told and this information would not have gotten to me for use in the
Veterans' book...I may have run across records that showed Claude had died and then never would have looked further to actually find out he had survived.
To make things more complicated he later changed his name to Claus and then went by Jake, so even if I had found him I might have not realized that Claude & Claus/Jake were one in the same person.
This is why more Manning connected living Veterans need to come forward so I can get their stories recorded as accurately as possible before all of their information is lost.
I have run into other recorded errors about Manning Veterans...Ralph Hagedorn's discharge papers had a wrong medal and wrong mission listed on his discharge papers.
Fortunately I found his copy that he corrected, otherwise if I would have gotten a copy from the county courthouse, I would have used the wrong information for his write-up.