Veterans' Memorial Project

George Philip Gustafson

Sycamore, IL

World War I

College: Commerce & Business Administration

Graduation Year: 1916

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Date of Birth: 12/08/1894

Date of Death: 06/04/1918

Lt. Gustafson attended First Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. After receiving his commission he was given orders to proceed overseas as part of the first group of Fort Sheridan officers to depart, sailing in September, 1917. After a short course of further study in France, Lt. Gustafson was assigned to Company B, 26th Infantry, First Division. While in combat near Belleau Woods, he suffered a heavy concentration of gas thrown by the Germans and died of the effects in Base Hospital No. 31, A.E.F. It is reported Lt. Gustafson was friends with Theodore Roosevelt and was in the battalion of Major Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

– taken from University of Illinois records and Web site above

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