Veterans' Memorial Project

Leo Joseph Mattingly

Champaign, IL

World War I

College: Engineering

Graduation Year: 1916

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Private

Date of Birth: 10/03/1895

Date of Death: 04/09/1918

Private Mattingly served with Company M, 23rd Engineers. He enlisted in December, 1917, in the engineering corps and went to Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, later going to Camp Meade, Maryland. He sailed for France in March, 1918, and died of influenza on his ship. His body was returned to Champaign where the University of Illinois held a large funeral in his honor as the first U of I graduate to die in the war. He is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Champaign, IL.

– submitted by Peggy O’Connor, great niece, and information from Illinois Alumni News, May, 1918, and University and public records

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