Veterans' Memorial Project

Otto Staeheli

Chicago, IL

World War I

College: Liberal Arts & Sciences

Graduation Year: Attended 1912

Service Branch: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Date of Birth: 03/26/1892

Date of Death: 10/12/1918

Lt. Staeheli served with Company K, 7th Infantry, Third Division. He served 2 years with the Illinois National Guard, then was admitted to the Second Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, and assigned to the 17th Company. He then sailed overseas on December 14, 1917, and arrived in France where he was assigned further study and training at A.E.F. schools, Langres, and later sent to British school. He was then assigned to the 7th Infantry where he was killed while assisting a wounded German in the vicinity of Hill 272, north of Verdun. Lt. Steaheli was instantly killed by machine gun fire. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery.

-taken from Web site above and University of Illinois records

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