Veterans' Memorial Project
Theodore Edmond Layden
World War I
Mr. Layden died from influenza while on a ship traveling to military service in France during World War I. Normally, persons who die during ship travel are buried at sea. However, because the skipper of the ship also died from the flu, no one gave orders for burial at sea. As a result, Mr. Layden’s body was preserved in a shipboard refrigeration unit and sent back to the United States. He is buried at Hoopeston, Illinois.
– submitted by Paul Layden, Hoopeston, Illinois, nephewSubmit additional information or comments