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Otto Calvin MAXSON

Male 1918 - 1941  (23 years)


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  • Name Otto Calvin MAXSON 
    Born 5 Apr 1918  Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1940  Greenbrier District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military (ENLISTED 1/6/1941)  [2, 3
    Pvt, Co H, 201st Infantry, US Army National Guard 
    Died 25 May 1941  Miletus (Salem), Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Cause: rheumatic fever, perforated stomach 
    Buried Big Isaac Cemetery, Big Isaac, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • Military news item submitted by his mother:

      "Pvt Otto Maxson, who died from the effects of exposure while serving in the United States Army, was born on April 5, 1918 on Middle Island Creek, in Doddridge County, West Virginia, and was reared on this farm until the time of his enlistment in the National Guard.

      He enlisted on January 1 (sic), 1941, and was transferred to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, Co H, 201st Infantry, on Jan 5, 1941. He received his training here and on the completion of his training period, they went out on maneuvers to Ft. McCoy in Wisconsin, and on this trip the exposure caused him to contract rheumatic fever. After he became ill, he was transferred back to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, where he was hospitalized for approximately 30 days, and then he was given a furlough and sent home. He arrived home on Sunday evening, May 22, and on May 25, 1941, he died from the effects of this disease.

      Pvt. Ray Corder, a cousin of Pvt Otto Maxson, was sent from Ft. Benjamin Harrison to represent the Army at this funeral. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of Salem, West Virginia, gave him a military funeral and fired the salute over the grave at the Big Isaac Cemetery."
    Person ID I79477  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2018 

    Father Alonzo L. "Lon" MAXSON,   b. 24 Jul 1878, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1948, Bristol, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Anna Belle CARDER,   b. 18 Aug 1880, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1957, Clarksburg, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 17 Sep 1905  Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F30377  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: rheumatic fever, perforated stomach - 25 May 1941 - Miletus (Salem), Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Big Isaac Cemetery, Big Isaac, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Documents
    79477_MAXSON_OttoCalvin_1918-1941_DeathCertificate.jpg
    79477_MAXSON_OttoCalvin_1918-1941_DeathCertificate.jpg

  • Sources 
    1. [S2569] West Virginia Births Index, 1853-1969 [database on-line], (Ancestry.com).

    2. [S2512] U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, (Ancestry.com and National Archives & Records Administration).

    3. [S2624] Military Grave Marker.

    4. [S2568] West Virginia Deaths Index, 1853-1973 [database on-line], (Ancestry.com).

    5. [S2550] Doddridge County Cemeteries, Vol. I, Donald Edward Ramage (1934-2016), (4117 Almaville Rd, Smyna TN 37167 (1988, rev. 1999)).