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Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

William “Bill” Willuweit

William “Bill” Willuweit The journey to William “Bill” Willuweit’s birthplace on this small homestead in Quinn, South Dakota, began in Europe, near the very countries he would one day return, laced in combat boots.1 His father, Gustav Willuweit, was a German who lived in the Ukraine. Around 1900, Gustav traveled across the Atlantic to Ellis Island. An ordained Lutheran minister, Gustav was an incredibly educated man. Even after he had left the libraries of the…

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Black Hills National Cemetery Stories

Jack Burson Lozier

Jack Burson Lozier Jack Burson Lozier was born the youngest of three on September 22, 1930, in the township of Braceville, Ohio, to Harvey and Florence Lozier. He was born at a time of hardship, in the first years of the Great Depression. Raised on a chicken farm, Jack and his family certainly faced the economic difficulties of living in this period of history. Farm families suffered more than others with their percent of received…

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Hot Springs National Cemetery Stories

Harry M. Krusee

Harry M. Krusee Harry M. Krusee was born Henry in New York City, New York, on October 5, 1840. When the young man turned sixteen years of age he decided to join the military, as many young men did at this time. He enlisted in July 1856, under his birth name of Henry, though he preferred to be called Harry.  He joined the New York Volunteers, Company E Artillery, as a bugler. In October of…

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Hot Springs National Cemetery Stories

Harry M. Krusee II

Harry M. Krusee II Harry M. Krusee II was born to Harry M. Krusee and Mary Octavia Krusee on January 22, 1877, at Ft. Lincoln, North Dakota. He would follow in the footsteps of his father and enlist in the military, serving in the US Volunteer Cavalry. He served during the Spanish American War with Company E., which Harry and his unit nicknamed “Grigsby’s Rough Riders,” so named for Theodore Roosevelt’s famous “Rough Riders.” During…

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Hot Springs National Cemetery Stories

Joseph Ellis

Joseph Ellis Joseph, better known as Jos, Ellis was welcomed into the world by his eleven siblings, his loving mother Julia Ellis, and his father, Reverend Harmon, in North Haven, Connecticut on October 6th, 1844. Shortly after his birth, his father left with Joseph’s older brother, Wilson. Jos’ grandmother had passed away leaving the Reverend an inheritance to invest in a small homestead out west. Wilson had always encouraged the Reverend to leave the east coast…