Monday, October 15, 2018
PVT Herman George Hodges
Likely drafted in May 1918, Herman was sent to Camp McClellan, Alabama and assigned to Machine Gun Company 116th Infantry. PVT Hodges and the 116th boarded the USS Finland in Hoboken, New Jersey and sailed for France on 15 Jun 1918. The ship docked in the port of Saint Nazaire, France on 28 Jun 1918. After going through trench warfare training with the rest of the 29th Division, the regiment went with the division into a "quiet" sector on the front lines. The 29th was part of a major offensive that kicked off on 8 Oct 1918 in the vicinity of Verdun. PVT Hodges was killed in action on 15 Oct 1918.
PVT Hodges was buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.
Paternal grandfather, Cullen Porter Hodges, served in Freeman's Regiment of Cavalry during the Civil War. Maternal grandfather, Thomas Perry Cypert also served in Freeman's Regiment and then in H Company 7th Arkansas Infantry. Great-grandfather Jesse Newton Cypert served in the War of 1812. 2x Great-grandfather Francis Cypert Jr. fought in the American Revolution.