1918 – John L. Gavin Dies

On this date John L. Gavin was killed while leading his company’s horses to safety during the drive on Chateau Theirry near Fismes. Gavin was the only soldier from Cottage Grove killed during WWI. He left UW after his sophomore year and enlisted, joining Battery A of the 121st Heavy Field Artillery. He was known to be the unit’s best telephone man, repairing lines under extreme conditions in order to keep communication open with the front. The VFW post in Cottage Grove is named for John L. Gavin. [Source: by Resurrection Cemetery Committee of Historic Madison, p.206].