News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 28, 2013

Genealogy: Vigo County Gold Star Honor Roll

Tamie Dehler
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — FamilySearch International recently announced “the release of significant new enhancements to its web services that allow visitors to collaboratively build their family tree online, preserve and share precious family photos and stories, and receive personal research assistance–all for free.”

The “Family Tree” and “Photos and Stories” features will allow users to add stories and photographs to enhance their family trees. Other applications will be an ancestor and descendant Fan Chart, a Family Tree Wizard tool, and a Live Help service. Visit for information.


Over the past few weeks, we have been featuring names from the Gold Star Honor Roll: those people from the Indiana counties of the Wabash Valley who perished in WWI. This week’s completes the listing for Vigo County.

The book, “Gold Star Honor Roll: A Record of Indiana Men and Women who Died in the Service of the United States and the Allied Nations in the World War, 1914-1918,” is a valuable resource for genealogists. The book is not only a tabulation of names but a listing of the person’s rank, his/her birth date and place of birth, parents’ names, date killed, where killed, cause of death, where interred, plus a short biographical sketch and a photo.

This book can be searched on Ancestry at If you have an e-reader, this is a free Google e-book and can be acquired at Or the entire book can be read on your computer or downloaded and saved as PDF file at the Allen County Public Library Archive website at


Vigo County Gold Star Honor Roll (part three):

Sanderson, John C., Corporal

Saunders, George L., Private

Sibbald, Andrew, Private

Smith, James Troy, Corporal

Soltis, Michael A., Private

Sparks, Grover D., Private

Staggs, Fred E., Corporal

Stein, Louis, Private

Stepp, Guy Allen, Corporal

Stewart, Edward Doyle, Private

Stewart, Thomas, Private

Stoner, Paul Abner, Private

Summers, Mathew Lee, Private

Taylor, Claude, Private

Teeters, Joseph C., Private

Tomboeken, Herman, Jr., Private

Travillion, William C., Private

Trueblood, Guy L., Private

Tryon, Lloyd, Private

Wells, Clyde H., Sergeant

Wood, Walter Henry, Private

Woolard, Russell Thomas, Private, Student Army Training Corps

Yeager, Curtis Leroy, Private