HENRY MUENZEN (Gorham Mfg. Co.)
ERNEST M. MUNROE (Julius Mamlock & Co.)
LAST TRIBUTE PAID
Two Young Men Who Made Supreme Sacrifice in World War Laid at Rest with Military Honors
Providence, R. I., July 30.–The last tributes were paid the past week to two young men associated with the manufacturing jewelry industry of this city who, as American soldiers, paid the supreme sacrifice overseas. Their bodies have been returned from France to find their final resting places in the homeland.
Former infantrymen, artillerymen and machine gunner comrades donned khaki again and formed the escort of honor to the military funeral services and later went to the cemeteries, where "Taps" was sounded for the last time for these Rhode Islanders whose names are enscrolled on the roll of fame.
Full military honors marked the funeral of Private Henry Muenzen, who at the time of his enlistment was employed by the Gorham Mfg. Co. He was a member of Company C, Machine Gun Battalion, Twenty-sixth Division, and his body was the first of the perished members of the unit to be returned from France. . He was a son of Mrs. Louise Muenzel, of 50 Dupont St., and died of pneumonia at a field hospital in Mouilly, France, shortly before the armistice was signed. His illness followed participation in several of the major engagements.
Members of Troop C. Rhode Island Cavalry, 45 members mounted under command of Lieut. Baird, and Sylvestre S. Payne Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, united in paying tribute to the dead soldier's memory. Symbolic of the dead soldier, a riderless horse was led behind the hearse by one of the cavalrymen. Rev. John F. Reardon conducted the funeral services at the Church of the Assumption and burial was at St. Ann's Cemetery, where Commander Harold L. Bailey and other officers conducted the committal services in accordance with the ritual of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Taps were sounded by Bugler Daniel Black, who was one of the dead man's instructors overseas.
Private Muenzel was born in Providence, Feb. 23, 1897, and was educated in the public schools and then entered the employ of the Gorham Mfg. Co. He joined Troop C of the Rhode Island Cavalry in the Spring of 1917, and remained with the outfit when it was changed to Company C, Machine Gun Battalion. He sailed for France, Oct. 3, 1917. Besides his mother he leaves five brothers and two sisters.
The funeral of Corp. Ernest M. Munroe. Battery A, One Hundred and Third Field Artillery, Twenty-sixth Division, was held at Calvary Baptist Church this city this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. M. F. Bratcher, assistant pastor, conducting the services. Burial was in the family lot in North Burial Ground. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Munroe of 85 Dartmouth Ave. and died in a hospital at Bar-le-duc, France, of bronchial pneumonia on Dec. 23, 1918.
Upon leaving school he had worked for several years with Julius Mamlock & Co., precious stones. He enlisted in May, 1917, as a private in Battery A and sailed with that unit in October of the same year as first class gunner. He was promoted to corporal overseas and made battery clerk. He was born in Providence, Sept. 23, 1892, and obtained his education in the Providence public schools, graduating from the Messer Street Grammar School and studying for one year at the Technical High School. Besides his parents, Corp. Munroe is survived by one sister. He was a member of What Cheer Lodge of Masons and Swarts Lodge of Odd Fellows.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 3rd August 1921