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Title Sergeant Kurt Graf
Catalog Number P1935.19.3
Accession number 1647
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Gelatin print on cardstock of Sergeant Kurt Graf.
Date 1917-1917
Event World War I
People Graf, Kurt
Subjects Portrait photographs
World War I
2nd Wisconsin National Guard
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Photographer Matschi, John T.
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Collection Richard Procknow
Catalog date 2005-04-22
Cataloged by Cross, Scott
Medium Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Full standing view of Sergeant Kurt Graf. He wears a Model 1902 Tunic with sergeant's chevrons on the sleeve; collar disks and garrison hat. He is standing in front of a conical tent.
Kurt Graf was born on the family farm in the Town of Algoma on January 20, 1892, the son of Swiss immigrants, Henry and Bertha Graf. He enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard on March 1, 1914. On August 9, 1917 he was assigned with Company F, to Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division. He was appointed Sergeant on August 15, 1917 and Stable Sergeant on August 11, 1917. He was killed in action on July 28, 1918 from shrapnel wounds to the chest. He was buried at Chateua de le Foret. A bridge south of Oshkosh in the Town of Black Wolf was dedicated to his memory with a bronze plaque and bas relief memorial column on August 1, 1920.

Graf is buried in the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery is near the small French village of Seringes-et-Nesles, which is under the care and responsibility of the American Battle Monuments Commission. Kurt Graf rests in Plot A, Row 8, Grave 18.
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