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Large WWI KIA Memorial Bronze Photo Plaque
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A large bronze plaque, mounted on finished wood, by which a group of individuals memorialized their co-worker, who was killed in action in World War I. The plaque contains a photograph of the soldier in uniform and reads, in relief lettering, "In Memory of Our Associate and Coworker, Harry W. Schmalenberger, Who Died in France November 9, 1918." The bronze plaque is mounted on a finished wood base, on incised on the back of the wood base are the details. Harry Schmalenberger served in the 315th Infantry Regiment of the 79th Division. He was wounded in the Argonne Forest on November 7, 1918, and died of his wounds on November 9, only two days before the end of the war. The bronze plaque bears crossed infantry rifles below the photograph, and a metal gold star is mounted above the photograph. A chain was mounted to the reverse of the plaque for hanging. The overall size is approximately 9 by 11 3/4 inches. The wooden component of the memorial shows expected scuffs and scratches of a century of age, and at some point a bit of moisture got into the photo compartment and created a light stain that does not really effect the image at all. Overall the memorial plaque is exceptionally impressive, and it is a unique tribute to a fallen solider of the First World War. Harry must have been an exceptional young man for his co-workers to have gone to such lengths, and expense, to memorialize him in their workplace.