JOHN F. DERBY AMERICAN LEGION POST #43

THE FRONTENAC AMERICAN LEGION POST 43 IS PROUDLY NAMED IN HONOR OF:

JOHN F. DERBY

JOHN F. DERBY, PRIVATE 1ST CLASS. WAS INDUCTED INTO THE U.S. (NATIONAL ARMY) ON OCTOBER 2, 1917 AND WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE SEPTEMBER 30, 1918

JOHN F. DERBY WAS THE FIRST SOLDIER FROM FRONTENAC THAT WAS KILLED IN ACTION DURING WWI.

PRIVATE DERBY SERVED WITH Co. F 353RD INFANTRY, 89TH DIVISION AS A WAGONER. PRIVATE DERBY WAS PART OF THE MEUSE-ARGONNE OFFENSIVE THAT SUCCEEDED IN PUSHING THE GERMANS OUT OF FRANCE.

THAT VICTORY CAME AT A VERY HIGH PRICE. 1,200,000 AMERICANS FOUGHT IN THE BATTLE OF THE MEUSE-AGRONNE AND ABOUT ONE OF EVERY 10 WAS KILLED OR WOUNDED.

PRIVATE DERBY WAS KILLED ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1918 BUT HIS GRAVE WAS NOT DISCOVERED UNTIL SEVEN YEARS LATER, AUGUST 1925.

MEMBERS OF FRONTENAC AMERICAN LEGION POST 43 WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL FOR PRIVATE JOHN F. DERBY GIVING OF HIS LIFE FOR OUR FREEDOM!

Private John F. Derby