Marshalltown TImes-Republican Obituary

Marshalltown Times-Republican

14 June 1918

Sergt. Frank L. Glick, Eightieth Company, 6th Regiment, United States Marines, was the first Marshalltown boy to die in action in France since Marshalltown began to pour her contribution of young men into the great war. Glick’s death occurred presumably in the fighting near Chateau Thierry, where the Marines made a stand against the enemy that was heralded as one of the bravest and most spectacular since the American troops entered the struggle.

Sergt. Glick enlisted in Chicago on May 20, 1917 and landed in France on February 13, 1918. A recent letter to his uncle, L. C. Abbott, written in May and received her on June 8, told of being in the trenches. (Born Aug 21, 1893 Died 3 Jun 1918)


Impressive Ceremony for Frank Glick held at the Episcopal Church.

Impressive, but brief memorial services for Sergeant Frank L. Glick, the first Marshalltown boy killed in action in France, were held at St. Paul’s Church of which Glick was a member, Sunday morning by the rector, Rev. O.C. Fox. The church was entirely filled by members of the parish and by friends of the L. C. Abbott family, with whom Glick had made his home.  A section of the seats were reserved for employees of Abbott & Son, who attended in a body.

The church was prettily decorated with flowers and allied and American flags. At the entrance door large allied flags were placed and at either side stood William and Harry Gerhart of Camp Dodge.

The service consisted of a part of the regular church service and the singing of hymns, following which the Rev. Mr. Fox gave his sermon: “Victory on the Last Battlefield” taken from Job 42:5 “I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye seeth thee.”

By his supreme sacrifice, the speaker said, the young man had become a hero and that he realized God was with him in victory. The boys over there are coming to realize this fact more and more each day.

In conclusion, the pastor read the war song of the Marines, of which Glick was a member. The sounding of taps closed the service.

Preceding the service the organist, Mine Isabella Mitchem, played “Le Marsellaine,” and after the sermon “The Star Spangled Banner.” The audience joined in singing “America.”


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