Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The Cheyenne Leader for November 30, 1916: A National Guard Casualty
Only meriting a small entry at the bottom of the page, we learn on this day that Wyoming National Guardsman Pvt. Frank J. Harzog, who enlisted from Sheridan, died in Deming of encephalitis. He was to be buried at Ft. Bliss, so he wold never make it home.
Too often soldiers who die in peacetime are simply forgotten; their deaths not recognized as being in the service of the country. But they are. Indeed, the year after I was in basic training a solider who was in my training platoon, a National Guardsman from Nebraska, died in training in a vehicle accident. A Cold War death as sure as any other.