|1st Lieutenant Jouett F. Singleton
Company A, 5th Machine Gun Battalion
2nd Infantry Division
Died of Wounds: June 22, 1918
The image of the Lieutenant you see on the left is Jouett P.
Machine Gun Battalion. Singleton was killed in France on June 22, 1918
by a fragment of artillery shell. The hospital log described Singleton's
wound as a "Saporotomy sucking wound of chest and furrowed wound of
liver. Some blood in abdomen. Wound in liver packed. Packed below
liver." The complete war letters of Singleton will be included in the first
publication of the A.E.F. Memorial Project. The last line of the last letter
Singleton wrote foreshadowed his death, "They don't use trenches any
more it appears. The open grass is fine but it is bad because of lack of
protection from Artillery."
Research has revealed that Singleton was buried at La
Ferte-sous-Jouarre cemetery in France. Graves Registration Service
records have revealed communication between his family and the U.S.
Government on where his final resting place would be. On November
18th, 1921 his body was disinterred and moved to the Belleau Wood
Cemetery. Singleton's body was described as "badly decomposed,
recognition impossible." See below this section for an example of research
obtained about his burial at the National Archives.
In the decades following WWI, the United States government offered to
pay for the passage of mothers of killed soldiers, Gold Star Mothers, to
travel to France to visit the graves of their sons. Research conducted by
members of the A.E.F. Memorial Project also located Mrs. Singleton's
picture on her Gold Star Mothers identification from the 1930's. Move your
cursor over the image of Mrs. Singleton in 1898 with her two sons (Jouett
and his brother) at left to see the 1930's image.
The future display on Singleton will showcase the letters and research
from a variety of national and international sources.