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Our Post is named after two veterans from the Rochester area who were killed in service to their Country.
They are: 
 
Guy Whitlock, Served with CO M 3rd US INF. KILLED IN BATTLE IN SAN FERNANDO, PHILIPPINES near Maasin on 23/May/1889. AGE 28. He is Buried in High Forest in March 1900.
 
 
 
 
Carl Sonnenberg, who served with the 307th Infantry, 77th Division, and was killed in France 13 October 1918 during World War 1. He was buried in a mass grave on the battlefield where he died.  His name is listed on a wall of the missing in the Meuse-Argonne American cemetery

 

Rochester native, Carl J. Sonnenberg was killed in Meuse-Argonne offensive in France during World War l.  He was shot by a German Sniper near Vienne-Le Chateau, Marne on September 28, 1918.

Sonnenberg was a Pvt. in Co. G, 307thInfantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division.  He is memorialized on the "Wall of the Missing along with 953 other American Servicemen, at the U.S. Meuse-Argonne National Cemetery, Romagne, France.  He was buried in an "Isolated grave near Vienne-Le- Chateau and apparently his remains were never found later when the cemetery was established.  There are 14,246 Identified Servicemen buried at the National Cemetery.

Carl was the son of August H. and Emilie O. Sonnenberg. (German immigrants of the 1880s to Rochester). He was born June 4th, 1889, in Rochester, attended District 30, Olmsted Rural School in Cascade Township, Trinity Lutheran Parochial school, and Northrup school in Rochester.  He married Elsie Holt of Rochester on March 30th of 1918, they had no children.

Carl was working as an Auto Mechanic when he entered the Army draft on June 24th 1918. He was sent to Camp Lewis, Washington, where he trained for 6 weeks before being sent to France in August.  His two brothers also served in France.  Frederick in the 119thField Artillery, 32nd Infantry Division and Eckhardt in the 49thAero Squadron.

Frederick and Eckhardt served as officers in Post 1215 after it was formed in 1923 and named after Carl Sonnenberg and Guy Whitlock, who was killed at Baliaug, the Philippines, May 23, 1899. Their wives, Laverne and Anne, respectively, also served as officers in the Auxiliary.

A memorial Veterans Headstone for Carl Sonnenberg is in Lot 300, section 3, Oakwood Cemetery, Rochester, Minnesota.