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100 years ago today, Bessemer soldier died on first day of war

 

September 26, 2018

Ralph Ansami/Daily Globe

DAN OBRADOVICH, of Wakefield, stands next to the grave of Peter Gedda, of Bessemer, who was killed in World War I exactly 100 years ago today.

By RALPH ANSAMI

ransami@yourdailyglobe.com

BESSEMER - REQUIESCAIT IN PACE (rest in peace) is engraved in Latin on the bottom of a prominent tombstone in Bessemer's Hillcrest Cemetery, where the city's first recognized war hero lies.

Corp. Peter Gedda, of the U.S. Army's Fourth Infantry Division, 39th Infantry Regiment, Company D, died 100 years ago today in France in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. It turned out to be an extended battle which helped bring an end to World War I for France and the Allied Forces against the Germans.

Although the offensive was carried on for two months, Gedda was...



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