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Name: Lucius Gould McLauchlin Rank: Major Service: US Army Medical Corps, 313th US Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division, US Army Awards: Military Medal, Silver Star, Purple Heart Date of Birth: September 28, 1898 Place of Birth: Great Village, Colchester Co., Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: October 21, 1942 Place of Enlistment: Pennsylvania Address at Enlistment: Ashland, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania Age at Enlistment: 44 Occupation: Surgeon Marital Status: Married Next of Kin: Mrs. Emily McLauchlin (Wife) Date of Death: June 20, 1944 Age: 45 Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, USA Grave: Section 12, Site 4794 Lucius Gould McLauchlin was the son of Haliburton McLauchlin (1870-1945) and Jane Armstrong (Hill) McLauchlin (1872-1964). He had a sister Elsie Ruth (McLauchlin) Tower (1900-1999). His father was born in Colchester County, Nova Scotia. His mother was also born in Colchester Co., in Great Village. Lucius served Canada in the First World War (Service No. 530581). He served with the No. 9 Field Ambulance of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in England and France. He enlisted January 14, 1916, in Montréal; a student at the time. He arrived in England March 12, 1916, aboard the SS Scandinavian and transferred to France April 3, 1916. He sailed for Canada on His Majesty’s Transport Caronia on June 25, 1919, and was discharged at Halifax on July 10, 1919. He was awarded the Military Medal August 8, 1919. Lucius was the husband of Emily (Hanburger) McLauchlin (b. 1906). They were married June 28, 1930, in Pennsylvania. Prior to WWII, Lucius was employed as the compensation surgeon for the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company prior to the war and was appointed a Captain in the US Army Medical Corps October 21, 1942. He served as the Regimental Surgeon for the 313th US Infantry Regiment in the 79th Infantry Division. Major Lucius Gould McLauchlin’s fate is detailed in the Mount Carmel Item newspaper publication from Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania on August 1, 1944: Ashland Major Dies of Wounds on French Soil - Major L. G. McLauchlin, 46, Ashland doctor In the US Army Medical Corps, who yesterday was reported as having been wounded Juno 20 in France, died of his injuries, according to a letter received today by his wife from another officer named Moore, a close friend who had been serving with him overseas. A veteran of World War I as well as of the present conflict, Major McLauchlin, the letter from Major Moore said, received his wounds while helping to take care of casualties which had resulted when a small Allied detachment had been cut off from a main force. An enemy tank came up, from behind, and the Ashland physician was hit on the left side of his chest by fire. Major Moore related that he later saw Major McLauchlin at a clearing station and that the wounded officer appeared to be in good condition. A short time afterward, he learned that his friend had been taken to an evacuation hospital and then died on the beach before he could be returned to England. Moore went on to mention in the letter that he and other associates found It hard to believe that Major McLauchlin had died. They made a visit to the section and they were shown his grave at St. Mere Église. Moore and the others planned a service which was held with a chaplain […] officiating. Major McLauchlin was a native of Nova Scotia. In World War I, he enlisted in 1916 and served overseas, in France where he was to give his life in another struggle some years later. Mustered out July, 1919, he entered McGill Medical College, Montreal, Canada, and, after finishing there, he served his internship at Montreal General Hospital. In 1927, Major McLauchlin became senior interne at Ashland State Hospital where he associated with the staff until 1930. He was married to Emily Hanburger, an Ashland girl, and opened his own office In Ashland. In October of 1942, the Ashland physician was commissioned a captain In the Army and he reported to duty November 3 of the same year. He was stationed at many camps throughout the United States. It was at Camp Phillips, Kansas, where he was promoted to the rank of Major. Since April he had been overseas. Major McLauchlin was a member of the National, Pennsylvania and Schuylkill County medical societies, the Ashland Board of Health, the Board of Governors of the Ashland Community Ambulance, the Presbyterian Church, the Masons, Williamsport Consistory, American Legion, the Elks, Ashland Gun and Country Club, Fountain Springs Country Club and one of the organizers of Civilian Defense activities in Ashland. Besides his widow, he leaves two young daughters, Mary Jane and Patricia Ann.” Lucius G. McLauchlin, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 79th Infantry Division during World War II. His biography in the Journal of the American Medical Association (October 7, 1944): Ashland, PA; McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Montreal, Que., Canada, 1924; served an internship at the Montreal General Hospital, and the Ashland State Hospital, where he was a resident physician and a member of the board of governors; served in France [for Canada] during World War I; compensation surgeon for the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company; commissioned a captain in the medical corps, Army of the United States, on Oct. 21, 1942; later promoted to major; died in the European area June 20, aged 45, of wounds received in action. His body was repatriated to the United States and he was interred at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia in Section 12. Section 12 (and Section 10) of Arlington are the primary burial locations of service members killed overseas and repatriated to the United States after WWII.
Lucius Gould McLauchlin
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