Battle of St. Mihiel

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Battle of St. Mihiel

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | September 13, 2018

Sergeant Jacob Gorgoschlitz of Saint Paul, Minnesota, died on this date while leading the first wave of an attack of the German trenches in St. Mihiel, France. After coming over the first line trenches, he was shot in the forehead and died instantly. In a telegram that was received by his parents after his death by a friend in the military David Huxford, Gorgoschlitz predicted his own death before they had went into the attack.


"Gorgoschlitz, Jacob J." Minnesota Public Safety Commission. Gold Star Roll. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. 114.D.4.3B