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Hamline Student Who Served in World War I Honored


This Veterans Day, November 11, 2018, is the 100th Anniversary of the end of the first World War.

During that war, thirty-six men from Hamline were selected for an ambulance unit and they served in France. One of those men was Sergeant First Class Warren Gammell. In October 1918, the ambulance he was driving with another Hamline student, Private First Class Glenn Donaldson, took fire from German artillery. Both men died as a result of the attack.

In October 2018, Gammell, was named to the Court of Honor on the grounds of the Minnesota Military History Museum at Camp Ripley. He was nominated by military historian and retired Minnesota National Guard officer, Jack Johnson.

Johnson thought Gammell deserved placement on the Court of Honor because of his distinguished record of service and his posthumously awarded Army's Distinguished Service Cross, which is second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism.

With his induction SFC Gammell joins Donaldson in the Court of Honor. It is unclear why Gammell had not been included previously. Had it not been for Johnson, the award for Gammell may not have happened.

Gammell’s family could not be located so Johnson accepted the award on their behalf during the public induction ceremony at Camp Ripley. A plaque and pendant, which normally would have gone to the family, was presented to the VFW Post of Madison, MN, Gammell's hometown.


Photo from Minnesota Military Museum and Library

Written by staff