Post Commander: Bob Evans
District Commander: Roger Boeker
Post Address: 133 East Lakeside Street Madison, Wisconsin 53703
Post Telephone: 608-255-5955
Post Email: VFWPost1318@gmail.com or Commander at firstname.lastname@example.org
History of this Post: NAMESAKE BIOGRAPHY Marion Cranefield was born March 22, 1896 in Madison. His father Frederic [b. 1865 – d. 1939] was a professor at the University in horticulture. Marion’s mother was Laura Hinrichs Cranefield [b. 1866 – d. 1929]. The Cranefield family made their home at 304 North Orchard Street. Young Cranefield attended Madison High School, later to become Madison Central High. He graduated with his twin brother Paul in the class of 1914. Cranefield also had a brother Harold and a sister Laura [b. 1905 – d. 1979]. Marion Cranefield completed five semesters of University work before entering the service in Wisconsin’s National Guard. Cranefield enlisted as a private and was commissioned a second lieutenant at Camp Douglas. On July 31, 1917, Company G left for advanced training in Texas. Completing that training, the 127th Infantry of the 32nd Red Arrow Division headed for France. Lt. Cranefield was a platoon leader in Company G. On July 31, 1918, Lt. Cranefield led his platoon forward from Chateau Thierry, near Roncheres, France. Cranefield headed an assault on a hill in the Battle of Grimpettes Woods. Marion Cranefield was urging his men forward though severely wounded. He was killed by a head wound during this battle and, “He fell with his face toward the enemy”. Fifty men that were killed at the same time were buried together near the front in the American Cemetery Number 608 near Seringes et Nesles, France. Brother Harold, age 15, sent a telegram to Marion’s twin Paul in Army training for service in World War I. The telegram announced Marion’s death and continued, “Square the account Paul”. In the September 1918 issue of WISCONSIN HORTICULTURE, editor Frederic Cranefield eulogizes his son in part, “His blood cries, not for vengeance but for justice, and in the name of all those who sacrificed sons I ask that you do not falter in your determination that this Beast among nations [Germany] be forever rendered impotent to overturn civilization. … (the killed men) believed that the right is more precious than peace’, and each made of ‘his breast the bulwark and his blood the moat.’ ” Such were the patriotic words of a father, certainly in severe anguish during the month since his son’s death. In light of a twenty year perspective from World War II, how futile that effort was. In 1921, many American men were disinterred and brought home. The remains of Marion Cranefield were transported to Madison and reburied at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Lot 14, and Section 8 on July 31, 1921. Cranefield was shipped to training (1917), killed (1918) and reburied (1921) on July 31st. Brother Paul Cranefield served in World War I as well. He passed away at a VA Hospital in Illinois in 1944. His son, Paul Junior, moved to New York. Brother Harold relocated to Detroit. Sister Laura remained in Madison until her death here in 1979. Today, what is known of the Cranefield family is that some are located around Seattle, Washington.
Meeting Dates: 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the downstairs hall. Combined social time with Auxiliary begins at 6:00 p.m.
“Cranefield at the V”/Canteen Hours:
Saturday 1500-2300 hours