Benjamin Harrison Bloebaum was born 3-JAN-1889.  He lived at 1048 Jefferson Street in St. Charles MO.  Before joining the Army, he was a lawyer.  Benjamin went to University of Illinois in Urbana and was  a senior there in 1914.  His father was William Frederick Bloebaum (a former Postmaster) and mother was Anna Elizabeth Roth.  He had two brothers and one sister. 

Benjamin was an acting Sergeant in Company K, 12th Replacement Depot in the US Army.  He was sent to officers training at Fort McArthur Texas.  Benjamin became ill with the Spanish Flu in camp.  

More U.S. soldiers died from the 1918 flu than were killed in battle during the war. Forty percent of the U.S. Navy was hit with the flu, while 36 percent of the Army became ill, and troops moving around the world in crowded ships and trains helped to spread the killer virus. At the time, there were no effective drugs or vaccines to treat this killer flu strain. Citizens were ordered to wear masks, schools, theaters and businesses were shuttered and bodies piled up in makeshift morgues before the virus ended its deadly global march.  

Benjamin was admitted to the hospital on 10-OCT 1918 and succumbed to the Spanish flu on 14-OCT 1918.  The Army death certificate from the base Hospital at Camp McArthur Texas (near Waco) says Influenza and broncho pneumonia.  Benjamin was returned to St. Charles and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.  Benjamin was 29 years old and single. 

Benjamin Harrison Bloebaum is honored and remembered at the St. Charles County Veterans Museum. 

Please contact the St. Charles County Veterans Museum Oral History project at sccvetsmuseum@gmail.com or call 636-294-2657 for more information and lets’ talk. We want to hear from you because we know…Every Veteran has a story.