Rev. Tom Carver to Speak to UMM about Veteran Great-Grandfather
This year will be the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day which preceded Veteran’s Day.
Rev. Tom Carver will be speak to UMM on Saturday, November 10, 2018, about his great grandfather, Fred D. Lee, who was a member of Edmond First and died in World War I. Carver’s grandmother was born here in Edmond and great grandfather Lee never got to see his daughter (Carver’s grandmother). Both veteran Lee and his daughter were Edmond First United Methodist Church members.
Sergeant Fred D. Lee, Company B, 342nd Machine Gun Battalion, American Expeditionary Forces, had a long title, but unfortunately his story is much shorter. Fred D. Lee proposed to Sina Juanita Angerman and they were young and married in August 1917. In October 1917, Fred was drafted into the Army. Sina Juanita became pregnant and their child was born in May 1918. Fred did not see his daughter as he had been shipped out to France.
Sergeant Lee (Fred) was wounded by a German Artillery shell on November 1, 1918. Fred sent a letter to his wife and daughter on November 9, 1918. But before that letter was received, wife Sina Juanita was informed of Fred’s death on November 12, 1918. Fred never got to see his daughter, Mona Katherine, the grandmother of our speaker at UMM Saturday, Rev. Tom Carver.
Armistice Day is celebrated every year on 11 November to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiegne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.
Twenty million people died in World War I, including Sergeant Fred D. Lee, the great-grandfather of our UMM speaker Saturday, November 10. Come hear Rev. Tom Carver’s compelling story in the CAC at 8 am, as we enjoy fun, fellowship, and a delicious breakfast together.