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1911, 1913
Date of Death:
February 16, 1918
School:
Columbia College, Mines, Engineering, and Chemistry (Engineering)
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Its amazing that 97 years after Newberry passed away in France our lives would by random chance cross paths. I found the letter sent to his "next of kin" by the American Legion on behalf of France inviting them to a ceremony in honor of all the U.S. soldiers which had died fighting for Frances freedom. France was presenting Memorial Certificates signed by the French President as a thank you. After reading the letter sent to his family I also found the actual certificate from France signed by their president. Both letter and certificate are in amazing condition considering the age. Both were found in a picture frame mounted behind a picture that has nothing to do with WW1, The American Legion or France. Needless to say I was shocked by the discovery and almost as shocked finding information about the soldier who was being honored. In an odd way I now feel a connetion to Newberry Holbrook. A name and face I never would have known if not for random chance. Thank you Newberry for fighting in a war and sacrificing your life so that 97 years later I am able to have the privilege of being a free American. I will honor and respect the certificate presented to your family by the president of France for your incomparable contribution to freedom everywhere.
- Trevor Kadletz