Died September 7 or 8, 1918, age 25, killed in action south of the
Aisne River, France.
George Devoe was born July 27, 1893, in Millbury, one of the seven
children of William and Mary (Leary) Devoe. At the time he registered
for military service, on June 5, 1917, the slender 23-year-old Devoe
was employed as a weaver by P.H. Walsh in Holden.
On February 26, 1918, Devoe traveled to Camp Devens to become
part of the 151st Depot Brigade, and was later transferred to Camp
Upton on Long Island, some 60 miles east of New York City, where
he joined the 306th Infantry Regiment.
On April 6, 1918, Devoe’s unit was sent to France. By August, the
306th Regiment was engaged in a series of skirmishes and battles
with German forces south of the Vesle River, which lies between the
cities of Soissons and Reims northeast of Paris. In early September,
Americans crossed the Vesle, and took up positions south of
Vauxcéré. Over the next two days, they fought a series of battles with
the Germans, during one of which Devoe was killed in action.
On October 3, 1918, his parents received a telegram informing them
that their son had been killed in action on September 7. The
regimental history lists his death as occurring on September 8. He is
buried in St. Brigid’s Cemetery in Millbury.