The Earl L. Stahl Collection
Digitized for the first time, the items in this collection were generously donated by Earl L. Stahl’s grandson Craig Bowers. The collection features Stahl’s dog tags, war medals, and photographs taken abroad in France.
A single, 27 year old carpenter living just outside Kirksville at the time of his enlistment, Stahl was a member of the 139th Infantry C Company within the historic 35 Division, known as the Sante Fe Division. Harry S. Truman and James Rieger also served in the 35th. Stahl participated in the Wesserling sector, the St. Mihiel sector, and the Verdun sector during his year of service. In a stroke of good fortune, Stahl was stricken with appendicitis just before the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and escaped the battlefield. He achieved the rank of corporal in April of 1919 and served abroad from April 28, 1918 to April 28, 1919.
The Earl L. Stahl Collection, Private Collection, Courtesy of Craig Bowers. Kirksville, Missouri.