PRIVATE SAMUEL J. REICHARD appears to have been born Samuel J. Reichert, in Austria-Hungary in June of 1897. He was the son of Jacob and Catherine Reichert of 1133 Louis Street in Camden NJ. The Reicherts had come to America from Austria-Hungary in 1912. Samuel J. Reichard was a member of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, New Jersey National Guard, and left Camden for Camp Edge, Sea Girt NJ on July 25, 1917.
Private Reichard went overseas as a member of Company G, 114th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division. This unit was part of the attack on German positions near Verdun on October 8, 1918. On October 12, 1918, Private Reichard was attempting the capture of a German machine gun position in Bois de'Ormont, near Verdun, France, when he was reported missing. He was thought initially to been taken prisoner, but it later developed that he had been killed in action.
The 29th Infantry Division's account record has the following account for October 12 1918:
114th Infantry, 29th Division was attached to the 18th French Division,
moved from its bivouac in the Cotee des Roches into position in the
Ravin de Coassinvaux on the night of the 11th-12th October preparatory
to an attack upon the Bois d'Ormont, which the Division had been ordered
to make at 0700hrs on the 12th. In conjunction with the 66th French
Infantry, the 114th moved to attack at the hour designated.
On October 12, 1918 the Bois d'Ormont was conquered at the cost of 118 casualties. Private Reichard and several other Camden County men were of that number.
Samuel J. Reichard was survived by his parents, Jacob and Catherine Reichert, a brother, Adolph Reichert, a sister, Matilda Reichert Rausch, brother-in-law John Rausch, and neice Matilda Rausch, all of the Louis Street address.
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