1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
Died A Hero Under the Stars and Stripes
Private Ira W. Cox
Company D 22nd Infantry
Ira Wayne Cox was born
in Webster County, Kentucky, on August 22, 1879.
He enlisted in the United States Army, on December 17, 1898, in Evansville, Indiana.
He was sent to Fort Crook, Nebraska on December 19, 1898,
and was assigned to Company D, 22nd U.S. Infantry Regiment.
The 22nd Infantry reached the Philippines on March 4, 1899.
Nine days later Ira was in his first engagement with the enemy.
After serving in several
actions against Philippino insurgents,
Ira Cox was killed in action on August 12, 1899, just 10 days short of his twentieth birthday.
He was buried on August
14, 1899, in grave number 170,
in the National Cemetery in Manila, Philippine Islands.
In 1900 his body was returned to the United States,
where, On April 1, 1900 he was laid to rest in
the San Francisco National Cemetery, in Section ES Site 542.
Below is a handwritten inscription
inside the cover of a book belonging to Ira's family.
It is a copy of the telegram they received informing them of Ira's death six days earlier.
On the next four pages are
documents, letters and articles about Pvt Ira Cox,
including letters he wrote home from the Philippines and a poem he composed
while serving in the field.
In some cases the website has
included transcriptions of some of the documents,
complete with the original spelling and grammar.
The 1st Battalion website is
grateful to Richard Hargis
for sharing this information and these documents
about his Great-Uncle.
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