Perry Gilford Ethridge

Company A 22nd Infantry

KIA 06/03/1900

 

 

Perry G. Ethridge was born in Dixon Springs, Pope County, Illinois on June 14, 1879.
(His enlistment record gives his birth year as 1877.)

He enlisted as a Private for a period of 3 years in Company A of the 22nd Infantry on December 30, 1898
at Evansville, Indiana. His enlistment record indicated that he stood 5 feet 8 inches tall, had dark brown hair,
blue eyes and a sallow complexion. His previous occupation was listed as Farmer.

Private Perry G. Ethridge was killed in action, along with Captain George J. Godfrey, his Commanding Officer
of Company A, on June 3, 1900, as part of a detachment from the 22nd Infantry, under the command of
General Frederick Funston. Funston's column had been operating in the Bulacan Mountains, east and north
of the town of San Miguel, on the island of Luzon, since May 31, 1900, and had fought with insurgent forces
in several engagements.

Private Ethridge was killed in one of those engagements, on June 3, 1900 in the mountains approximately 25 miles
east of San Miguel.

In different accounts his last name is spelled as Etheridge.

Below is the entry for his name in a report of deaths from Company A 22nd Infantry,
from March 1899 to January 1901, as written on January 3, 1901, by 1st Lieutenant David P. Wheeler,
commanding officer of Company A:

 

Document courtesy of Matthew Westfall, author of The Devil's Causeway

 

 

Perry G. Ethridge was buried in the main U.S. Military Cemetery at Manila on the island of Luzon in Grave #602.
His body was returned to the United States aboard the transport Grant on December 31, 1900
and he was re-interred at San Francisco, California.

 

Burial:
San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California
Plot: Section ES Site 1173

 

Grave marker for Perry Ethridge

 

Photo by Carol from the Find A Grave website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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