Company A 22nd Infantry
William Leukel was born in Baden, Germany in 1844.
He enlisted as a Private in
Company E of the 10th Infantry for a period of 5 years on June 7,
1878 at New York City,
New York. His enlistment record indicated that he stood 5 feet 6 ¾ inches tall, had brown hair, brown eyes and a dark
complexion. His previous occupation was listed as Shoemaker. On April 30, 1879 he was transferred to Company A
of the 22nd Infantry. He was discharged from this enlistment as a Private on June 6, 1883 at Fort Garland, Colorado
with a character reference of Excellent.
Leukel re-enlisted in Company A on October 6, 1884.
Private Leukel died on November
24, 1884 at Fort Lewis, Colorado. His cause of death was recorded
in the Returns of the 22nd Infantry for the month of November 1884 as:
"Committed suicide by shooting himself through the head with a Springfield rifle."
William Leukel was buried in the
Post Cemetery at Fort Lewis and sometime later his remains
were re-interred in the National Cemetery at Fort McPherson, Nebraska.
Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Plot: A, 0, 703
Grave marker for William Leukel
Photo by Amy from the Find A Grave website
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