Harry Parshall

Company B 22nd Infantry

DOD 04/08/1904



Harry Parshall was born in Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisconsin on October 31, 1877.

Parshall enlisted as a Private in Company K of the 20th U.S. Infantry at the age of twenty-one on
November 15, 1898 at Chicago, Illinois. His enlistment record indicated that he stood 5 feet 8 inches tall
had brown hair, brown eyes and a fair complexion. His previous occupation was listed as Farmer.

He deployed to the Philippines with the 20th Infantry in February 1899.
Before the end of his three year enlistment he rose to the rank of Corporal. On February 2, 1901
he was offered a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 22nd Infantry. He accepted the commission
at the end of his enlistment on October 14, 1901, with date of rank back to February 2, 1901.

In October 1903, just before he sailed with the 22nd Infantry to the Philippines, Parshall was one
of ten young officers of the Regiment who married that month before their deployment. All ten
brought their new brides with them aboard the transport Sheridan to the Philippines.

Parshall was listed in reports of the Regiment as being seriously ill in his quarters from December 13 -18, 1903
and on December 17 was ordered to the 1st Reserve Hospital in Manila for treatment, leaving Camp Marahui on
December 18. He remained in hospital from December 18, 1903 to February 17, 1904 when he rejoined
Company B and returned to duty.

Parshall was in command of Company B from March 16-29, 1904.

On April 8, 1904 2nd Lieutenant Harry Parshall died of malignant endocarditis (heart disease) at Camp Marahui
on the island of Mindanao. He was twenty-seven years old. In the monthly return of the 22nd Infantry
for April 1904 his illness was noted as contracted in the line of duty.

His death was marked in 22nd Infantry General Orders with the following:


April 11th, 1904.

It becomes the sad duty of the Regimental Commander to announce the death of 2nd Lieutenant Harry Parshall, 22nd infantry,
at this post on the 8th instant.
He was born at Fairfield, Wisconsin, October 31, 1877. Enlisting in the 20th infantry, November 15, 1898,
he served as private and noncommissioned officer of that regiment to October 14, 1901, when he was promoted 2nd lieutenant
and assigned to this regiment, serving with it until the date of his death.
Although suffering from ill-health with a disease which would prove fatal, he still remained with his regiment
to bear his share of its hardships and dangers in a foreign clime. His service has been characterized by loyalty, zeal, and efficiency—
an example of a faithful soldier's life which may well be emulated.
The usual badge of mourning will be worn by the officers of the regiment for thirty days.

J. L. DONOVAN, Captain 22nd Infantry, Acting Adjutant.



2nd Lieutenant Harry Parshall's decorations



Harry Parshall was buried in Grave #15 in the cemetery at Camp Marahui on the Island of Mindanao, Philippines.

His remains were returned to San Francisco, California aboard the transport Thomas on July 15, 1904.
His body was shipped to Baraboo, Wisconsin on July 18, 1904 where he was re-interred.


Birth: October 31, 1877
Sauk County
Death: April 8, 1904, Philippines


Fairfield Cemetery
Sauk County
Plot: Row 11 N


Grave marker for Harry Parshall

Photo by Erin Foley from the Find A Grave website




Marker placed in front of Harry Parshall's grave
by the United Spanish War Veterans

Photo by Erin Foley from the Find A Grave website






Above, the official entry in War Department records, paying the sum of $50.00 to the
widow of Harry Parshall which had been owed him by the government. (marked by an asterisk)

From Congressional Serial Set Fifty-Eighth Congress, Third Session,
December 5, 1904, to March 3, 1905









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