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Title: Edward Kurle

Dates: 1918-1937

Collection Number: 00370

Quantity: 11 items

Abstract: Portraits of Christian Kurle and his nephew Edward Kurle and postcards from Christian to Edward during WWI.

Provenance: The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired this collection from Edward Kurle in June 1988.

Property rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Copyrights to this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs. Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code or an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

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Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection, title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota all bibliographic references.

Related Collections:
MMS 10600 Larry Remele
MMS 10635 Fred Kurle

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH – Edward Kurle
From the Bismarck Tribune, Thursday June 19, 1997

Edward Kurle, 88, died June 16, 1997 in a Bismarck hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at McCabe United Methodist Church, Bismarck, with the Rev. Peary Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck.

Edward was born March 14, 1909 in New Leipzig, the son of Fred and Otille (Vossler) Kurle. He attended school in that area, graduating from New Leipzig High School in 1928. He also attended University of North Dakota and a business school in Fargo. In 1933 he entered Fort Lincoln Military Post south of Bismarck. After completing his term with the military in 1939, he was employed by Bank of North Dakota. Edward moved to Washington, D.C. in August 1941, where he was employed in various federal areas. On June 13, 1943, he married Dorothy O. Swenson of Bismarck. They moved to Salt Lake City in 1945, where he was employed by the Internal Revenue Bureau for six years. They returned to Bismarck where he was an examiner in the State Auditor’s office for 15 years.

Edward was an avid reader and lover of books. He was loved by his family and many friends and will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two sons and one daughter-in-law, James, Middleton, Wis.; and Robert and Lita, Orlando, Fla.; two granddaughters, Christine and Sarah; one grandson, Robert, Jr.; and three sisters, Gertrude Keller, Portland, Ore., Lydia Manning, Clairmont, Fla., and Esther Remele, Alliance, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five sisters.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH – Christian Kurle
From North Dakota Military Men 1917-1918

Name:                         Christian Kurle
Birth Date:                3 Nov 1892
Military Date:          24 Jun 1918
Military Place:         Forsyth, Mont
Army Number:        3,137,463
Enlistment Type:    Inducted
Inducted or Enlistment Place:    Rosebud, Montana
Registrant:                Yes
Parents Origin:        of Russian parents
Occupation:              Laborer
Comments:               inducted at Forsyth, Mont., on June 24, 1918; sent to Camp Lewis, Wash.; served in 166th Depot Brigade, to July 31, 1918; Company K, 159th Infantry, to Sept. 20, 1918; Company H, 307th Infantry, to discharge; overseas from Aug. 8, 1918, to April 30, 1919. Engagements: Offensive: Meuse-Argonne. Defensive Sector: Foret-d'Argonne (Lorraine). Discharged at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., on May 22, 1919, as a Private. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, for extraordinary heroism near Oches, France, Nov. 4, 1918. Exposing himself to heavy machine-gun fire, Private Kurle crossed an open field 300 yards wide and rescued a severely wounded comrade. Awarded the French Croix de Guerre with Gilt Star, under Order No. 16,098 "D," dated April 16, 1919, General Headquarters, French Armies of the East, with the following citation: "He crossed a zone swept by a violent machine-gun fire to rescue a severely wounded comrade." Cited in General Orders No. 14, Headquarters, 77th Division, AEF, Feb. 21, 1919, for splendid courage, service and sacrifice, on the afternoon of Nov. 4, 1918, near Oches, Ardennes, crossed a broad exposed piece of ground, of at least three hundred yards, which was being heavily swept by machine gun fire, and carried back a man who had advanced ahead of all others of his unit, and had been severely wounded. In so doing this man showed utter disregard of his own personal danger, and set an example of bravery and exceptional devotion to duty to the men of his platoon.

PHOTOGRAPHS INVENTORY

00370-01              Edward Kurle portrait, Camp Dodge (Ia.)
00370-02              Grandpa Kurle and Uncle Christ Kurle 1920s
00370-03              Ed Kurle in uniform holding rifle, Camp Pike, Ark.
00370-04              Ed Kurle back row far right with comrades overseas
00370-05              Distinguished Cross Citation Christian Kurle 307th Infantry Co. H 1919
00370-06              Christian Kurle portrait in uniform
00370-07              Christian Kurle’s flag draped casket SW of New Leipzig (N.D.) February 25, 1937
00370-08              Ed Kurle and Jacob Knoll
00370-09              USS Louisville postcard from Christian Kurle to Edward Kurle April 30, 1919
00370-10              Coeln, Germany postcard from Christian Kurle (47th Infantry Co. E) to Edward Kurle January 28, 1919
00370-11              Trench Digging Camp Lewis American Lake (Wash.) postcard from Christian Kurle to Edward Kurle July 13, 1918

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