Corporal, United States Army
WHILE FIRING A SALUTE
WASHINGTON, May 30, 1901 - Corporal W. F. Tooley, light artillery gunner, was instantly killed by the premature discharge of a cannon while firing a salute just outside the gates of Arlington National Cemetey today.
The breech block blew out, striking Tooley
in the shoulder, breaking his neck, crushing his ribs and tearing its way
down his frame, disfiguring him in a horrible manner. Tooley was a native
of Pennsylvania, was thirty-five years old and had recently re-enlisted.