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William E. McLeod
Sergeant, United States Army
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William E. Mcleod was born on 21 December 1867.  He served as a Sergeant, Company A, 5th United States Infantry in the Spanish-American War.  He died at Santiago, Cuba, on 7 September 1898 while serving in that capacity.

His wife, Helen V. McLeod, born 8 December 1867, apparently never remarried and died on 23 February 1960 and, after more than 62 years was laid to rest with her hero in Arlington National Cemetery.


BURIAL OF THE SOLDIER DEAD
Interment of 252 Bodied Brought by the Steamer Crook

WASHINGTON, May 2, 1899 – The bodies of 252 of the soldier dead brought from the battlefields of Cuba and Puerto Rico by the steamer Crook were interred at Arlington Cemetery today with military honors.

Colonel Guenther of the Fourth Artillery, with two companied of the Fourth and Fifth Artillery from the Washington Barracks and the Fourth Artillery Band, had charge of the funeral.  The religious services were conducted by Chaplain Freeland of Fort Monroe and Father Magee of this city, who performer the burial rites of their respective churches.

The caskets containing the bodies of the six officers, Lieutenant Arthur K. Barnett, Twenty-Third Kansas Volunteer Infantry; Lieutenant Michael J. O’Brien, Fifth United States Infantry; Lieutenant William C. Neary, Fourth United States Infantry; Lieutenant Richard J. Harden, First District of Columbia Infantry, and Captain Gregory Barrett, Tenth United States Infantry, were later removed to the officer’s section of the cemetery and interred there. Among the bodies buried today was that of William J. McLeod, formerly a well-known newspaper man of this city, who was Sergeant Major in the Fifth “Immunes.”

The War Department found it necessary to order that none of the bodied from Cuba buried today should be sent to the soldiers’ homes for interment.  The bodies are thoroughly disinfected and are in metal caskets and may be removed next Winter by relatives.

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MCLEOD, WILLIAM E
SGT CO A 5TH US INF
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF DEATH: 09/07/1898
DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
BURIED AT: SECTION 33  SITE 15444
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

MCLEOD, HELEN V W/O WILLIAM E
DATE OF BIRTH: 12/08/1867
DATE OF DEATH: 02/23/1960
DATE OF INTERMENT: 02/25/1960
BURIED AT: SECTION 22  SITE 15444
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
 WIFE OF WE MCLEOD - SGT CO A 5TH U S VOL INF USA


Posted: 17 October 2004 Updated: 13 January 2008

WE McLeod Gravesite PHOTO
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 23 April 2004