Last Name: McKeever
First Name: Clio
Middle Name or Initial: B
Community: Beard, West Virginia
Branch of Service: Army
Service Number: 1833648
Date of Death: 1 Novemebr 1918
Place of Death: France
Cause of Death: DOW
Place of Burial: Arlington National Cemetery
Unit: Battery B, 313th Field Artillery, 80th Infantry Division
Date of Birth: 23 October 1893
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Source: Pentagon Form; Charleston Gazette – “Gone West” – 3 Sept 1922
Notes: Folder contains extensive information on Clio McKeever. Newspaper article states “mortally wounded by airplane bomb north of Aincreville on November 4, 1918.
Clio Bradford McKeever was born in Greenbrier County on October 23, 1893. After graduating from Concord State Normal School in 1911, he taught school in McDowell County for two years. During this time, he married Lilly Josephine Ericson.
McKeever attended West Virginia University in the school year 1914-15, enrolling in the College of Agriculture. Over the next two years, he taught school in southern West Virginia.
On September 7, 1917, McKeever joined the Army. He was stationed at Camp Lee, Virginia until May 25, 1918, when he was sent to France with the American Expeditionary Forces. On November 8, only three days prior to the armistice, McKeever was killed by a bomb fragment.
The body of Private McKeever was initially interred in the Meuse- Argonne American Cemetery. A few years later, however, his remains were returned to the United States and a funeral service was held at Arlington National Cemetery on September 15, 1921.
Photos Courtesy of the State of West Virginia
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