COLONEL HEARN KILLED IN AUTO ACCIDENT
Had Just Returned From Panama Canal
Was Well Known in Atlanta, Where He Was Married
WASHINGTON, January 3, 1926 – While changing a tire on his own machine, Lieutenant Colonel Roscoe H. Hearn, of the United States Army, was struck and fatally injured by a passing automobile near the Congressional Country Club early today. The driver of the automobile, Charles L. Van Meter, of Washington, was exonerated later by a coroner’s jury at Rockville, Maryland.
Colonel Hearn, who recently was transferred from the Canal Zone to duty with the Ohio National Guard at Cleveland, was visiting friends here prior to leaving for his new station. With Mrs. Hearn and Colonel and Mrs. Fred K. Brown, of Washington, he was returning to the city from the country club when the accident occurred.
He was picked up immediately by Andrieus Jones, Jr., son of the Senator from New Mexico, and Frank Mondell, Jr., whose car caught fire on the way to the hospital. Forced to abandon the machine, they took Colonel Hearn into a physician’s officer where he died within a few minutes.
Mrs. Hearn and Mrs. Brown were taken to Walter Reed Hospital suffering from shock.
Preparations are being made for funeral services for Colonel Hearn with burial in Arlington National Cemetery. He was born in 1875 at Whiteboro, Texas, attended the University of Southern California, and saw service in the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection. A brother, Lieutenant Colonel C. C. Hearn, is stationed at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
News of the death of Colonel Hearn in an auto accident in Washington was received in Atlanta Sunday. Colonel Hearn was well known here, having served at Fort McPherson for a short time after the outbreak of the World War. He married an Atlanta girl, Miss Mary D. Woodward, daughter of Mrs. Park Woodward of 74 West Fourteeneth Street.
Colonel Hearn had just returned from the Panama Canal Zone where he served as Lieutenant Colonel in the Fourteenth Infantry at Fort Davis for the past three years. He had been assigned to duty in Cleveland, Ohio, but had been given a leave of absence and was expected in Atlanta today for a visit.
He had served in the Army for about 30 years and at various times had been stationed in Georgia. He served as an Army instructor at Gordon Institute in Barnesville, for some time, and had been stationed at Fort McPherson more than once. He was at Fort McPherson n 1902 as Lieutenant in the Sixteenth Infantry.
His widow is well known in Atlanta and is connected with one of the most prominent families of this city. The marriage took place in 1905 while Colonel Hearn was stationed at Gordon Institute.
Colonel Hearn was detailed to Fort McPherson soon after the outbreak of the war. Later he was recalled to Washington to service on the General Staff during the rest of the war period. He was promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel soon after leaving Fort McPherson for the last time.
In addition to his widow and brother, Lieutenant Colonel C. C. Hearn, he is survived by his mother-in-law, Mrs. Park Woodward, widow of the late Colonel Park Woodward; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Julian Chambers and Mrs. Thorne Flagler of Atlanta, and three brothers-in-law, Daniel H. Woodward, Harry D. Woodward, and Captain Clark Howell Woodward of the United States Navy.
Funeral services will beheld at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon in Washington and interment will be in the National Cemetery at Arlington.
Mrs. Woodward and Daniel H. Woodward left for Washington Sunday to attend the funeral.
HEARN, ROSCOE H
- COL GEN STAFF USA
- DATE OF DEATH: 01/02/1926
- BURIED AT: SECTION SW SITE 4338
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
HEARN, MARY DAVIS WOODWARD W/O ROSCOE H
- DATE OF BIRTH: 04/25/1879
- DATE OF DEATH: 12/06/1961
- BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 4338-ES
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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