Arthur BLUETHENTHAL

Arthur BLUETHENTHAL[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1891 - 1918

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  • Born  1 Nov 1891  Wilmington, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Died  5 Jun 1918  Coivrel, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Person ID  I4346  Levey-Dannenbaum
    Last Modified  17 Feb 2013 

    Father  Leopold BLUETHENTHAL,   b. 5 Sep 1860, Muenchweiler an der Alsenz, Donnersbergkreis, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1928, Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Johanna DANNENBAUM,   b. 14 Oct 1867, Warburg, Hoxter, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1933, Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1890 
    Family ID  F1490  Group Sheet

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    Arthur Bluethenthal sketch, ca. 1916
    Arthur Bluethenthal sketch, ca. 1916
    In 1916, a year before the United States entered World War I, Arthur Bluethenthal joined the French Foreign Legion and served at the Battle of Verdun with the French 129th Infantry Division.
    Arthur Bluethenthal, ca. 1912
    Arthur Bluethenthal, ca. 1912
    from Wikipedia: At Princeton University the 5' 9", 186-pound Bluethenthal played center from 1910–12. In 1911, he was named first team All-America by a number of newspapers, Walter Camp second team All-America, and first team All-East in a consensus of 28 newspapers. That year, the Tigers were 8–0–2, and yielded only 15 points the entire year. In 1912, Walter Camp selected him as third team All-America. Bluethenthal is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
    Arthur Bluethenthal, ca. 1916
    Arthur Bluethenthal, ca. 1916

    Documents
    Arthur Bluethenthal: 1918 War Time Telegram
    Arthur Bluethenthal: 1918 War Time Telegram
    From Cape Fear Museum: On June 19, 1918, Leopold and Johanna Bluethenthal received the kind of wartime telegram that everyone with a loved one in combat fears. It confirmed the news that their son, Arthur, had died fighting for the Allied cause in Europe. Arthur Bluethenthal was the first Wilmingtonian to die in combat during the First World War. In 1916, after World War had raged in Europe for two years, Arthur joined the American Field Service in France where he became a member of the ambulance service. He later joined the French Foreign Legion and became an aviator. His plane was shot down near Maignelay, about fifty miles north of Paris, on June 5, 1918. Arthur was a decorated war hero before his death, and the French government posthumously awarded him the Croix de Guerre with Palm on June 9, 1918. Bluethenthal was buried in Europe, and then in the early 1920s, his body was reinterred at Wilmington’s Oakdale Cemetery. When news of Bluethenthal’s death spread, the whole of Wilmington stopped to honor the fallen man’s service. Then-mayor P. Q. Moore ordered all the flags in the city to fly at half mast. And on June 20th, local businesses closed for one hour at lunch time. At that time, mourners poured into – and overflowed the capacity of — the Academy of Music, as Thalian Hall was then called. At the Academy of Music they heard speeches by the mayor, and speeches and prayers by local religious leaders, including a moving prayer by Dr. Samuel Mendelsohn (1850?- Sept 30, 1922) who was the rabbi of the Temple of Israel, the Bluethenthal family’s place of worship. The stage was decorated with flags of the allied nations, and a portrait of Bluethenthal was at the front and center of the stage. Laurel wreaths were sent by groups such as the alumni of Princeton, the Rotary Club, the Red Cross, and the Temple of Israel and hung around the portrait. A flag with a single gold star hung above the portrait. Chopin’s funeral march was played.

  • Sources 
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