Monday, May 30, 2011

Military Monday - Herman A. Hibsch

Herman August Hibsch was my great-great uncle.  He was born in Wisconsin to Prussian immigrants.  The family moved to Azusa, California in the late 1880s. He served in the Spanish American War at the Presidio in San Francisco, California. That service, though short, had a life-long impact on him.  He was devoted to ensuring that military service men and women were recognized on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  He would visit patients in military hospitals and place American flags on grave sites of fallen comrades. Ironically, he died driving home on Memorial Day weekend in 1939 after placing flags at grave sites.  To honor him, his wife had the Spanish American War emblem engraved on his gravestone.   He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.

Posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

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