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Rudolph William Dusseau

Rudolph William Dusseau

Male 1897 - 1918  (21 years)

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  • Name Rudolph William Dusseau 
    Born 18 Feb 1897  1804 Dorr St., Toledo, OH, at 10:15 pm Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Sep 1918  Yatesbury, Wilts, England (Plane crash) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I00231  Tombeau Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2007 

    Father Samuel Levi Dusseau,   b. Aug 1863, Erie, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1917, Toledo, OH (1650 Dorr St.) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Mother Matilda Mary Jarvis,   b. 26 Jan 1870, Berlin Twp., Monroe Co., MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1949, Toledo, Ohio (3819 Monroe St.) (Forest Cemetery) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married Abt 1887  Berlin Township, MI (probable) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Sons of Samuel L. Dusseau: (left) Harvey, August, Rudolph, and Henry
    Sons of Samuel L. Dusseau: (left) Harvey, August, Rudolph, and Henry
    Rudolph William Dusseau
    Rudolph William Dusseau
    Rudolph William Dusseau
    Rudolph William Dusseau
    Rudolph William Dusseau
    Rudolph William Dusseau
    Rudolph William Dusseau
    Rudolph William Dusseau
    Rudolph William Dusseau
    Rudolph William Dusseau
    Sopwith Camel of the type in which Rudolph William Dusseau was killed
    Sopwith Camel of the type in which Rudolph William Dusseau was killed
    The Family of Samuel Levi Dusseau and Matilda Mary Jarvis
    The Family of Samuel Levi Dusseau and Matilda Mary Jarvis
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    Documents
    Obituary of Rudolph William Dusseau
    Obituary of Rudolph William Dusseau
    Death Certificate for Rudolph Dusseau
    Death Certificate for Rudolph Dusseau
    Issued by the US Army
    Honorable Death Certificate of Rudolph W. Dusseau From World War I
    Honorable Death Certificate of Rudolph W. Dusseau From World War I
    The War Record of Rudolph William Dusseau
    The War Record of Rudolph William Dusseau
    The Settlement of the Estate of Harvey Joseph Dusseau (2)
    The Settlement of the Estate of Harvey Joseph Dusseau (2)

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  • Notes 
    • Rudolph enlisted 29 December 1913 in the Ohio National Guard and was mustered into Federal Service 8 July 1916. He was discharged 11 July 1916 by reason of physical disability. He enlisted 15 August 1917 in the Signal Enlisted Reserve Corps and entered on active duty on that date. He was honorably discharged 3 April 1918 to accept appointment and active duty as a commissioned officer. He was commissioned 4 March 1918 as a Second Lieutenant of the Air Signal Reserve Corps and entered on active duty on the same date.

      He died 19 September 1918 of injuries sustained in an airplane accident on that date at Yatesbury, Wilts, near Marlbourough, England.

      Rudolph was flying a "Camel" and the accident was caused by the airplane spinning at a low altitude and not having sufficient height to pull completely out of a spin.

      He was orginally buried in Grave Number 31, Aparon Cemetery, Wilts, England. However, his remains were returned to the U.S. 19 October 1918. His death was in the line of duty and not due to his own misconduct.

      Records also indicate that Rudolph attended Reserve Officers Training Camp at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN, for a course of military training from 15 May 1917 to 14 August 1917. He acquired no military status while in attendance at this camp.

      (Adapted from a letter, dated 11 Janaury 1963, over the signature of Jack C. Therina, Army WWI Section, Military Personnel Records Center, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO.)

      FRom an article takem the Toledo Balde, pg. 2, September ( ), 1918. A picture of Rudolph heads the article.

      "TOLEDOAN DIES IN AIRPLANE ACCIDENT

      "Two letters --one from her son, Rudolph, aviator, saying he was flying a different kind of machine, and one of his commanding officers telling of Rudolph's death in an accident== came to Mrs. S.L. Dusseau, 1650 Dorr St. on Friday morning.

      "Lieutenant Rudolph Dusseau was a pilot with B Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. At the time he was killed he was in Central Flying School, Up-Avon, Wilts, England. The message from C. D. Fellows of B Squadron was daed Seoptember 20. He said in part:

      "'No Blame Attached

      "The accident was one of those which blame can vbe attached to no one. Your son never attained to that which he aspired --meeting the enemy face to face-- he died for his country. His spirti and courage were the admiration of us all.'

      "Lieutenant Dusseau's letter of September 9 reads:

      "'Arrived back in England from Scotland and am flying a different machine now, as different from the bomber as day and night, but I don't like it as well. They are more like toys.
      "By the time you get this I will be thru here and ready to go back into Scotland for a course before I go to France. If I learn to fly this machine as I have done all the other tests, I may go to /france from here.'

      "It is evident from other parts of the letter that Lieutenant Dusseau hoped he would not go into action with the new kind of palne. He was proably at the helm of a scout machine when he was killed.

      "Enlisted a Year Ago

      "Dusseau enlisted a year ago in May at Ft. Benjamin Harrison as a cavalry office. From there he was sent to Toronto in aerial service.

      "Lt. Dusseau was 21. He was learning surveying here before entering the service. He was engaged to marry Miss Helen Miller of Toledo.

      "The boy's parents , Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Dusseau, are proprieters of a Dorr St. grocery, No official cable has been received other than the captain's message."