Name: Frank W. FONDA
Given Name: Frank W.
Birth: 1897 in New York
Death: APR 1917
Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY
Note: b. NY; 1900 US Federal Census, Coxsackie, Greene Co., NY; 1905 New York State Census, Coxsackie, Coxsackie Village, E.D.01, Greene Co., NY; 1910 US Federal Census, Elmira Ward 9, Chemung Co., NY (Frank W Fonda, Son, b. 1898 in NY, Elizabeth); 1915 New York State Census, Elmira Ward 09, A.D.01, E.D.01, Chemung Co., NY; bur. Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY; [Students of Elmira Free Academy who lost their lives during The Great World War 1914-1918 - Frank W. Fonda - born 1897 s/o Frank Stephen Fonda]; [http://www.genealogysf.com/Stanton-p/p134.htm He (Stanton) enlisted in Company L, Third Infantry, New York National Guard on April 8, 1917, this being Elmira's own company. After being sent to Spartanburg the National guard became a past organization and the young man was enrolled in Federal service, the company changing to Company L, 108th United States Infantry, and being attached to the 27th Division. Under Fire at Railroad - In May the company was sent to Binghamton for railroad guard duty and it was there that Private Stanton was first under fire. With a comrade he was guarding one of the important bridges near that city when he and his comrade was fired on by an unknown assailant riding a passing frieght train. The soldiers returned the fire but failed to register any hits. The attack upon Stanton was made at 8:30 o'clock. Two shots were fired at him, both coming close to his body. The Troy soldier displayed his pluck and courage by cooly standing his ground and firing three shots in return at the assailant. The train was going so fast that it was impossible to tell whether any took effect. The attack upon Stanton was made in almost exactly the same spot where Private Frank W. Fonda, also of Company L, was struck and instantly killed by a Lackawanna passenger train several weeks previous (April 1917). This attack occured on the night of May 14. On August 16 the company was transferred to Pelham Bay Park, N.Y. Later they were sent to Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg, S. C., where Stanton received his first promotion, being made a first class private. While the men were stationed at this camp they received much rifle and trench practice. First Class Private Stanton returned to his home last April for ten days and soon after his return to camp the company was sent to Newport News to await transport to France. They embarked on May 17, 1918 under cover of darkness and moved from the harbor without the slightest sound.]; [Frank W. Fonda - The first Elmira soldier in the war with Germany has lost his life under the Stars and Stripes, doing his duty for Uncle Sam. Frank Fonda, a private of Company L, has "done his bit" with all honor to himself. He has answered his last roll call. It is a proud distinction, albeit such dipensations passeth understanding. Frank Fonda, beloved of a happy family, endeared to a large circle of friends, bound to his soldier comrades by ties known only to those who have seen service, loyal to his Country and his Flag, will be held in revered memory so long as Elmirans who live today live on. The manner of his death is inconsequential. Whether it was to come as it has come to others who were pursuing peaceful occupations, or whether it was to have been reserved for the battlefields of France, is immaterial. It came when he was doing his duty, serving his Flag as his Country bade him, ready to do or to die for America. In the family home there is sorrow, but it is sorrow that must he tempered with pride when the father and the mother and the sister see the Stars and Stripes draped on the casket which contains their soldier boy and when they know of the respect and honor that his service brought to him and to them. Elmira cannot forget the name of Frank Fonda. Newspaper Clipping 1943] >> www.fonda.org <<
Father: Frank Stephen FONDA b: 24 NOV 1872 in Coxsackie, Greene Co., NY
Mother: Elizabeth I. TENBROECK b: 1873 in New York