The Listening Post (Excerpt)

Corporal Carl Wooley Walling rests today on the soil of the state he loved so well. His grave is on a lofty knoll in Mount Scott cemetery whence a wide expanse of beautiful Oregon is visible. Walling, one of the first to leave Portland, was killed by a German shell as he lay in an observation post in Juvigny, France. The body arrived in Portland Friday.

His body, eloquent with meaning, was escorted to its final resting place by a detail of his former comrades. As the last echoes from the crash of saluting volleys died away a Canadian soldier, with a trumpet more used to sounding “Last Post,” played “Taps.” Grouped at the grave were men who bore the scars of war.

“Shall America forget?” said Dr. E.H. Pence in the final prayer. “The bitter memories, the serrated lines of graves that remain in France, the comrades who did not come back, the reason for their going. Each human shell that returns again awakens our innermost realization as to what real sacrifice means, and we should not forget the lessons taught by the war.”


Source: Portland Oregonian, January 2, 1921.


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