American Legion Post 102 History

The history of the namesake of Edward B. Cutter Post 102 is as follows:

Edward B. Cutter enlisted as a Private in Company B, 3rd Minnesota Infantry, Minnesota National Guard on January 22, 1906. He was promoted to Corporal June 12, 1907, 2nd Lieutenant March 16, 1908 and to 1st Lieutenant December 6, 1909. He was on continuous service until called to active duty for World War I with Company B on August 17, 1917. The company arrived at Camp Cody, New Mexico August 31, 1917.

Lt. Cutter became Commander of Company G (Princeton) unit and was then named Judge Advocate General of Special Court Martials of the 34th Division September 15, 1917 before going overseas.

1st Lt. Edward B. Cutter was killed in action in France October 21, 1918 shortly before the end of the war. On September 24, 1918 he was assigned to the 1st Squadron of the 90th Aero Squadron, American Expeditionary Forces in France. During the Verdun Offensive, the Corps Commander required a reconnaissance plane over the German lines. Lt. Cutter and the pilot, Lt. Broomfield, were on the alert list. The weather was bad.

With Lt. Broomfield at the controls and Lt. Cutter as observer, they left the airfield at 10:00 AM and failed to return by noon. The Corps Commander checked with balloon units and found the plane had been sighted at 11:15 AM. On November 3rd, American forces advanced and on November 7th a phone call was received in the 90th Aero Squadron Headquarters that a downed plane had been found. On November 8th a detail was sent to the area and found the plane and two graves nearby. The bodies were removed and identified as Lt. Cutter and Lt. Broomfield.

Lt. Cutter's grave is number 90, Plot #2, Section D, American Cemetary, Souilly-sur-Meuse, France.

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