Marion G. Crandall (Crandell) was the first American woman killed in active service in World War I while working as a YMCA canteen worker in France. Miss Crandall left her position, as a French language instructor at St. Katharine's School in Davenport, Iowa, for France to help the French soldiers. She had been educated in Paris and felt her knowledge of France and the language would be very helpful. A German shell hit the hostel where she was working. Miss Crandall was first buried in a French hospital cemetery in Ste. Menehould and later her body was transferred to the American cemetery (Meuse Argonne) of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France.
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