CLARENCE NORDAHL HOFF was the only Wisconsin Hoff Killed In Action (KIA) in WWI. Born on 24 Dec 1894 in Christiana, Vernon Co., WI, he joined the Wisconsin National Guard as a Private. After his initial training and promotion to Pvt. First Class, his unit was Federalied, mobilized and deployed by ship to France. There, he and his unit were deployed to and engaged in the St. Mihel Sector. There, on 12 Sep 1918, at age 23, and less than 2 months before the Armistasis of 11 Nov, he was Killed In Action (KIA). His body was re-patriotiated and he was interred in the Coon Valley Cem., WI on 5 July 1919. His parents were Norwegian emigrees, HANS HOFF (23 Mar 1862 Norway - 3 Feb 1938), Coon Valley, WI, and MATHEA NELSON (1865-1906). His grandparents were SIQRUD HOFF (b: ~1837 Norway) and ANDREA ? , also of Norway. These individuals emigrated from Norway to Wisconsin between 1862-68. Clarence was one of 9 children. From the 1910 Census, his siblings were:
1. CLARA HOFF, age 21
2. ALFRED HOFF, age 19
3. SELMA HOFF, age 18
4. CLARENCE HOFF, age 16
5. MORRIS HOFF, age 13
6. WILLIAM HOFF, age 12
7. ROBERT HOFF, age 8
8. SAWRENCE HOFF, age 7
Most of the other Wisconsin Hoffs of the period were all emigrants of Norwegian extraction. I found the name of CLARENCE N. HOFF in a 1920 published book of Wisconsin "BLUE STAR" (KIA) Famalies. His name was the ONLY "Hoff" name noted in the book, which drew my interest. So, although not of my "Dutch" HOFF line, he was a young patroit and Serviceman who died early for his country. For that, and bacause he was a fellow "Hoff", he deserves all of our respect, appreciation and rememberance for having paid the "ultimate sacrifice" in war.
JOHN SCOTT HOFF, Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
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