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Wood from Quentin Roosevelt's Nieuport 28

This piece of wood was removed from Lt. Quentin Roosevelt's Nieuport 28 after he was shot down on July 14, 1918. The message on it was written by George G. Shurtz, chaplain of the 308th Engineer Regiment, during World War I. (U.S. Air Force photo)

This piece of wood was removed from Lt. Quentin Roosevelt's Nieuport 28 after he was shot down on July 14, 1918. The message on it was written by George G. Shurtz, chaplain of the 308th Engineer Regiment, during World War I. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Note: This item is currently in storage.

This piece of wood was removed from Lt. Quentin Roosevelt's Nieuport 28 after he had been shot down behind German lines by Sgt. Karl Thom, a German ace with 24 victories, on July 14, 1918.

A handwritten message on it reads: "France Aug. 14-18 Miss Clair Herbert, Zanesville O. Dear Miss Herbert, This is a part of the airplane in which Quentin Roosevelt was killed. I got this near the grave where we held a service on last Sabbath Evening Aug 11th. I wish for all friends in Zanesville and O the sincerest regards 308 Engr (Engineer Regiment) G(eorge) G. Shurtz"

During World War I, Shurtz was assigned as chaplain of the 308th Regiment.

On display in the museum's Early Years Gallery is the handmade wooden cross that marked Roosevelt's grave.

Donated by Albert L. Cusick.

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