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Description: Private Madsen Was Shot and KilledDate: September 18 1919
Newspaper published in: Boaz, AL
Source: Madison Co., AL Library
Page/Column: Page 2, Column 1
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Private Reass Madsen of Sacramento, Calif., was shot and instantly killed by German soldiers in the neutral zone about a mile from the boundary of the Coblenz bridgehead. Madsen and Private Bert Balsinger of the Eighth infantry, who had been on outpost duty, were deer hunting when they encountered soldiers. According to Balsinger, the Germans began firing without asking an explanation as to why the two Americans were in the neutral zone.
A demand upon the German military authorities for an immediate report upon the killing Private Howell Madsen of Sacramento, Cal., shot by German soldiers while he and a companion were on a hunting trip in the neutral zone, has been made by the American commander of the American forces in Germany.