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Ernest Graf Frank O'Hara


VFW Post 423 was name in honor of the two men pictured above.  Both were killed during World War One.

Ernest W. Graf, born March 17, 1894 in Karlsruhe, Germany.  His family came to  Ann Arbor, Michigan when Ernest was at an early age.

Ernest was studying to be an electrician when he enlisted in the US Army at age 19 on April 20, 1912, having served during the Mexican Border Wars with the Co. B, 29th Infantry he was discharged on April 19, 1915.

After returning home and on the eve of World War One, Ernest once again enlisted in the US Army, having worked his way to the rank of Sergeant while serving with Co. E, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division. During the Mesue-Argonne Offensive in France.  Ernest W. Graf was killed in action on October 4,1918. Ernest was laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

To read a letter written by Sergeant Graff and mailed home on August 12, 1918 click on his above picture or click here.  The letter appeared in what was then the Daily Times News in Ann Arbor.


Frank (Frances) Dignan O'Hara, was born in Ann Arbor, September 1897. Frank was raised in Ann Arbor attending St. Thomas High School.

Frank enlisted in The US Marine Corps on April 10, 1918. He when to boot camp at Parris Island, SC. Frank was stationed at Ft. Crockett, TX. before going overseas.  Frank arrived in France in August 1918 serving with Co. G, 5th Marine Regiment.  He was wounded on November 5, 1918, with a gun shot wound to his right hand.  He was hospitalize November 5th through the 8th. Upon release from the hospital Frank was assigned to the 51st Co., 5th Marine Regiment, 2nd US Army Infantry Division. 

Frank D. O'Hara was killed in action on November 11, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. He died on the afternoon of the day the Armistice took affect at 11:00 am.

Frank D. O'Hara was laid to rest in St. Thomas Cemetery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


The above information is from the Post history research done by long time Post member Milton Davis.