O’FALLON – The O’Fallon Woman’s Club and members of Girl Scout Troop 482 from Estelle Kampmeyer and Troop 213 from Fulton Junior High School celebrated the life and World War II service of Elsworth Gartside, Technician 5, US Army at the club’s monthly flag ceremony on February 2.
Elsworth Gartside was born in O’Fallon on December 21, 1919, a son of Levi and Kate Bertram Gartside. After graduation from O’Fallon Township High School, he accepted a position in a welding shop in Chicago. He was among the first O’Fallon boys to be drafted.
Gartside was inducted into the US Army at Belleville on June 13, 1941. He received basic training at Camp Polk, Louisiana, and embarked for overseas duty in August 1943. He was attached to the 3rd Armored Division, 54th Field Artillery under General George Patton.
Gartside was killed in action in the Battle of the Rhineland on October 22, 1944. He was temporarily buried in the Henri-Chapelle temporary cemetery in Belgium. His remains were returned to the United States on October 26, 1947 and he was buried at St. John’s Cemetery in Collinsville in December with full military honors.
The vocalist for the ceremony was Kimberly Bennett, who sang the National Anthem.