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Carl A. Grimes
Killed in France


Miles, Tex., Jan. 16 - Lieut. Carl A. Grimes, aviator in the United States army, was killed instantly in France on Nov. 6, when his machine collided in mid air with another plane and fell to the ground out of control, according to a letter received by R. A. Grimes, his father, who resides here, from Lieutenant Grimes' commanding officer, who expressed high tribute to the young man's character and ability as an officer. The letter follows:

"Headquarters 3rd Aviation Co.,

Dec. 9, 1918.

"Mr. R. A. Grimes, Miles, Tex.

My Dear Mr. Grimes: -- It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the death of your son, Second Lieut. Carl A. Grimes, A. S., at this center at 11:15 a.m., Nov. 6, 1918, as the result of an aviation accident. Lieutenant Grimes was a tester at one of the fields here and was flying one of the smallest and fastest machines when the accident occured. While making a regular flight in the line of duty. Lieutenant Grimes' machine collided in mid air with another plane, and fell to the ground out of control. Medical and mechanical aid were rushed to the wreck, but were too late, for death was instantaneous. A careful investigation of the accident was made, but nothing definite could be determined as to the cause.

"Permit me to offer you my sincere sympathy and the sympathy of a number of the officers of my command in your great loss, a loss which we all share with you. Lietenant Grimes was a good officer and a gentleman, a higher tribute than which there is none. He always did his duty thoroughly and well, and was exerting every effort to prepare himself to play a large part at the front. He was universally admired and held in high esteem by his brother officers, and I assure you his death was a sad blow to all of us.

"The remains of Lieutenant Grimes were interred with full military honors in the United States army cemetery at this center and I shall see to it that his grave bears the proper markings, so that it can be readily identified at any time.

" Your son's effects have been sent to the Effects Depot, which is a station established solely for the purpose of caring for the personal belongings of those soldiers who give their lives in the service, and the effects will there be handled in accordance with army rules and regulations. If I have failed to give you any details which you are anxious to have or if you wish any further information, I would suggest that you communicate with the war department, Washington, D.C.

"Respectfully yours,


Lieut. Col. A. S., Conmdg."

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Further Notes:
Runnels County Probate Records
Grimes, Carl A., deceased
 date filed: March 17, 1919
Case No. 584

Obituary contributed by Janet Clayton Gardner

My great grandmother, Mary Pearl Powers, created several scrapbooks in her life time. (1879-1963) She was born and reared  in Belton, Bell County,  Texas. Most of the newspaper articles she cut out and pasted into her scrapbook were about people from Bell County. However, I found this one obituary from Miles, Runnels County, Texas.