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Joe Landon


Date and Place of Birth: August 14, 1890 Brooklyn, NY
Date and Place of Death:    August 13, 1918 France
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Catcher
Rank: Corporal
Military Unit: Company G, 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division US Army
Area Served: France

Joseph H. Landon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Landon, was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 14, 1890. He was a well known amateur ballplayer in Brooklyn, as a catcher with the Vitagraph Company, the Mapleton Athletics and the Flatbush Gas Company teams.

During the First World War, Landon was employed as a riveter in the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He was called up to military service at Camp Upton in February 1917. Corporal Landon served in France with Company G, 308th Infantry Regiment of the 77th Division. He was killed in action on August 13, 1918, one day before his 28th birthday.

Joe Landon is buried at the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery in Fere-en-Tardenois, France.

Joe Landon cartoon 

Cartoon depicting Joe Landon at Camp Upton 

Joseph H. Landon

The grave of Corporal Joseph H. Landon at Oise-Aisne American Cemetery in Fere-en-Tardenois, France

Thanks to John Plunkett, son of Sgt. Harold Plunkett, for the above cartoon.

Brooklyn Daily Standard Union, September 14, 1915
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, August 30, 1918
New York Sun, August 31, 1918

Date Added August 23, 2013. Updated March 14, 2016

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