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Clyde Lex Lester

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Clyde Lex Lester
1891-1918

“He is trustworthy, capable and industrious.”

Marshall College Mirabilia, 1918

Clyde Lex Lester was born on July 7, 1891, in Wayne County, West Virginia, the eldest of five children born to Parris and Zenobia Bloss Lester.

Clyde attended Marshall University where, as noted in the 1918 yearbook, he held a high place in student activities. Clyde was senior class president and president of the Young Men’s Christian Association during the spring semester. He also was a member of the Classical Association of Greek and Latin Students and the Erosophian Literary Society, the purpose of which was the development of students’ oratory skills. Clyde, whose college nickname was “Grandpa,” graduated with the class of 1918.
Classical Association
Classical Association,
Marshall College
Mirabilia, 1918

Erosophian Society
Erosophian Society,
Marshall College
Mirabilia, 1918

In France, Clyde served with Headquarters Company, 317th Infantry, 80th Division. Private Lester was killed in action on October 4, 1918, and his body returned to the United States where interment was made in Arlington National Cemetery.

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