Veteran Memorial: Sylvester Patrick Kreps

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Sylvester Patrick Kreps (Photo from “American Soldiers of WW1”)

Sylvester Patrick Kreps 

Sylvester Patrick Kreps was born March 17, 1893 in Butler County, Pennsylvania to Peter Joseph Kreps and Anna (Geibel) Kreps. Sylvester’s mother passed away when he was just 2 years old. His father would remarry and relocate the family to Cullman.  

Sylvester was ordered to report to Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on July 8, 1918 where he was inducted into the United States Army. He was a member of Company I, 152nd Infantry Regiment, 38th Division- the Cyclone Division.  

The 38th Division was deployed to France in the final days of World War I and would board the ship Pyrrhus in Brooklyn enroute to France on October 6, 1918. Sylvester would never make it to France as he fell ill with pneumonia and died on October 14, 1918.  

Kreps, just 25 years old, would also not return home to Cullman. He was buried at sea and is memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Suresnes American Cemetery in Suresnes, France. He is also memorialized at Cullman’s Veterans Memorial Park.  

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