Private Joseph M. Lane


Playing of taps at D.C.'s World War I memorial to honor Lodi American Legion Post 136 and its namesake, Joseph M. Lane

New Milford, NJ

Lodi, N.J., American Legion Post 136 Commander Francis Carrasco is humbled to announce that The Doughboy Foundation (, has chosen Post 136 and its namesake, World War I Private Joseph M. Lane, to be honored with the playing of taps starting April 30, at 5 p.m., and continuing through Saturday, May 4, at 5 p.m. at the National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. The playing of taps, our national song of remembrance, will commemorate the U.S. Army service and ultimate sacrifice of Joseph M. Lane. The events will be live streamed on YouTube only. Members of the Lane Family have been notified by the post.

"Our post leaders were very surprised when The Doughboy Foundation reached out to us a few weeks ago to advise us," said Commander Carrasco. "Confirmation of the exact dates was received just today and to have an honor like this bestowed on us is outstanding. We are so thankful. It's important to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in The Great War... World War I and in all wars."

Tune in to the live stream on YouTube each day at 5 p.m.

Joseph Michael Lane was born to Patrick and Bridget Lane at 179 Union Street in Lodi, N.J., on Feb. 1, 1895. He was baptized at Lodi's St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church on Feb. 10 of that year. Joseph grew up to be a carpenter and was employed by United Piece & Dye Works, as were his parents. He registered for the first U.S. draft for World War 1 on June 5, 1917, and was inducted at Ridgewood, N.J., on Sept. 19, 1917. He did his basic training at Camp Dix (later Fort Dix) and was assigned to Battery C of the 308th Field Artillery, 78th Division, Sept. 19, 1917 - May 16, 1918, and Supply Company 308th Field Artillery to March 4, 1919. His units’ engagements in France were Toul Sector Defensive, St. Mihiel Offensive, Major Operation Suippe, Moselle (Marvey Sector) Offensive, Meuse-Argonne Offensive and Major Operation Grand Pre-Offensive. Joseph served overseas from May 27, 1918, to his death from broncho pneumonia (most likely from mustard gas) on March 4, 1919. He is buried at Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial, Suresnes, Département des Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France.

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