34th Infantry Regiment, US Army (United States Army)
22/10/1918 (Killed in Action)
Samuel James Dawson was the son of John and Sarah Jane Dawson. Samuel was born in Bellaghy on 4th September 1893. The 1901 census lists Sam James as age 8 living with the family at house 2 in Bellaghy, County Londonderry. His father was a carpenter and latterly a farmer. Records from Ellis Island, New York, show that Samuel Dawson from Bellaghy arrived in New York on his own on 2nd May 1911. He was 17 years old. He was travelling on the Furnessia which had departed from Londonderry. Samuel Dawson enlisted in the U.S. Army in New York. Corporal Samuel J Dawson was serving with the 34th Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, when he died on 22nd October, 1918, only a fortnight before the end of the war.
The World War I St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial in France, 40.5 acres in extent, contains the graves of 4,153 of our military dead. The majority of these died in the offensive that resulted in the reduction of the St. Mihiel salient that threatened Paris. The burial area is divided by Linden alignment trees and paths into four equal plots. At the center is a large sundial surmounted by an American eagle. To the west is a statue of a World War I soldier and at the eastern end is a semi-circular overlook dominated by a sculpture
representing a victory vase.