Oren Lyman Cole
Oren is one of the four of our kin who were in
the Spanish-American War, having served in the Philippine Islands as a
member of Co. B of the 13th Minnesota Regiment. His first experience of
actual war occurred soon after reaching Manila, when his regiment was
ordered into the trenches and took a leading part in the first important
land battle. At the time of his enlishment he was studying civil and electric
engineering, and having acquired sufficient knowledge in that line to
make him useful, was soon detailed for special service on a supply train
under General Lawton. Having also readily gained some knowledge of the
Spanish language, he was next assigned to a particular duty on the then
much needed police force in Manila. By a mutual friend I was informed
that he received special mention for his valuable service and bravery.
A more minute account of his army life would have been very interesting,
and many, I am sure, will hereafter regret that this sketch is so meager.
Several letters I addressed to him appear never to have reached him, andnow
I can not any longer delay the publication of this book (from Heinrich
Gernhardt and His Descendants, pg. 147).