AN OLD SOLDIER - ARTHUR L. BUMP
"Word has been received here of the death of former New Londoner Colonel Arthur L. Bump, 66, a retired army officer, at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida. Born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, he moved to New London with his family where he received his elementery and high school education.
He joined Teddy Roosevelt's "Rough Riders" during the Spanish-American War and served continuously until his retirement in 1932. During World War One he served in the Seventh Division in France with the 56th Infantry.
Colonel Bump was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action near Preny, France, November 2nd, 1918. While his regiment was being subjected to an intense enemy bombardment, Colonel Bump visited every platoon in the front lines, and so encouraged and inspired his men by his bravery, that they successfully met and repulsed every counter-attack made upon them. He was also wounded and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal as well as many other honors.
He is survived by his wife, a son, Capt. A.L. Bump Jr. now in the Canal Zone, and a daughter, Mrs Robert Lockett of San Antonio, Texas, besides a host of relatives and friends around this place. Frank Coleman and M.F. Hileman are first cousins of Colonel Bump. The body was being readied for burial in Arlington National Cemetery."
I might add that Colonel Bump's son, Arthur Jr., was born in New London in 1902. He was a graduate of West Point Military Academy and also reached the rank of Colonel. He was killed in World War Two in combat on the Island of Morotai in April of 1945.
V.K. Neel from a 1939 article in the New London Record and from family notes