Offutt Air Force Base is named after

                    First Lieutenant Jarvis Jenness Offutt,

  U.S. Army, killed in action, Valheureux, France, 13 AUG 1918. 


  He received training from the Royal Canadian Flying Corps, just

  one month after the U.S. entered the war in April 1917; attached

      to the 56th Squadron, British Royal Air Force, when killed.

  Offutt grew up in Omaha's Joslyn Castle neighborhood, where his

 father’s magnificent late 19th Century brick and slate home stands.


                            Offutt Air Force Base,

         and the 56th Squadron British Royal Air Force,

           continue to honor First Lieutenant Offutt. 


 He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Omaha, Nebraska



 I Have a Rendezvous with Death


   I have a rendezvous with Death

   At some disputed barricade,

   When Spring comes back with rustling shade

   And apple-blossoms fill the air—

   I have a rendezvous with Death

   When Spring brings back blue days and fair.


   It may be he shall take my hand

   And lead me into his dark land

   And close my eyes and quench my breath—

   It may be I shall pass him still.

   I have a rendezvous with Death

   On some scarred slope of battered hill,

   When Spring comes round again this year

   And the first meadow-flowers appear.


   God knows 'twere better to be deep

   Pillowed in silk and scented down,

   Where Love throbs out in blissful sleep,

   Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,

   Where hushed awakenings are dear ...

   But I've a rendezvous with Death

   At midnight in some flaming town,

   When Spring trips north again this year,

   And I to my pledged word am true,

   I shall not fail that rendezvous.

Alan Seeger, an American who fought for
the French Foreign Legion, was killed on
04 JUL 1916, during Battle of the Somme.  

   The American Volunteer Monument in
Paris is in Memory of American Volunteers
          Fallen for France during WWI.

American Volunteer Monument

The Restored Burlington Northern Depot 
        & WWII Memorial Museum