Auguste Rodin, 1862
July 14, 1918: Theodore Roosevelt’s Youngest Son, Quentin, Killed in WWI
On this day in 1918, 20-year-old Quentin Roosevelt, Teddy’s youngest son, was shot down by German planes while flying a mission in France during WWI. Quentin was originally buried at the site of the plane crash, but after WWII, his remains were moved to the Normandy American Cemetery above Omaha Beach, next to those of his brother, General Ted Roosevelt, Jr.
Later, President Theodore Roosevelt wrote of his son in a tribute book that opened with the line, “Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die.”
Photo: Allies visiting Quentin Roosevelt’s Grave in France during WWI.