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Stories of Service

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Joseph Berkley Thomas

Submitted by: Anne Thomas {Daughter}

 

Joseph Berkley ThomasJoseph Berkley Thomas born around 1891. Joseph Thomas served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

My Father was a member of the 81st Wildcat Division. The Wildcats were shipped out of NYC and landed in England.

The Division was sent to France and were involved in the defense of St. Die.The most significant battle of which they fought was the battle of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

After Armistice Day the Division came back to Norfolk. My Father spoke of riding the train from Norfolk to his beloved home in North Carolina and how proud he was of his service to the United States of America.

Unfortunately, because of a fire to his home there are very few mementos left from his service.

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Bert VanderLaan

Submitted by: Paul VanderLaan {Great Grandson}

 

Bert VanderLaan snipBert VanderLaan born around 1895. Bert VanderLaan served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

My Great Grandfather, Bert VanderLaan, enlisted in the US Army in 1918 at age 23, and was assigned to the 164th Depot Brigade at Camp Funston, KS.

While he never served in active combat, his assignment was of note for two reasons.

First, he was at Camp Funston in 1918, which was the epicenter of the pandemic influenza outbreak that killed so many recruits. Fortunately, he did not contract the influenza, and so was spared this illness.

Second, his Brigade posed in 1918 for a picture that became a famous National Archives poster. Several photos of him and of the Brigade picture are attached.

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Henry Turner Holland

Submitted by: Julia Saint submitting for his granddaughter, Pamela Ann Lyle

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Henry Turner Holland born around 1895. Henry Holland served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Henry T. Holland was a Private in 8th Company 157th Depot Brigade. He did his basic training at Camp Gordon, Georgia. He served in France.

He was honorably discharged on February 11th, 1919.

He married after his return home following the war. He married Ethel P. Anderson of Eastanollee, GA, He had 4 children with his wife before his early death in 1952.

Turner was a farmer and he built furniture to support his family.

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Abraham Wolfe

Submitted by: David Andrew Masiero, CDR USCG, Ret. {Abraham was my 1974 Restaurant Boss}

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Abraham Wolfe was born around 1895. Abraham Wolfe served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Abraham Wolfe was my boss at his Lenox, MA steak house when I worked there at age 16. My understanding is he and his older brother Manny had a steak house in Manhattan and at some point Abe decided to have a steak house on his own in Lenox, Massachusetts in Berkshire County. I lived in the next town Lee, MA. I was inquisitive and asked questions when my waitress mother told me he was a WW1 vet.

Both my Italian grandfathers (born 1895 & 1899) came to USA from villages Pavone (LOM) & Trissino (VZ) in 1922 & 1923 as laborers (Frank at Lee, MA Lime/Marble quarry pits & Andrew at Brooklyn Navy Yard on drydock shoring team). They both were in the ITA combat infantry vs. AUS/HUN. Nono Frank "Chesko" Baccoli lost complete use of one eye so WW1 always interested me. They died in 63 & 65 (me born 1958) when I was too young so I was never able to discuss WW1 with them.

My deceased (2014) father Val Masiero was a 1951-1955 (E5) Navy Construction Electrician Seabee and he told me his father Andrew would NEVER talk about the Great War. It was something NOT discussed.

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Frank Rawley Waters Sr.

Submitted by: Amy L. Waters Great-Granddaughter

 

Frank Rawley Waters Sr. mugFrank Rawley Waters Sr. born around 1897. Frank Waters served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Frank Rawley Waters (1897-1989) registered for the World War I draft on June 5, 1918. At the time of the draft he was living in Riley, Kansas and working for himself as a farmer. He listed his next of kin as his mother, Mary Badger.

Frank enlisted in the United States Army on August 14, 1918, in Manhattan, Kansas. He was appointed a non-commissioned officer on December 28, 1918, serving as a Sergeant in the Motor Transport Corps Repair Unit #304.

He was discharged from the service on April 4, 1919, while serving at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

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Charles Levi McCullough

Submitted by: Amy L. Waters {Great-Granddaughter}

 

no photo 300Charles Levi McCullough born around 1895. Charles McCullough served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1916 and the service was completed in 1920.

Story of Service

 

Charles “Charley” Levi McCullough (1895-1968) joined the United States Regular Army at Fort Logan, Colorado, on August 5, 1916. He left Colorado on September 21, arriving in Columbus, New Mexico on September 23. Charley, while serving with Battery C of the 6th Field Artillery, was in Mexico from September 25, 1916 to February 5, 1917.

Charley spent the spring and summer of 1917 at Camp Douglas, Arizona. During this time he was transferred to Battery C of the 10th Field Artillery Battalion. He was transferred to the National Army of the United States of America on September 5, and on the following day he left Arizona for Camp Funston, Fort Riley, Kansas. He arrived at Camp Funston on September 8.

On September 14, Charley was assigned to Battery C of the 340th Field Artillery. The 340th was part of the 89th Division or what was known as the Rolling W Division.

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Percy G. Tripp

Submitted by: James Y. Myers {Friend of grand-niece}

 

no photo 300Percy G. Tripp born around 1897. Percy Tripp served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1917.

Story of Service

 

Percy G. Tripp was a Prisoner of War in WWI. Click on the "Read more" below to read his autobiographical document "Facts on Experience of World War I as written by Percy G. Tripp"

 

 

 

 

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James J Lindsay

Submitted by: Kate Coffman {Family Friend}

 

James J LindsayJames J Lindsay born around 1897. James Lindsay served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Sgt. James J. Lindsay enlisted with the US Army in 1917 and was a Wagoner in France during WWI. He served with Company A of the 29th Engineers during is tour in France in 1918-1919.

During this time, he requested a transfer to the Tank Corps, but was denied. Prior to his service in France, he was a Machine Gunner with the 311th Machine Gun Battalion. He also served in Company I with the 29th Engineers.

He returned from France aboard the SS Mercury and was honorably discharged from service on July 12, 1919.

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Harry Richard Pool

Submitted by: Christopher Anglim {grandson}

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Harry Richard Pool born around 1894. Harry Pool served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

After his graduation from East High School In Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1911, Harry attended the University of Minnesota for baccalaureate studies. While at the "U of M", Harry became interested in Law and later attended University of Minnesota Law School. Harry's law school career was interrupted, however, by his service in the US Army during World War I.

He was hospitalized at City Hospital at the time of his registration, with diphtheria. He was a US Army field clerk and held no rank in the U.S. Army.

He left New York on July 17, 1917 and arrived back in New York on July 17, 1919. He served under General Pershing at the AEF headquarters in Paris France and under another general in Tours France beginning in January 7, 1918. He also visited Belgium and saw cities such as Brussels. He earned the Purple Heart and other decorations which are listed in a memorandum.

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Edward Thomas Anglim

Submitted by: Christopher Anglim {Grandson}

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Edward Thomas Anglim born around 1890. Edward Anglim served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

Edward Anglim (1890-1976) was born in Ballykenny Ireland and immigrated to the United States in 1907.

He registered for military service soon after the United States entered World War I in April 1917. At the time, he lived at 916 Jones (Road) in Sioux City, Iowa. Edward was single at the time and worked as a cashier with Cudahy Packing Company, the largest employer in Sioux City at the time.

Prior to living on Jones Road, he roomed at 1011 13th in Sioux City. Even though he was married in January 1918, enlisted in the US Army, at the age of 28, on May 8, 1918 in Sioux City Iowa.

He was first sent Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis and served the duration of the war at Camp Grant, Illinois. He was discharged from the military on November 30, 1918 as a private in the US Army Infantry. While he was in the army, his wife Agnes lived with her father, at 1001-8th in Sioux City.

After Edward was discharged from the army, he became a charter member of the David Wisted-Zenith City American Legion Post in Duluth, MN.

 

William Hoyt Hyatt

Submitted by: Julia Saint submitting for niece Melba Hyatt Templeton

 

no photo 300William Hoyt Hyatt born around 1895. William Hyatt served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

My uncle, William Hoyt Hyatt, was a Private in the U.S. Army during World War I.

He was born in Centralhatchee, Georgia on December 15th, 1895 and passed away on October 23rd, 1958.

He was married to Sally Hyatt and they had one son, Glenn Hyatt. They are all buried in the Centralhatchee Baptist Church Cemetery in Heard County, Georgia.

Submitted by: Melba Hyatt Templeton

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