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Stories of Service

LiberAntonio Bonsanto

Submitted by: Jim Rosati {grandson}

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LiberAntonio Bonsanto served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 8 July 1918 to 9 July 1919.

 

He served with the 127th Engineers in France from September 1918 until July 1919. He never spoke a lot about it but I found out that he served honorably as a foreign national. The documents are the only thing we have as to his service.
 

 Update: June, 2017

Grandpa and World War I

Newly-released information through Ancestry, several emails to the U.S. Army Center of Military History, and the book, “Order of Battle of the United States Land Forces in the World War”, a more complete picture has emerged as to Grandpa's military service during World War 1.

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Amulla M. Mukerji  

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

no photo 300Amulla M. Mukerji served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown.

 

Amulla M. Mukerji was born around 1895 in British India. He immigrated to the United States in 1915 and was naturalized in 1918. Mukerji settled in Detroit, Michigan.

When America entered the First World War, Mukerji was drafted and sent to Camp Custer, Michigan. He was part of the 338 Field Hospital, 310 Sanitary Train in the 85th Infantry Division.

On July 21, 1918 Private First Class Mukerji and his unit departed from New York to most likely France on board the ship Anchises. Mukerji was also featured in the August 1918 issue of the newspaper and journal Young India among other Asian Indians serving in the U.S military during this time.

On April 6, 1919 Private First Class Mukerji and his unit left Brest, France on board the ship Winifredian and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts for Camp Devens on April 18, 1919.

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Charles A. Buhl

Submitted by: Judith Rauh {granddaughter}

Charles A BuhlCharles A. Buhl served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 8/23/1917-6/25/1919.

 

Remembering a Soldier

By Judy Rauh

On April 6, 2017, we marked the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into the Great War, World War I. Among the Bronx, New York men who joined the Army to fight in the war was Charles August Buhl, my grandfather.

Charles Buhl was the youngest of 13 children of Peter and Pauline Buhl. He was born on Jan. 13, 1892 in New York City. He enlisted in the Army on Aug. 23, 1917, at the Enlistment Recruitment Center on Governor’s Island, NY. He was sent to Fort Dix, NJ on Nov. 19, 1917 and joined the 303 Wagon Company.

He was promoted to Sergeant on Dec. 12, 1917. He served overseas in France from Sept. 8, 1918 to June 22, 1919. He was honorably discharged from the Army on June 25, 1919.

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Raghunath N. Banawalkar

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

no photo 300Raghunath N. Banawalkar served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 2/25/1918-5/9/1919.

 

Private Raghunath N. Banawalkar was born on 12/28/1890 in Bombay, British India. In 12/10/1910, 20
years old Banawalkar arrived in New York, New York on the ship George Washington. On Banawalkar 's New York passenger list from this period, his Ethnicity was listed as Romanian.

He enlisted in the U.S Army on 2/25/1918. He trained at Camp Upton in Long Island, New York. Raghunath N. Banawalkar served with Battery F 306 Field Artillery until 4/18/1919. Banawalkar, then served with the sanitary detachment of the 305th infantry 77th division until his discharge.

He served overseas from 4/16/18 to 4/24/1919. Private Banawalkar left for France from New York with his unit on 4/16/1918 on the ship Cedric. He saw action at Baccarat, Vesle, Oise-Aisne, and Meuse-Argonne and was gassed on 10/15/1918.

Banawalkar rejoined his unit after recovering from his wound(s) in 12/14/1918.
He left with his unit for New York from Brest, France on 4/18/1919. He arrived in New York for Camp Mills on 4/24/1919 on the ship Aquitania and was honorably discharged on 5/9/1919 with the rank of private.

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John Arthur Short

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

no photo 300John Arthur Short served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known July 7, 1917- March 12, 1919.

 

John A. Short enlisted at Camp Syracuse on July 7, 1917 at the age of 21. He served with Company F 23rd Infantry 2nd Division.

Short was promoted to corporal on October 14, 1917 and sergeant on October 18, 1918. He served overseas from September 7, 1917 to February 28, 1919. He was slightly wounded on July 18, 1919 while overseas.

Short was honorably discharged on March 12, 1919.

 

 

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Charles James Sistek

Submitted by: Mary Lynn Topel {grandniece}

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Charles James Sistek served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The dates of service are: Known Died in France September 1918.

 

Charles Sistek was my great uncle. His death at age 22 meant that I would never meet him. He was the only son of his parents and only brother to his four sisters.

Just six months after his death from pneumonia while serving in Battalion E of the 54th Army Coast Artillery Corps, his father was killed in a work-related rail yard accident.

I have tried in vain to locate his remains. The price this family and others have paid is beyond description.

 

 

Albert (Bob) Cornelius Peterson

Submitted by: Marjorie Winslow-Kulba

Albert Bob Cornelius PetersonAlbert (Bob) Cornelius Peterson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known September 18, 1917-April 19, 1919 & February 2, 1921-February 1, 1924.

 

Albert (Bob) Cornelius Peterson was born May 3, 1892 in Muskegon, Michigan.

He enlisted in the Army and trained at Fort Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan. He served in the 528th Field Artillery, 85th Division, Battery A, during World War One. He achieved the rank of corporal. He saw action in Toul Sector, France from Nov. 1-Nov. 11, 1918.

He wrote a letter home, describing the last two hours before the armistice was signed. It was published in the "Muskegon Chronicle" on January 11, 1919. He wrote,

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Pvt. Ervin G. Dickson

Submitted by: Paul Burgholzer

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Pvt. Ervin G. Dickson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1919.

 

Pvt. Ervin George Dickson joined the Army in Mount Ayr, Iowa in September, 1917. Dickson was a farmer before he was sent to Europe as an infantryman for the US Army. He fought in the 38th infantry division while in France during 1918. He courageously fought at the Marne, St. Mihiel, the Verdun front line, and the Argonne Forest.

While fighting in the Argonne Forest, Dickson was shot in the hand, neck, and chest. German soldiers found him on the ground and moved him to a German field hospital where he received excellent treatment. his American comrades thought that he was dead and his death was recorded in US military records. His family was even notified of his death, yet he was recovering in a German Army hospital.

When the war ended he was brought to an American Army Hospital in France. Due to his wounds he could not write or speak. He managed to get someone in the hospital to write a letter to his family. the person misspelled his last name so the family was confused when they received this letter. One he recovered more, he went back to Iowa where he was welcomed as a hero.

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Harry Malott

Submitted by: Gerri Brown

no photo 300Harry Malott served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 04/03/1917-11/??/1918.

 

HARRY E. MALOTT, PFC
Veteran of World War 1
Enlisted - April 3, 1917 – Discharged-Nov. 1918
Landing in Hoboken, New Jersey
Paraded in New York City, N.Y.

On April 3, 1917 Harry Malott and his cousin Oliver Smith came to Canton, Illinois to enlist in the army in World War 1. Harry returned from the War In 1918. He had been wounded a couple times but never went to a doctor. His cousin Oliver was killed in battle in World War 1. Oliver is buried in France.

When applying for enlistment in the U. S. Army on April 3, 1917, when weighing in Harry was to light and they were going to reject him. He left and drank a lot of water to add weight and returned to weigh again. He was sworn in April 6, 1917, Company 1, 18th infantry as a Waggoner. He served overseas in Europe in World War 1 in France and Germany.

Returning home after the war ended. The troop ship was previously a cattle transport boat, & to keep down sea sickness he said that he ate onions that were kept in crate to feed the whales. Upon returning to U. S. soil the ship landed in Hoboken, New Jersey & the group of soldiers were transported to New York City where along with other soldiers they paraded through the center of New York City . When they landed thy left guns, mess kit, Cups, etc all in a large pile. He later was able to retrieve a mess kit and metal cup (not his own).

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Lt. Perry Burke

Submitted by: Paul Burgholzer

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Lt. Perry Burke served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown.

 

Lt. Perry Burke was a rebellious young man. He attended Spring Hill College presumably for boarding purposes, which he ran away from twice. He eventually went to LSU which was a military school during that time. While attending the school as an underclassman he developed a strong dislike for an upperclassman officer. One day during a disagreement with the officer Perry threw a porcelain coffee cup at him. The officer was struck in the head and Perry’s days at LSU were finished.

Perry found work on a plantation where he would frequently need to be on horseback. Once America entered the war Perry and his friend named, Tom Jones, started a company of soldiers with the desire to go fight in Europe. Perry’s unit was turned into a Calvary company where he rode a horse and carried a saber. Perry's rebellious days were behind him as he became a family man and served as a Lieutenant for the US Army.

As Lt. Perry Burke looked like an officer from the previous century as he rode on horseback, his close cousin, Lt. David Ker, who flew as an observer in the Army Air Force was operating the newest military technology of 1918. Ker died in combat and Perry Burke kept a photo of him in his room for the rest of his life. Perry also kept the book “All Quiet on the Western Front” in his room and frequently read it.

Perry’s story was brought to the WWI Centennial Commission’s attention by his son, Porteus Richard Burke.

 

Lt. David Ker

Submitted by: Paul Burgholzer

David KerLt. David Ker served in World War 1 with the United States Army Air Corps. The dates of service are: Known May 2nd 1917 - September 1918.

 

David Joined the US Army and was selected during training to be a part of the Army's Air Force. He was then honorably discharged so that he could properly enter the air service as a commissioned officer.

He spent the years before US entry in the war in New Iberia Louisiana. In New Iberia He loved dancing and fishing. He was full of life and was engaged to Mary Herbert when to left for the war.

In the Army Air Force he served as an observer meaning that he was responsible for photographing German positions and radioing strategic reconnaissance to Army ground forces. He was in charge of defending the plane as well. He was given a Lewis machine gun in case German planes attacked them in the air.

In a couple letters home to his mother he says that he has a grim premonition about his death. He writes that he is not terrified.

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