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Stories of Service

A Tradition of Service Logo 75Mary Coan Reilly Ravener

Submitted by: Bob Ravener (grandson)

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Mary Coan Reilly Ravener served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The dates of service are: Known 1918-1922.


Mary Coan Reilly Ravener

One of the Few, the Proud… the First 300

By Bob Ravener

The United States Marine Corps has a long and proud tradition fighting America’s battles and after the U.S. declared war on Germany, were using virtually every active duty service member to fight in the Great War or training those preparing to fight. On 08 August 1918 that all changed when they took on another cause, women in uniform. That’s when Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels wrote a letter authorizing the Commandant of the Marine Corps to enlist women in the Marine Corps Reserve for clerical duty.

Six weeks later, on 24 September, a five foot tall, grey eyed, and auburn-haired Mary Coan Reilly, became one of those first women Marines.

During this period of global crisis and tumultuous change, a little more than 300 women donned the forest green uniform of the Corps, but selection was anything but easy for these aspiring Marines. In fact, it was extremely competitive. According to the book written by Captain Linda Hewitt in 1974, “In New York City alone, 2,000 hopeful applicants lined reply to a newspaper article that the Marine Corps was looking for ‘intelligent young women’.” Mary was one of those many applicants and became one of only five or so to be selected to serve in New York at the Marine Corps Publicity Bureau in lower Manhattan. Most of the rest of these early pioneers served at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington DC.

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Emily Victoria Greer

Submitted by: Sonja N. Bohm (great grandaughter-in-law)

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Emily Victoria Greer served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The dates of service are: Known 28 May 1918 to 31 July 1919.

My husband's great-grandmother Emily Victoria Greer (1895-1972) enrolled as Yeoman 3 Class on 28 May 1918, and served at the Navy Yard in NYC from 31 May 1918 until 11 November 1918. Her inactive duty date (as Yeoman 2 Class) was 31 July 1919.

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George Henry Clark, Sr.

Submitted by: Laura Clark (granddaughter)

George center with 2 brothers circa 1930

George Henry Clark, Sr. served in World War 1 with the armed forces of another nation. The dates of service are: Known 8 March 1918-3 August 1918.


My grandfather was born in 1898 in Menahga Township, MN and served in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, stationed in Quebec. He served as a Hospital Orderly during his brief service. Pictured in center with two brothers.

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Martin Ferdinand Maune

Submitted by: Douglas M. Frye (grandson)

MARTIN F. MAUNE SR 300Martin Ferdinand Maune served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 4/4/1917- 4/29/1919.



138th Infantry Regiment
35th Division

Grandpa Maune seemed to be an enigma whenever I encountered him in the 1970’s and 1980’s. With the centennial of the Great War approaching, I am now attempting to piece together his tale from the medals he received for service in such critical battles as the one near Cheppy, France to better understand the man.
His duty to serve was in his DNA. Grandpa's paternal grandfather, August Heinrich Wilhelm Maune, was born near Dissen, Kingdom of Hannover in 1838 and emigrated to the United States through Baltimore in 1840. His family settled in Union, Missouri, to farm land that August’s father, Jurgen “George” Heinrich Maune, had purchased two years earlier.

By 1858, August was seeking his own way in commerce in the big city of St. Louis. August progressively owned and operated several proprietorships throughout his career, selling beer, then groceries (specializing in cheese and butter), and then real estate. These small family businesses were located at 20th & Dodier, 25th & Dodier, and 22nd & University and involved his wife Mina, sons Leonard and Gustave, daughter Nellie and perhaps some grandchildren.

When Civil War broke out, August enlisted with the Union Army and performed guard duty around St. Louis during two three-month tours (1862 & 1864). His brothers and brothers-in-laws, who were also German immigrants, performed similar duty. On a foundation of such duty and industry undertaken by tens of thousands of newly minted Americans, St. Louis evolved to become the host of the 1904 World’s Fair and Summer Olympics, giving residents a certain hubris.

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Louis Carlton Webster

Submitted by: Peggy Durack (granddaughter)

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Louis Carlton Webster served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known April 3, 1918 - June 7, 1919.


My grandfather was born and grew up on the farm that had been in his family for 200 years, the legacy of a Revolutionary War veteran who moved from Massachusetts to settle in Ontario County, NY. Grandpa graduated from Cornell University in 1915 with the degree Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and had begun his own veterinary practice when World War I began. When I learned that he served during the war, I believed that he was in the Army Veterinary Corps, but his service record tells a different story.

Known as "Carlton" (his middle name) to his sister, "L. C." (his initials) to some, most called my grandfather "Doc" Webster. He was 'Grandpa Doc' to me and 'Uncle Doc' to his nieces and nephews. Doc enlisted on April 3rd, 1918 and wrote two letters to the Clyde, NY Times which were published that April and explained his experiences getting to, and the induction process, at Camp Dix, NJ (now Fort Dix). They are light-hearted and express his readiness for "new adventures."

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Daniel R. Warvel and his brother Ira W. Warvel

Submitted by: Lana Lease-Johnston (Granddaughter and WWI Centennial Commission Volunteer!)

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Daniel R. Warvel and his brother Ira W. Warvel served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 10-1917 through 5-19-1919.


My Grandfather Daniel R. Warvel (right) served with his younger brother Ira (left) in WWI. Daniel served in the 128th Infantry, Company M. He served with the Red Arrow Division in the Aisne-Marne Offensive, Oise-Aisne Offensive, and the Muese-Argonne Offensive. The Red Arrow Division was the division known to finally break the last stronghold of the German forces, causing their ultimate surrender.

Not much is known of my grandfather's brother, Ira but he did return home after the war. My grandfather's history is very well known to me as I have his daily journal and letters written home and this is how I got to know him. What follows is a short story of how I became interested in my grandfather.

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Daniel Thomas Murie

Submitted by: Muriel Ellis Parrish

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Daniel Thomas Murie served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 26 Apr 1918 - 3 Jun 1919.


Daniel Thomas Murie aka Thomas Daniel Murie was a private in the 89th Inf Div, 177th Inf Brig, 354th Inf Reg, 3rd Inf Batt, Co I during combat and when the war ended he was a Corporal in Co C of the Army of the Occupation.

His enlistment record said he participated in the Lucey Sector engagement, St Mihiel Offensive, Euvezin Sector and Meuse Argonne Offensive. He knowledge was listed as mechanic, with excellent character and service remarks of honest and faithful with no AWOL or absence without leave.

He was gassed in the trenches while fighting Aug 7-8, 1918. He loved to tell war stories to Jack Ellis, his son in law and Robert Parrish the husband of his granddaughter. He wore tropical worsted wool pants and shirts from the army surplus stores the rest of his life. He said they kept you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. He always had Juicy Fruit gum to give to his grandchildren and a silver dollar was always a present on birthdays and at Christmas. He collected poems and had amassed a huge collection of them at his death.

He was born on 17 Feb 1893 in Sheridan, WY and died on 7 Nov 1975 in Reno, NV. He was married to Gladys Myrtle Jones on 9 Nov 1917 in Greeley, CO. He was one of 13 children born to John Murie, born in 1846 in Lanark, Scotland and Julia Kelly born in Clare County, Ireland. John Murie immigrated to America at the age of 6 weeks in 1846 with three other brothers under the age of four with his father, Peter Murie and mother Ann Allen. This family's contribution was significant to the opening of the west on the Overland Trails.


Martin Theodore Mathisen

Submitted by: Victoria L. Nilsen

Martin T Mathisen 300Martin Theodore Mathisen served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 05/28/1918-06-05/1919.


Martin Theodore Mathisen was born 5 November 1889 in Brooklyn, New York to Norwegian immigrants Edvard Mathisen and Amalia Cathrine Pedersen. At the time of his draft registration in June 1917, the 28-year-old was working as an investigator for the New York Railways Company in Manhattan.

Family lore described Martin as deeply patriotic but someone who also felt a conscientious objection to war. “Religion” was cited as the reason for exemption from service on his June 1917 draft registration card. Despite this request, he received induction papers to report to duty on May 28th, 1918 at the Local Board Division #43 in Brooklyn.

Some accommodation may have been made for his convictions. After spending a few weeks at Camp Upton, New York where he received vaccinations and some drill training, he was sent to Camp Meade, Maryland where he and was assigned to the 313th Infantry, Co. K of the 157th Brigade and the 79th Division commanded by Major General Joseph E Kuhn. Shortly after this assignment he was transferred to the 313th Sanitary Detachment to provide first aid to the wounded.

Martin endeavored to keep the memories of his time in France alive by keeping notes about his daily life. He transferred those notes into diaries where he detailed his activities. He also compiled a scrap book containing more notes, post cards, and pictures which he ordered from the war photographer M.C. Sparks. This compilation of memories provides a glimpse of his experiences as a medic during the Meuse-Argonne offensive.

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A Tradition of Service Logo 75Sgt Willard Tompkins

Submitted by: Leland E Tompkins (son)

Willard TompkinsSgt Willard Tompkins served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 21 Dec 1910 - 3 Oct 1919.


Willard Tompkins was my father and born in 1890 in England. He grew up in the state of Maine, U.S. He enlisted at Fort Wright, New York 21 Dec 1910. He was in the Coast Artillery and spent most of his time working on small boats for Harbor Defense around New York. He made Corporal in Oct 1912 and Sgt on 1 Aug 1917.

In 1917 he was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division with the Ammunition Train. He and his unit moved as the Division did maintaining a flow of all types of munitions to the units. NCO's on motorcycles lead trucks into the units where they delivered the munitions. Also, NCO's where in charge of movements without officers at times.

Sgt Tompkins had worked on engines on boats and vehicles so he worked on the vehicles often along with unit mechanics.

After 11 Nov 1918 Sgt Tompkins was transferred to the 13th Infantry and performed occupation duties with that unit until it returned to the U.S. in Sept 1919 . My father separated from the Army at Camp Dix, NJ 3 Oct 1919.

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A Tradition of Service Logo 75William Seach

Submitted by: William "Bill" Seach (grandson)

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William Seach served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The dates of service are: Unknown .


William Seach was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his service in China during the Boxer Rebellion, prior to World War I. When he died in 1978, he was the oldest. and longest-living, recipient of the Medal of Honor, and the last surviving US veteran of the Boxer Rebellion to receive the medal. His story was shared with us by his namesake grandson, Bill Seach:

During WW I, William Seach was Gunnery Officer on board Troop Transport U.S. Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln was torpedoed/ sunk May 31, 1918 by the German submarine U-90. Lt Seach was wounded, but taken on board and briefly made a prisoner aboard the U-90. The German U-Boat crew had no idea they had captured a Medal of Honor recipient.

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James A. Mitman

Submitted by: Roger Cook {Affiliation name:value}

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James A. Mitman served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 9/1917 to 4/1919.


Enlisted as a cook in the Yankee Division (26th). Lived in Danville, Illinois. He was gassed during his service and spent the rest of his life in and out of Disabled Veterans Homes.
















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