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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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Frederick W. Grigg

Submitted by: Makaio Kelii

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Frederick W. Grigg served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1915-1916 (Mexico), 1917-1918 (France).

 

The Story of Corporal Frederick W. Grigg

CORPORAL FREDERICK W. GRIGG, was born in Pennsylvania on May 17, 1897 to William Erie and Mary Butler Grigg. They had moved to 46 West Chestnut Avenue in Merchantville NJ by the summer of 1910. After moving to New Jersey, the Griggs were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Merchantville.

After joining the United States Army at the age of 16 in 1915. He first saw service with Battery B, 1st New Jersey Field Artillery, on the border during the armed intervention with Mexico in 1916. When the battery returned to Camden he was mustered out of service. He was working in Trenton when America entered the Great War and enlisted in the Second New Jersey National Guard and was first placed on guard duty in the state. Later he was sent to Camp McClellan, Anniston, Alabama, and sailed for France in June 1918. when sent overseas, Corporal Grigg was a member of Company E, 113th Infantry Regiment.

Corporal Frederick Grigg was killed in the Argonne Forest and Meuse drive in October, 1918. He was struck in the stomach by a fragment of shrapnel. He was buried at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne, France.

In the years following World War I, veterans in the town of Merchantville organized an American Legion Post, which is named after Corporal Grigg and is still active today.

 

John Robert Montgomery

Submitted by: Thomas A. Bowman, Jr.

John Robert MontgomeryJohn Robert Montgomery served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known August 6, 1914 - July 16, 1919.

 

John Robert Montgomery was born August 14, 1894 at Tayloria, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the US Army at Fort Logan, Colorado on August 6, 1914. He was promoted to Corporal. He served in the regular army from October 1, 1914 to January 15, 1918.

Corporal Montgomery was stationed at Fort MacArthur, California from February 1, 1918 to August 5, 1918. He sailed from the US to France on October 7, 1918 until January 12, 1919.

Corporal Montgomery served as a 1st Class Gunner in a Mine Company in the US Coastal Artillery Corps. He was honorably discharged June 4, 1920 at Governors Island, New York.

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Joseph J. Harrison, Sr

Submitted by: Joseph J. Harrison, Jr {son}

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Joseph J .Harrison, Sr served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1919

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helmer Larson

Submitted by: Orlan Dreyer {nephew}

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Helmer Larson served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1918.

 

My uncle, Helmer Larson, served in France during WWI. He was a farm boy from North Dakota. He showed me a First Aid packet that he wore on his pistol belt and it had a bullet hole through it. He said he was too skinny and "the 'Krouts' couldn't get a bead on me!"

He was passionate about American Legion and very active in Local Post 112, Willow City, ND.

 

 

 

Peter Alphonse Connelly

Submitted by: Chris Connelly

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Peter Alphonse Connelly served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The dates of service are: Known January 1918 to August 1919.

 

Peter Alphonse Connelly served with the United States Marine Corps 5th Regiment from January 8, 1918 through August 9, 1919.

Peter Connelly was born in the small Indiana hamlet of Oldenburg Indiana in 1896. The town settled by German immigrants and named after Oldenburg Germany, the birthplace of many of the settlers. While growing up living and working on a farm, Peter was an avid hunter and honed his marksmanship skills.

Soon after registering for the daft, Selective Services notified Peter he had been selected for service in the United States Marine Corps. Peter first reported to Paris Island, South Carolina in February 1918 for basic training. While there, Peter spent extra time on the rifle range sharpening his marksmanship skill and eventually qualifying as a Rifle Expert. In February, Peter’s regiment transferred to Quantico, Virginia for pre-deployment training and inoculations. On February 25 1918 he was deployed to France.

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John Martin Carrington

Submitted by: John R Carrington {son}

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John Martin Carrington served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known August 14,1917 to 1919.

 

My father was a member of Motor Truck Company 10 of the 39th. Division US National Guard which was Federalized August 14th 1917 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He and his cousin, Van Carrington, enlisted together.

The unit embarked at Brest France in 1917 as an ammunition truck company. He would never talk about the experiences he had other than to tell me about using the protruding legs of German soldiers in the trenches, who had been buried by shell fire, to hang their "tin pots" on.

As many others who returned he suffered his entire life with what we now call PTSD. I have only the muster roster from the unit to remember his service by.

 

Charles R. Doe

Submitted by: Michael V. Grobbel

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Charles R. Doe served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known November 21, 1917 to March 10, 1920 .

 

Charles R. Doe was born on March 21, 1892 in Coffin Township, near Bruce Mines, Ontario, Canada. In 1897, his parents moved the family to Brimley, Michigan and Charles became a U.S. citizen in 1905.

Charles was drafted into the U.S. Army on November 21, 1917 and was sent for basic training to Camp Custer, near Battle Creek, Michigan, where he was assigned to Company A, 310th Engineers, 85th Division.
Camp Custer was the training cantonment for the 85th Division, which was also nicknamed the Custer Division.

In July 1918, the entire 85th Division shipped out for England, where they continued to drill and train in preparation for deployment to the Western Front in France. However, once they arrived in England, the 339th Infantry Regiment, the 1st Battalion of the 310th Engineers and the 337th Field Hospital and Ambulance Companies were given orders to prepare for deployment to Archangel, Russia. General John Pershing had assigned them to the American North Russia Expeditionary Force pursuant to orders he had received from President Wilson to support the British and French armies in the Allied Intervention in the Russian Civil War. Upon arriving in Archangel, the American troops were placed under British command and given orders to chase the retreating Bolshevik troops.

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William E. Votruba

Submitted by: David C. Votruba {grandson}

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William E. Votruba served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known April, 1917 - June, 1919.

 

William E. (“Bill”) Votruba was a 25-year-old sophomore at the University of Michigan when the United States declared war on April 6, 1917. He knew without question that he should—and would—willingly enter the service, but wrestled with how best to proceed.

Thinking first to apply for training as an officer, he was dissuaded by flat feet. Then, hearing a new unit was forming at the University of Chicago to augment and/or replace volunteers providing ambulance services at the fronts, he thought this might be a good fit. He jumped a train to get there as fast as possible but, on arrival, learned the recruitment quota for the unit was already filled. His disappointment was short, though, as he was informed by the recruiting officer that a companion unit was being raised at that very moment back at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. He rushed there in time to enlist in that unit. As it happens, the Ann Arbor unit (Section 591, U.S. Army Ambulance Corps) was one of the very few USAAC units to make it to the war.

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Linda Konover Meirs

Submitted by: Ann Meirs Honadle Van Hise

Linda Konover MeirsLinda Konover Meirs served in World War 1 with the Red Cross. The dates of service are: Known 1916-1919.

 

Linda Konover Meirs (1884-1972) grew up in Allentown, NJ and obtained her nursing education at the Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing and the Mayo Clinic. As a member of the American Red Cross Nurse Corps, she rode with General John Pershing in pursuit of Pancho Villa.

In August of 1916 she was sent with the first American Red Cross Relief Delegation on the USS Mercy Hospital Ship to the European War Zone.

In 1917 she was given a commission to Romania, where she spent a brutal winter. June of the next year, she was assigned chief nurse of Hospital #23, Jouy-sur-Morin, France, where, according to a report from the front, Nurse Meirs "won conspicuous recognition for bravery under fire." She had an old chateau converted into a field hospital, where they received wounded soldiers directly from the front. This was the first of her hospitals to be bombed by air.

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Robert Kynoch

Submitted by: Hal Pratt

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Robert Kynoch served in World War 1 with the the United States Navy. The dates of service are: Known 1917 to 1918.

 

Robert served as a Ship Fitter, Second Class, on the U.S.S. Prometheus AR-3. He contracted pneumonia due to the Spanish flu and died at Navy Base Hospital #5 in Brest, France in October 1918. He was buried at Kerfautras Cemetery in Brest. His body was returned to the family in 1922.

 

 

 

 

 

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