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Stories of Service

Juan (Jnan) Chandra Ghose

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

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Juan (Jnan) Chandra Ghose served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known October 16, 1918- Unknown.

 

Juan (Jnan) Chandra Ghose was on August 18, 1890 in Hashara, Calcutta, British India to Mohendra Kumar Ghose. He arrived to New York City on September 18, 1914 at the age 26 through Liverpool, England on the ship Lusitania. The New York passenger list from this period recorded his race as Hindu(East Indian) and birthplace as Dacca.

Ghose stayed in New York for a time and traveled to San Francisco before settling in Chicago.

By 1917, Ghose lived at 1515 W Monroe St, Chicago and was a student at the Chicago Polyclinic School. He registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. His World War I draft card listed his race as Hindu.

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Jacob Bohlken

Submitted by: Jack Bohlken {grandson}

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Jacob Bohlken born around 1888, Jacob Bohlken served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private S A Husaine

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

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Private S A Husaine served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known August 14, 1918 to December 9, 1918.

 

Private S A Husaine was born on May or June 12, 1894 in Arya, British India. He immigrated to the United States prior to 1918 and settled in Manhattan, New York City.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army on August 14, 1918 in New York City. His World War I draft card and New York military service abstract listed his race as white.

Husaine was assigned to Company K Dev Battalion No. 3 at Camp Upton, New York until October 13, 1918. His next assignment was Company Q Dev Battalion No. 4 Group HQ at Camp Upton until discharge. Husiane did not serve overseas.

Private S A Husaine was honorably discharged on demobilization on December 9, 1918.

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Robert James Gowanlock

Submitted by: James Green {grandson}

Robert James GowanlockRobert James Gowanlock served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The dates of service are: Known July 1917- June 1919.

 

Bob Gowanlock was my grandfather. He was part of the 90th Division, 359th infantry. Comprised of draftees of Texas and Oklahoma, they were known as the "Tough 'Ombres".

He fought in both St. Mihiel in September 1918 and in Meuse Argonne offensive in September and October 1918.

He was gassed at St. Mihiel and dealt with its deleterious effects for the rest of his life.

He had nightmares for decades after his service. He lost many men in his company.

My Granddaddy lived until 1975 so I had the opportunity to know him. He never would speak of the war, except he told his children that the rats in the trenches were the size of cats.

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Corporal Dhirendranath Mitra

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

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Corporal Dhirendranath Mitra served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known May 17, 1918 to March 22, 1919.

 

Dhirendranath Mitra was born on April 17, 1892 in Darjeeling, Bengal, British India to Beni Gopal Mitra. He immigrated to the United States in 1913 sailing from Genoa, Italy. He originally settled in New York City and worked as farm hand. Then he settled in Lynn, Massachusetts and worked as a engineer for the rest of the his life.

His World War I draft card listed his race as white, residence as New York University 39 E 31st St, and occupation as a farm hand for Mrs. D.P. Warren in West Park, New York.

On May 17, 1918, Mitra was inducted into the United States Army. He was assigned to the Company H 56 Engineers until June 4, 1918. He petitioned for and was granted U.S. naturalization in Washington D.C. on June 4, 1918.

His next two assignments were to Company I 56 Engineers until August 1, 1918 and Company D 605 Engineers until September 1, 1918. On August 7, 1918, Mitra was promoted to corporal.

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Private Minoo Phiroze

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

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Private Minoo Phiroze served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known March 22, 1917 to June 4, 1920.

 

Private Minoo Phiroze was born March 5, 1892 in Bombay, British India. He immigrated to the United States in 1916.

He enlisted into the United States military on March 22, 1917. at Fort Slocum, New York. He was then assigned to Training I 11th Calvary until June 21, 1917. Then he was assigned to Training I 23rd Calvary until August 1, 1917.

The U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger List from November 2, 1918 recored Private Phiroze leaving from the of New York with the Battery E 81st Field Artillery on the ship Aquitania. However, his name was crossed out with what appears to be the words, "Bld Corp Spies". The list also recored his next of kin, John Mose, who lived at 3rd Ave YMCA, New York.

His next assignment was Battery E 23rd 23rd Calvary(Battery E 81 Field Artillery) until February 8, 1918. Training H 4 Calvary was Phiroze's next assignment until l February 21,1918. His late assignment was HQ Training 4 Calvary till March 22, 1920.

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Private Bivuty Vushon Mukerji

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Private Bivuty Vushon Mukerji served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known April 3, 1918 to May 1, 1918.

 

Private Bivuty Vushon Mukerji was born about 1892 or 1893 in Calcutta, British India. Mukerji completed medical studies at the Glasgow University in Scotland on October 18, 1910. He immigrated to the U.S. prior to 1918 and settled in New York City. He lived at 415 W 22 St in Manhattan.

By 1917, Mukerji had his first papers and registered for the draft on June 5. Mukerji's draft card listed his race as Caucasian (White).

On April 3, 1918, Mukerji was inducted into the U.S. military at age of 26 or 27. He was assigned to the 152 Depot Brigade at Camp Upton in Long Island, New York. His New York military service abstract recorded that he served with the brigade until discharge and did not serve overseas.

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Joseph Miller Duff, Jr.

Submitted by: Andrew Capets (Author of "Good War, Great Men")

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Joseph Miller Duff Jr. born around 1889, Joseph Duff served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1918

 

Joseph "Joe" Miller Duff Jr. was destined to lead men. Unfortunately, like so many brilliant young men of their time, his life was cut short in the killing fields of the Meusue-Argonne. Duff was an Ivy League graduate, the Head Football Coach for the University of Pittsburgh, an attorney for the Allegheny County Bar in Pittsburgh, and a World War I machine gunner.

Joe Duff was an American hero. Despite being rejected by the Army on three different occasions for medical reasons, Duff was determined to serve his country and was eventually able to convince the local draft board to overlook his vision problems.

Duff was a 1912 graduate of Princeton University. As a standout player on their varsity football team, he was named a 1911 ‘All-American’ and proclaimed to be one of the ‘greatest guards in football history’ according to a 1913 Pittsburgh Press newspaper article.

After graduation he was asked to stay on at Princeton to serves as an assistant football coach. The following year he received an offer to become head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Duff delivered two winning seasons for Pittsburgh in 1913 and 1914. Following the 1914 season, Pitt found an opportunity to hire legendary coach Glenn Scobey "Pop" Warner. Coach Warner helped Pitt win the College Football National Championship in 1915.

That same year, Duff obtained his Law Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and went on to work in his brother James Duff's law firm.

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