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Stories of Service

Corporal Harry Edward Shenton

Submitted by: Rex Passion

Harry Edware Shenton Jr

Corporal Harry Edward Shenton served in World War One with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known April 18, 1917 to May 16, 1919.

 

Harry Edward Shenton served in Company B, 103rd Engineers of the Pennsylvania National Guard from the beginning of the U. S. involvement until the war’s end. His unit was attached to the 28th Division and Corporal Shenton built defensive works on the Marne at Charly sur Marne, fought in support of the 109th infantry at St. Agnan in the breakout of July 15th, built bridges under fire at the Battle of Fismes, built roads in the Muse Argonne and fought in support of the 111th infantry at Chene Tondu. They were preparing to cut the German wire at St. Louis Farm in the Thiaucort Sector when the war came to an end.

Ed Shenton was an art student when war was declared and promptly joined the engineers. He was in the habit of drawing every day and continued this routine throughout his training and his service overseas. When he returned home, no one was interested in his stories or his drawings so he put his sketchbooks away and went back to art school. He had a fifty-year-long career and became one of the major book and magazine illustrators of his day.

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Lee Roy "LeRoy" Appleton

Submitted by: Ethel Lee Douglas Lawson (niece)

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Lee Roy "LeRoy" Appleton served in World War One with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 15 May 1917 - 23 Nov 1917.

 

My Uncle LeRoy Appleton served in WWI as a private in Co. G of the 144th U.S. Infantry. He was 25 years old when he enlisted May 15, 1917.

Many years ago my mother, Ethel Mae Appleton Douglas, told me an interesting story about my Uncle LeRoy and my father, John Albert Douglas.

My mother and her brother had been very close all of their lives, since the death of their mother at an early age. When my mother had not heard from her brother for a very long time, she became extremely worried for fear he had been killed or wounded so badly he could not write letters. After unsuccessfully trying to console my mother, my father decided to get on the train from Texas to New York. That’s where the troops came in from the European war zone and where war records were kept.

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Harold R. Johns

Submitted by: Alice L. Luckhardt

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Harold R. Johns served in World War One with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known August 1917 to September 30, 1918.

 

Harold R. Johns, the son of Morris and Augusta Johns, born in Stuart, Florida in September 1895. Soon after the US entered the war, Harold enlisted, June 1917, reporting to service by August with special engineering training at Camp Wheeler and Camp Hancock during the following nine months. Private Johns was sent overseas May 18, 1918 with the U.S. Army, Company E, 103rd engineers, 28th Division.

There was considerable military action across France during the next few months. Harold dodged many bullets until September 27, 1918, when he was wounded near the town of Varennes, during the battles at Meuse-Argonne or 'No Man's Land' as it was often described.


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David Gaines Gentry, Jr

Submitted by: Barbara J. Selletti

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David Gaines Gentry, Jr served in World War One with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 01 Apr 1918-03 Apr 1919.

 

David was a Private in Co. B/E, 105th Ammunition Train, 30th Division of the Army. He was a 22 year old cotton mill worker in Jonesville, SC at the outbreak of the war. He had only recently married with a young one on the way.

For a young man who hadn't traveled more than 100 miles from where he was born and lived, the prospect of not only serving in the military must have seemed exotic, but also traveling over the ocean to another county.

 

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Herbert Lowe Parsons

Submitted by: Lori Parsons (granddaughter-in-law)

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Herbert Lowe Parsons served in World War One with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 5-19-1918 to 4-27-1919.

 

Herbert Lowe Parsons, my husband's grandfather, served in World War 1 as an ambulance driver. Originally with the 2nd Missouri Ambulance Company with the Missouri National Guard, his company became part of the 35th Infantry Division when the United States declared with Germany.

Research shows that his ambulance company, the 138th Ambulance Company, was part of the 110th Sanitary Train within the 35th Infantry Division. His ambulance company set up dressing stations and evacuated wounded at Bussang, Vittel, Gerardmer, Fraize, Auzeville, Neuvilly, Vauquoise Hill, Cheppy, Charpentry,

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Charles Gilbert Miller

Submitted by: Nancy Miller

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Charles Gilbert Miller served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .

 

Served in the motor pool at Fort McHenry, where his unit was formed, preparing vehicles for shipment overseas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chester William Arms

Submitted by: Kathy Huff

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Chester William Arms served in World War One with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known Jun 05, 1917.

 

Enlisted June 5, 1917 and was in 9 days because he got sick.

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manuel E. ("Mannie) Reams

Submitted by: Michael Brimer

Mannie Ellsworth Reams

Manuel E. ("Mannie) Reams served in World War One with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known Sept 1917-31 Oct 1918.

 

Drafted in September 1917, assigned to newly forming 91st Division. Completed basic training at Fort Lewis Washington, then was assigned to 363rtd Bn and trained as a machine gunner. Traveled with the division to England, then to France.

Participated in several battles, was wounded and recovered, then sent back to front lines. Was part of the 363rd Battalion's attack on German positions in Spitaals Bosschen woods area. He was killed during the first day of the assault. He eventually was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

The American Legion Reams Post 182, Suisun City, CA was formed in 1920 and named after him. It has been in existence ever since.

 

George Washington Dick

Submitted by: Merrilee Jung

George Dick

George Washington Dick served in World War One with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .

 

Company A, 36th infantry., 7th Snelling, Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roy Irvin Driver

Submitted by: Nancy Cramer

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Roy Irvin Driver served in World War One with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .

 

Conscientious objector who worked in the kitchen at Camp Funston, KS and wore the uniform.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Col. Norman J. Eckert

Submitted by: Richard Eckert, Sr. (son)

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Col. Norman J. Eckert served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1920 - 1954.

 

Colonel Norman J. Eckert, WW I, WW II, Korean War era




Colonel Norman J. Eckert Bronze Star: Father of Edward (Ed) Colonel US Army; William (Bill) Lt. Col. U.S. Army; and Richard (Dick), Captain USAR (author). My Dad enlisted in WW I to follow his older brother Jack P. Eckert, he rose from private, sergeant and received a commission as a 2n Lt. in 1920. He rose in rank as acting commander of the 25 Division artillery in WW II.

 

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