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Stories of Service

Victor Hagemann

Submitted by: Shawn Waldron 

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Victor Hagemann served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The dates of service are: Known March 1918 - war's end?.


Victor L. Hagemann, World War I Veteran

Shared by John Hiltz to my class after we had researched our local monument that had his grandfathers name:

"I want to tell you some about my grandfather, Victor L. Hagemann. On the Merchantville Memorial, his name was misspelled and he is listed as Victor Hagerman. My grandmother told me that he was livid at the unveiling when he saw that his name was misspelled.

"When the United States entered the war, Victor was 20 years old and an accounting student at the University of Pennsylvania. He lived with his father and step-mother at 14 E. Walnut Avenue in Merchantville. He wanted to join the Navy before he was drafted. He considered being drafted before he could enlist as a sign of dishonor. However, in those days you were not considered to be an adult until you turned 21, so join the Navy, he had to have his parents sign a permission form. His father, Albert C. Hagemann refused to sign. Victor joined anyway, lying about his age. When Albert found out, he went and brought Victor home.

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Jacob Feldman

Submitted by: Ben Katzberg

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Jacob Feldman served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1909- September 1918.


The Story of Jacob Feldman

First Lieutenant Jacob Feldman of 17 West Park Avenue, Merchantville, was killed under heroic circumstances. He was attached to Company D, 110th Infantry, formerly the 3rd Regiment, National Guard of Pennsylvania.

Feldman was mortally wounded on September 12, 1918, in the Marancourt sector, in the advance on Hill 212. All of the officers of the company were casualties and Feldman assumed command and reformed the unit and ordered the charge. As they dashed across the open ground he was hit in the stomach by an explosive bullet and fell. He struggled to his feet and beckoned his men on. He was struck by two more bullets and fell. Handing his papers to First Sergeant Harold M. Nash, he shouted "Forward, men!" He died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. He was buried at Reddy Farm, near Cohan, the following day.

His regiment had gone overseas in April, 1918, and participated in the Chateau-Thierry battle. He was the son of Isaac & Dora Feldman, of Merchantville NJ, and had several brothers and sisters.

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William Addison Winner

Submitted by: Justin McKay

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William Addison Winner served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known May 21, 1918 - November 27, 1918.


Corporal William Addison Winner, was born in Burlington, New Jersey on May 29, 1890. He was living in Riverton, New Jersey when he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. Later on, he moved to 26 Volan Street in Merchantville, New Jersey.

William A. Winner was inducted into the United States Army on May 21, 1918 at Beverly, New Jersey. After training at Camp Dix, he was sent to Camp Joseph E. Johnston in Jacksonville, Florida in July, 1918. He was promoted to Corporal on August 8, 1918 and was sent overseas shortly afterwards. Corporal Winner was assigned to Company M, 417th Motorized Supply Train, attached to the American First Army.

Winner survived the fighting in France only to fall victim to the Spanish flu that took the lives millions worldwide in 1918 and 1919. He passed away in Romagne, France on November 27 1918 due to the illness. He is buried Meuse Argonne American Cemetery, Plot C, Row 44, Grave 36.


Henry J. Bowes

Submitted by: Tommy Le

no photo 300Henry J. Bowes served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The dates of service are: Known April 1917- August 1918.


Lieutenant Junior Grade Henry J. Bowes, of Wellwood Avenue and Volan Street, Merchantville, lost his life when the Submarine Chaser 209 was sunk off Fire Island on August 27th, 1918. He was in command of one of eleven chasers as part of the "Patterson Group", an antisubmarine unit whose flagship was the USS Patterson DD-36.

When the armed merchantman Felix Taussig mistook the chasers for German submarines and opened fire, the 209 was sunk, killing 18 and leaving 4 more wounded. The fatal mistake was made 150 miles off Fire Island, after three destroyers had left the twelve chasers. Two other chasers were sunk in the battle.

Lieutenant Bowes had enlisted in the Naval Reserve before the country entered the war in April, 1917, in Pennsylvania, where he had lived for several years. He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Evaline Humphreys Bowes, and his son, Henry E. Bowes, of Merchantville. They remained in Merchantville, later moving to a home at 131 Browning Road.


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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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