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Stories of Service

Llewelyn Isaac Hughes

Submitted by: Thomas Hughes

Llewelyn Isaac HughesLlewelyn Isaac Hughes served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 19, 1917 till August 13, 1919.

 

private first class, Company E of the 9th Infantry, second division, U.S. Army

May 31 - June 5, 1918: served in combat at Aisne Llef.

June 6 - July 9, 1918: served in combat at Chateau Thierry

June 8: poison gassed, requiring hospitalization

July 18 - 19, 1918: served in combat at Aisne Monne

July 18: witnesses death of fellow Poultney youth Cpl. J. Claire Carmody

Sept. 12 - 16, 1918: served in combat at St. Mihiel

Sept. 30: Pvt. Hughes wounded at Champagne, France

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George William Muller

Submitted by: Dennis Muller {great nephew}

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George William Muller served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 10 Oct 1917 - 15 Jan 1919.

 

My great uncle served in the US Army in WW1. Service number1696020. He was inducted at #55 New York on 10 Oct 1917. He served with Co K., 305th Inf., 77th Div until discharged on 15 Jan 1919.

He was severely wounded 4 Oct 1918 in Argonne? He was buried in L.I. National Cemetery, sec O, site 36890, Farmingdale, L.I., New York on 16 Dec 1952.

 

 

 

 

Oliver Dana Williams

Submitted by: John K Williams

Oliver Dana WilliamsOliver Dana Williams served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1919, 1932-1956.

 

Battery C 136th Field Artillery, 37th Division. Rank Sgt, qualified as Driver, Section Sgt and Stable Sgt.

 

 

 

 

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Romeo MacDonald

Submitted by: Robert MacDonald

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Romeo MacDonald served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 19 Nov 1917 to 28 May 1919.

 

Romeo MacDonald served with the 78th Infantry Division, 114th Field Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wallace Bruce MacDonald

Submitted by: Robert MacDonald

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Wallace Bruce MacDonald served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 19 Nov 1917 to 28 May 1919.

 

Wallace Bruce MacDonald served with the 78th Infantry Division, CO.B 303 Ammunition Train .

 

 

 

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Amulla M. Mukerji  

Amulla M MukerjiAmulla M. MukerjiSubmitted by: Tanveer Kalo

Amulla M. Mukerji was born around 1895 in British India He immigrated to the United States in 1915 and was naturalized in 1918. Mukerji settled in Detroit, Michigan. When America entered the First World War, Mukerji was drafted and sent to Camp Custer, Michigan. He was part of the 338 Field Hospital, 310 Sanitary Train in the 85th Infantry Division.


 

 

 

 


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William Earl Edgar

Submitted by: James L. Hartman {great nephew}

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William Earl Edgar served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known January 1918 to October 9, 1918.

 

My great-uncle, PFC William Earl Edgar was inducted into the U.S. Army about January 1918. He had moved from Canada to Braddock, Pennsylvania a few years earlier. He served in Company D, 112th Infantry, of the 28th Division.

After training at Camp Hancock in Augusta, Georgia; his unit was sent to France arriving there on May 16 and beginning combat operations in July. On September 26, his regiment began an attack in support of the Argonne Forest offensive. He was killed by enemy artillery fire on October 9, 1918 near Chatel-Chehery and buried near where he died. Later he was reburied at the Argonne American Cemetery.

After Congress passed a bill around 1920 authorizing government paid shipment and reburial of remains at the home of record of the decedent, his mother requested that his remains be shipped to his original home in Bobcaygeon, Canada. A military funeral and burial was held there in the fall of 1921. His coffin was draped with the flags of both nations.

I will never forget the sacrifice that my great-uncle made to preserve American freedom.


 

Cadet James J. Joffe

Submitted by: Hollace Ava Weiner

Joffee headstoneCadet James J. Joffe served in World War 1 with the United States Army Air Corps. The dates of service are: Known 15 Aug 1917 to 15 Jan. 1918.

 

Cadet James J. Joffe, 23, an American aviator at Hicks Field No. 1, Camp Taliaferro, north of Fort Worth, TX, was instantly killed at 4 p.m., Jan. 15, 1917, when the De-Havilland bomber he was piloting crashed to the ground.

Joffe was born in Baku, Asia Minor (now Azerbaijan), and immigrated to America in 1903 with his parents and five brothers and sisters. The family lived in Manhattan, NY. The 1910 U.S. Census lists the flyer's name as "Jacob Joffe," although his military records identify him as James J. Joffe, likely an attempt to Anglicize his name.

Joffe joined the Aviation Section, Signal Reserve Corps, and was nearing completion of his course when the fatal accident occurred. His branch of service was referred to as the "American Flying Corps."

According to the Houston Post, Joffe was several hundred feet in the air when he lost control of his "machine." His head and body were badly bruised, and several cerebral vertebrae broken.

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BG Robert C McDonald MD

Submitted by: James McDonald {grandson}

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BG Robert C McDonald MD served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known Jun 1917 to Jun 1919.

 

My Grandfather was CO of Ambulance Co. #6 and assigned to the 1st Div, Jun 1917. In Dec 1917, he was assigned as instructor at the Sanitary School, Louhres, Fr. In Dec 1918, he was assigned to Gen HQ IG Chaumont , Fr. He returned to Ft. Sheridan, IL, in Jun 1919.

BG Robert C McDonald, served 36 yrs in the Army Med Corps. His last service, 1944-46 as Chief Surgeon 4th Service Cmd, Atlanta, GA . He passed away in Mar 1958, Walter Reed Hospital, at age 77.

 

 

Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind

Bhagat Singh Thind Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind was one of the first Asian Indian soldiers and first turbaned Sikh to serve in the United States Army during the First World War.

Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind was born on October 3, 1892 in Taragarh, Punjab, British India. Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind arrived to Seattle, Washington on July 14, 1913 on board the ship Minnesota from Manila, Philippines. His younger brother, Jagat Singh Thind died onboard  the ship Komagata Maru, which had been forced to turn back from Canada in 1914 because of country’s racial laws. When the ship returned to India, the British government thought the Indians on board the ship were attempting incite revolutionary activities, and a riot broke up out. Many were killed and jailed, including Jagat Singh Thind. Dr. Thind came to the United States for higher education to become a spiritual teacher and scholar. He made his way to Oregon and eventually settled in California later in life.

Dr. Thind came to the United States for higher education to become a spiritual teacher and scholar. When America entered the war, Dr. Thind was studying at the University of California, Berkeley for metaphysics, spirituality, and religion and it is safe to assume that he wanted to serve his new home and uphold the strong warrior tradition of the Sikh faith. He enlisted in the United States Army when the country entered the war in the 1917. He trained at Camp Lewis in Washington state but did not see overseas action. He also listed in October 1918 issue of the newspaper and journal Young India with other Asians serving in the U.S military during the war. Dr. Thind was one of the thousands of Indian Sikhs that bravely served in the war, but he was the first turbaned Sikh to serve in the U.S during the war. Dr. Thind received an Honorable Discharge with the of rank of acting sergeant in 1918 when the war ended.

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