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Stories of Service

Frank James Bleck

Submitted by: Beverly Przybylski

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Frank James Bleck served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known Dec 18, 1916 - Jun 30, 1919.


Enlistment record: St. Mihiel Offensive Sep 12/18; Offensive of Sep 26/18 operating between Montfaucon & Very. Attached to 17th French Corps, east of Meuse North of Verdun, Oct 7-8, 1918 - Offensive of Nov. 1/18 against Bois de Loges, Forest de Argonne. He was promoted to Corporal while in France. He was furloughed to the reserves on Jun 30, 1919, and subsequently received an honorable discharge.




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Herman Cornwell

Submitted by: Patricia Hein

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


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Glennie Long Tomlinson Miller

Submitted by: Nancy Miller

Glennie Long Tomlinson

Glennie Long Tomlinson Miller served in World War 1 with the the United States Navy. The dates of service are: Unknown .


Enlisted as a Yeoman 3rd class. She was assigned to the Division of Supplies and Accounts Disbursements to make out transportation slips for the men. In an article that appeared in the Richmond VA Times Dispatch on 23 Jan 1973, she states that she drilled 3 times a week, marched in parades for bond sales, and was paid $2 per day.




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Nelson Howard Ulmer

Submitted by: Barrett Young

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Nelson Howard Ulmer served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known August 20, 1918 – September 23, 1919.


Nelson H. Ulmer, my great-grandfather, was born on May 16, 1896 in Dawson, Nebraska.

Nelson began his military career on August 20, 1918, at the local draft board in Falls City, Nebraska. In the afternoon, he and seven others boarded a train for Des Moines, Iowa. Near midnight, the train reached Camp Dodge, Iowa where Nelson spent forty-three days getting equipment, vaccinations, drilling, hiking, tests, and was even placed on stable duty for a time.

On September 21, he started for Camp Jesup (Near Fort McPherson, Georgia) passing through St. Louis, Missouri, Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Evansville, Indiana, Nashville, Tennessee, and arrived at Camp Jesup on September 23.

On October 20, new companies were formed and he became a part of Co. G. Unit 310. Motor Transport Corps. (The Motor Transport Corps (M.T.C.) was formed out of the Quartermaster Corps on 15 August 1918, by General Order No. 75. Men needed to staff this new corps were recruited from the skilled tradesmen working for automotive manufacturers in the US.)

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Leonard Louis Nutter

Submitted by: Rachel Hill

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Leonard Louis Nutter served in World War One with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .


He fought in the battle of Muese-Argonne. He received a Purple Heart and a medal from that battle with two bronze service stars on his ribbon from Muese-Argonne.

He was shot in the lung in France where he almost died. He told my grandmother (his daughter) that he almost died because they wrapped him up very tight and he doesn't remember how long he laid in the trench before he got help. The hospital told him had he sat there any longer wrapped that tight that he would have died.


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Sergeant Robert Emmett Carey

Submitted by: RADM James Carey, USN (Ret.) (son of Robert Emmett Carey)

Private Robert Emmett Carey

Sergeant Robert Emmett Carey served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: December 10, 1917−June 30, 19191919.


Sergeant Robert Emmett Carey served with the 325th Army Remount Squadron in France during World War One.


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John Eugene Carey

Submitted by: RADM James Carey, USN (Ret.) (nephew)

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John Eugene Carey served in World War One with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .


Corporal John Eugene Carey served with Company C, First Wisconsin Cavalry, in World War One.









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Earle Schwartz

Submitted by: Bob Bostock

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Earle Schwartz served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 5, 1917 thru shortly after Armistice Day.


Woodrow Wilson, former New Jersey governor and then-president of the United States, campaigned for re-election to the White House in 1916 on the slogan, “He kept us out of war.” Exactly three months and one day after Wilson took the oath of office for his second term, my grandfather, Earle Schwartz of Wood Ridge, New Jersey, registered for the draft. He did so less than three weeks after the President signed the bill instituting a draft to raise an Army to join what is today known to us as World War I. The day that Earle, then 21 years old, registered, June 5, 1917, was the very first day for registration under the new draft.

Before the year was out, young Earle, described by the draft registrar as being tall, of medium build, with blue eyes and brown hair and missing no limbs or eyes, was called up. Earle was sent to France as part of the American Expeditionary Force under the command of General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing. He returned to the States not long after the war ended, November 11, 1918, on what he always called “Armistice Day.”

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John Elco

Submitted by: Josh Hanna 

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John Elco served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 7, 1917-1919.


Seventeen year old John William Elco traveled from his home in Donora to Pittsburgh to enlist in the Pennsylvania National Guard on June 7, 1917, less than a month shy of his 18th birthday.

Elco became a machine gunner in the 111th Infantry--part of the Keystone Division praised by General Pershing. His unit fought in the bloodiest battle involving Pennsylvania's dough boys at Fismette on Aug 26, 1918. He also participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive that ended with the Armistice in November.

He left France in April 1919 but had a lifelong affinity with the US Army, serving again on the home front in WWII where he rose to the rank of Major in 1944. He was finally discharged from the service on June 1, 1951.

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Holmes E. Dager

Submitted by: KP Morris

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Holmes E. Dager served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 23, 1917-1946.

As the war in Europe was gaining steam it was just a year later that Lt Dager volunteered for Federal Service on June 23, 1917. After going to Ft Leavenworth for his Basic Officers Course he is sent to the 6th Infantry Division being formed at Camp Forrest, GA. Once back with the unit he is assigned to H Company, 51st Infantry September 25, 1917. All of the officers in the division are sent to Ft Sill, Oklahoma for instruction on artillery.

 During the next several months the 6th Infantry Division will train for war at various locations, 11th Brigade at Camp Forrest, Georgia, 12th Brigade at Camp Wadsworth, S.C., and the division headquarters at Camp McClellan, Alabama with other units at other camps throughout the United States. The division would not train together until it reached France.

As the training developed 1st Lt Dager would move from unit to unit. Promoted to temporary Captain on August 5, 1917 and moving to F Company January 13, 1918. On September 30, 1918 Dager is assigned to K Company and promoted to Major (Temporary) on October 24, 1918 and moved to command the 3rd Battalion of the 51st Infantry until he reverted to the rank of a Captain in March 1920.


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Paul Emerson Riege

Submitted by: Kenneth Riege

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Paul Emerson Riege served in World War 1 with the the United States Marine Corps. The dates of service are: Known 17 Apr 1917 - 31 Mar 1919.

My grandfather Pvt. Paul Emerson Riege was a very proud Marine. He was one 16 years old when he volunteered for the Marines. He served in the 1st Battalion/5th Marines and fought at the Battle of Belleau Wood, the 2nd Battle of the Marne and was Wounded In Action on 4 Oct 1918 during the Meuse Argonne Offensive. I have shared his story with many (especially other Marines) and have been told that it was the guys from the 1/5 that gave the Marines their reputation that they have today and this is where they earned the title of "Devil Dogs." I remember as a teenager and asking my grandfather why he volunteered, he didn't have to go he was only 16, and he said his country needed him and that he would do it all over again. He also told me that if I ever serve in the military I will understand what he meant. Well I did serve in the military (8 years United States Air Force) and while my grandfather did tease me a bit about joining the "Boy Scouts" he was very proud of me. It was funny I had gone from calling him "grandpa" to calling him "Sir." That would always bring a smile to his face.

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