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Stories of Service

Russell Perkins Byington

Submitted by: Stacey Byington

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

Russell Perkins Byington, born 21 OCT 1893, moved with his parents to Cairo, NY, in September 1895 and from there to Ossining, NY, in the spring of 1902. Attended Ossining public schools, took an active part in athletic activities and was popular with fellow schoolmates.

Joined the New York National Guard in June 1916, joining Company A, 3d Regiment of Infantry, of Rochester, NY, for service on the Mexican Border. Was one of the first to respond. During the four months he spent on the Mexican border his company saw no fighting. Mustered out in September 1916.

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Sgt Willis Lewis Burnworth

Submitted by: Peter Stassen

Sgt Willis Lewis Burnworth

Sgt Willis Lewis Burnworth served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known May 30 1917 - November 1 1918.

Sgt Willis L. Burnworth entered service (ASN: 1518883) at Bremen on May 30th, 1917 with the Ohio National Guard. He got his basic training with Company D of the 7th Infantry Regiment at Pleasantville, Ohio. On July 15, 1917 this regiment was recalled to federal service. It was now redesignated the 145th Infantry Regiment, and assigned as one of the components of the 37th Division. Willis became a member of Company H.

From September 29th, 1917 till end of May 1918 he trained at Camp Sheridan, five miles outside Montgomery, Alabama. During that time he attained the rank of Corporal (October 10th, 1917). At Camp Lee, Virginia he stayed from May 24th till June 11th. Before embarking the USS Leviathan he received his final overseas physical examination. The ship left the harbor on Saturday June 15th and landed at Brest, France, June 22nd.

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John Posey Conner

Submitted by: Sheri Poff, Great Granddaughter

John Posey Conner

John Posey Conner served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 07/21/ 1918 - 06/07/1919.

 

My great grandfather is World War I U.S. Army Infantry Veteran John Posey Conner from Floyd County, Virginia. He signed Draft Registration Card on June 5th, 1917 in Copper Hill, VA. He enlisted on July 21st, 1918 in Copper Hill, VA. All we know is that he talked about being in France during WWI. We were informed by National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO that his records were destroyed in the fire of 1973. The only document in there records was his Final Pay Voucher.

In our own searches on Ancestry.com we located copy of his Military Grave Marker/Headstone Form that was signed by his son in 1962, few days after John Posey Conner's death in 1962. And luckily on this 1962 Military Grave Marker application it listed he served in Co. F., 316th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division! We were thrilled to have found this information!

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Arthur Clemence Cole

Submitted by: Frances Cole Denoncourt

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Arthur Clemence Cole served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1907-1918.

 

He was sent to France in World War I as a 1st Lieutenant and earned many commendations, citations, ribbons, and medals. After the war he held several public offices at both state and local levels.

Arthur began his military career July 15, 1907 as a trooper in the RI National Guard Cavalry.

Officer Reserve Corps 1st Lieutenant.

Arthur Clemence Cole was commissioned as 1st Lieutenant at Plattsburgh, NY and reported for transport to France with the 23rd Infantry in early 1918.

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Francis Ashley Phillips

Submitted by: Lanny Phillips

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Francis Ashley Phillips served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917 - 1919.

 

These few pages are written about my grandfather, whom I admire and respect, and whose story I am proud to tell. (Written in January, 1963.)

In the wilderness of the old Illinois back country during the nineteenth century, sat a small five-room home, where George and Miranda Phillips lived with their children. This farm house and the large acreage around it had been homesteaded in Wayne County by George's parents, with a land grant given by [President] Franklin Pierce. The farm was situated halfway between Centralia and Xenia, Illinois. George, his wife, and children were primarily self-sufficient and saw little of town life other than Saturday trips to town.

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Harrison Taylor Wells

Submitted by: COL Ret. Arthur N. Tulak

2LT Harrison Taylor Wells

Harrison Taylor Wells served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 24, 1918 to March 1, 1919.

 

2LT Harrison Taylor Wells, U.S. Army, E Battery, 72d Field Artillery Regiment, Camp Henry Knox Kentucky, and later assigned to the HQs and Headquarters Battery, 81st Field Artillery Regiment.

Born April 3, 1889 in Rea MO, at the opening of the War, Harrison T. Wells, a graduate of Drury College in Springfield MO, was the Principal of Greenfield High School, Greenfield, MO.

Harrison Wells was inducted into the Army on June 24, 1918, and reported to Company 32A, at Camp Pike Arkansas until July 10, 1918 when he reported to 24th Battery, at Field Artillery Central Officers Training School (F.A.C.O.T.S), at Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville Kentucky.

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Private Angelo Iossa

Submitted by: MSG Angelo R. Iossa (US Army Retired)

Angelo Iossa

Private Angelo Iossa served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are:
5 April, 1918 to 22 August, 1919 .

 

Private Angelo Iossa, my paternal Grandfather, served in WWI from 5 April, 1918 to 22 August, 1919 with the American Expeditionary Forces, 3rd Division, 7th Infantry Regiment’s (Cottonbalers), Machine Gun Company.

According to his Birth Certificate, Honorable Discharge, and Enlistment Record, which were given to me at my Father’s passing, Angelo was born on 17 February, 1896 in Marigliano, Italy. He worked as a rose grower in Madison, NJ (Nicknamed: The Rose City) prior to his induction into the United States Army on 20 November, 1917 in Morristown, NJ.

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Capt. Joseph L. Bachus

Submitted by: Richard C. Bachus

Joesph Bachus

Capt. Joseph L. Bachus served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 12, 1916 to 1944.

Joseph L. Bachus spent the better part of four decades in nearly every branch of the U.S. military, but his combat experience in the trenches of France during WW I solidified his decision to dedicate his life to professional soldiering.

His men called him "Smokey Joe" -- not only for the smoldering pipe that was his constant companion, but for his fiery method for turning a rabble of undisciplined recruits into a tough fighting force. Some may have hated him back home during the rigors of training in Michigan and Texas, but he was "the idol of his men" by the time his unit reached the fighting in France.

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Private Joseph F. Andrade

Submitted by: J. Ennes

Joseph F Andrade

Private Joseph F. Andrade served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known September 1917 until August 1918.

 

Joseph F. Andrade's parents were immigrants from Madeira, Portugal who were recruited, along with his older half brothers, to work the sugar cane fields of Maui, Hawaii. Two more sons were born in Hawaii, and then the family moved on to work the fruit orchards of Santa Clara, California where Joseph and his sister were born. Joseph was working as a farmer in Santa Clara when he was drafted into the Army in 1917.

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Pvt. William "Willie" Wiseman Honoll

Submitted by: William D. Honnoll, Grandson of Pvt. Honnoll

William Wiseman Honnoll

Pvt. William "Willie" Wiseman Honoll served in World War 1 with the U.S. Army. The dates of service are: Known 04/01/1918 -01/17/1919.

 

William Wiseman Honnoll was born May 30, 1895, in Ben Lomond, Arkansas. The moved to Macey in 1910 with his father John Frederick Karr Honnoll after the death of his mother Ida Lee Maxey Honnoll. He was called Will or Willie by some mostly family members, but most on Buffalo Island knew him as “Peanut” Honnoll. Will married Rachel “Jane” Pitts, January 3, 1918, and made their home in the Macey community until 1944. They had three children: Ida Lee Helen, John Albert, and James Abner Monroe. Will was a farmer, ginner, cotton picker, and rural letter carrier out of Monette and Black Oak.

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1st Lt. Clarence Roy Green

Submitted by: Chris Newlon Green

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1st Lt. Clarence Roy Green served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known March 1906-May 1918.

 

Near Baccarat, France, Lt. Clarence Green of Company A, "gave his life in his efforts to save his men. Rushing through the dark with his gas mask on, he made his way about the trenches, warning all of the danger, but finding his progress slow, and that he could not make himself plainly heard, he removed his mask from time to time until every one in the post was aroused. The gas he inhaled in this way caused his death shortly after reaching the hospital the next morning."

-- The Story of the 168th Infantry, John H. Tabor, The State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, 1925, 223.

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