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Ladli Prasada (L.P.) Varman

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

no photo 300Ladli Prasada (L.P.) Varman served in World War 1 with United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 5, 1917 to January 1919.

 

Ladli Prasada (L.P.) Varman was an Indian who served in the U.S military during World War One. L.P. Varman was born on June 15, 1892 in Saharanpur, British India. He arrived in the state of Washington at age of 23 on the Sado Maru on May 9, 1913 with only $200 with him. Sado Maru departed from Yokohama, Japan and arrived at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on May 8, 1913. The ship arrived in Washington the next day. After arriving to the United States, L.P. Varman settled in Los Angeles, California.

When America entered the war, L.P. Varman was drafted into the United States Army on June 5, 1917. It is noteworthy that his race was listed as Caucasian on his draft card. A few days afterwards, on June 11, 1917, L.P. Varman declared his allegiance to the United States of America in California.

L.P Varman served in the United States Army from June 24, 1918 to January 27, 1919 and was part of Battery D of the 144th Field Artillery in the 40th Division, with the rank of private first class.

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George Goody

Submitted by: Jack Sherman {grandson}

George Goody mugGeorge Goody served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1910-1920.

 

My grandfather joined the Army at 16 to avoid working in the woods of Maine. His father signed his papers but couldn't read and write English so was rather angry when he figured out what was happening.

George left Maine and ended up in troop I 6th Cav on the Texas Mexico border during the punitive expedition. Since he didn't read or write English he was never promoted in 6 years of service.

When we declared war on Germany and the Army needed French speakers grandpa George became a genius overnight since he could read, write and speak French just fine.

He left the cavalry and became a dispatch rider working behind the lines since he could communicate with French people just fine. Unfortunately he was wounded and almost lost his right leg and ended the war in a hospital.

When peace broke out he went AWOL from the hospital to Paris for a celebration with some friends in a cast no less. He eventually got caught, returned to the hospital, chewed out but apparently it was worth it. His leg never healed correctly and was a constant source of pain for the rest of his life. He eventually returned to America and was discharged at Fort Dix NJ in 1920, unfit for further service.

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Glenn Joseph Hixson

Submitted by: Patricia Hahner

Glenn Joseph HixsonGlenn Joseph Hixson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known April 4, 1918-June 9, 1919.

 

Served in the 80th Division, aka "Blue Ridge Division", 320th Infantry, Co. C. Engagements: Artois, Somme, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne.

 

 

 

 

 

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William Henry Fowler

Submitted by: Sasha Nielson {niece}

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William Henry Fowler served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known Dec. 13, 1917 - June 11, 1918.

 

Private William Henry Fowler enlisted in the United States Army Aviation Corps on December 13, 1917, at the age of 21.

He was stationed in Columbus, Ohio for two months before transferring to Camp Grant, Illinois. After two months there he went to Fort Snelling Minnesota and worked in the Government Aviation School. He was getting ready to join the flying squadron in park field Tennessee when he was stricken with pneumonia and died.

This country was three years into WWI in 1917. Willie was young, and attending automobile school in Detroit Michigan when he enlisted in the Army. He knew that when his training was complete he would be called to the battlefield....and he VOLUNTEERED to serve his country!

He was part of the 872 Aero Squadron.

Thank You Uncle Willie!!

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Thomas Hallowell

Submitted by: Ron Staiger {grandson}

no photo 300Thomas Hallowell served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .

 

Thomas Hallowell, my grandfather (maternal) served in Company "F", 109 Infantry Regiment, 28th Division A.E.F. and was exposed to gas because of defective mask- in and out of VA hospitals until his death in 1972.

George Staiger,(paternal grandfather) served aboard the German battleship SMS Wittelsbach during WW1 seeing action against Russian forces in the Baltic Sea.

My grandfather's disliked each other very much.

 

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Harry J Donaldson

Submitted by: Gary Donaldson Cannon {grandson}

Harry J Donaldson

Harry J Donaldson served in World War 1 with the the United States Marine Corps. The dates of service are: Known May 9 2017- Jan 28 1920.

 

Entered service 9 May 1917 Port Royal SC. Honorably Discharge 28 Jan 1920.

Sailed from Tomkinsville, NY aboard USS Henderson for foreign service Sep 23 1917.

Arrived within the continental limits of the US on USS Pestores Oct 21 1918.

Participated in active operation against the enemy in Bois de Bellevue, France from Jun 1 to Jun 3rd

Wounded in action 3 Jun 1917 awarded Purple Heart, loss leg in combat wounds serving as Pvt, 75th company, 6th Regiment, U. S Marine Corps.

He was my grandfather on my mothers side. I knew him as a young boy in 1950's

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Rudolf Laemmlen

Submitted by: Ann Laemmlen Lewis {granddaughter}

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Rudolf Laemmlen served in World War 1 in the manner described below.. The dates of service are: Known July 1917- January 1919.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Simpson Levan

Submitted by: Karen Blount

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Simpson Levan served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .

 

Simpson Levan received the Distinguished Service Cross during World War 1. He was born in Linn, Kansas.

Following is the text of his award;

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Simpson Levan (ASN:156177), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company A, 2d Engineers, 2d Division, A. E.F., near Moneaux and Vaux, France, July 1-3, 1918. Although wounded in the head and left leg by a high-explosive shell, which fact he concealed from his officers, Corporal Levan continued forward with his company. While thus wounded he led his platoon under heavy fire from Moneaux to Vaux during three days of hard and constant fighting, effectively discharging his duties until exhausted.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 132 (1918)

 

Earl Siebenthaler Leatherman

Submitted by: Mary Brennan {granddaughter}

Earl Siebenthaler LeathermanEarl Siebenthaler Leatherman served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1918-1919.

 

He was a wagoner with the Supply Company, 121st Infantry and was stationed in Le Mans, France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alice Rutledge Ward

Submitted by: Mary Brennan {granddaughter}

Alice Rutledge WardAlice Rutledge Ward served in World War 1 with the Red Cross. The dates of service are: Known 1918-1919.

 

She was a Red Cross Nurse. She meet Earl Siebenthaler Leatherman during that time and when he came back to the States, they married on 21 July 1919. They are my grandparents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Forrest Dubroc

Submitted by: Wayne Turner {grand nephew}

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Forrest Dubroc served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .

 

As a young man, I remember my grandmother telling me the story of her brother Forrest dying from the flu epidemic during WWI. I recently found the records where he died in Camp Beauregard at the age of 21 a little over one month before the war ended. Over 40,000 servicemen died from the flu, almost as many as those killed in combat.

 

 

 

 

 

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