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Stories of Service

Joseph Aleas

Submitted by: Alan Leventhal, Tribal Ethnohistorian, Muwekma Ohlone Tribe

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Joseph Aleas born on May 11, 1893. Joseph Aleas served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1916 and the service was completed in 1920.

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Sergeant Joseph Aleas

U.S. Army, Company D, 21st Machine Gun Battaion, 7th Division, American Expeditionary.

Joseph Aleas was born on the Alisal (Pleasanton) Rancheria on May 11, 1893 and was the son of Margaret Armija. He enlisted in the US Army on June 30, 1916.

According to Armija-Thompson family recollections, he was a good horseman and wanted to fight against Pancho Villa had led approximately 1,500 Mexican raiders in a cross-border attack against Columbus, New Mexico, in response to the U.S. government's official recognition of the Carranza regime. Villa's troops attacked a detachment of the 13th U.S. Cavalry, seized 100 horses and mules, burned the town, killed 10 soldiers and eight of its residents, and made off with ammunition and weapons. President Woodrow Wilson responded by sending 6,000 troops under General John J. Pershing to Mexico to pursue Pancho Villa and his troops. This military mobilization was called the Punitive or Pancho Villa Expedition.

Later, Joseph Aleas served in France in the 21st Machine Gun Battalion, 7th Division (its Hourglass insignia dates back to 1918). Organized originally to serve in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during World War I, the U.S. Army's 7th Infantry Division was created at Camp Wheeler, Georgia on December 6, 1917 and it fought in Alsace-Lorraine, France during the war. The division also served as an occupation force in the post-war period.

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Alfred Guzman

Submitted by: Alan Leventhal, Tribal Ethnohistorian, Muwekma Ohlone Tribe

Fred Guzman

Alfred Guzman born June 2, 1896. Alfred Guzman served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Private Alfred (Fred) Guzman

U.S. Army, Company C, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, American Expeditionary Force under Brigadier General T. W. Darrah.

Alfred Guzman was born on the Pleasanton Rancheria on June 27, 1896 to Francisca and Jose Guzman.

Prior to the declaration of War, Fred Guzman had served in the National Guard at Fort Mason in San Francisco in 1917. Afterwards he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served in the 28th Division, 55th Brigade Infantry, 110th Infantry, Company "C" and fought in the major battles at Ourcq-Vesle (July 28, 1918), Second Battle of the Marne (July 15-August 5, 1918), Meuse-Argonne Offensive (September 26 to October 8, 1918), and Havrincourt (October 8 - November 11, 1918) in France.

The 28th Division fought in the following campaigns: Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, Meuse-Argonne, Champagne (1918), Lorraine (1918). The cost in lives of these six campaigns was 4,183 casualties including 760 dead. The six fleurs-de-lis on the regimental insignia commemorated their World War I service.

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Toney Guzman

Submitted by: Alan Leventhal, Tribal Ethnohistorian, Muwekma Ohlone Tribe

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Toney Guzman born January 15, 1890, Toney Guzman served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Private Antonio (Toney) Guzman

U.S. Army, Battery F, 347th Field Artillery Regiment, 91st Division, American Expeditionary Force.

Toney Guzman was born on March 27, 1890 either in Centerville or on the Niles Rancheria. He was the son of Muwekma Indians Francisca Nonessa and Jose Guzman. Toney enlisted in the U.S. Army and he fought in the Meuse-Argonne (September 26 to October 8, 1918), Ypres-Lys, and Lorraine campaigns in France.

Toney served in the Army from April 29, 1918 and was honorably discharged at the San Francisco Presidio on April 26, 1919.

The 91st Division was known as the "Wild West Division." The Division's shoulder patch was a green fir tree referring to its origin at Camp Lewis in the Pacific Northwest. The Division was deployed to France in August, 1918 and fought with great distinction.

In the Ypres-Lys campaign, the Division served in the Flanders Army Group, under the command of the King of Belgium. The Division was headquartered adjacent to Flanders Field. Five members of the Division earned the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Stanley Lionel

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

Stanley LionelStanley Lionel served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Stanley Lionel was born on January 15, 1893 or 1894 in Ceylon, British India. Lionel's birth year is contested because multiple documents list different years. He immigrated to the United States in either 1904, or 1905 or 1914. The exact year of his arrival is contested by his 1930 census and naturalization application. After his arrival, Lionel settled in Manhattan, New York.

Lionel enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 5, 1917. His World War I draft card recorded his race as "Ceylonian" and birth date as January 15, 1893.

Lionel started his service at Fort Solcum, New York. He was then assigned to the 13th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Ringgold, Texas. His unit was assigned to the Mexican-U.S. border. On December 17, 1917, Lionel was promoted to Private First Class. He did not serve overseas.

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James Buha Khan

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

no photo 300James Buha Khan born around 1889 or 1886, James Khan served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Private James Buha Khan was born in Lahore, British India in either 1889 or July 15, 1886. Khan came to the United States in 1904 and settled in Oakland, California until the 1940s. He then moved to Utah and lived there until his death. In 1906, Khan applied for U.S. naturalization in California.

On December 25, 1911, James Buha Khan married Pearl M. Carter in Alameda, California.

Khan enlisted in the U.S. military on December 14, 1917. His World War I draft card recorded his race as "Malayan" or Malaysian.

Khan was assigned to HQ Company, 363 Infantry. Khan and his unit departed from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the ship City Of Cairo for France on July 6, 1918. Khan's U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger List recorded his next of kin as his brother, Mian Khan.

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Isaac Walter Miller

Submitted by: Kris I. Miller {grandson}

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Isaac Walter Miller served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known Feb 1917- Aug 1919.

 

My Grandfather Isaac Walter Miller joined the Army at Reading, PA in 1917. He sailed to France from Hoboken, NJ in June 1917.

He was involved with the following of the First Division: Aisne defense: May - June 1918, Marne offense:July Aug 1918, St. Michael: Sept 1918, Meuse Argonne: Sept- Nov 1918. He was hospitalized for 1 week near Verdun due to gas and shock.

He was promoted to corporal Feb. 1918 and to Sargent July 1919. He arrived back in the US and was discharged Aug. 1919. After his discharge he transferred from regular Army to Pennsylvania National Guard Sept 1919.

While serving as a patrolman assigned to Valley Forge Park he was killed in an accident while riding his motorcycle. At the time of his death he and his wife Mabel had 3 children ages 3, 2, and my father who was 6 months old. My dad never knew his father but spent several years late in his own life researching and compiling his fathers life story. Had it not been for my fathers effort we may never have learned about the decorated war hero that was my grandfather.

 

A Tradition of Service Logo 75Irving Alexander Slicklen

Submitted by: Gayle Reynolds {great-niece}

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Irving Alexander Slicklen born around 1903. Irving Slicklen served in World War 1 with the the United States Coast Guard. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1918.

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Irving was said to be tall and looked older than his actual age, so being very patriotic he decided he'd try and enlist after school one day. He obviously pulled the wool over the eyes of those in the recruitment office and found himself an instant member of the Coast Guard. Puffed out with pride, he went home and told his mother.

Great-Grandma Slicklen was so appalled that a 15-year old could have been signed up for war that she grabbed her coat and dashed out of the house, forgetting she was wearing her bedroom slippers. She ran all the way to the recruitment office, where she breathlessly begged for Irving to be released from service. Unfortunately she was told that he had signed the official papers, which were already being processed, there was no way he could be released from active duty.

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William F. Weir

Submitted by: Diane Sleger {granddaughter}

William F WeirWilliam F. Weir served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 07SEP1917-09JUN1919.

 

I discovered my grandfather's old wallet filled with WWI 1" x 1.5" old black and white photographs with handwritten captions. As tears filled my eyes, I had to catch my breath as I felt I began to know my grandfather, who I never really knew.

59f12e9cd918d The Great War A Sold Cover for KindleWhen I was a child, growing up in "Pure Michigan", I only knew my paternal grandparents. I was told he had swallowed mustard gas, and had TB, and lived in the TB Sanitarium in Chicago. I became interested in finding out more about WWI and his contribution. With my degree in Graphic Design, I decided to sort those and compile this book to honor him and share his memories with others.

WWI veteran of William Frederick Weir served with the American Field Service, Special Services Unit 649, with the American Expeditionary Forces in the First Division. It relates specifically to a driver/mechanic’s experiences in the trenches, including Cantigny, Soissons, and Meuse Argonne.

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Atma S. Nick

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

no photo 300Atma S. Nick served in World War 1. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

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Atma S Nick was born in British India either about 1885 or 1892. He immigrated to the United States in 1913. By 1918 he was in Sacramento, California working as a laborer.

On September 12, 1918, Nick registered for the U.S. military in California. Nick's draft card recorded his race as white.

The dates and location(s) of his service are unknown at this time.

By 1930, Nick was in Mesilla, Dona Ana, New Mexico and had his first papers. He was working as farm laborer employer on a cotton farm. He had a servant named Maria Garcia. She was from Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. in 1921.

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Charles Monette

Submitted by: Lou Ann Knox {grand niece}

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Charles Monette born around 1899, Charles Monette served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward W Ryan

Submitted by: Kevin W Titus {grand nephew}

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Edward W Ryan born around , Edward Ryan served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

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My. Grandfather's brother my Great Uncle Edward Winn Ryan was a Us Army soldier He was wounded and gassed several times was awarded the French Croix de Guerre I used to have many items of his war time. I do have a German messenger dog bell he gave me. I met him as. A young boy. I believe he died around 1974 0r 77. In Las Angeles Ca .He also won several. Purple Hearts. Love to know where he is buried today.

 

 

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