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Stories of Service

Private Birendra M. Biswas

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo {Affiliation name:value}

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Private Birendra M. Biswas served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known August, 20 1918 to December 30, 1918.


Birendra M. Biswas was born in Calcutta, India. Biswas' exact birth date is contested because several of his documents have different dates. He immigrated to the United States in 1912. and settled in 355 Hicks Street Brooklyn, New York.

Private Biswas was inducted into the U.S. Army on August 20, 1918 in Brooklyn. It is interesting to note that both his World War I and New York military service abstract listed his race as white. He was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps at Camp Meigs in Washington D.C. until his discharge. He did not serve overseas.

He filed a petition for naturalization while serving in the U.S. Army on October 24, 1918.

Biswas was honorably discharged on December 30, 1918.

After the war, Biswas returned to Brooklyn. By 1920 he still lived at 355 Hicks Street. By 1930, Biswas lived by himself at 2732 West Street and worked in the crystal gazer industry. His 1930 listed his race as Indian and language as Bengali. He lived at 27-95 Ocean Parkway.

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Moximo Cayous

Submitted by: Ron Hentges

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Moximo Cayous served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 9/18/17-4/26/19.


He served with the 364th Infantry.








Private Duggu Ramn

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Private Duggu Ramn served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The dates of service are: Known September 22, 1917- June 5, 1919.


Private Duggu Ramn was born in Simula Hill, Hindustan, East India. His exact date of birth is contested. On his World War I draft card, U.S. naturalization documents, and U.S social security claim list his date of birth as August 11, 1893. While his gravestone notes it as August 11, 1895. it is important to note that on Ramn's World War I draft card, his race was listed as Indian.

He arrived to the United States on June 15,1914 and settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ramn was inducted into U.S. Army on September 22, 1917 in Philadelphia . He served with Company E of the 304 Engineer Regiment, 79th Division. In 1918, Ramn was naturalized by the State of Maryland.

He served overseas from July 9, 1918 to May 29, 1919. Private Ramn and his unit departed from Hoboken, New Jersey for Europe on the ship France. On his U.S. Army Transport Service passenger List he put down his address as 67-74 Chew Street, Mount Airy Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also listed his friend, Mr. Samuel Lenten, as his next of kin. Private Ramn saw action in the Muese- Argonne offensive and was gassed in Nantillois on October 9, 1918. He was honorably discharged on June 5, 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey and returned to Philadelphia.

By 1920 Ramn lived by himself in a rented home on 68-36 Musgrave or Musgrove Street in Philadelphia. In his 1920 U.S. federal census, his race was listed as Hindu or East Indian and his native tongue was listed as Hindu. Hindustan was listed as his birthplace as well as his parents. On the census it also said Ramn was a painter at a ship yard and was able to read and write.

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Private Sam Hindu(o)

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Private Sam Hindu(o) served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The dates of service are: Known April 23, 1918- March 8, 1919.


Sam Hindu(o) was born in Bombay, British India in 1895. He immigrated to the United States before 1917 and settled in Brooklyn, New York.

Hindu(o) was inducted into the U.S. Army on April 23, 1918 in Brooklyn New York. He was part of Company I of the 367th infantry, which was part of the 92 Division. The division was a famous segregated infantry unit during the war and was nick named the "Buffalo Soldiers".

Private Hindu(o) served overseas from June 10, 1918 to February 17, 1919. Hindu(o) and his unit left for France on June 10, 1918 from Hoboken, New Jersey on the ship America. He listed on his departing and arriving U.S. Army Transport Passenger lists, Mrs Maggie or Mary Williams as his next of kin. He also listed his address as 27 Fleet Place, Brooklyn, New York. Hindu(o) and his unit departed from Brest, France on February 8, 1919 on the ship Rotterdam and arrived in the Hoboken, New Jersey on February 17, 1919 for Camp Upton, New York.

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Ernest Elijah Henderson

Submitted by: Johnny Henderson

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Ernest Elijah Henderson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 5, 1918 - July 22, 1919.


Born: April 13, 1897 in Charlotte, Arkansas (Independence County)

Died: January 18, 1981 (gravesite Blue Springs Cemetery, Newark, Arkansas)

Ernest Elijah Henderson served in the Infantry of the United States Army during the First World War.

He registered for the Local Selective Service Draft Board for Independence County in Batesville, Arkansas on June 5, 1918. His registration indicates that at that time, he was a farmer with his father (J. E. Henderson) at Newark, Arkansas.

He was inducted as a Private (Serial # 3826279) into the U. S. Army and he was assigned on June 5, 1918, to the AEF (American Expeditionary Forces) with the 162nd Depot Brigade of the 87th Division at Camp Pike, Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was deployed from the U. S. on September 3, 1918, and he arrived in Brest, France on September 9, 1918. He was a machine gunner and he was involved in the Meuse-Argonne battle. He was demobilized on November 30, 1918. He left from Brest, France on June 27, 1919, and he arrived back in the U. S. on July 5, 1919. (He was a member of the AEF from June 5, 1918 to July 5, 1919.)

He was assigned to a demobilized group at Camp Pike from July 18, 1919, until his date of discharge. He was Honorably discharged, with the rank of Private, from the United States Army on July 22, 1919.


Capt. Clinton C. Mason

Submitted by: Walter N. Vernon III

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Capt. Clinton C. Mason served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known May 12, 1917 to December 1918.


Born 1894.

Enlisted May, 1917, began OTC May 12, 1917, Leon Springs, near San Antonio, Texas.

Commissioned a 2nd. Lt. early Aug. 1917, arrived at Camp Travis, on edge of Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio. Assigned to A Co., 359th Inf.,180th Brigade, 90th Div. to train new draftees, from Texas and Oklahoma. Spring of 1918 promoted to First Lt.

Spring of 1918 all privates sent to France, more draftees arrived from Camp Dodge, Iowa, Mid-West states, training shortened, entrained in early June for Camp Mills, New York, sailed cramped in a small English freighter to Liverpool with destroyer escorts near the coast, July 4, 1918 visited London, July 5, 1918 sailed to France, trained in 40 X 8 French boxcars to training camp in NW France, near Dijon.

Assigned as CO of Company G, at Gurgy la Ville, sent to front to relieve 26th Div. Made Captain. Participated in attack to straighten the St. Mihiel salient north of Nancy in the Toul sector and then take Metz, began attack as reserve company. Hit by artillery shelling on September 11 0r 12, lost left eye and left arm. Arrived back in NY harbor on November 9 or 10, 1918. Mustered out in December, 1918. Awarded Purple Heart on December 7, 1941.

Completed 117 page memoir in 1966, Died in 1972.


Gilbert Nelson Jerome

Submitted by: Laura A. Macaluso

Gilbert Nelson Jerome

Gilbert Nelson Jerome served in World War 1 with the United States Army Air Corps. The dates of service are: Known June 16, 1917-July 11, 1918.


Gilbert Nelson Jerome's Military Service Record, State of Connecticut is mostly blank. His mother neatly typed up answers as she could, but page three, in which the state asks questions like, "what was your attitude toward military service?" and "what were the effects upon yourself of your overseas experience?' would not be answered, since her son was killed in his bi-plane on July 11, 1918 in France.

Although twenty-nine year old Gilbert wasn't able to answer those questions, he wrote often to his mother while serving, and it's safe to say that his experiences in WWI were similar to many others, infantry and airmen alike. During training and later, in between sorties, Gilbert and his cohort experienced long periods of down-time, when they would try to keep themselves busy reading, writing letters home or playing games. These quiet periods were often shattered with bad news--such as the day when Gilbert learned his bunkmate Ernest Leach, a minster's son from Cape Cod, was shot down in the same plane Gilbert had flown earlier in the day.

Certainly no one was safe in the Great War years, civilians or those in service were all under siege from the Spanish flu and other diseases, as well attacks from the enemy. But, those who flew--in paper thin airplanes with mounted machine guns--had high rates of casualties. It didn't matter if you were the son of a president (Quentin Roosevelt was killed in action) or the son of a minister. Many of them died, and as was the custom during war, each was buried where they fell--overseas and far away from their homes and families.

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Henry Winter Davis

Submitted by: Benjamin Woodard

Henry Winter DavisHenry Winter Davis served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The dates of service are: Known 12 May 1918-14 Oct 1918.


Born 2 Sep 1887 at Huntington, WV, to John and Mary Davis. Served in the WV National Guard before receiving a commission. Volunteered for immediate overseas service and sailed on MONGOLIA 11 Sep 1918.

Upon arrival attended American officers’ school at La Vanbonne, France; upon completion assigned to 165th Infantry Regiment, 42nd Division as a 2nd Lieutenant (Nov 1917). Assumed duties with headquarters company until Feb 1918 when transferred to Machine Gun Company. Served with this company in the Baccarat sector, Chasseurs, Champagne, Villers-sur-Fere, Murcey Farm, River Orcq, St. Mihiel sector and at Landres St. George.

Recommended for promotion shortly after regiment came out of Chateau Thierry sector. After service at Chalons-sur-Marne, awarded Silver Star. The citation reads as follows:

“By direction of the President, under the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 9, 1918 (Bul. No. 43, W.D., 1918), Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Henry W. Davis, United States Army, is cited by the Commanding General, American Expeditionary Forces, for gallantry in action and a silver star may be placed upon the ribbon of the Victory Medals awarded him. Second Lieutenant Davis distinguished himself by gallantry in action while serving with Machine Gun Company, 165th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, American Expeditionary Forces, in action near Chalons-sur-Marne, France, 15 July 1918, and by his brilliant leadership.

General Orders: GHQ, American Expeditionary Forces, Citation Orders No. 1 (June 3, 1919)
Action Date: July 15, 1918".

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Colonel Pashupati Joseph Sarma

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Colonel Pashupati Joseph SarmaColonel Pashupati Joseph Sarma served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The dates of service are: Unknown .


Colonel Pashupati Joseph Sarma was born on September 29, 1893 in Calcutta, British India.

He arrived to the New York City on June 28, 1912 at age of 20 from Liverpool, England on the ship Mauretania. It interesting to note that his race was listed as East Indian in the passenger list.

Sarma settled down in Chicago, Illinois. He become a general medical surgeon in the city.

He registered for the U.S. military on June 5, 1917. According to the book History of Medicine and Surgery and Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago by the Chicago Medical Society, during the war, Sarma entered the medical corps of the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

He applied for naturalization on April 11, 1918 in Chicago.

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Gobind Sahai Jaye

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no photo 300Gobind Sahai Jaye served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The dates of service are: May 26 1918 to Unknown.


Gobind Sahai Jaye was on October 15, 1895 in Sialkote, British India. He immigrated to the United States on September 14, 1913. Jaye settled down in Chicago, Illinois.

On June 5, 1917, Jaye registered for the U.S. military. He entered into the U.S Army on May 26, 1918.

On August 9, 1918, he petitioned for naturalization in Macon, Georgia as U.S. Army soldier at age of 22.

At some point after August 1918, Jaye was deployed to France with a medical supply depot unit.

Private First Class Jaye of the medical department left Brest, France on August 26 ,1919 and arrived in Brooklyn , New York on September 5, 1919 for Camp Merritt, New Jersey on ship Aeolus.

After the war, Gobind Sahai Jaye returned to Chicago.

On June 16, 1923, Jaye married Mary Daeschler.

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Chandra Lachman Singh

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


Chandra Lachman Singh was born on May 14, 1895 in Grenada, West Indies, Great Britain. He arrived to the United States on August 2, 1913.

He settled down in Chicago, Illinois. Singh registered for the U.S. military on June, 5 1917.

On October 23, 1918, Singh departed from Hoboken, New Jersey with his unit, Headquarters Company, 8th Infantry on the ship Princess Matoika to France.

He departed from Brest, France on July 11, 1919 with his unit and arrived to Hoboken, New Jersey on July 20, 1919 on the ship Plattsburg.

After the war, he returned to Chicago. He married Merissa P. Rathau on January 17, 1924 in Manhattan, New York.

By 1940, at the age of 44, he was working as salesman and living with his wife Merissa Singh.

Chandra Lachman Singh died in December 1989.

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