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Stories of Service

Peter Harry Marvrias'

Submitted by: Steven Hull {grandson}

Peter Harry Marvrias

Peter Harry Marvrias' born around 1887, Peter Marvrias' served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

My grandfather, Peter (Pete) H. Mavrias', died when I was four. My recollections of him are vague, but I remember him as a kind, fun loving person. Growing up, two pictures were hung in my grandmother’s bedroom: one a formal portraiture of Pete in his World War I Army uniform; and the other a showing a kneeling soldier looking up at Columbia, the female representation of the United States. In her right hand was a sword resting on the soldier’s right shoulder. At the top an inscription reads, “Columbia Gives To Her Son The Accolade Of The New Chivalry Of Humanity”. At the bottom in hand written scrip was “Peter H. Mavrias, Pvt, Co. H. 167th Inf.”, followed by the words “Served With Honor In The World War And Was Wounded In Action”, signed “Woodrow Wilson”.

Pete Mavrias’ life was an adventure, not unlike that of hundreds of thousands of other early 20th century immigrants beaconing to Lady Liberty’s call ‘…give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses”. He was born August 4, 1887 in Vervena, Greece. Pete traveled alone to the United States, knowing that America meant freedom and opportunity. It was 1903. He was sixteen.

Four years later Pete headed west, wanting a piece of the action associated with the opening of a massive open-pit copper mine and mill in the remote wilds of eastern Nevada, near the towns of Ely and McGill. Over the next decade Pete became a successful general store clerk servicing the miners. On March 13, 1914 he achieved his dream of becoming an American citizen.

Then came World War I. Pete entered the U.S. Army on October 4, 1917. He was 30 years old.

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Franz Joseph Abt

Submitted by: Kenneth Abt {great grandson}

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Franz Joseph Abt was born around 1892. Franz Abt served in World War 1 with the Austrian Army. The enlistment was in 1912 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

Great grandpa was in Austrian Army. In 1914 when war broke out he was mad. He only had 3 months till out of service.

He hated war. But was an engineer and sharpshooter. He was forced to test for the newly introduced machine guns. When asked what to do if barrel hot and no water, what do you do? He said jokingly, pee on it. Thus he was sent to train for machine guns. He could write his name with it.

He was sent to train the Turkish gunners who later were at Gallipoli. He was at the highest trench in the Alps and ultimately in Russia when the commies took over. He survived by hiding in a Cemetery eating food left for the dead, a Russian custom.

After the war fell apart he and two buddies made it home, walking and riding in a gypsy ox wagon.

He loved American movies. He later owned a grocery store that was flattened by the Russians in WWII. He later helped Jews escape.

I also had 2 Texas relatives in American army. But don't know much about them.

Lewis Tallman Wilson

Submitted by: Wayne G. Miesen Jr. {grand nephew}

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Lewis Tallman Wilson born around 1895. Lewis Wilson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

Lewis Tallman Wilson joined the New York National Guard in New York City on 3 August 1917. He was assigned to Company G 102 Ammunition Train, 27th Infantry Divison as a truck driver.

He left for France on 14 June 1917, assigned to the First American Army and was in combat at the following locations in France. 16 September -22 October 1918, Le Claire, Chattencourt, 1st Merthomme, Marre, Charny, Cumiers, Beis-De-Ferges, Gerscourt.

22 October-11 November 1918, Bras, Vaucherauville, Samegeux, Haument, Brabant, Consenveye.

He was promoted to Corporal 18 December 1918, returned to U.S. on 24 April 1919. Discharged on 9 May 1919.

After the war he returned home to Rumson N.J., married and had two children. He worked as a clerk for a real estate firm, he was also a Boro Councilman for Rumson. He was a life long member of the Rumson Fire Company joining in 1913.

He died abruptly of a stroke in 1938 and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Middletown N.J.

Robert Tallman Wilson

Submitted by: Wayne G. Miesen Jr. {grandson}

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Robert Tallman Wilson born around 1894. Robert Wilson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

Robert T. Wison, enlisted in the Army on 5 August 1918 at Camp Alfred Vail N.J., which became Fort Monmouth. He was assigned to the Motor Transportation Corps as a chauffeur.

He stayed at this camp until being discharged on 31 May 1919. He was promoted to Corporal on 1 January 1919.

After the war he returned home to Rumson N.J. married and had two children. He went to work in the public works department of the Boro of Rumson for 40 years. He was a life long member of the Rumson Fire Company, joining in 1913.

He passed away at Riverview Hospital, Red Bank N.J. on 30 March 1970 and was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Middletown N.J.

 

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Clement Anthony Grobbel

Submitted by: Michael V. Grobbel {grandson}

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Clement Anthony Grobbel served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known May 26, 1918 to July 7, 1919.

 

Clement Anthony Grobbel of Center Line, Michigan, was a member of the US Army "Polar Bears" who were sent to North Russia in the closing weeks of World War One.

Clem was 22 years old when the U.S. entered World War One. He was soon drafted into the Army and on 27 JUN 1918, he arrived at Camp Custer, near Battle Creek, MI. There he began training with Rifle Company I of the 339th Infantry Regiment of the National Army.

The 339th became known as "Detroit's Own Regiment", since three-quarters of the enlisted men and officers were from the Detroit area (upon their return to the U.S. in 1919, the 339th and their attached units took to calling themselves the "Polar Bears"). On 14 JUL 1918, the 339th broke camp and boarded trains for New York City, from which they sailed for England on 22 JUL 1918.

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James William Crane

Submitted by: Chris Christopher

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James William Crane served in World War One with the United States Army. The dates of service are: 13 Nov 1917 to 19 Dec 1918.

Served in the Army. He was at Fort Monroe in Virginia.

James Cox

Submitted by: James Lacombe {grandson; son of Mary (Cox) Lacombe, daughter of James Cox}

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James Cox was born around 1894. James Cox served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

The Military Service of American Doughboy James Cox

 

America entered into the First World War in April, 2017. James Cox registered for military recruitment on the 1st date designated by the Wilson Administration to do so, June 5, 1917. James, still an Irish citizen at the time and living and working in New York City, was 23 years old. James was inducted into the United States Army on Sept 21, 1917 and ordered to Camp Upton on Long Island, NY for military training in the newly formed 77th Division.

The 77th was the first of the many so-called National Army Divisions that would eventually swell the roughly 200,000-man U.S. regular and reserve soldier army to a fighting force of over 2 million men.

James Cox was assigned to Company L, 3rd Battalion, of the 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division. He would serve in Company L for the duration of his military service. James was promoted from the rank of Private to Private 1st Class on Nov 01, 1917 and promoted again to the rank of Corporal on Dec 05, 1917.

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Henry Vernon Rothe, Sr.

Submitted by: Glenn Rothe {grandson}

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Henry Vernon Rothe Sr. born around 1901, Henry Rothe served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

My only memory is my grandfather mentioning gas and bombs...I saw his bayonet once. I wish to research more soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Nilkanth Ramchandra Chavre

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

Nilkanth Ramchandra Chavre

Nilkanth Ramchandra Chavre born 1895. Nilkanth Chavre served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

Private Nilkanth Ramchandra Chavre was born on September 2, 1895 in either Vaduja or Kolhapur, British India. He immigrated to the United States on February 16, 1916 on the ship Stumpalia via Genoa, Italy. Chavre settled in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

He studied at the College of Engineering and Architecture at the University of Michigan. Chavre was listed in 1919 Catalogue of the University of Michigan under the College of College of Engineering and Architecture's roster.

On June 5, 1917, Chavre registered for the draft while as an engineering student at University of Michigan. His draft card recorded his race as Caucasian, birthplace as Kolhapur, naturalization status as an alien. The card also recorded that he was single and resided at 210 Glen Ave.

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Paul Ratkovich

Submitted by: T.J. Cullinane, community historian

Paul RatkovichPaul Ratkovich born in 1896, Paul Ratkovich served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Paul Ratkovich served as an Infantry Sergeant with the First Infantry Division in the Great War.

He was born in Zagreb, Croatia on April 29, 1896, one of six children to Paul V. Ratkovich (1863 -1937) and the former Julia Malkovich (1861 – 1946). The family would later migrate to the United States and settle in Colorado.

Paul’s home of record was 249 Poplar Ave in Canon City, Colorado. He joined the U.S. Army in 1917 and was assigned serial number 246503. He is pictured in his Army uniform in 1917.

After completing training, Paul, now promoted to Corporal, would deploy to France as a member of the 2nd Company, Training Battalion, of the 26th Infantry Regiment. The unit would embark on the U.S.S. Mount Vernon, a former luxury liner seized from Germany upon America’s entry into the war. The unit sailed for France from Hoboken, New Jersey in late 1917.

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Louis Napoleon Jerome

Submitted by: Mike Keehr {grandson}

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Louis Napoleon Jerome born 1/23/1892. Louis Jerome served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.  He died in 1975.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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