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Stories of Service

Stephen Dorje

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

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Stephen Dorje born around 1887. Stephen Dorje served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Private Stephen Dorje was born on June 24, 1887 in Darjeeling, British India. He immigrated to the United States on January 24, 1915 on the ship Minnewaska from British Indian via London, England at age of 30. The New York Passenger List from this date recorded, Dorje's race as British Indian and final destination as Washington, D.C.

Dorje registered for the draft on June 5, 1917 in D.C. His World War I draft card recorded his race as Mongolian and married. The card also recorded that he worked as a butler for Samuel Ross at 2328 Mass Ave in D.C and was an alien.

Dorje entered in the U.S. Army on January 28, 1918. Private Dorje was assigned to the Field Remount Squadron 301, Quartermaster Corps. On April 30, 1918, Dorje departed from Hoboken, New Jersey with his unit on the ship Finland for France.

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Alfred Jette

Submitted by: David Wyman {grandson}

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Alfred Jette born around 1895, Alfred Jette served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sam Alle

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Sam Alle born around 1894. Sam Alle served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Private Sam Alle was born on either February 15, 1894 or May 25, 1893 in British East India. He immigrated to the United States prior to 1918. He settled in Savannah, Georgia and worked as a laborer.

He registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. Alle's World War I draft card recorded his race as Malayan (Malaysian), birth of place East India, and as an alien. Next to the word alien there is something written, but it is illegible.

On July 20, 1918, Alle was ordered to report to the Chatman military board for Camp Gordon in Atlanta, Georgia. He was assigned to 5th company 2nd Training Battalion of the 157th Depot Brigade until July 27, 1918.

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Charles R. Williams

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Charles R. Williams born around 1894, Charles Williams served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Private Charles R. Williams was born in British East India on September 5, 1894 . He immigrated to the United States in 1904 and settled in Baltimore, Maryland. Williams married Mary E. at some point prior to his military service. Mary was from D.C. and was black.

Williams was inducted into the U.S. Army on September 10, 1918. He was first assigned to the 152 Depot Brigade at Camp Upton, New York until November 8, 1918. His next assignment was the colored unit 446 Res Lab Battalion.

He left for France on July 30, 1918 from New York City on the ship Megantic with an unassigned unit, but part of the 6th Division.

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Rajah William Bandy

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Rajah William Bandy born around 1893. Rajah Bandy served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1916 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

Sergeant Rajah William Bandy was born about 1893 in Madras, British India. According to Mary Bandy Rajah's adopted mother in a 1908 letter, his biological parents were "[..] an Irish tea planter who died and left three children and their Indian mother". His Irish aunts sent him and siblings to a native school miles away until he was adopted by Mary and her husband Charles Henry Bandy. Rajah's adopted parents were Presbyterian missionaries, who had lived in British India for some time.

Rajah immigrated to the United States in 1912 and settled with his adopted family in Ohio.

According to The Bandy Family in America by Dale Bandy, Rajah enlisted in the Ohio National Guard in 1916. When the United States entered World War I , Rajah was assigned to the Company D 146 Infantry until May 1, 1918. His last assignment was Headquarters Company 146 Infantry. Bandy served in the AEF from June 15, 1918 to March 31, 1919.

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Tara Singh (Joseph Tarao)

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Tara Singh born around 1885. Tara Singh served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Tara Singh was born on June 6, 1886 or March 25 or 3, 1885 in Kharody, British India. He came to the United States on February 8, 1910. He settled in California and worked as gardener throughout his life.

On April 29, 1916, Singh applied for U.S. naturalization.

On June 5, 1917, Singh registered for the draft. His World War I draft card recorded his race as Mongolian, lived at 106 4 St Danville ,and declared his intention for U.S. citizenship.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 27, 1918. He was assigned to Company F, 1st Infantry. Singh was honorably discharged on July 8, 1919.

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Joe Henry (Lahorey Singh)

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Joe Henry (Lahorey Singh) was born around 1893.  He served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

Lahorey Singh was born in either 1891 or 1893 in the Village Hiran Dist Julland, British India. He came to the United States in 1910. Singh lived under an alias, Joe Henry, from about 1910 to 1930. He worked as a cook throughout his life.

On November 9, 1917, Henry enlisted into the U.S. military in Ketchikan, Alaska. He was assigned to Company Q I Provisional Training Battalion at Camp Hill in Virginia.

On January 19, 1918, he declared his intention for U.S. Naturalization in Virginia. His declaration of intention recorded his race as white. The document stated that Henry arrived on January 10, 1910 from Sydney, Australia on the ship on India.

He was honorably discharged on March 29, 1918.

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Frederick Alfred Duncan

Submitted by: Benjamin Woodard

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Frederick Alfred Duncan born around 1889, Frederick Duncan 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

 

Frederick Alfred Duncan was born on Nov 20, 1889, in Green Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to Michael and Sydney Duncan. His family moved to Huntington, West Virginia, when he was about 5 and his father opened the Duncan Box and Lumber Company, then known as the Beader Box Manufacturing Company. Fred worked in Huntington as an automobile mechanic for the Hanley Cadillac Company. He was a member of Lodge No. 313 of the B.P.O. Elks.

He enlisted on Jun 14, 1918, and shipped out the next day for medical training school at Morgantown, West Virginia. He was sent to Camp Hancock, Georgia, where he placed in the same unit as his brother Homer, the 2nd Company, 6th Provisional Ordnance Depot Battalion, 1st Provisional Regiment in the American Expeditionary Force, US Army.

He sailed from New York City on Aug 31, 1918, on the DUNVEGAN CASTLE. He came down with a bad cold on Oct 2 and was sent to the hospital in France, with his brother following the next day for the same ailment. However, Homer got better within a few days but Fred contracted pneumonia. Homer stayed with him until the end, which came about 11:30 AM on Oct 8, 1918, while he was unconscious.

He was buried in a French cemetery the next day with a military funeral conducted by the chaplain. He was survived by his parents, four brothers, and five sisters. He was reburied in Huntington's Woodmere Cemetery in 1920.

 

Leslie Joseph Burke

Submitted by: E. Whitney Drake {nephew}

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Leslie Joseph Burke born around 1897, Leslie Burke served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

Story of Service

 

My uncle, Leslie Joseph Burke, was born in Halifax, N.S., and came to the U.S.A. as a small boy. He enlisted on the Army in DEC 1914,

In OCT 1917, he landed in France with the U.S. Army 26th Div. My uncle was in every major battle of the U.S. Army in World War I. Chevrons attached to his Victory Medal are: Meuse-Argonne; St. Mihiel; Champagne-Marne; Chateau Thierry; Oise-Aisne.

He was wounded in battle on/about 10 OCT 1918 by mustard gas. He survived, but was disabled later in life due to this.

My uncle's medals from World War I include the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Victory Medal.

 

Ishar Dass Duke

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Ishar Dass Duke born around 1887, Ishar Duke served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

Ishar Dass Duke was born in August 1887 in Daulatpur, British East India. He immigrated to the United States on May 1 1907.

After his arrival, Duke moved to the West Coast.

On June 5, 1917, Ishar registered for the draft. His draft card recored his race as Caucasian and he did not know his age. On October 2, 1917, Duke entered the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 166 Depot Brigade at Camp Lewis, Washington State. He was a cook in the unit.

On December 17, 1917, Duke filed a declaration for U.S. naturalization in Pierce, Washington. His declaration also recorded his race as white.

He was shown in the August 1918 issue of the journal and newspaper Young India along with M.K. Pandit, Devi Singh, Dr. K.C. Kerwell, and others.

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Edward Ball Cole

Submitted by: Carolyn Cole Kingston {granddaughter}

Edward Ball ColeEdward Ball Cole born in 1879. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War I and was mortally wounded in 1918.

Story of Service

 

Major Edward Ball Cole, Commander of the 6th Battalion of the 4th Marine Brigade, died from wounds received in the Battle of Belleau Wood on June 10, 1918. He is buried at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, Belleau, France.

My grandfather, Edward B. Cole, entered the Marine Corps in 1904 as a 2nd Lieutenant. Over the course of the next 13 years he served in Porto Rico, Mexico, and the Philippines. Beginning in July of 1917, Major Cole spent several months in command of the 1st, (later renamed the 6 th), Machine Gun Battalion of Marines training at Quantico, Virginia. Highly respected for his knowledge of the machine gun, he had by then invented a tripod to hold one and a portable cart to carry one. He had also published a book, A Field Guide for Machine Gunners, and served at Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

By the time of his departure for France on December 14, 1917, he was married to Mary Welsh, and had two sons: Charles H. Cole 2nd (my father) age 10, and Edward B. Cole Jr. age 8. Arriving in the port of St. Nazaire, France, he traveled by train to the Bourmont training area, where he and Captain Curtis (co-author of The History of the 6th Machine Gun Battalion) were housed in the village of Germainvilliers. In mid-March they moved to the Verdun sector where they were encamped at P.C. Moscou.

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