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Frederick Alfred Duncan

Submitted by: Benjamin Woodard

5a53d764ae202 DUNCAN, F

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.


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