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Indians who served

Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind

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Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind was one of the first Asian Indian soldiers and first turbaned Sikh to serve in the United States Army during the First World War.

Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind was born on October 3, 1892 in Taragarh, Punjab, British India. Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind arrived to Seattle, Washington on July 14, 1913 on board the ship Minnesota from Manila, Philippines. His younger brother, Jagat Singh Thind died onboard  the ship Komagata Maru, which had been forced to turn back from Canada in 1914 because of country’s racial laws. When the ship returned to India, the British government thought the Indians on board the ship were attempting incite revolutionary activities, and a riot broke up out. Many were killed and jailed, including Jagat Singh Thind. Dr. Thind came to the United States for higher education to become a spiritual teacher and scholar. He made his way to Oregon and eventually settled in California later in life.

Dr. Thind came to the United States for higher education to become a spiritual teacher and scholar. When America entered the war, Dr. Thind was studying at the University of California, Berkeley for metaphysics, spirituality, and religion and it is safe to assume that he wanted to serve his new home and uphold the strong warrior tradition of the Sikh faith. He enlisted in the United States Army when the country entered the war in the 1917. He trained at Camp Lewis in Washington state but did not see overseas action. He also listed in October 1918 issue of the newspaper and journal Young India with other Asians serving in the U.S military during the war. Dr. Thind was one of the thousands of Indian Sikhs that bravely served in the war, but he was the first turbaned Sikh to serve in the U.S during the war. Dr. Thind received an Honorable Discharge with the of rank of acting sergeant in 1918 when the war ended.

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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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Raghunath N. Banawalkar

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no photo 300Raghunath N. Banawalkar served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 2/25/1918-5/9/1919.

 

Private Raghunath N. Banawalkar was born on 12/28/1890 in Bombay, British India. In 12/10/1910, 20
years old Banawalkar arrived in New York, New York on the ship George Washington. On Banawalkar 's New York passenger list from this period, his Ethnicity was listed as Romanian.

He enlisted in the U.S Army on 2/25/1918. He trained at Camp Upton in Long Island, New York. Raghunath N. Banawalkar served with Battery F 306 Field Artillery until 4/18/1919. Banawalkar, then served with the sanitary detachment of the 305th infantry 77th division until his discharge.

He served overseas from 4/16/18 to 4/24/1919. Private Banawalkar left for France from New York with his unit on 4/16/1918 on the ship Cedric. He saw action at Baccarat, Vesle, Oise-Aisne, and Meuse-Argonne and was gassed on 10/15/1918.

Banawalkar rejoined his unit after recovering from his wound(s) in 12/14/1918.
He left with his unit for New York from Brest, France on 4/18/1919. He arrived in New York for Camp Mills on 4/24/1919 on the ship Aquitania and was honorably discharged on 5/9/1919 with the rank of private.

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Ladli Prasada (L.P.) Varman

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no photo 300Ladli Prasada (L.P.) Varman served in World War 1 with United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 5, 1917 to January 1919.

 

Ladli Prasada (L.P.) Varman was an Indian who served in the U.S military during World War One. L.P. Varman was born on June 15, 1892 in Saharanpur, British India. He arrived in the state of Washington at age of 23 on the Sado Maru on May 9, 1913 with only $200 with him. Sado Maru departed from Yokohama, Japan and arrived at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on May 8, 1913. The ship arrived in Washington the next day. After arriving to the United States, L.P. Varman settled in Los Angeles, California.

When America entered the war, L.P. Varman was drafted into the United States Army on June 5, 1917. It is noteworthy that his race was listed as Caucasian on his draft card. A few days afterwards, on June 11, 1917, L.P. Varman declared his allegiance to the United States of America in California.

L.P Varman served in the United States Army from June 24, 1918 to January 27, 1919 and was part of Battery D of the 144th Field Artillery in the 40th Division, with the rank of private first class.

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Kekee H. Patell

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no photo 300Kekee H. Patell served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 18, 1918 to August 20, 1919.

 

Kekee H. Patell was born on June 18, 1890 in Bombay, British India. He immigrated to the United States before 1918. By 1918 at the age of 27 Patell lived at 230 fifth ave, New York City , New York.

On June 18, 1918 Patell was inducted into the United States Armed Forces at LB or enlisting facility # 101 New York City, New York. He was sent to Camp Hancock, Georgia until August 16, 1918. Then he was assigned to the Camp Hancock August Automatic Replacement Draft Company #6, Infantry until September 11, 1918. Patell and his unit departed from New York City, New York for Europe on August 24, 1918 on board the ship Zealandia. He served overseas from August 22, 1918 to June, 1 1919.

Patell was honorably discharged on August 20, 1919 with the rank of private because of S.C.D. He was 20% disabled during this time.

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Ramchandra Dhondurao (R.D.) Shelke

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no photo 300Ramchandra Dhondurao (R.D.) Shelke served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known December 1917 to August 25, 1919.

 

Ramchandra Dhondurao (R. D.) Shelke was born on April 15, 1891 in Kolhapur, British India. He arrived in New York on July 31, 1914 aboard Hamburg from Naples, to pursue an education. Later in life he would obtain a bachelors in chemical engineering.

After arriving in New York City R.D. Shelke made his way to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On December 15, 1914, at age of 23 R. D. Shelke declared his allegiance to the United States at the U.S District Court of Western District of Pennsylvania.

On July 5, 1917 R. D. Shelke was drafted in the U.S Army. He was stationed at Camp Lee, Virginia from September 23, 1917 to December 1917. The August 1918 issue of the newspaper and journal Young India featured him with other Indians serving in the U.S Armed Forces. He served in the Supply Company 30th Infantry 3rd Division from December 1917 to August 25, 1919.

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Amulla M. Mukerji  

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no photo 300Amulla M. Mukerji served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown.

 

Amulla M. Mukerji was born around 1895 in British India. He immigrated to the United States in 1915 and was naturalized in 1918. Mukerji settled in Detroit, Michigan.

When America entered the First World War, Mukerji was drafted and sent to Camp Custer, Michigan. He was part of the 338 Field Hospital, 310 Sanitary Train in the 85th Infantry Division.

On July 21, 1918 Private First Class Mukerji and his unit departed from New York to most likely France on board the ship Anchises. Mukerji was also featured in the August 1918 issue of the newspaper and journal Young India among other Asian Indians serving in the U.S military during this time.

On April 6, 1919 Private First Class Mukerji and his unit left Brest, France on board the ship Winifredian and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts for Camp Devens on April 18, 1919.

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Dr. Karm Chandra Kerwell

Dr. Karm Chandra Kerwell

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Dr. Karm Chandra (K. C.) Kerwell was born on September 30, 1889 in Lahore, Punjab, British India. He came to the United States sometime prior to 1917 to study medicine and enrolled in the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He  enlisted in the U.S Military in July 1917 at the age of 28, at this time still a medical student. Dr. Kerwell graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1918.

Before the United States entered the First World War,  Dr. K.C. Kerwell was with the  Michigan National Guard (M.N.G) on the Mexican border, and enlisted for the U.S Army when America entered the war. He was featured in the August 1918 issue of newspaper and journal Young India along with other Asian Indians that served in U.S military during this time.

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Devi Singh 

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Devi SinghDevi Singh

Devi Singh was born on February 1, 1890 in Kharodi, British India. Devi Singh immigrated to the United States  before 1917. By 1917 at the age of 26, Devi was living in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, working as gardener at the Briarwood Park. On June 5th, 1917 he was drafted into the United States Military. He was also featured in the August 1918 issue of the newspaper and journal Young India with other Asians Indians serving in the U.S military.

 

 

  

 

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Manganlall K. Pandit

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Manganlall K. Pandit was born on August 14, 1889 in Ceylon, British India. He came to the United States sometime prior to 1917.

When the United States entered the war, M. K. Pandit was drafted on June 5, 1917. He was sent to Camp Funston in Kansas, where he was part of Company E, 314th Engineers in the 89th Division. On June 12, 1918 Private Pandit and his unit departed from New York City, New York and arrived at Liverpool, England on June 24, 1918 board the ship Carpathia. He went overseas to England, Belgium, France and Germany from April 1, 1918 to June 10, 1919. He served as part of Germany’s post war occupation from the end of the war until he returned to America in 1919.

He was featured in the August 1917 issue of the newspaper and journal Young India as one of the Indians featured who was serving in the United States military during the First World War.

After returning to the United States following his military service, M.K. Pandit settled down in Missouri. He married 23 year old Edna M. Thompson on December 9, 1923 in Jackson, Missouri at the age of 34.

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