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Stories of Service

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A Tradition of Service Logo 75William Anderson

Submitted by: Nathaniel Jenkins, Jr. {Grandson}

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William Anderson was born around 1894. William Anderson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

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My grandfather, William Anderson, a South Carolina native, was a real American War Hero. He was a quiet and warm man, a jack-of-all-trades born in the late1800s, and he lived a humble life in Asheville, North Carolina. He was part of an all-black regiment that fought with French soldiers against the Germans during World War I.

When my mother would take me and my sisters to visit him, he would frequently show us his medal that he had tucked away in an old tarnished tin Sucrets box. The medal, shaped like an Iron Cross backed by crossed swords, was marred with time; and it had an aged green and red ribbon attached. My grandfather would beam with pride every time he displayed the medal, but as little kids we didn’t fully understand the significance of his pride. Apparently, he wanted his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to know what he'd done--and to be proud of him.

Many years later, I discovered that Grandfather Anderson's efforts on the battlefield earned him a coveted French medal, the Croix de Guerre or Cross of War, for bravery in combat action. That's the same honor given Audie Murphy, the most decorated American combat soldier of World War II.

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Fred L. Stilson

Submitted by: Richard Frank {Nephew}

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Fred L Stilson was born around 1896. Fred Stilson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

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Ceremony to Commemorate the 100-Year Anniversary of the Funeral and Interment of Sergeant Fred L Stilson - American Legion Post 57 Namesake

October 16, 2018

Interment October 16, 1918, at Cobleskill Rural Cemetery, Cobleskill, New York

Today we honor a hero.

Fred was born in March of 1896 in Warnerville, New York, at the home of his grandparents, Alex and Augusta Larkin. He was the son of Mert and Ada Stilson, my grandparents.

Fred grew up at 29 West Main Street, Cobleskill, New York. He attended Cobleskill High School and graduated with the class of 1913 at the age of 17. He graduated from Albany Pharmacy College at the age of 19.

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Toney Stola

Submitted by: Ron Scarano {Great great nephew}

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Toney Stola was born around 1899, Toney Stola served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

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Walter Toy

Submitted by: Jeanne Ostnes {Great Grand Daughter}

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Walter Toy was born around 1863. Walter Toy served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Walter Toy was born on the 1st January 1863 in Budock, only a few miles from the port of Falmouth in Cornwall. His father was a farm laborer, his mother a laundress and he was the fourth of seven children and the second son.

After he left school, Walter would only have had about three choices of what to do with his life - to follow his father and work on the land, the hard grind of working in the tin mines, or going to sea. His elder brother by five years, Charles, had already ;entered the Royal Navy and was a Signalman 2nd Class aboard H.M.S. "Warrior".

No doubt Walter worked with his father for a time, but with the example of his brother, and being of age to join the Navy as a Boy, he knew what he wanted to do.

The local papers carried advertisements asking boys of 15 to 16 and a half years of age to volunteer for the Royal Navy and they should apply to the Commanding Officer of H.M.S. "Ganges", a boys training ship, then moored in St Just Pool at Mylor, a short distance from Falmouth.

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John Franklin Funkhouser

Submitted by: Joey Funkhouser {1st Cousin 4x Removed}

John Franklin Funkhouser

John Franklin Funkhouser was born around 1892. John Funkhouser served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1918.

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John Franklin Funkhouser was born June 17th, 1892 at Baker, West Virginia. He grew up on his family homestead, built by his grandfather. It is said that he was an excellent conversationalist and could liven-up any meeting with his outgoing personality. In 1916, John followed his older brother, William, to Dayton, Ohio where he found work. While in Ohio, John had an ear and mastoid operation probably due to an ear infection.

In April 1917, America entered the war and the call to arms began. John was called to the services of his country in May 1918. In John's surviving letters, he described his six weeks of extensive training. Writing to his sister, Della, he states, "I just got back from the big rifle range. It is 8 miles out from here. We marched those 8 miles and carried about 50 lbs. I never was so tired in all my life as I was when I got here."

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A Tradition of Service Logo 75Charles Raymond Stewart

Submitted by: Dan Bertel {Great Nephew}

Charles Raymond Stewart

Charles Raymond Stewart was born around Aug 14, 1895. Charles Stewart served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1918.

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Charles Raymond Stewart went by Raymond Stewart. Raymond left his hometown Shawneetown, Illinois, in May 1918, as part of 52 men drafted from Gallatin County, Illinois.

He first reported to Jefferson Barracks, St Louis, Missouri. He was at Camp Funston, Kansas, when the Spanish Flu Epidemic started. He died of the Spanish Flu at Camp Funston on Oct 13, 1918. His body was shipped home to be buried in the family plot in Westwood Cemetery, Shawneetown, Illinois. Raymond was PVT 1st Class, in the 11 Infantry 10th Division.

The following is an exert about Raymond's from school and the tragedy of how the War Department reported Raymond was on the way home, but failed to inform the family of his passing.

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Roy H Gehris

Submitted by: Roy F Gehris {Son}

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Roy H Gehris was born around 1898. Roy Gehris served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1916 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Joined U.S. Army on 11 Oct 1916., Ft. Slocum, NY.

Served in Panama Canal Zone from 28 Nov 1916 to 6 Aug 1918, Company I, 18th Infantry as a Bugler.

Reenlisted on 4 Dec 1919 at Camp Zachery Taylor in HQ Battery, 56th Artillery

Discharged as Sgt., Bugler on 27 July 1921 at Camp Jackson, SC.

Served as 1st Sgt. in Pennsylvania National Guard.

 

Seaf Leman Dalton

Submitted by: Brooke Higgs {Granddaughter}

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Seaf Leman Dalton was born around 11 OCT 1896. Seaf Dalton served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Seaf L. Dalton was severely injured in the Second Battle of the Marne. On account of his heroic actions on the battlefield, Seaf received a Purple Heart.

 

 

 

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Paul Fredrick Gunia

Submitted by: Earl Gunia {Son}

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Paul Fredrick Gunia was born around 1891. Paul Gunia served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

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Don’t know much about his service

 

  

 


 

Harry George Franke

Submitted by: Chelsy Proper {2nd great granddaughter}

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Harry George Franke was born around 1891. Harry Franke served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Before enlisting in the Army, Franke was a house painter for Bethel Brothers in Aurora, Indiana.

Franke joined the Army in June, 1917. He was a member of the 159th Depot Brigade, based out of Camp Zachary Taylor, until May, 1918. He was then transferred to Headquarters Company, 106th Engineers, until discharge in May, 1919. He was discharged as a private.

While stationed in France, Franke met Marguerite Lanser, a Luxembourger. They were married in March, 1919, just before his discharge, and they returned to Indiana together. After the war, Franke returned to painting houses. He died in Louisville, Kentucky on May 8, 1953. 

 

A Tradition of Service Logo 75Arthur E. Winslow

Submitted by: AD1 (AW) Darren Winslow, USN (Ret.) {Nephew}

 

Arthur WinslowArthur E Winslow was born around 1895. Arthur Winslow served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

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Arthur Winslow enlisted on June 6, 1917, he was the "First to Enlist" and has an American Legion Hall named after him, (American Legion Post #1 Rockland Maine).

After enlistment he was transferred to Augusta June 8, 1917 Company F 2nd Infantry, Maine National Guard. He sailed for overseas in the latter part of September 1917.

He was promoted to Pvt 1st Class December 1, 1917 and assigned to Company F, 103rd Infantry. He was mortally wounded in the Toul Sector on June 16, 1918 and died on July 6, 1918, at evacuation hospital No. 1 He was buried in a cemetery at Toul, word of his death was received in Rockland on July 16, 1918.

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