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Stories of Service

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A Tradition of Service Logo 75William Anderson

Submitted by: Nathaniel Jenkins, Jr.

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William Anderson 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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Harold Edward Carlson

Submitted by: Robert E Carlson {Grandson}

Harold Edward Carlson mugHarold Edward Carlson born around 1892. Harold Carlson served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Harold Carlson, born Harald Eugen Karlsson, on November 3, 1892, in Norrköping,Östergötland, Sweden, was orphaned in 1900, when his father died. He immigrated to Brooklyn, New York, to live with his mother's sister, Mathilde Jensen and his uncle Jens (John) Jensen. It was a crowded house with his sister, another aunt, three cousins and a border, who was my grandmother's brother.

Harold drove a horse-drawn wagon for a warehouse business, as a young man. When the war broke out, he was inducted as a teamster. Harold kept a notebook that listed his duty stations from his induction to his discharge. This is his entry: "May 28, 1918 left home for Camp Upton. Left Upton June 13, 1918 for Camp Johnston, Fla. Arrived the 16th. Left Johnston Aug. 2. To Camp Hill 4. From Hill to France 14. Arrived in Brest 26. Sept. 4 to Sougy 8th (arrived). From Sougy June 2, 1919. From Lemunox 3, 1919. St. Gearvas 12th."

My grandfather served in the 318th Field Remount Squadron for his time in the war. the 318th was in the 318th was in the Service of Supply Intermediate area of the AEF. Although he was not at the front, according to my grandmother, he was, at one point gassed (perhaps a temporary detail to the front?) and he suffered from shell shock on his return.

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Charles Wilhelm Gärtner (Gardner)

Submitted by: Charles R. Gardner {Grandson}

5d1d2eebb9270 B Grand PaCharles Wilhelm Gärtner born around 1892. Charles Gärtner 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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This is the Story about my grandfather, Charles Wilhelm Gärtner, his participation in WW1 and ends after the War with his marriage to my grandmother Anna K. Wolff. Charles Wilhelm Gärtner, participated in the “The Great War”. Here is what I’ve discovered about him and that “War”.

This was his birth name and he does not change it until 1919. The World War started in July 28, 1914. The United States declared war on the Axis Powers later, in April 6, 1917. In June 5, 1917, Grandpa was working for the “Automatic” Sprinkler Corporation of America in New York City. They sent him to Atlanta, Georgia where he then lived. His job was “Sprinkler Engineer” and maybe the small factory manager. He worked in the Caudler Building (it was small building according to local historians), Atlanta Branch, in the city (Atlanta Georgia). He lived at the Atlanta YMCA. He was single, 25 years of age, of medium height, medium build, gray eyes, and black hair.

On June 5, 1917, he filled out a Draft Registration Card (#756). A year later (April 27, 1918) he was drafted in Atlanta, Georgia. He told his boss “Good bye” or maybe sent a letter to the New York City Headquarters to inform them and waits for his replacement to come. Once released from his job, bags packed, he walked to the Atlanta Recruiting Station and boards a bus for the 13-14 mile trip to Camp Gordon, named after the Confederate General John Brown Gordon. Camp Gordon, northeast from Atlanta, was the receiving station in this area (Georgia & Alabama) for Army induction. Today it’s the current site of the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.

As a draftee, he was now a member of the United States National Army (USNA) and somehow ended up assigned to the Army Engineer Corps. He wore the “Engineer Castle” on his left collar. Now Private Charles W. Gärtner, from April to May 1918 was assigned to the “157 Depot Brigade,” Camp Gordon, Ga.

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Willie Edward Richardson

Submitted by: Sherrill Rayford, Ed.D {Grandchild}

Willie Edward Richardson head shotWillie Edward Richardson born around April 4, 1895. Willie Richardson 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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Memories: Willie Richardson, A World War I Veteran

My grandfather, Willie Richardson, was a veteran of World War I, and his experiences symbolize the service and family life of many African American soldiers. Unfortunately, their military service occurred during a period of “nots.” They could not eat in certain businesses; they could not live in certain neighborhoods; their service was often overlooked or devalued.

Yet, my grandfather and those soldiers defended the world and prospered within limitations.

Yet, the invisibility of my grandfather’s service seemed invisible in 2018 as I viewed a pictorial display of World War I soldiers in an Arkansas Welcome Center. None of the soldiers in the display looked like my grandfather. Therefore, I contacted the Arkansas visitor’s bureau to express that soldiers of color should be commemorated too. The communication exchange was informative and productive as I learned of efforts to find and preserve the service of Arkansas’ soldiers of color during World War I.

However, I also learned that my grandfather’s two brothers also served in World War I. Before the communication exchange, I thought one of my grandfather’s brothers had been killed in another war. This perception came from visits to his home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and watching him reflectively hold papers and a folded flag that belonged to one of his brothers. Afterwards, he returned the materials to a cedar chest beside his bed.

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Waller Browne Morris

no photo 300Submitted by: Patrick Morris {Grandson}

 

Waller Browne Morris was born around 1892. Waller Morris 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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Like many thousands of young men, Waller Browne Morris worked stateside for the Army during the war, contributing logistical support necessary for fielding an effective infantry.

Though he was born and lived most his life in Kentucky's Lexington region, as a young man he lived briefly in Chicago, where he worked as a clerk for the Illinois Central Railroad Company.

Possibly because of his railroad work, in 1918 he served as a 3rd Corporal in the 159th Depot Battalion, processing newly arrived draftees for training at Fort Zachary Taylor. At age 49 in 1941 he registered again for military service, but did not enlist, for the next world war.

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Michael John Kurinskee (Krinke)

Submitted by: Nellie Pearl De Baker {Daughter}

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Michael John Kurinskee (Krinke) born around 1891. Michael Kurinskee (Krinke) 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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INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY Nellie P. De Baker American Legion Member 103629525, one of 12 children of Michael John Krinke. Krinke is my maiden name.

The original name I gave was Michael John Kurlinski, the name the family surmised was correct all our life. I found on his military papers the correct name is spelled KURINSKEE. This is the name for all his military service records as that was his birth name until he changed it sometime after the military service and prior to marriage 06-12-1930. Reason given to us kids for the change: KRINKE was easier to spell. He never specified what his birth name was. He had a sister whose last name was KURLINSKI and we thought she never married so Kurlinski was thought to be Pa's birth name. It turns out we were incorrect all these years.

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Edward Otis Martin

Submitted by: Lynne F Loss {great niece}

 

edward martin mugEdward Otis Martin was born around 1897. Edward Martin 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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Edward Otis Martin was born in Orleans, Indiana in 1897. Enlisted in WW I in the Army Medical Corp. as a Private. Attached photo of his unit. His name signed as ED.

 

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Martin Apostolico

Submitted by: Steven Apostolico {Grandson}

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Martin Apostolico was born December 3, 1900 in Philadelphia, PA. Martin Apostolico served in World War I with 82nd Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Regiment of the United States Marines. The enlistment was June 8, 1917 and the service was completed May 21, 1919.

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My grandfather, Martin Apostolico, enlisted at the tender age of 16. He lied about both his age and name so that he would be accepted. He enlisted as Martin Woods, so that his parents would not know. He originally had his training at Parris Island, South Carolina where he was sent to Cook School. He had a scar on his arm where he cut himself learning to sharpen knifes.

It did not take long however for his parents to learn of his enlistment. His name was corrected, and he was sent to Quantico, Virginia as Martin Apostolico, where he joined a rifle company (he qualified as a sharpshooter) of the Sixth Regiment.

He arrived “Over There” on May 9, 1918. He served at Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry, Aisne-Marne Offensive, St Mihiel Offensive, Champagne Offensive (Blanc Mont Ridge), and the Meuse Argonne Offensive.

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Pelham Davis Glassford

Submitted by: William C Parke {Grandson}

Pelham Davis Glassford and KidronPelham Davis Glassford born around 1883. Pelham Glassford served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1900 and the service was completed in 1931.

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The Story of Kidron, Pershing's Favorite Horse

By William C. Parke, grandson of Gen. Pelham Davis Glassford.

During World War I, Gen. John J. Pershing's favorite horse, named Kidron, was among a group of gelding thoroughbreds captured by the French from the Germans in 1917.

While training his troops at the Saumur Artillery School, Brig. General Pelham Davis Glassford was offered one of those horses by the French Colonel Godeau, commandant of the adjoining remount depot. Godeau's act on behalf of France was a gesture of gratitude for the help of the American Expeditionary Force in the War. He also knew how skilled Pelham was on horseback, and that Pelham was respected by the French military and villagers, as he would engage them in their own language. Pelham knew French from the time his father, Colonel William Alexander Glassford in the Army Signal Corps, took his two sons to Paris, France, to study the French signal balloons.

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Kemer H Runkle

Submitted by: Vic Brown {Grandson}

no photo 300Kemer H. Runkle born around 1891. Kemer Runkle 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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My Grandfather was a Medic with 103rd Ammo Train, 28th Division.

I am very proud of his service.

 

 

 

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Leonard Andrew Crosby, Sr.

Submitted by: Leonard Andrew Crosby III {Grandson}

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Leonard Andrew Crosby, Sr.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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My Grandfather, Dr. Leonard A. Crosby graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine and completed an internship as a surgeon. He enlisted in the Army at the start of America's involvement in that war and was commissioned a Captain in the Army Medical Corps.

I do not know what unit he was assigned to, but I do know that he deployed with the first contingent of troops sent to France, and served as a Physician and medical officer until the end of the war. I also know that he was involved in the Ardennes campaign and similar actions in that area with his unit.

After the War, he became a family physician in Kentucky and Mississippi, and was one of the first physicians to utilize insulin to treat diabetes. At one point in his career, he was asked to join the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, but chose not to relocate and continued to practice medicine and surgery until his late 60's, acting in several administrative roles at local hospitals in Marion, Kentucky and Aberdeen, Mississippi.

 

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