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Stories of Service

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Frank Harris, Jr.

Submitted by: JoAnn Artis Stevens {Great Grand Niece}

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Frank Harris Jr. born around 1888. Frank Harris 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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Frank was born in the rural farming community of Greene County. He was born to a mother and father who were direct descendants of slaves.

Frank's mother Jenny lived on a farm at the time her son entered the armed forces. Frank who was a Jr. served honorably as an Engineer with the Colored Company C. African American troops who served in World War I are not highly recognized, nor have received the honor deserved. Their stories have not been widely told. This is an opportunity to uplift not only Frank but the many what was then called "Colored" troops to be uplifted as well.

Thanks and we are thankful tor all of our men and women who have served.

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Archibald Charles Huston

Submitted by: John Cooke {grandson}

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Archibald Charles Huston born around 1893. Archibald Huston 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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Edmond Lloyd Freeman

Submitted by: J. Ray Freeman {great nephew}

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Edmond Lloyd Freeman born around . Edmond Freeman 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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Served in France.

 

 

 

Dick W. Bakker

Submitted by: D. Kent Decker {nephew}

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Dick W Bakker born around 1896. Dick Bakker 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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Private First Class Dick W. Bakker, Company E, 308th Infantry. In just four months, Dick Bakker went from managing a grain elevator in Renville, Minnesota, to deadly battle in the Argonne Forest as part of the Lost Battalion.

He wrote thirty-two descriptive and heart wrenching letters home that are woven into The Journey: An American Soldier in World War I. The letters provide a unique insight into life in the training camps and along the train routes as America rushed troops and equipment to the Western Front.

The Journey, an American Soldier in World War 1, commemorates Dick's service amidst the turmoil that gripped the country during that hurried summer of 1918. The story includes heart-breaking letters from Dick’s mother as the Bakker family struggled to cope with the tragedy of war .

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Maurice C Laven

Submitted by: Robert Laven {Great Nephew}

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Maurice C Laven born around 1897. Maurice Laven 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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Drafted in December 1917. Assigned to 13th Infantry Brigade part of 7th Infantry. Served in 20th Machine Gun Battalion.

Arrived in France in Summer 1918 and moved to rear area part of first Army !V Corps September 1918. In line when Second Army was created in October 1918 and participated in engagement at Preny Ridge (Lorraine) November 9-11 1918 as part of Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

November 12 to January 9 engaged in enforcement of Armistice terms.

Final pay Voucher indicates he was mustered out June 27th 1919 at Camp Dodge Iowa

 

John Joseph Buhr

Submitted by: Timothy A. Kensinger {grand nephew}

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John Joseph Buhr born around 1891. John Buhr 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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John Joseph Buhr (Joseph, Antone M., John Peter)
b. 14 April, 1891 Stacyville, Iowa
d. 20 July, 1918 Belleau, Aisne Picardie, France. Aisne-Marne Cemetery Plot B Row 4 grave 24
m, never married

Joseph enlisted in Wyoming in 1917 and was sent to France in 1918 where he was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, Company M, 23rd Infantry Regiment. The 2nd infantry Division was founded in 1917 as part of the 8th Army.

Several days before the Germans launched their abortive Champagne-Marne drive, the French high command had made plans for a general converging offensive against the Marne salient. Petain issued orders on 12 July for the attack to begin on the 18th, with five French armies – the Tenth, Sixth, Ninth, Fifth, and Fourth, placed around the salient from left to right – taking part. Spearheading the attack were the five divisions of the French XX Corps (Tenth Army), including the American 1st and 2d Divisions.

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Joseph Prephan

Submitted by: Jeffrey Prephan Great Grandson

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Joseph Prephan born around May 15, 1893. Joseph Prephan 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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At the age of 19 or 20 years old, Joseph immigrated to the United States from Syria around 1912 or 1913 and settled down in Toledo, Ohio working as a merchant selling candy and produce on street corners.

On June 4, 1917 he was drafted into the US Army’s 147th Infantry, Company B, 37th Division (“Buckeye Division”); based out of Camp Lee, Virginia during WW1. While stationed as a soldier at Camp Lee, he was naturalized as a US Citizen on May 9, 1918.

Shortly afterwards on June 22, 1918, he left from Newport News, Virginia on the ship “Pocahontas” bound for France and the war front. While in France, he fought at St. Mihiel; Ypres-Lys; and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

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Walter Clarence Henning

Submitted by: Debbie Reveles {Granddaughter}

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Walter Clarence Henning born around 1899. Walter Henning 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 was the oldest of 6 children born to Julius and Martha Henning. He enlisted in the Army 4 months after his 18th birthday. His basic training was at Camp MacArthur in Waco, Texas. He was a Private 1st Class In Headquarters Company 128th Infantry of the 32nd Division.

He arrived in France in March of 1918. He was in the Aisne Marne offensive, the Oise-Aisne offensive, the Meuse-Argonne offensive and the Army of Occupation. He was gassed 3 months before Armistice.

One year after he discharged from the Army he married Lillian Kapok. He never spoke about his service except to tell his granddaughter that he never had any desire to see Europe. And he never went on a boat, even a simple row boat on a lake.

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Samuel J. Condren

Submitted by: Lt. Col Debra Conley {granddaughter}

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Samuel J. Condren born around 1891, Samuel Condren served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Purple Heart Recipient

 

 

 

Francisco P Lucero

Submitted by: Paul Moreno {Great Grandson}

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Francisco P Lucero born around 1880. Francisco Lucero 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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Francisco Lucero of San Miguel New Mexico was a Captain in World War 1.

He was shot by a wooden bullet overseas and died later on due to complications form that wound.

 

 

 

Morris Henry Stadler

Submitted by: James P. Axtell {Grand nephew of his spouse}

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Morris Henry Stadler born around 1896. Morris Stadler 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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Morris Henry Stadler and Irene Derse

Morris Henry Stadler was born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 26 March 1896. He married Irene Genevieve Derse in Racine, Wisconsin 27 May 1925. My grand Aunt Irene Derse is one of the five sisters of my grandfather, Alexander Anthony Derse.

He was the son of Morris Christopher Stadler and Rosa Schantik. Morris and Rosa married in 1893 in Milwaukee. The elder Morris, a teamster, was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin 3 Jan 1871 and died in Milwaukee 19 Aug 1904. Rosa, a native of Germany, died in Wauwatosa 8 April 1905. Both parents died of tuberculosis-type diseases, and their children were forced into orphanages.
Morris had an older sister, Alma, and a younger brother, William. (A brother, Edward, died at age two months in 1895.) After their mother’s death, Morris and William were placed in a Wauwatosa boys’ home.

At his June 1917 draft registration, Morris was living in Lake Forest, Illinois and worked as a brakeman on the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee (CNSM) Railroad. CNSM was an interurban railway operating between the south side of Chicago and downtown Milwaukee. It began service in 1895 in Waukegan, Illinois and extended gradually. Samuel Insull, organizer of Commonwealth Edison, purchased the line in 1916 and it was a financial success. After World War II, ridership fell off, and it ceased operations in 1963.

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