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Stories of Service

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Roy Hammes Gehris

Submitted by: Roy F Gehris {son}

 

roy gehris mugRoy Hammes 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 1921.

Story of Service

 

He enlisted 11 Oct 1916 and was sent to Camp Slocum, NY. He was a bugler in Company I, 18th Infantry (11 Oct 1916 to 4 Dec 1919) which included service in the Panama Canal Zone from 28 Nov 1916 to 6 Aug 1918; reenlisted at Headquarters Battery, 5th Artillery, Camp Jackson, SC (4 Dec 1919 to 27 Jul 1921).

Later served in the Pennsylvania National Guard as 1st Sgt of a Veterinary Company in Fleetwood, PA.

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Paul & Stanley Wikarski

Submitted by: Kent Wikarski {nephew}

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Paul Wikarski was born around 1887, Stanley Wikarski was born around1891. Paul & Stanley Wikarski served in World War 1 with the United States Navy and United States Army, respectively.

Story of Service

 

Brothers Paul & Stanley Wikarski children of Polish immigrants were born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Paul the older of the two lied about his age and entered the Navy when he was only sixteen and a half years old. Paul served as a Chief Gunners Mate aboard the U.S.S. Ohio as part of the Atlantic Fleet during WW!. Just four years earlier, in 1914, he took part in the invasion of Veracruz while serving on the U.S.S. New Hampshire. Paul died of accidental drowning during his 5th enlistment period in 1922 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Stanley enlisted in the Army and completed basic training at Fort Custer, Michigan as a member of 85th Infantry. Because of his contractor experience, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion 310th Engineers, a divisional support regiment later assigned to the V Army Corps 1st Army under General Pershing. Records show that the 310th Engineers deployed in support of the Division at various battles. At some, point Stanley was exposed to a poison gas attack. Like many men, he died prematurely due to post war afflictions. He died at the National Home for Disabled & Solders in Milwaukee in 1932.

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Harry Henry Zoleman

Submitted by: Patricia Smith {granddaughter}

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Harry Henry Zoleman born around January 17,1895. Harry Zoleman served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

My grandfather was the first of many who listened, from his hometown of Doe Run Mo. Who went from Private First Class in 1918, came to sergeant.

His daughter was my mother, Leora Zoleman Simon. She got a lot of items from his picture when it hung in living room wall for many years, where his eyes were following every where you would go.

My grandfather had pictures of his company L 138 th infantrymen, where he served in the war with, where they all on a ship called Missanabie, going to Saint-Nazaire France, 1918.  I am very proud of my grandfather, wish I had got to know him.

 

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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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.

Story of Service

 

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. 

 

Montgomery Howe “Trey” Polk

Submitted by: Diana Quinn Cotton {grandniece-in-law}

 

IMG 3332Montgomery Howe “Trey” Polk was born around 1895. Joseph Maxim served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Montgomery Howe “Trey” Polk, son of Walter H. Polk and Lillian (Montgomery) Polk, was born on April 4, 1895, in Natchez, Mississippi. Trey’s maternal great-grandfather was General Charles Clark, a Confederate Civil War Governor of Mississippi. He was related on his father’s side to Lt. Thomas Polk, who buried the Liberty Bell to save it from the British.

Trey played on the Mississippi A & M College football team and served during World War I as a 1st Lieutenant in Co. “A” 125th Infantry AEF France.

The following is a letter that Trey wrote to his future brother-in-law, Henry Eugene Quinn, during the war:

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Frederick Lee Wilber

Submitted by: Barbie Jo Nielsen Great Granddaughter

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Frederick Lee Wilber born around 1895. Frederick Wilber served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Served in 77th Div, Co. G 2nd Bn, 308th Inf Regt. Served during the "The Operation of the So-Called "Lost Battalion," Oct. 2nd to Oct. 8th, 1918. Meusse-Argonne, France.

 

 

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Charles Harry Prewitt

Submitted by: Louanne Pelletier {Daughter}

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Charles Harry Prewitt was born around 1898. Charles Prewitt served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

Story of Service

 

My father was an engineman on a Navy ship and the ship was in the Black Sea. He served 4 years in the navy.

 

 

 

John Joseph Winters, Sr.

Submitted by: John J Winters {Grandson}

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John Joseph Winters, Sr. was born around 1892. John Winters served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

Private First Class John J. Winters, Albany, NY
Enlisted June 11, 1917
October 29th received uniforms @ Troop B Armory, Albany
Set sail aboard the RMS Carmania (troop ship) May 3, 1918
Arrived in Liverpool England May 16th

BASE HOSPITAL NO. 33

Base Hospital No. 33 was organized in June, 1917, at the Albany Hospital, Albany, N. Y., and was mobilized November 19, 1917, at Troop B Armory, Albany, N. Y., where it remained in training for five months. On April 26, 1918, the organization entrained for Camp Merritt, N. J., where it remained until May 2. It embarked May 3 on the Carmania, leaving the same day for Liverpool, England, where it arrived May 16, 1918. It left immediately for the rest camp at Knotty Ash, where it remained for two days and was then transferred to the American rest camp, Winnall Down, Winchester. At Winnall Down the unit remained awaiting permanent assignment until June 3, 1918. The majority of the personnel during this time were assigned to duty in hospitals and camps in England. On June 3 the unit was assigned.

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Hugh Patrick Shields

Submitted by: Cathleen Shields Berger {granddaughter}

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Hugh Patrick Shields was born around August 15, 1893. Hugh Shields served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

Served in the Argonne and Belleau Wood. Survived mustard gas. Returned home to raise a family on Shields Street in Philly.

 

 

 

Oras Lenord Stutler

Submitted by: John Burgett {Grandson}

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Oras Lenord Stutler was born around 1896. Oras Stutler served in World War 1 with the United States Arm . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

Story of Service

 

Served in France in infantry unit.

 

 

 

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