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Florence Eastman

Submitted by: Mary J. Ryan

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Florence Eastman served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: 29 Dec 1917 - 14 Oct 1918.


Florence Eastman was the only daughter of Russell and Ada Eastman. At age 17 she enrolled at Morton Hospital to train for the Nursing Profession. She later completed graduate course at Massachusetts General Hospital and worked as a night Supervisor in several New England hospitals.

While attached to Malden Hospital, she entered the Red Cross and later enlisted as an Army nurse. She was called into active service as nurse 29 Dec., 1917; assigned to Base Hospital, Camp Upton, N. Y.

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Joseph E. Kaes

Submitted by: Mary J. Ryan (grand niece)

Joseph Edward Kaes

Joseph Edward Kaes served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 11/16/1916-11/21/1918.


Joseph Edward Kaes was born on Christmas Day, 1896 in South Boston, Massachusetts to Jacob and Katherine Kaes, emigres from the Alsace region of France. He was the youngest of their 11 surviving children.

My grand-uncle Joseph Kaes enlisted on November 16, 1915 with Company A, 9th Infantry Massachusetts National Guard and served on the Mexican Border. Prior to his enlistment, he was employed in a candy factory. Joseph Kaes reported for duty on March 26, 1917, mustered April 3, Company A, 9th Infantry Massachusetts National Guard (Co. A, 101st Infantry, 26th Division). He went overseas on September 7, 1917 as a member of the Yankee Division for the American Expeditionary Forces. On Sept 14, 1917, Joseph Kaes was appointed Private First Class.

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Russell M. Lee

Submitted by: Colonel (Retired) Jeffrey Lee

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Russell M. Lee served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known April 22, 1917 - September 1919.


My grandfather, Russell Mulford Lee, voluntarily enlisted in the Allied Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.). The year was 1917. His Service number was R-155205. He followed in a long Lee tradition of military service. His father had served with the Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry, also known as Rush’s Lancers during the American Civil War. Rush's Lancers were one of the finest volunteer cavalry regiments during the American Civil War.

Approximately 4.4 million Americans were ultimately mobilized during World War I. Russell Lee was among the first of those Americans.

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Branton H. Henderson

Submitted by: Francis Brooks

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Branton H. Henderson served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The dates of service are: Known
US Navy Reserves, 1917-18: Active Duty, US Navy, Sept. 1918 to Dec. 1918.


Seaman Second Class, 1918, at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA. Princeton University, class of 1921.


Albert J. Matelena, PFC

Submitted by: Brian Smith

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Albert J. Matelena, PFC served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 27 February 1917 to 30 May 1919..


ALBERT fought in World War I from 27 February 1917 to 30 May 1919. He was in Company E, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 311th Infantry Regiment, 156th Infantry Brigade of the 78th Division until his discharge.

He was inducted at Camp Dix for basic training just after his 22nd birthday, on 12 February 1918. Because of his earlier heart damage, he was excused from most daily drills due to pain over his heart. His entrance exam at Camp Dix on 2 March 1918 has him weighing 126 pounds and being 5' 4 3/4" tall.

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Gaspare Arnone

Submitted by: Tom Arnone

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Gaspare Arnone served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .


This individual (my father) enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was 27 years old. He served in Company G, 319 Infantry Division and was wounded by a machine gun in the left arm in the Meuse Argonne battle on September 20 1918. He was honorably discharged on July 16, 1919.
I still have his Honorable Discharge certificate from the U.S. Army. It is old but very readable.




Charles Andrew Besaw

Submitted by: Elliott Zink

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Charles Andrew Besaw served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known August 1917 to November 1, 1918.


Charley Besaw was a private in the 354th Infantry Regiment and was killed in action at Meuse-Argonne on November 1, 1918.

He was my Grandfather's uncle, and my Grandfather remembered when he was conscripted and when word came that he had been killed.

Charley was a farmer and was engaged to be married when he returned. My Grandpa said that he was the "fun" uncle, and was always telling jokes.


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Nathan Colaner

Submitted by: Andrew J. Lang

Nathan Colaner

Nathan Colaner served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known November 10, 1917 - May 1919.


Nathan Colaner was a member of the 308th Trench Mortar Battery, which was part of the 158th Field Artillery, 83rd Division. For the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the 308th TMB and Ammunition Train were assigned to the 32nd Division, the "Red Arrows". Nathan would see combat near Brabant-Sur-Meuse. On October 24th, 1918, in an action that earned this unit several medals and commendations, Nathan was a member of the crew for Mortar #2. They had "not even fired a shot" before the gun was hit by German artillery. The entire crew was severely wounded, including Nathan. The crew from Mortar #1 came over to crew the battery and they fired off approximately 15 shells before the mortar came off the sled. He would survive the war.


Stephen Wilkins Thompson

Submitted by: Robert Thompson

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Stephen Wilkins Thompson served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known May, 1917--Feb,1919.


He was the first American in military service to shoot down an enemy aircraft--Feb 5 1918. Look him up on Wikipedia and at the Air Force Museum.



Wiley M. Braziel

Submitted by: Joseph Braziel

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Wiley M. Braziel served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known October 15, 1918 - December 6, 1918.


Wiley Braziel enlisted in Columbia, SC and conducted his military training at Camp Sevier near Greenville, SC. Camp Sevier was home to the 30th Division "Old Hickory". Although unable to confirm, he may have been one of the replacement troops for this division or one of the newer divisions being stood-up by the Army. Wiley was never sent "Over There", but was very proud of his service to the nation during WWI.

Thomas P. Brennan

Submitted by: George Buck, Ph.D.

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Thomas P Brennan served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 21 Sept 1917 - 15 July 1919.


My Grandfather enlisted on 21 September, 1917 and served with the 77 Division 306 INF Company I, Sailed with A.E.F. for overseas on April 16, 1918. He was involved in engagements in Larraire Sector, June 26, 1918. Lorraine Sector, Aisne River, and Meuse-Argonne where he was wounded and gassed. He earned Victory Medal with Aisne Marne, Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector.

From an 1938 article from the NY Times Titled “The 77th Won that One.”  Thomas Brennan was interviewed about helping to move rations, ammunition and water under the command of Lieutenant Zack at 0530 hours in the Argonne when it was lightening. Lt. Zack saw a solider in the woods and demanded to know why are you here soldier. The soldier replied “there’s fighting going on you know”. It turned out that this was the first time known in the war that a field kitchen had held the front line alone. My Grandpa was a part of that.

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