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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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Marcus Juul Hanson

Submitted by: Per G. Melberg {Distant relative}

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Marcus Juul Hanson was born around 1890. Marcus Hanson 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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Markus Juul Hansen / Marcus J Hanson (1890-1918)
Tombstone of Markus Juul Hansen (Hørby Cemetery, Denmark)
Memory of
Markus Juul Hansen
Born in Lunden 24 June 1890
Killed in France
9 November 1918

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He died for his Country

Introduction

What journey in life led to a young man from a rural parish in Northern Jutland, Denmark dying on a battlefield in France, whilst serving in the U.S. Army? And this just a few days before the Armistice put an end to World War I. This is the story of Markus Juul Hansen.

Markus' childhood and youth in Denmark

Markus Juul Hansen was born on 24th June 1890 in "Lunden", a small farmhouse on Tranekær Mark in the northernmost part of the parish of Hørby, Northern Jutland, Denmark. He was the son of Hans Christian Hansen (1861-1934) and Mathilde Jensen (1855-1913), who had married in 1884 and had seven children together. Markus was the third sibling.

Markus was confirmed in Hørby Church in 1904, and still included in the census for Hørby Parish as being resident in "Lunden" in 1906. Being part of a large family living on a small farm, Markus soon had to make his own way of living, commencing as a worker on a larger farm in the neighboring Karup Parish.

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Corporal Anthony Finocchio

Submitted by: Danielle Murray {Great Grand Niece}

Corporal Anthony Finocchio

Corporal Anthony Finocchio born around June 19, 1892. Corporal Anthony Finocchio 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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Corporal Anthony Finocchio was a member of Company F 316th Infantry AEF, 79th Division.

He was my maternal Grandmother's Uncle. There is an excerpt in the History of Company F 316th Infantry AEF, 79th Division that describes him "to a T".

While in a dugout, a German shell hit the trench. He was knocked to the ground, in the mud. " He wiped the mud off his leggings ( he was the neatest soldier in the regiment), shrugged and smiled. Just then another round of shelling hit the dugout, destroying the roof and killing him and others" . This was November 8th, 1928- 8 days before Armistice was signed.

His Dad, Uncle George, brought him home to be buried in Fernwood Cemetery, East Lansdowne, PA.

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Charles Bellwood Bleasby

Submitted by: Robert DeSousa {Husband of granddaughter}

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Charles Bellwood Bleasby born around 1887, Charles Bleasby served in World War 1 with the U.S. Navy. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

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Charles continued to serve in the Navy Reserve after the war, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

 

 

 

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A Tradition of Service Logo 75Sebastiano Charlie Scalzadonna

Submitted by: COL (R) Robert DeSousa {grandson}

Sebastiano Charlie Scalzadonna

Sebastiano Charlie Scalzadonna was born around 1895, Sebastiano Scalzadonna 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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When PFC Scalzadonna was released from service he missed the troop train coming back to his hometown in NJ. His parents were waiting at the station. Because there was no way to communicate then, when his mother saw that he was not on the train she convinced herself that he had died and worked herself into such a frenzy that she had a heart attack and died herself. It was a sad home arrival when Sebastiano got home on the next train and found that his mother had passed.

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James Patrick Keely

Submitted by: Evelyn Hoffmann {first cousin twice removed|

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James Patrick Keely born around April 3, 1892. James Keely 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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The front-page death announcement in the Brooklyn, New York, newspaper, the Chat, read, “Made the Supreme Sacrifice.”1 It was for Private James P. Keely, my grandmother’s cousin, and appeared the morning of his burial on Oct. 12, 1918. It misreported the young man’s age but stated he had contracted pneumonia at camp and “died as truly for his country as if he had met his death in battle.”

Suspecting a link to the influenza pandemic during World War 1, which Grandma never spoke about, I searched for records.
James Patrick Keely’s draft registration card, completed June 5, 1917, described him as age 25, tall, with blue-grey eyes and light brown hair, Caucasian, having no dependents, and not physically disabled. 2 He was residing in Brooklyn and employed as “undertaker assistant” at the Edward A. Ireland Mortuary, (a family business run by my grandmother’s brother-in-law.)

Pvt. Keely’s “WWI New York U.S. Army Card showed he enlisted April 27, 1918, and was first sent to Camp Upton in his home state. 3 There, he was exposed to all forms of infantry combat training and assigned to the 152nd Depot Brigade, which processed incoming and outgoing soldiers. Less than one month later, however, on May 22, Pvt. Keely was transferred to Georgia’s Camp Greenleaf. A 1927 report of the Surgeon General’s Office of the U.S. Army described this camp as mainly for training medical officers at Fort Oglethorpe.4 News of his becoming a medical officer trainee would have been happily received as Grandma recalled word of him “writing home” and welcoming this opportunity.

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Eugene H Koester

Submitted by: Chelsy Proper l{ocal museum director}

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Eugene H Koester born around 1896. Eugene Koester 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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Koester was killed in action in France on November 9, 1918, just two days before the Armistice. His body was repatriated to the United States in November 1922 and was the last WWI overseas death to return to Charleston, South Carolina for burial.

 

 

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Friendly Wilder Haley

Submitted by: Chelsy Proper {researcher}

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Friendly Wilder Haley born around 1895. Friendly Haley 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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Private Haley died of disease on October 10, 1918 near Saint-Dié, France. He is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

Leon J Lemons

Submitted by: Michael Hammond {Great grand nephew)

Leon J Lemons

Leon J. Lemons born around 1988. Leon Lemons served in World War 1 with the Canadian Army. The enlistment was in 1916 and the service was completed in 1918.

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In 1916 Leon’s parents wouldn’t let him join the Army, with help from his Aunt he went to Canada and joined the Army.

Leon trained as a cavalryman with the Royal Canadian Dragoon’s and was sent to Machine Gun school.

While attached to the Canadian Cavalry Brigade Cavalry Machine Gun squadron he was killed just north of Beaucourt-en-santerre and is buried at the Beaucourt British cemetery.

 

 

 

Harley Chandler Huxford

Submitted by: Chelsy Proper {local museum director}

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Harley Chandler Huxford born around 1896. Harley Huxford 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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Private Huxford died on May 29, 1918 of wounds received at the Battle of Cantigny. He is buried in the Somme American Cemetery in France.

There is a cenotaph in his memory under the name Harlock Chandler Huxford at the Saint Stephen Episcopal Church in Saint Stephen, South Carolina.

 

 

Homer Lane

Submitted by: Gary White Grandson

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Homer Lane born around 1891. Homer Lane 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 Homer Lane, born 1891 in Eufaula Alabama.

He died before I was born, but family records indicate his first joined the Army in 1913 and re-entered in 1917 during WWI.

He was a member of the Company L 802 Pioneer Infantry. he was shipped off from New York on the Anchises on September 1st 1918. He returned 17th of June 1919 from St. Nazaire France.

Mr. Lane lived and worked the balance of his life in Cleveland Ohio with his wife Mary A. Wells Lane. They raised 4 children and had 15 grand children.

    

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