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Stories of Service

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Albert Robert Laske

Submitted by: Jean Burns {granddaughter}

Albert Robert Laske mugAlbert Robert Laske born around 1894. Albert Laske served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

Feb. 1918, Albert "Bert" (24 yrs. old) received induction orders to enter the Army, during World War I. He is to serve in the 25th Spruce Squadron, Vancouver Barracks, in Vancouver Washington. This Squadron is to harvest wood that will be used to build the planes they need for the war. In Dec.

1918, Bert is discharged honorable and thanked for his service, but since the war is ending, his service is no longer needed.

About the 25th Spruce Squadron: “The states of Oregon and Washington form the backdrop for one of the most interesting dramas of the First World War. When the U.S. entered the War, it was quickly discovered that the nation had no capacity to build warplanes in quantity. Even though the U.S. had invented the airplane, by 1917 the European powers had already spent years developing it for warfare, and deploying it in deadly combat. Those nations were trying to produce enough machines to keep the skies occupied over the front lines in France.

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Fayette Clark

Submitted by: Gerald Clark {Grandson}

no photo 300Fayette Clark born around 1895. Fayette Clark 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 with Co. B 2nd Engineers. Lost a leg in Chateau Thierry France June 14th 1918. Honorable Discharge July 29th. 1919.

 

 

 

 

 

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Joseph H Masterson

Submitted by: Steve Masterson {Great nephew}

no photo 300Joseph H Masterson born around 1894. Joseph Masterson 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

 

Joseph was born in Londonderry, Ireland, in 1894. His father, Michael, was apparently doing well as an “Assurance Superintendent” (an inspector for a commercial lines insurance company) and was able to house his growing family in a nice townhouse with a maid. In 1901, 7 year old Joseph moved with his family to an apartment on 85th St. in Manhattan. Michael’s fortunes apparently went downhill after he arrived in New York, so he moved the family to upper 8th Ave in Harlem. In 1910, Joseph’s mother, Jane, fell ill with tuberculosis. During this time, Joseph took off to California – he was 16 years old. His siblings ended up living with oldest sister Helen (Nellie) Hefferman and her husband, except for William (my grandfather), who ended up at Father Drumgool’s Home for Boys for a time.

Joseph enlisted in the California National Guard on May 20, 1917, in Hanford, California, and was assigned to Company M of the Guard’s 2nd Infantry Regiment. The 2nd Infantry had already been called into Federal service in contemplation of the War. He was sent to Fort Mason in San Francisco (now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area) to join Company M.

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Eugene M Masterson

Submitted by: Steve Masterson {great-nephew}

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Eugene M Masterson born around 1888. Eugene Masterson 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

 

Eugene was my father’s uncle, the oldest brother of William John Masterson (my grandfather). He was born June 10, 1888, in Coatbridge, Scotland and was the second child of Michael and Jane Masterson. He was named after his grandfather, Eugene Owen Masterson. One of my father’s older brothers, Eugene Thomas Masterson (1931 – 1992), was named for this Uncle Eugene.

When he was 21, Eugene was living in Manhattan with his older sister Nellie and her family. His parents could not care for their children, so all the children were living with Nellie. Michael and Jane lived elsewhere in Manhattan while Jane suffered from tuberculosis. At that time, Eugene was working as a salesman in the linen/garment industry. Younger brother Joseph had run off to California.

On June 29, 1914, Eugene registered for the draft at the outset of World War I. At the time, he was living at 233 East 31st Street in Manhattan and was working for Chubb & Sons. Sometime in July of 1917, Eugene was called up for service, along with hundreds of other New York immigrants, in the old 7th Regiment of the New York National Guard. He was assigned to Company H.

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Julian Dawson

Submitted by: Johnette Brooks, GA WWI African American Historian

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Julian Dawson born around 1888. Julian Dawson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1941.

Story of Service

 

Brigadier General Julian Levi Dawson, 365th Infantry Medical Detachment

1888 - 1955
Albany, Georgia | Chicago, Illinois
Highest Ranking GA African American Officer
International Physician/Surgeon

In 2014, reporter Timuel Black of the Chicago Tribune wrote a story about the new Obama Presidential Library being built near his childhood home; recalls his mother speaking reverently about “how he should pay attention to our neighbor Dr. Julian Dawson, a black physician who inspired deep respect in our community.”1

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Loomis Trudeau

Submitted by: Kelly Durocher {Brother in law of 2nd great aunt}

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Loomis Trudeau born around 1897. Loomis Trudeau 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

 

Loomis Trudeau was born in North Adams, Massachusetts in 1897. He was the fifth child of William and Josephine Trudeau. Loomis had four brothers and five sisters. The Trudeau family moved to Schenectady, New York when Loomis was about eight years old. Soon after moving to Schenectady Loomis’ father was killed while crossing railroad tracks. Loomis’ mother was left to raise ten children on her own.

Loomis enlisted in the United States Navy on April 28, 1917. At the time of entering the service he was employed in the standardizing laboratory of the General Electric Company. Shortly after enlistment he became ill with pneumonia for many months and was hospitalized.

His first trip to the other side was on the U.S.S. Lake Moor and his rank was Fireman 3rd Class.

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Richard Joseph Schuster

Submitted by: Jeffrey Christel {Great grand-nephew}

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Richard Joseph Schuster born around 1889. Richard Schuster 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

 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 30 July 1918, and was assigned to Company "M", 2nd Chemical Battalion, Chemical Warfare Service, and served at Edgewood Arsenal in Edgewood, Maryland for the duration of the war. He was Honorably Discharged on 12 December 1918 as a Private.

 

 

 

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Adam Jacob Christel

Submitted by: Jeffrey Christel {great grand-nephew}

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Adam Jacob Christel born around 1895. Adam Christel 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

 

He served in France with Company "L", 3rd Battalion, 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division. Honorably Discharged as a Private First Class.

 

 

 

 

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Fred Hitner

Submitted by: Robin Hitner {Great Nephew}

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Fred Hitner was born around 1893. Fred Hitner served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, I was told that I had great uncle from Nashville, named Fred Hitner, who died in WWI. His name is listed on a World War I memorial statue located in Centennial Park in Nashville that I visited several times growing up. My dad had a picture of his grave and cross located in Belgium (see attached). It appeared to be a temporary mass grave. We had no pictures of himself in our possession. Unfortunately, my dad did not have much information on Fred except for his parent’s names and what look like a typed draft of an obituary.

This unofficial obituary stated that he “lost his life in Waeregham, [Waregem] Belgium in the service of his country on November 11, 1918.” I could never find an official newspaper obituary. Other documents such as the Gold Star Records from the Tennessee State Library and Archives listed the same date and place. I thought how interesting that he died on the last day of war. I became extremely interested in finding out how and where he died.

Knowing that Fred was buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, I paid a visit to see his grave. To my astonishment, he had no gravestone. His father and his second wife are buried on the other side of the cemetery. Fred was buried next to his mother, maternal grandmother and his first stepdad Martin Givens. I talked to the cemetery office manager who instructed me on how to obtain a free headstone from the Department of Veterans Affairs. I only had to pay the cemetery to set up the gravestone.

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John Elco

Submitted by: Josh Hanna 

John Elco mugJohn Elco served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 7, 1917-1919.

 

Seventeen year old John William Elco traveled from his home in Donora to Pittsburgh to enlist in the Pennsylvania National Guard on June 7, 1917, less than a month shy of his 18th birthday.

Elco became a machine gunner in the 111th Infantry--part of the Keystone Division praised by General Pershing. His overseas service in 1918 was with E Company of the 19th Engineering Regiment (Transportation Corps) in France..

He left France in April 1919 but had a lifelong affinity with the US Army, serving again on the home front in WWII where he rose to the rank of Major in 1944 in command of the 3rd Battalion, 10th Regiment. He was finally discharged from the service on June 1, 1951.

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Harry Malott

Submitted by: Gerri Brown

no photo 300Photo submitted by Jody McDonald, 1st cousin 2x removed.Harry Malott served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 04/03/1917-11/1918.

Story of Service

 

HARRY E. MALOTT, PFC
Veteran of World War 1
Enlisted - April 3, 1917 – Discharged-Nov. 1918
Landing in Hoboken, New Jersey
Paraded in New York City, N.Y.

On April 3, 1917 Harry Malott and his cousin Oliver Smith came to Canton, Illinois to enlist in the army in World War 1. Harry returned from the War In 1918. He had been wounded a couple times but never went to a doctor. His cousin Oliver was killed in battle in World War 1. Oliver is buried in France.

When applying for enlistment in the U. S. Army on April 3, 1917, when weighing in Harry was too light and they were going to reject him. He left and drank a lot of water to add weight and returned to weigh again. He was sworn in April 6, 1917, Company 1, 18th infantry as a Wagoner. He served overseas in Europe in World War 1 in France and Germany.

Returning home after the war ended. The troop ship was previously a cattle transport boat, & to keep down sea sickness he said that he ate onions that were kept in crate to feed the whales. Upon returning to U. S. soil the ship landed in Hoboken, New Jersey & the group of soldiers were transported to New York City where along with other soldiers they paraded through the center of New York City . When they landed thy left guns, mess kit, Cups, etc all in a large pile. He later was able to retrieve a mess kit and metal cup (not his own).

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