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Stories of Service

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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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Matteo Osso

Submitted by: Gene Osso {great-nephew}

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Matteo Osso born around 1895, Matteo Osso 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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Entered service on September 23rd, 1917 in Gettysburg, PA, and assigned to 60th Inf Regiment. On October 15th, 1917, assigned to Co. B., 5th MG Battalion,3rd Inf Brigade,2nd Inf Division AEF.

Entered France on December 24th, 1917, and trained in Bourmont until March 1918. Participated in The Defensive Sector at Verdun (Troyon), Chateau-Thierry, The Battle of the Aisne (Vaux), The Aisne-Marne Offensive (Soissons), The Defensive Sector at Marbache, The Battle of Saint-Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

Pvt. Matteo Osso was killed in action while serving as an HMG Crewman with Co B. while in direct support of the 2nd Battalion, 23rd U.S. Infantry Regiment's attack toward enemy held positions near the German occupied French village of Saint-Étienne-à-Arnes, France during The Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge on the morning of Saturday, October 5th, 1918.

He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for actions against the enemy and was laid to rest in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne, France.

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John D Fornaciari

Submitted by: Jim Fornaciari {grandson}

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John D. Fornaciari was born around 1889. John Fornaciari 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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John D. Fornaciari was born in Chicago in 1889. He was raised as a member of a large family on Chicago’s southside. He began a career as a tailor after high school. Following the American entry into World War I, Fornaciari enlisted in the United States Army in April of 1917.

Fornaciari was assigned to the 122nd Field Artillery Regiment-Battery E which was part of the 33rd Division. His military preparation included basic training which was completed at Camp Logan (Texas).

Upon arrival in Europe the 122nd became part of General Pershing’s American Expeditionary Forces. The 122nd was in combat for most of the remaining months of the war. Private Fornaciari was in action in the following battles Verdun, Argonne Forest, Meuse-Argonne, St. Mihiel and Romaine. Following the fighting Fornaciari received a citation for gallantry in action during the battle of the Argonne Forest. This citation was awarded along with the Silver Star medal by the War Department.

The French government also awarded Fornaciari a medal of honor for bravery as a result of his efforts at Verdun. His name is listed on a plaque erected by the French government at Verdun.

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William Jonathan Bock 

Submitted by: Brandt "Bob" Bock {Son}

William Bock

William Jonathan Bock was born on September 26, 1897. William Jonathan Bock served in World War I with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917;and the service was completed in 1919.

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This story of service is being submitted on behalf of all of William Bock’s ten children, (four alive and six deceased) his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, and descendants yet to be born.

Our father, William Jonathan Bock, (better known as “Bill”) was not one to discuss or even touch upon his military and World War I experience. That part of his life was over, he was now on to much more important things such as raising a large family and working, working, ever working. Fortunately we do have some of his military records and a letter to be able to recognize his stellar contributions to the effort to defeat Germany during World War I.

It is noteworthy to mention that Germany is where his ancestors lived and immigrated from, but our father was an American and was proud to be!

We know from his “Enlistment Record” that at age 19, he left his parents small farm in Smith Mills, New York to enlist in the U.S. Army on April 19th, 1917 at Buffalo, New York. After locating a copy of his service card we know he, along with other recruits, were transported to what was known then as the Columbus Barracks in Columbus, Ohio for the beginning of his basic training.

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Anton Roger

Submitted by: Paul Skretkowicz, Jr. {grandson}

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Anton Roger born around 1899, Anton Roger served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

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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 conitued to serve in the Navy Reserve after the war attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

 

Emory Leroy Woodruff

Submitted by: Joseph Maxim {Grandson}

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Joseph Leroy Maxim born around 1883. Joseph Maxim 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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Emory Leroy Woodruff born July 1883 in Stevensville, Pennsylvania, enlisted in the Army in June 1917 at Fort Slocum, New York. My grandfather arrived in France in Nov 5, 1917 having traversed the Atlantic aboard the SS Carpathia, sister ship to the Titantic.

He was assigned to Co. F 16th Infantry regiment, part of the 1st Expeditionary Division AKA "The Big Red One" until his discharge after the armistice.

He took part in numerous battles including the Meuse-Argonne, Fleville and Verdun where he was shot in the back. He was transported back to the US arriving in New York Dec 26, 1918 and spent the remainder of his time recuperating from his wounds but living the rest of his life with a bullet lodged near his spine.

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Frank Pitcher Durkee

Submitted by: Elijah Shalis {Great Grand Nephew}

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Frank P Durkee born around 1899, Frank Durkee served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

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Private First Class Frank Pitcher Durkee was born in Onsted Michigan to Eleazer Blackman Durkee and Jennie Elizabeth Dunham.

He was sent forward to scout out enemy German lines and obtained intel on a machine gun nest, and while crawling back was struck by a sniper's bullet. He made it to his Company Commander and provided the intel enabling the machine gun nest to be taken out. He died of wounds two days later at age 22.

In 2012 he was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and World War One Victory Medal.

The Durkee-Seager American Legion Post in Onsted Michigan is named after him.

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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.

 

 

 

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