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Stories of Service

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Lawrence Reynolds

Submitted by: Pamela Jean Follstaedt Adams {Granddaughter}

Lawrence ReynoldsLawrence Reynolds born around 1894. Lawrence Reynolds served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1914 and the service was completed in 1920.

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Night was descending and all the soldiers around him had fallen one by one.  They were picked off like targets at a carnival shooting game as the enemy sent shells whistling through the air toward the 9-man company.  He steadied himself behind his machine gun and waited for the next German to dare show himself in the clearing in the trees.  BOOM!  A bomb explodes and sends him hurling through the air.  BOOM!  Another bomb explodes and returns him to the bunker he coveted for shelter.  Was there help?  Were there reinforcements?  Would he survive?

This was the long night of May 8, 1918, Lawrence Reynolds had in World War I that awarded him a purple heart and a silver star.  Lawrence held the German forces away through the evening, by himself, until his buddies came to look for the squad in the morning and rescued him.  By keeping the Germans away he held the field for the allies and prevented a full attack by the Germans.

Out of drinking water, Lawrence drank the only thing he could find, the water in the machine gun that was used to cool it.  For his bravery, he received lead poisoning and nearly died.  He was blown out of and back into the bunker several times which resulted in a back injury that plagued him the rest of his life.  But despite all of this, even after Lawrence had to shoot a German who managed to make it up the hill, he still left the safety of his bunker to help the wounded enemy only to find he was too late.

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Private Harry Druckerman

Submitted by: Henry Druckerman {son}

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Harry Druckerman was born around 1892. Harry Druckerman 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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Harry Druckerman # 2671056
Private Co. C, 106th Infantry Regiment,
27th Infantry Division, United States Army

On April 4, 1918, Harry Druckerman was inducted at the rank of Private, into Company C, 106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division, a federalized division of the New York National Guard.

On May 10, 1918 he and his division departed Camp Wadsworth, near Spartanburg, SC and made the Atlantic crossing to Brest. They were then transported (in “40 and 8” boxcars of the French railroad) to training sites on the Somme River. There, the 27th Division (along with the US 30th Division) was assigned to the US II Corps, commanded by Major General George W. Read.

As a result of an agreement between General John Pershing, commanding the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) and General Sir Douglas Haig, commanding the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), the US II Corps would serve as part of the Fourth Army, BEF, commanded by General Sir Henry Rawlinson. Rawlinson assigned them to the Australian Corps, commanded by Lieutenant General Sir John Monash. It is one of the rare times in US Army history that a non-American general personally commanded American troops.

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Julian Sobieski

Submitted by: Anthony Sobieski {grandson}

Julian SobieskiJulian Sobieski was born around 1896. Julian Sobieski served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Private Julian Sobieski was born in Plock, Poland, on September 16th, 1896, to Leon & Antonina Sobieski. He immigrated to the United States on July 21st, 1914 through the Port of Philadelphia, PA. Julian settled in Bridesburg, the Polish section of Philadelphia. By 1917, he worked at the Disston Saw Works in the Tacony section of Philadelphia.

Julian registered for the draft on June 5th, 1917. The block 4 question on his draft card asks about Citizenship Intention: He wrote in “Will be a citizen of the USA”. My grandfather wanted to serve his adoptive country to earn his U.S. citizenship.

Julian was drafted on July 5th, 1918 and assigned to the 53rd Pioneer Infantry Regiment (PIR), HQ Company. The 53rd PIR was the old 47th New York Infantry Regiment with lineage going back to the Civil War. The 53rd PIR HQ Company had 213 men assigned, the majority of which came from New York and Pennsylvania. The men of the company were a mix of German, Italian, and Irish backgrounds, with only a few Poles, my grandfather being one of them.

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Harry Druckerman

Submitted by: Henry Druckerman {Son}

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Harry Druckerman born around 1892. Harry Druckerman 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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NOTE: Pamela Druckerman, my daughter, is the granddaughter of my father, Harry Druckerman, who served and was wounded in France in World War I. Pamela wrote this story, My Grandfather's Last Battle, after visiting the sight of the action in which Harry was wounded on September 27, 1918.

My Grandfather’s Last Battle

By Pamela Druckerman
New York Times Op-Ed Writer

Published January 31, 2014

RONSSOY, France — ABOUT 95 years ago, my grandfather spent the night near here. I doubt he slept much. For starters, he was probably in a trench. And by 4:30 a.m., he and other members of the United States Army’s 106th Infantry were assembled along a strip of tape on the ground. They were facing the outer edge of the Hindenburg Line, one of the most fortified German positions on the Western Front of World War I.

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Wilfred Jesse Sage

Submitted by: Rebecca Lane Oesterle {granddaughter}

Wilfred Jesse SageWilfred Jesse Sage born around 1890. Wilfred Sage served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1921.

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He enlisted July 9, 1917, in Boston, Massachusetts, and was sent to Camp Syracuse, Syracuse, New York, as a private in Company E 23rd Infantry of the regular Army.

In August, he was made Corporal; Sept. 7, he left Hoboken, NJ for France, in the only division which had regiments of United States Marines.

He was wounded in action, October 8, 1918, and was in hospitals until after the armistice. In January, 1919, he returned to his company, which was with the Army of Occupation on the Rhine.

He was cited for bravery and his name is in a book issued by the Second Division Headquarters. "During the fighting at Blanc Mont., Corporal Sage showed extraordinary courage by taking command of his platoon after his leader and platoon Sergeants were wounded. Badly wounded, he continued to lead his men until they had successfully broken up the assault." For that he received the Silver Star.

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Charles Calvin Crow

Submitted by: Christopher Thomas Baughman {Great Nephew}

Charles Calvin CrowCharles Calvin Crow born around 1896, Charles Crow 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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Isaac P. Wright

Submitted by: Darin Collignon {Great-Grandson}

no photo 300Isaac P. Wright born around 1892. Isaac Wright served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Corporal Isaac P. Wright served honorably with Company E, 22nd Engineers; he participated in the Battle of St. Mihiel ( the 100 Days Offensive ) and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

 

 

 

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Samuel Isaac Runyon

Submitted by: James Hillyer {Grandson}

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Samuel Isaac Runyon born around 1898. Samuel Runyon served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

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New Sailors Honor the Fallen, 1918

By 1968 health challenges were making it difficult for my grandpa Samuel Isaac Runyon to continue his lifelong ministry as a pastor of churches, so he accepted the assignment of writing a series of Sunday school lessons and I became his sixteen-year-old scribe and assistant. During breaks from the writing he would sometimes tell me what life was like for him when he was not much older than me -a time when he was still in his teens and the whole world had gone to war. In particular, he remembered a breakfast announcement at the Washington Navy Yard in 1918, which I will try to report verbatim, with the understanding that he was remembering an event that took place fifty years in the past, and I am now remembering that conversation with him from fifty years ago.

That morning he'd been in uniform for a few months, but many of the men had just arrived from the Great Lakes Navy Recruit Training facility and were wearing brand-new uniforms. During breakfast an officer strode into the room and announced, "You men have volunteered to serve your country. Some of you may think you don't know how to do much yet except put on the uniform, come to attention, and salute. This morning you will have the opportunity to serve your country by doing nothing more than showing up in uniform, coming to attention, and saluting." With that he marched about thirty of them down to the Receiving Station and arranged them alongside the dock.

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Frank Clark Nicholas

Submitted by: Dorothy Eleanor Nicholas {Daughter}

Frank Clark NicholasFrank Clark Nicholas was born April 28, 1892. Frank Nicholas 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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Chapter One The Official Record

My father, Frank Clark Nicholas, was inducted into the army September 10, 1917 at Local Board 63 Brooklyn, NY. He was 25 years old. He was honorably discharged May 9, 1919.

Dad was a Private 1st Class in Company M, 308th Infantry, 77th Division, American Expeditionary Forces (the Metropolitan Division _ New York’s finest). He received training at Camp Upton Yaphank, NY. He sailed from New York for England April 7, 1918. From Brest, France he returned to New York on April 28, 1919 sailing on the SS America.

Dad’s ship leaving New York for England was probably the SS Statendam (the Statendam was torpedoed in July which corresponds to information in Dad’s letter dated July 23, 1918).

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Albert J. Lentz

Submitted by: Mark A. Snell and Eric Lindblade

Albert J LentzAlbert J. Lentz born around 1895. Albert Lentz served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1915 and the service was completed in 1918.

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Private Albert J. Lentz of Company D, 18th Infantry, 1st Division, was the first soldier from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to be killed-in-action during World War I. Lentz fell near Cantigny, France on April 26, 1918, a month before the seminal American offensive of the war.

Albert had moved to Chicago about three years earlier but his parents, Israel and Susannah, still resided in Gettysburg at the time of Albert’s death.

Ironically, Private Lentz spent part of his childhood living in the house that today is known as “General Lee’s Headquarters,” which in July 1863 was owned by the widow Mrs. Mary Thompson.

While working in Chicago, Albert enlisted in the Regular Army and served in the Mexican Punitive Expedition. His regiment was one of the first American units to sail for France in 1917.

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Early Blair Johnson, Sr.

Submitted by: Robin Doucette {granddaughter}

Early Blair Johnson SrPNGEarly Blair Johnson, Sr. was born around 1886. Early Johnson 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, Corporal Early Blair Johnson was born in Marion, Virginia on Oct.16, 1886. As a young man he was employed by Appalachian Power Company and he was subsequently transferred to work at the power plant at Switchback in McDowell County, West Virginia.

It was there that he met my grandmother, Mazie Trent. He proposed to her at Christmas of 1917 and gave her a beautiful diamond which she treasured all of her life. Their wedding was postponed when the US entered World War I as he did not want to leave his young bride as a widow “if something happened.”

Corporal Johnson trained at Camp Lee, Virginia before sailing for France from Norfolk, VA in May of 1918 aboard the USS Tenefores. He served in the Headquarters Detachment of the 155th Field Artillery Brigade of the famous 80th Division. His unit served in the Somme Offensive, the St. Miheil Offensive and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. The 80th Division was the only A.E.F. Division called upon three times during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and it was ranked first of all National Army Divisions by the War Department.

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