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Stories of Service

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Fred L. Stilson

Submitted by: Richard Frank {Nephew}

Fred L Stilson

Fred L Stilson was born around 1896. Fred Stilson 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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Ceremony to Commemorate the 100-Year Anniversary of the Funeral and Interment of Sergeant Fred L Stilson - American Legion Post 57 Namesake

October 16, 2018

Interment October 16, 1918, at Cobleskill Rural Cemetery, Cobleskill, New York

Today we honor a hero.

Fred was born in March of 1896 in Warnerville, New York, at the home of his grandparents, Alex and Augusta Larkin. He was the son of Mert and Ada Stilson, my grandparents.

Fred grew up at 29 West Main Street, Cobleskill, New York. He attended Cobleskill High School and graduated with the class of 1913 at the age of 17. He graduated from Albany Pharmacy College at the age of 19.

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Walter Toy

Submitted by: Jeanne Ostnes {Great Grand Daughter}

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Walter Toy was born around 1863. Walter Toy 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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Walter Toy was born on the 1st January 1863 in Budock, only a few miles from the port of Falmouth in Cornwall. His father was a farm laborer, his mother a laundress and he was the fourth of seven children and the second son.

After he left school, Walter would only have had about three choices of what to do with his life - to follow his father and work on the land, the hard grind of working in the tin mines, or going to sea. His elder brother by five years, Charles, had already ;entered the Royal Navy and was a Signalman 2nd Class aboard H.M.S. "Warrior".

No doubt Walter worked with his father for a time, but with the example of his brother, and being of age to join the Navy as a Boy, he knew what he wanted to do.

The local papers carried advertisements asking boys of 15 to 16 and a half years of age to volunteer for the Royal Navy and they should apply to the Commanding Officer of H.M.S. "Ganges", a boys training ship, then moored in St Just Pool at Mylor, a short distance from Falmouth.

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John Franklin Funkhouser

Submitted by: Joey Funkhouser {1st Cousin 4x Removed}

John Franklin Funkhouser

John Franklin Funkhouser was born around 1892. John Funkhouser 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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John Franklin Funkhouser was born June 17th, 1892 at Baker, West Virginia. He grew up on his family homestead, built by his grandfather. It is said that he was an excellent conversationalist and could liven-up any meeting with his outgoing personality. In 1916, John followed his older brother, William, to Dayton, Ohio where he found work. While in Ohio, John had an ear and mastoid operation probably due to an ear infection.

In April 1917, America entered the war and the call to arms began. John was called to the services of his country in May 1918. In John's surviving letters, he described his six weeks of extensive training. Writing to his sister, Della, he states, "I just got back from the big rifle range. It is 8 miles out from here. We marched those 8 miles and carried about 50 lbs. I never was so tired in all my life as I was when I got here."

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A Tradition of Service Logo 75Charles Raymond Stewart

Submitted by: Dan Bertel {Great Nephew}

Charles Raymond Stewart

Charles Raymond Stewart was born around Aug 14, 1895. Charles Stewart 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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Charles Raymond Stewart went by Raymond Stewart. Raymond left his hometown Shawneetown, Illinois, in May 1918, as part of 52 men drafted from Gallatin County, Illinois.

He first reported to Jefferson Barracks, St Louis, Missouri. He was at Camp Funston, Kansas, when the Spanish Flu Epidemic started. He died of the Spanish Flu at Camp Funston on Oct 13, 1918. His body was shipped home to be buried in the family plot in Westwood Cemetery, Shawneetown, Illinois. Raymond was PVT 1st Class, in the 11 Infantry 10th Division.

The following is an exert about Raymond's from school and the tragedy of how the War Department reported Raymond was on the way home, but failed to inform the family of his passing.

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Seaf Leman Dalton

Submitted by: Brooke Higgs {Granddaughter}

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Seaf Leman Dalton was born around 11 OCT 1896. Seaf Dalton 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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Seaf L. Dalton was severely injured in the Second Battle of the Marne. On account of his heroic actions on the battlefield, Seaf received a Purple Heart.

 

 

 

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Paul Fredrick Gunia

Submitted by: Earl Gunia {Son}

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Paul Fredrick Gunia was born around 1891. Paul Gunia 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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Don’t know much about his service

 

  

 


 

A Tradition of Service Logo 75Arthur E. Winslow

Submitted by: AD1 (AW) Darren Winslow, USN (Ret.) {Nephew}

 

Arthur WinslowArthur E Winslow was born around 1895. Arthur Winslow 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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Arthur Winslow enlisted on June 6, 1917, he was the "First to Enlist" and has an American Legion Hall named after him, (American Legion Post #1 Rockland Maine).

After enlistment he was transferred to Augusta June 8, 1917 Company F 2nd Infantry, Maine National Guard. He sailed for overseas in the latter part of September 1917.

He was promoted to Pvt 1st Class December 1, 1917 and assigned to Company F, 103rd Infantry. He was mortally wounded in the Toul Sector on June 16, 1918 and died on July 6, 1918, at evacuation hospital No. 1 He was buried in a cemetery at Toul, word of his death was received in Rockland on July 16, 1918.

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Frank Clyde Mercer

Submitted by: Michael Conn {Great Grandson}

Frank Clyde Mercer

Frank Clyde Mercer was born around 1887. Frank Mercer served in World War 1 with the United States Army Air Corps. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1918.

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The service of Franklin “Clyde” Mercer in the First World War began in support of the war effort as a 30-year-old, civilian, munitions worker for the Whitaker Glessner Company, a steel production company contracted to manufacture 155mm howitzer shells at its location in New Boston, a small Ohio village within the city of Portsmouth, Ohio. Frank’s military draft paperwork show that he was employed with Whitaker Glessner on June 5, 1917, the date of his registration for the draft.

Eleven months later, on May 17, 1918, Frank would enter military service. He was accompanied by his uncle, Harzy Walls, 6 months his junior, who was also entering the service. Now 31 years of age, Frank departed the Ohio River Valley for Camp Sevier, a military training camp located in the upstate of South Carolina, near the city of Greenville.

It was here, following their formal induction and training into the Air Service of the National Army, that Harzy and Frank would part ways. Frank was assigned to the 15th Aero Construction Company as a carpenter and would spend the early summer months getting technical training at Camp Mills and Hazelhurst Field, near Garden City, New York while Harzy would train near Norfolk, Virginia at Camp Morrison with the 27th Balloon Company for the remainder of the war.

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Henry Eugene Quinn

Submitted by: Diana Quinn Cotton {Granddaughter}

Henry Eugene Quinn

Henry Eugene Quinn born around 1899. Henry Quinn 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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PFC Henry E. Quinn served as a company runner in Co. F 28th Infantry 1st Division, American Expeditionary Forces, United States Army, during World War I and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Croix de Guerre, and Victory Medal with Five Battle Clasps.

My grandfather, Henry Eugene Quinn, was born in Anniston, Alabama, on January 31, 1899. He was the fourth of eleven children of William Eugene Quinn (1865-1945) and Emma Langdon (Fowler) Quinn (1873-1963). He stood 5’ 8” tall, had red hair, blue eyes, a fair complexion, and was covered in freckles. His nicknames were “Bud” (at home) and “Red” (in the Army).

In his World War I memoirs, written many years after the war, Henry wrote:

“March 1917—Applied for enlistment at Monroe (LA), was examined by a colonel Dr. who was rather rough in criticizing my physical condition, stated that I looked like a picked chicken, etc., account of being so skinny. I was not use to such criticism & talked rather rough to him in return. Sgt. was in the background motioning me to hush, etc., but I said my say. Col. flared up & stated, ‘He will do Sgt—I will get a waver on his weight tonight.’ I was 11 lbs. under weight.”

Henry briefly returned to Swartz, LA, to inform his family he had joined the Army and to tell them goodbye. His father “shook hands & told me that I had been my own boss for some time, but now I had a real boss.”

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Richard H. Leeseberg

Submitted by: Virginia Cameron {County researcher}

Richard H LeesebergRichard H Leeseberg was born around 1894. Richard Leeseberg 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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He went aboard the President Grant 9/23/1918 Hoboken, NJ. Next known fact, missing in action 10/5/1918.

 

 

 

 

 

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John Joseph Quinn, Jr.

Submitted by: Dave Quinn {Grandson}

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John Joseph Quinn, Jr. was born on 09/21/1894. John Quinn 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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Headquarters, 79th Division, Am. E. F. France. 8th May,. 1918
General Orders : No. 29:. E X T R A C T.

Par. 3 For gallantry in action and meritorious services, the following citations are published for the information of the command.

(On Sept. 27, 1918) Sergeant John J. Quinn, Medical Detatchment, 314th Infantry.

Sergeant Quinn remained alone in a dressing station near Montfaucon and gave first aid to all wounded men, and arranged for the evacuation of same, which was executed under heavy shell fire. Sergeant Quinn completed the task regardless of safety to himself. (Silver Star).

On September 29th, 1918, near Nantillois, he remained at a first aid station, while being shelled by German artillery, performing his duty under continual artillery fire until all patients had been given first aid and evacuated.

 

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