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Stories of Service

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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.

Story of Service

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.


Charles Hollopeter

Submitted by: Allen Phetteplace, VFW post, and by Walter F. Johnson

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Charles Hollopeter born around 1896. Charles Hollopeter 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

Charles Hollopeter was born at Amsworth, Nebraska, Jan. 1, 1896. Son of Curtis and Josephine Hollopeter.

Enlisted at Stanley, Wis., on July 8, 1917, in Co. L 128th Inf. Sailed for France Feb. 20, 1918. Participated in all the battles of the 32nd Division. Promoted to the rank of corporal.

Was killed in action in the Meuse-Argonne, Nov. 7, 1918. (Burial at Riverside Cemetery, Ladysmith.)


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Willmar Albert Bathke

Submitted by: Allen Phetteplace, VFW post, and Walter F. Johnson

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Willmar Albert Bathke born around 1895, Willmar Bathke 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

Willmar Bathke- Born at Springfield, Minn., June 22, 1895. Son of Fred and Sean Bathke, of Tony.

Before entering the service, he was engaged in farm work, assisting his parents.

Entered the service July 5, 1918. Assigned to 109th Co. Engineers, 28th Division. Sailed for France Sept. 12, 1918. Participated in the battle of St. Mihiel. Was gassed at Thincourt, Nov. 2, 1918.

Suffered an attack of bronchial pneumonia which resulted in his death, Nov. 9, 1918. (Burial Riverside Cemetery, Ladysmith).

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George Washington Willard

Submitted by: Eric Wiech {Great Grandson}

George Washington Willard

George Washington Willard born around 18 Dec. 1892, George Willard 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

Pvt. George Washington Willard was born on December 18, 1892, in Madison, SD. His mother died when he was six. Soon after, he and his younger brother were placed in the Sioux Falls children’s home. From there, he was sent to live with a family that was quite poor. He worked long hours at farm labor, was fed little, slept in a bed bug-infested bed, only had socks hired men threw away, and had little schooling for two years. When he was constantly late for the little schooling he received, his teacher asked him why. After he explained, the teacher contacted the children’s home, which sent two women to check on his conditions. They immediately removed him from the home. He was placed into another foster home and lived/worked there until he was 17.

Pvt. Willard was drafted into the Army on the 20th of September, 1917, when he was 24. On May 11, 1918, he would sail from New York, NY to Liverpool, England. Listed as his “in case of emergency” contact is a “friend” from Summit, SD, Miss Agnus Swanson.

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Warren Finley Hoyle

Submitted by: Martha Bridges, Warren F. Hoyle Post 82 Historian

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Warren Finley Hoyle born around 1895, Warren Hoyle served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.








Leslie Joseph Burke

Submitted by: E. Whitney Drake {nephew}

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Leslie Joseph Burke born around 1897, Leslie Burke served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1914 and the service was completed in 1917.

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My uncle, Leslie Joseph Burke, was born in Halifax, N.S., and came to the U.S.A. as a small boy. He enlisted on the Army in DEC 1914,

In OCT 1917, he landed in France with the U.S. Army 26th Div. My uncle was in every major battle of the U.S. Army in World War I. Chevrons attached to his Victory Medal are: Meuse-Argonne; St. Mihiel; Champagne-Marne; Chateau Thierry; Oise-Aisne.

He was wounded in battle on/about 10 OCT 1918 by mustard gas. He survived, but was disabled later in life due to this.

My uncle's medals from World War I include the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Victory Medal.


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Henry A. Falk

Submitted by: Jeffrey Falk {Grandson}

Henry A FalkHenry A. Falk was born around 1887. Henry Falk 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

The information I have about my grandfather was told to me by my father, since my grandfather died when I was 2 years old.

He enlisted when he was 30 years old. A farmer by trade, he signed up for infantry. Basic training was at Camp Funston, part of Ft. Riley in Kansas. He was in company i, 353rd infantry, 89th division. He was involved in the battle of St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne. He was a corporal and was responsible for ensuring that everyone got "over the top".

One time he turned to help another soldier out of the trench and as he stood up he said it felt like he was hit in the back with a sledgehammer, throwing him into the trench. The mess kit in his pack had stopped a bullet.

There was also mention of the fierce hand to hand combat he experienced, but he never went into too much detail. Having grown up on a farm, he said one of the saddest things was seeing the wounded horses. He said that men understood what could happen to them, even expect it, but the animals had no idea what was going on.

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Abbas Alee

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

no photo 300Abbas Alee born around 1888. Abbas Alee 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

Abbas Alee was born on June 4, 1888 in Calcutta, British India to Amed Alee and Sheburne Beybi. His parents were from Persia.

He immigrated to the United States on March 15, 1910. Alee settled in California after his arrival.

By 1917, Abbas was living in Los Angeles. On June 5, 1917, Alee registered for the draft. His draft registration card recorded his race as Hindu, birth of place as India, and occupation as a moving picture actor at Keystone Studios.

Abbas Alee married Maria or Mary Llampallas on September 25, 1918 in Los Angeles, California.

On November 14, 1918, Alee petitioned for U.S. naturalization as a soldier at Camp Kearny, California.

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Francis Sherry

Submitted by: Francis Thomas Sherry {Son}

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Francis Sherry born around October 9, 1889. Francis Sherry 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

On September 15, 1917, at 27 years old, my father, Francis Sherry, from Taunton, Massachusetts, received his draft notice. By September 20, 1917, he began his service in the U.S. Army at Camp Devens, Massachusetts.

According to his military papers he stood at 5 feet 6 inches tall, had blue eyes, brown hair, and a medium complexion. He listed his civilian occupation as a driver. By June 4, 1918 he was promoted, becoming Corporal Francis Sherry #1638058 of Company A 153rd Division.

On July 5, 1918 he was sent overseas to France as part of the American Expeditionary Force (A.E.F.). He service there spanned both warfare and the November 11, 1918 Armistice. He later returned to the United States and was honorably discharged on January 28, 1919, at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

Although little is known of what he experienced in France, because like many military personnel my father seldom spoke of his wartime service, the timing of his duty in France at the height of A.E.F. offenses and a reading of one of the few pieces of correspondence to him that survived from that era, strongly suggest that he saw combat.

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Katherine Rose Kreutzer

Submitted by: Mary Rohrer Dexter

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Katherine Rose Kreutzer served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 3/1918 - 4/1919.


April of 1918 was rainy in Southwestern Ohio, with temperatures which ranged in the upper forties to lower fifties, as 30-year-old Katherine Rose Kreutzer arrived at Wilbur Wright Field, Fairborn, Ohio. Pulling her cape around her more closely while shivering in the biting wind, she stepped into a new juncture of her life. She was beginning her period as an Army Corps Nurse.

Wilbur Wright Field was a new base. The land had only been acquired one year prior to her arrival. The hospital building construction had started in July of 1917, but an adequate amount of additions to the original structure were not in place until March of 1918. During the construction phase, civilian workers and their families camped in the area, as were the teams of animals used in the construction work. Conditions were very unsanitary. The stench of many pit privies combined with large amounts of animal manure caused the area to become infested with flies and the drinking water became contaminated.

Luckily, after Katherine had been at the base a month, all these issues were resolved. The hospital did not have telephone service during the time frame she was at Wilbur Wright Field. In spite of the primitive conditions, Katherine immediately rolled up her sleeves alongside ten other nurses to care for the 353 soldiers who were in the hospital that month. Twenty of the young men were inflicted with communicable diseases which put these young women at risk, and twenty-five others had contracted venereal disease. The work was demanding and the shifts were long.

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Anna Otiker

Submitted by: Mary Rohrer Dexter, Local County History Project

no photo women 300Anna Otiker born around 1862. Anna Otiker served in World War 1 with the Red Cross. The service started in 1917 and the service was completed around 1919.

Story of Service

Anna Otiker was born in Ohio in 1862 to a Swedish immigrant father and an Irish immigrant mother. Her father, Henry H. Otiker, was a farmer who served in the Civil War. By 1870 the family, consisting of Anna, her father and mother along with her sister Sophia and brother Henry,was living in Miami County on a farm in Richland Township.

In 1874 her father was elected to the school board. In 1880 the family had expanded to add sisters Elizabeth, Margaret and Zoe along with brothers Alexander and Ralph. They lived in Paw Paw which, although prosperous in the late 1840s, would have been a mere ghost town by 1880.

During the period 1917-1919, Anna Otiker served as a Red Cross Nurse (see article below).

After spending time as a substitute mail carrier and a dry goods store clerk, Anna settled down into the skill set of a dressmaker by 1920. She grew up as a childhood friend of Indiana author Ross Lockridge, Sr. They exchanged letters throughout their lives, and in fact, he sent her a beautiful lavender silk scarf from Paris.

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