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John William McGrain, Sr.

Submitted by: John W. McGrain, Jr.

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My father worked as a civilian employee of the Quartermaster Corps forwarding supplies to the front. They took over the Candler Building in Baltimore and also shipped material through Fort Holabird. The Candler Building belonged to the Coca Cola Company founded by Asa Candler. They called it the "Battle of Coca-Cola." That building still stands as far as I know on Market space near the inner harbor. I still have a badge my father wore.

Dates Served: 1918
Branch of Service: Civilian

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Edward Conrad Metcalfe

Submitted by: James A. Metcalfe

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Enlisted in Navy but later obtained appointment to Naval Academy Class of 1922. Awarded WWI service medal. KIA Savo Island 1942.

Dates Served: 1918-1942
Branch of Service: Navy
Unit: US Naval Academy

Bert A. Fidler

Submitted by: Matthew R. Fidler

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Bert A. Fidler (1899-1993) enlisted in the U.S. Army in Syracuse, NY, reporting for duty on 2 October 1917 at Camp Syracuse. Private Fidler was assigned to Company E, 39th Infantry Regiment. From 30 October 1917 to 26 April 1918, Private Fidler received infantry training with the 4th Division at Camp Greene, NC and was appointed Corporal on 12 April 1918. On 10 May 1918 Cpl. Fidler's unit of the 4th Division left Hoboken, NJ for France, arriving at Brest on 23 May 1918. From 25 May 1918 to 9 July 1918 Cpl. Fidler's units received infantry training with British instructors and served in reserve in French sectors. Between 18 July and 11 November of 1918, Fidler saw considerable action in four Allied offensive actions with the 4th Division, including the Aisne-Marne; Champagne-Marne; St. Mihiel; and the Meuse-Argonne. Fidler was appointed Sergeant on 25 August 1918 and served as the 2nd Battalion (39th Infantry) Gas NCO.

Dates Served: 2 October 1917 - 21 August 1919
Branch of Service: Army
Unit: 4th Division

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Orlando Ward

Submitted by: John Ward Yates

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Orlando Ward served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1909-1953.

As Adjudant of 2nd Battalion of the 10th Field Artillery Major Ward was in command of the battalion when the 2nd Battle of the Marne started (his commanding officer attending the Bastille Day festivities). Heavy shelling of the battalion headquarters brought shell shock to some, but he managed to maintain order and direct fire in support of the Infantry on the river.

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