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Stories of Service

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Emmett George Hoyt

Submitted by: Joe Davis {Nephew}

Emmett George HoytEmmett George Hoyt was  born around 1895. Emmett Hoyt 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

Emmett George Hoyt was inducted into the army on May 31, 1917 and was a Private in Company M, 110th Infantry, 28th Division, Pennsylvania National Guard. His company sailed to France on the transport ship Ansonia on May 3, 1918. He saw action in France at Cierges hill 212 and two major offensives.

He spent 57 days in the Argonne, and on June 30, he was sent to Aisne Marne, where, on July 30, he was “moderately” wounded when he was peppered with shrapnel. mostly in his legs. He was carrying a tin of tobacco in his breast pocket over his heart and credited "Prince Albert" with saving his life.

Six months after being wounded, Emmett was assigned to a Military Police unit in Cologne, Germany, for a short time before returning to France. He departed St. Nazaire, on 29 April 1919 on the transport ship Santa Olivia with the remaining members of Company M.

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Charles Benjamin Mead

Submitted by: Lola {granddaughter-in-law}

Charles Benjamin MeadCharles Benjamin Mead served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

Story of Service

MILITARY: Register of Deeds, Wessington Springs, Jerauld County, South Dakota.

Honorable Discharge from the United States Army #5859.

Charles B. Mead 3131541 – Mech Casual Det 324-163 DB Co K 157th Inf.

Said Charles B. Mead was born in Blair, in the State of Nebraska. When enlisted he was 22 7/12 years of age by occupation a carpenter. He had blue eyes, brown, hair, medium complexion, and was 5 feet 9 inches in height.

Enlistment Record:
Grade: Mechanic
Enlisted or inducted May 24th, 1918, at Wessington Springs, SD
Battles, engagements, skirmishes, expeditions A.E. F.
Knowledge of any vocation: carpenter
Wounds received in service: none
Physical condition when discharged: good
Triple typhoid prophylaxis completed June 11th 1918
Paratyphoid prophylasis completed June 11th, 1918
Character: Excellent
Remarks: no AWOL, no absence
Entitled to travel pay
Left US Aug 11th 1918
Returned to US April 11th 1919

Following is a production of the handwritten journal Charles Benjamin Mead kept with regard to his military life. The small notebook is in the possession of his daughter, Theone Mead Whitlock, Kalama, WA.

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Samuel L. Derby

Submitted by: Stephen Nelson

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Samuel L. Derby born around 9/7/1891, Samuel Derby 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

Samuel L. Derby was Killed in Action in the Battle of Argonne Forest, France 1918. The Battle of Argonne was deemed the largest battle in the United States history. The battle lasted 47 days and involved 1.2 million American soldiers and over 26 thousand died.

Born on September 7, 1891. He was one of seven children of Silas and Celia (Burch) Derby. Samuel L. Derby grew up on Institute Street, Frewsburg, New York. Called Sammy, he was active in the normal activity of the time, camping, fishing and canoeing on the Conewango Creek. during Winter months he and friends would ice skate on the Conewango flats or coast on the nearby snow-covered hills.

The coming year of 1917, America entered the World War and for the boys, the carefree days were at an end. All through that summer, fall and following winter the boys of Frewsburg were leaving for army camps. Sammy had graduated from Frewsburg Schools and worked at a local furniture factory until he joined the Army.

By April 1st, 1918 he had packed up his belongings in boxes his mother had told him not to do that, “You'll be back” she said. Samuel Derby, Harry Bowles, and Charles Austin walked the Frewsburg Railroad station, only two would return. The school children knew the men were leaving. The school was closed while the children marched down Institute Street waving American flags and saying goodbye. The train left for Fort Dix, New Jersey. On April 1st, 1918 “Sammy” left Frewsburg for Fort Dix, New Jersey, where he entered the service with the 309th Infantry, 78th Infantry Division.

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Herbert James

Submitted by: Harry L. James {Great Nephew}

Herbert JamesHerbert James born around 1895. Herbert James 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

Herbert James was born on January 13th, 1895 in Bethlehem, Kentucky. In September of 1917 he was drafted into the Army at Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky.

From September of 1917 to July of 1918 he passed through a series of training units starting at Camp Taylor then Camp Shelby in Mississippi as part of a Regular Army round out of a National Guard Division. At Camp Shelby Herbert along with 1000 other soldiers were then formed into Replacement Companies and transferred to Camp Merritt, New Jersey where they departed for France on the 11th of June, 1917 on the SS Corsican.

The Corsican docked in Liverpool, England on the 24th of June. From there Herbert and his fellow soldiers were sent on a troop train to Southhampton and finally to combat training at the Depot Division, St. Aignan France. Once he completed his final training he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division on the 26th of July, 1918.

His introduction to the war was as part of the Corps Reserve for the US IV Corps in the battle to reduce the St. Mihiel Salient. From August 29th to September 17th, 1918 his unit marched over 100 miles but did not directly participate in any combat operations. With the end of the St. Mihiel operation his Division was made part of the concentration of forces for the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

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Marcus Alexander Campbell

Submitted by: Beverly Hector-Smith {3rd cousin}

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Marcus Alexander Campbell born around 12/30/1890, Marcus Campbell served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

Marcus was my paternal grandmother's first cousin. who I remember was very shy and withdrawn. He seemed always working in the vegetable garden when visited—this was in the 1940's when I was a child. He never married and lived with his sister in the family home which was across the street.

When my grandmother died she was buried there, and I happened to notice another grave when I was there, and it was Marcus'. His gravestone read: " For his combat success and bravery on Nov.1918, the French awarded the Croix de Guerre to the First Battalion 367 Infantry Regiment." I have no written verification, no family stories survived. I would have thought there would be a military record but I was told the U.S. did not keep a record of awards given by other countries.

Since WW1 regiments were segregated so many regiments were attached to others. I have found 3 regiments the 369, 371, and the 372 received awards. There is no mention of the 367th, could it have been attached to one of the others?

In any case I began to see that quiet unassuming man in a new light.

Louis Z. Daris

Submitted by: Charles L. Daris {Son}

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Louis Z. Daris born around 1895. Louis Daris 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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Charles Wesley Darrow

Submitted by: Tracy Tomaselli {historian}

Charles Wesley DarrowCharles Wesley Darrow born around 1898. Charles Darrow served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

Story of Service

Charles Wesley Darrow was born on 6 July 1898 in the Yalesville section of Wallingford, CT. He was the son of Nelson Edward Darrow and Florence Estella Calhoun. Charles was raised by his grandmother (Alice Rebina Spencer) and step-grandfather (Franklin Pierce Calhoun) who resided on Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT.

Charles Darrow joined Company D, 2nd Infantry Regiment, National Guard, on 19 June 1916 in New Haven, CT, at the age of 17, and served patrolling the Mexican border against raids. (service #64386)

The Connecticut 1st and 2nd Infantry Regiments, having been federalized on 28 March 1917 to serve in the First World War, were combined into one Regiment to form the 102nd Inf. Regt. (CTANG). Training with this regiment for Charles began at Camp Yale on 6 July 1917. The camp was located in the vicinity of the Yale Bowl.

During this time, Charles, who was a plumber at the Acme Wire Mills in New Haven, CT, married Katherine O'Connor (29 July 1917) in New Haven, CT. Katherine (O'Connor) Darrow had an affair which led Charles to tell his uncle, Albert F. Calhoun, that he was "not coming back from France and didn't want to live."

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Clifton Flagler

Submitted by: Bradley W. Flagler {Grandnephew}

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Clifton Flagler born around 1895. Clifton Flagler served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

Private Clifton Flagler, United States Marine Corps, 55th Company and his Gold Star mothers quest for information about the death of her son.

Clifton Flagler was the sixth son of James Enos & Irene (Salisbury) Flagler. The eighth of ten children, he was born on October 28, 1895 and grew up on his parents farm in Reidsville, Albany County New York.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps on July 18, 1917 in Albany for "the duration of war". On his entrance physical he was noted as being 69 1/2 inches in height, weighing 152 Lbs, having blue eyes with 20/20 vision, light brown hair and a ruddy complexion. At the time of his enlistment he was 21 years, 8 months, 20 days of age and his occupation was listed as that of a teamster. Being that blue stone quarrying was a significant business in Reidsville at the time and there were some connections through his mothers side of the family to this enterprise,his work likely engaged him in transporting heavy loads of stone down steep, winding roads by horse and wagon from the Heldebergs of western Albany County to the city.

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Douglas Mellen Burckett

Submitted by: Jenifer Burckett-Picker {daughter}

Douglas Mellen BurckettDouglas Mellen Burckett born around 1895, Douglas Burckett 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

My father, Douglas Mellen Burckett, was born in Brooklyn in 1895 and grew up in Montclair and Somerville, New Jersey. After finishing high school, plus a couple of years of military academy, he enrolled in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the fall of 1915 to study electrical engineering.

After his sophomore year, in the fall of 1917, he enlisted in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). He was in Wagon Company #3 of the 23rd Engineers Regiment and spent his first almost five months at various training camps in Maryland (Camp Meade, Camp Glen Burnie, and Camp Laurel). At Camp Meade, he met his lifelong friend, George W. Duncan “Dunk”, from Missoula, Montana.

Dad and Dunk shipped over from Hoboken, NJ to Brest France in early April 1918 on the U.S.S. George Washington. They spent just over a week in Brest at Camp Pontanezen, before entraining to Nevers in central France, where they spent the next almost four months working on the most important American railroad project in France in WWI – unheard of and forgotten today, but of vital strategic importance to the war effort – the Nevers Cut-Off (or as the French called it “La ligne americaine”).

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Mohan Singh

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

Monahan SinghMohan Singh born around 1884 or 1885, Mohan Singh served in World War 1 in the manner described below.. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

Mohan Singh was in Amballa Cantt, British India in either 1884 or 1885 to Heera Singh. He immigrated to the United States on December 13, 1913 from Southampton, England. Singh settled in Stockton, California. Mohan Singh attended the University of Utah and University of Minnesota for medicine. He is listed in the University of Minnesota's 1918-1919 student directory. The University of Utah has his student record.

Singh enlisted at ERC Fort Douglas, Utah on November 19, 1917. He was assigned to the Student Army Training Corps at the University of Minnesota. Private Singh did not serve overseas and was honorably discharged on December 14, 1918.

After the war, Singh returned to Stockton. In 1920 Singh applied for a U.S. passport to go to India for its southern climate on the advice of his doctor to help an infection of his lungs.

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Charles Edward Dilkes

Submitted by: Georgia Dilkes Harris and Virginia Dilkes {daughters}

Charles Edward DilkesCharles Edward Dilkes served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known May 1, 1917 to September 25, 1919.


Charles Edward Dilkes

OUR FATHER, CHARLES EDWARD DILKES, kept a DAILY DIARY of his military service. His memoir, based on this diary, begins with the night of him leaving America. He wrote: "I wish you could share my anticipation with me when on August 6, 1917, at 6:30 p.m. all men were assembled with full field equipment and at 7:00 p.m. we marched through the huge iron gates...full of spirit and hope." Finally arriving in Hoboken, New Jersey, he boarded the transport Finland, dropped down the bay off Tomkinsville, New York, while the "throbbing of engines acquainted us with our departure from the shores of America." It did not take long for the situation to change. A few weeks later on August 20, 1917, his fleet was within the danger zone. "I was coming on deck when a big explosion occurred, shaking the ship...The Captain from the bridge shouted out, "Why the hell don't you shoot that submarine!...Immediately our fore gun blazed away sending forth its deadly shell..."

When the U.S. declared war on Germany in April 1917, our father’s patriotic spirit rose within him; he volunteered on the 1st of May. With an engineering background, he was assigned to Company F as a combat engineer in the 1st Division of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) and fought under the command of General John J. Pershing. He earned the rank of sergeant, and was consistently called upon to lead his men to build first aid stations, communication trenches, and stables; to repair roads and parapets of the trenches; and to prepare the terrain for battle. This work was often done while he and his men were under enemy fire, which often meant putting down the shovel and picking up the rifle. His recordings of daily and significant enemy encounters stand out not only as consistent with history, but offered great personal insight into the rigors of war. He did not complain. He did not shirk his duties EVER in War, in his work, or with his family.

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