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Stories of Service

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Charles H. Popejoy

Submitted by: Patrick Huston {Neighborhood Friend}

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Charles H. Popejoy was born around 1890. Charles Popejoy 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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Private First Class: served overseas in France a veteran during WWI (1917-1918). Also called "First World War, "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars."

Duty assignment was with the 16 Discharge Company.

Awarded the WWI Victory Medal.

 

 

George Kirby Traylor

Submitted by: Patrick Huston {Grand Nephew}

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George Kirby Traylor was born around 1889. George Traylor 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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Private; served overseas in France a veteran during WWI (1917-1918). Also called "First World War, "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars."

Assigned to an American Army infantry division fighting on the western front lines. Awarded the WWI Victory Medal.

 

 

Roy Preston Smith

Submitted by: Patrick Huston {Grand Nephew}

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Roy Preston Smith born around 1886. Roy Smith 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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Corporal: served overseas in France a veteran during WWI (1917-1918). Also called "First World War, "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars."

Assigned duty with 81st Field Artillery, 8 division (8th Infantry Division). Arrived in Europe/France September 1918; sent to individual units in combat as an individual replacement on the western front lines. Awarded the WWI Victory Medal.

 

Chester I. Huston

Submitted by: Patrick Huston {Grand Nephew}

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Chester I. Huston 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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Corporal: served overseas in France a veteran during WWI (1917-1918). Also called "First World War, "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars."

Chester was 23 years of age when killed in action on July 4th, 1918 in combat duty during battle for France on the western front lines.

Buried with full military honors in Braceville-Gardner cemetery; Braceville, Grundy County, Illinois. Awarded the Purple Heart medal and WWI Victory Medal.

 

William Edward Huston

Submitted by: Patrick Huston {Nephew}

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William Edward Huston born around October 17,1891. William Huston 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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Corporal: served overseas in France a veteran during WWI (1917-1918). Also called the "First World War", "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars."

He was assigned duty with Company "A" 108 Ammo Train. Delivered ammunition by truck to the western front lines.

Awarded the WWI Victory Medal.

 

Eugene Paul Gates, Sr.

Submitted by: Alan Gates {nephew}

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Eugene Paul Gates, Sr. was born around 1886. Eugene Gates 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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E. Paul Gates was an ambulance driver in France in WW1 and was a personal friend of Ernest Hemingway, also an ambulance drive,r who became a famous author.

 

 

 

 

Delta E. Lockhart

Submitted by: Ron Ostrander {Grandson}

Delta E. LockhartDelta E Lockhart  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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When WW1 happened my late granddad, Delta Lockhart, was a high school principal of Clio school in Brownwood, Texas.

On May 17, 1917, he enlisted for the officer's school at Camp Funston, Texas and was commissioned as a 1st Lt. on August 15, 1917, and later promoted to Capt. on December 31, 1917.

During Capt. Lockhart's military service his main duty was to supervise the training of troops. His last duty station was Camp Taylor, Kentucky where he was CO of Co. K, 5th Inf. Div.

He was finally honorably discharged on May 19, 1919.

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Chester A. Pecinich

Submitted by: John Pecinich {Grandson}

Chester A. PecinichChester A Pecinich born around 1898. Chester Pecinich 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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Chester Pecinich born Arlington Ma .2 Feb 1898 Died 27 Jan.1921 due to complications of the Flu.

Gassed in France he returned home to Jersey City and died while Quarantined on a Hospital ship off Staten Island.

His son (my Dad) was born during his quarantine. He never got to hold his Son.

Read more: Chester A Pecinich

Morrison Hayes

Submitted by: Scott Spillane {American Legion Post 702 Adjutant}

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Morrison Hayes born around 1895. Morrison Hayes 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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Our Post Morrison Hayes Post #702 in Wellsville, NY. was named after Cpl. Morrison Hayes. He was killed in action on July 19, 1918 after wounds received in combat.

Corporal Hayes is buried overseas in France. Cpl. Hayes was a member of B Company 10th Machine Gun Battalion.

Our Post is 100 years old this year with 100% goal in membership in Legion, Auxiliary and Sons. This post is one of the cornerstones of Wellsville, New York.

 

 

 

J. Arthur Mayer

Submitted by: John A Mayer {Son}

J. Arthur Mayer mugJ. Arthur J. Arthur Mayer born around 1893. J. Mayer 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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Veterans Day has always seemed special to me. My Dad, J. Arthur Mayer, was a WW I veteran and I grew up hearing his reminiscences. On this one hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day I just feel compelled to record some of those “rememberies.” Our once close-knit family has spread to the four corners and there is no one left in the immediate family who seems much interested, so I’ll post it here in his memory FWIW. (Yeah, we skipped a generation. Dad was born in 1893, and was 50 before I was born in 1944. I’m the age of my second cousins. Many of my first cousins were WW II veterans.)

Dad was 24 when he was drafted off the farm. He entered active duty in July 1918, and was sent to Camp Pike, Arkansas for basic training, I think for 4-5 weeks. He was one of the older men in his group, and was offered NCO Academy training. But he said it was so hot and humid and generally miserable there that when his group was given the opportunity to “go to Brest”- the debarkation point for the American Expeditionary Force in France – that he volunteered for that. He said it was to escape the misery of Arkansas, but I suspect he also felt some duty to go in place of his older married brothers who were starting families and other married men.

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A Tradition of Service Logo 75Harold William Jenkins

Submitted by: Thomas H Jenkins (Son}

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Harold William Jenkins was born around 1896. Harold William Jenkins 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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The story of my dad really is the story of 2 generations overlapping 3 wars.

Firstly my dad was a farmer from Missouri born 1896, and drafted in 1917 into the Army. He was initially stationed in Texas. It was later that he was shipped to France as a Sgt. that his tour ended.

Much of his stories were never told, for I was only a minor, born 1949 and my mother was born 1927, so big age difference. He begin to relay stories as I as growing, spending much of the summers with him on the street cars, the "LA RED CARS".

My dad passed in 1965 at LA County Hospital, after many visits to the Veterans hospital. Which to me, I was 14, was an time of seeing much suffering of that generation. I myself and my brother served in the Marines in Viet Nam era, being draft inducted. I now started to understand what it meant to be up on duty during a War.

Thanks to all those that served in all wars to end the previous wars, and Happy Birthday Dad.

Your son, Thomas H Jenkins USMC 1968-1979 27th Marines

 

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