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Stories of Service

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Hyman Freiberg

Submitted by: James C. Leichtung {Grand Nephew}

 

freiburg mugHyman Freiberg was born around 1899. Hyman Freiberg 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

 

Second Lieutenant Hyman Freiberg, USNG 131 Infantry, 33d Division.

Member of the American Expeditionary Forces. Killed in action August 9, 1918.

Received the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously July 1919. Interred in Somme American Cemetery. Bony (Aisne), France.

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William Edward Allen

Submitted by: Paula Thistlewaite {Granddaughter}

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William Edward Allen was born around 1898. William Allen 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

 

William Edward Allen enlisted in the Army on May 8, 1917 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On May 17, 1917, he was transferred to Company E, 303 Engineers. He was promoted to Corporal on July 1, 1917; sergeant on October 4, 1917; and Sergeant First Class on May 15, 1918.

He left the U.S on May 26, 1918 and arrived overseas on June 7, 1918. He engaged in the battles of St. Mihiel, Sept.12-16; Limey Sector; and Meuse-Argonne offensive, October 12-November 8, 1918, St. Juvin sector. His vocation was a machinist.

He arrived back in the U.S. on June 3, 1919. He was honorably discharged from Fort Dix, New Jersey on June 12, 1919. Miraculously, he was never wounded. He came home to marry and raise a family a boy and a girl, my mother.

 

Guy E Golterman Sr.

Submitted by: Ed Golterman {Grandson}

 

guygolterman mugGuy E Golterman Sr. born around 1879. Guy Golterman served in World War 1 with the American wartime industry supplying the armed forces. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

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As Director of the Nation’s Forum, Guy Golterman produced the most important series of recordings in US History, led by Pershing’s Address from the Battlefields. Mr. Golterman marshaled the recording and radio industries to the war effort, and to capture all the major statements leading up to the elections of 1920. Pershing’s was the first recording of a General made on a battlefield in history. The Forum did its job well a century ago and we have the voices today.

Guy Golterman went back to St. Louis, where he produced grand opera at the Municipal Theater in Forest Park and in Kiel opera house.

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James Alexander Leonard

Submitted by: Norris Carroll Warren {Post member}

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James Alexander Leonard was born around 1891. James Leonard served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1916 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

James Alexander Leonard enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1916 in Lexington, NC. After training, he was commissioned 2LT and assigned A, 120th Inf. Regt., NCARNG.

In 1917, Co A, 120th Regt. was mobilized and sent to Camp Seiver, SC. There the unit was transferred to active duty and incorporated into the 30th Inf. Division. 2LT Leonard was promoted to Captain.

In 1918 he and his unit were shipped to a port of debarkation in France. They were assigned to the British Fourth Army, and assigned their position along the Hindenburg Line near Bellicourt, BG.

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Arthur F Brandt

Submitted by: Sharon Morena {Grand Niece}

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Arthur F Brandt was born around 1899. Arthur Brandt 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

 

My Great Uncle Arthur F. Brandt received the Distinguished Service Cross for heroic valor presented posthumously by President Wilson and was also one of General Pershing's 100 Heroes.

He received the Victory Medal, also.

He is buried at the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery in France.

 

 

A Tradition of Service Logo 75Harold J. Cloutman

Submitted by: Kevin Cloutman {Grandson}

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Harold J. Cloutman was born around 1893. Harold Cloutman 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

 

My Grandfather, Corporal Harold J. Cloutman, enlisted in the US Marine Corps at the outbreak of the American involvement in WWI. Being 24 years old, and a college graduate, he was quickly promoted to the rank of Corporal. He arrived in France with the first deployment of the AEF assigned to the 5th Marine Regiment which was part of the larger Marine Brigade. He was a gunner on a .30 caliber water cooled machine gun.

Upon their arrival in France, the Marine Brigade participated in a few quiet sectors, but their biggest challenge came during Germany’s last great offensive in the Spring of 1918 when they broke the French lines southeast of Paris. The Marines were thrown into battle to plug the gap in the line in what would famously be called Belleau Woods.

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Maurice Herbert Roberts

Submitted by: Thomas, "T.J." Cullinane {Town Historian}

 

maurice roberts mugMaurice Herbert Roberts was born in 1900. Maurice Roberts 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

 

Forgotten Sorrow, Forgotten Valor.

In gazing at the serene visage of Maurice Roberts, one gets the impression of a young man who has wisdom beyond his years. Just eighteen when he volunteered for the Army, Maurice had seen his mother Carrie pass away at age 39 after a long and painful fight with uterine cancer. As his unit was preparing for overseas movement at Camp Syracuse, New York, he would learn of the death of his nineteen year old sister Melissa from tuberculosis.

In spite of these tragedies, or perhaps because of them, Roberts would fight with reckless abandon on the Western Front. He would be cited twice for bravery by the French government, a very rare distinction for a lowly enlisted man, before being killed in action during the opening stages of the Meuse-Argonne Campaign.

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George Michener Hubbard

Submitted by: Betty Hubbard Hicks {Granddaughter}

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George Michener Hubbard was born around 1875. George Hubbard served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1916 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

George Michener Hubbard was in the Spanish American War, Philippine Insurrection, and WW1. WW1 France in Meuse-Argonne and gassed three times. Had many health problems. Was in the 56th Pioneer in France.

 

 

 

A Tradition of Service Logo 75Paul Emerson Riege

Submitted by: Kenneth Riege {grandson}

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Paul Emerson Riege born around 1900. Paul Riege served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

This is a story of my grandfather Pvt. Paul Emerson Riege. He was born on 7 June 1900 in Brookville, OH, which is a small town about 15 miles outside of Dayton, OH. Farming was about all there was to do so when the United States declared war on Germany and officially entered "The Great War" my grandfather, along with many of the other young boys (who quickly became men) ran off to join the military. As the story was told to me by my grandmother, my grandfather's older brother Otto, who was 20, had told the Army Recruiter that his younger brother was only 16 and was too young.

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Terzo Cenci

Submitted by: Margaret Cenci Frontera {grand-niece}

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Terzo Cenci was born in 1890 Terzo Cenci 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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TERZO CENCI – IMMIGRANT & PATRIOT

Terzo (translated to "Third," was the "third" child) Cenci was born at 11:30 p.m. on September 23, 1890 at No. 56 Via del Corso, in the city of Terni, Umbria, Italy, to Agostino Cenci and Alessandra Formiconi.

In 1903, Terzo, his uncle, Bernardino Formiconi, and Bernardino's new bride, Rosa Modestini, all came to the United States from Italy on the same sailing of the S.S. Prinz Oskar. Terzo travelled in steerage, Bernardino and Rosa did not. The ship left Naples, Campania, Italy on December 7, 1903, and sailed into New York harbor on December 26, 1903. Terzo was 13 years old. He arrived at Ellis Island with $20.00 in his pocket and was going to join his older brother, Dante, who was living at 112 Elmer Street, Trenton, NJ.

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Cody Melvin McGinnis

Submitted by: S. Kuaile {2nd great nephew}

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Cody Melvin McGinnis was born around 1887. Cody McGinnis 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

 

Cody M. McGinnis's enlistment in the National Army was in Toledo, Ohio on Nov 30, 1917, where he lived. He was born in Hardin County, Ohio. Cody was 30 years old. He was in the Mechanical Repair Shop Unit 320, Motor Transport Corps to Discharge Corporal 3 Oct 1918. American Expeditionary Forces 11 Jan 1918 to 11 June 1919.

Honorably discharged 20 June 1919.

He died in Toledo at the age of 44 years.

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