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Stories of Service

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Warren Findley Hoyle

Submitted by: Martha Bridges {Historian, American Legion Post 82, Shelby, NC}

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Warren Findley 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.

Story of Service


On June 8, 1917, Hoyle enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at Port Royal, South Carolina. (Parris Island) He trained at Parris Island, S.C. Hoyle also trained in Quantico, Virginia. He was assigned to the 75th Company, 6th Regiment with MOS code 0311, (Rifleman).

Hoyle was assigned to the American Expeditionary Force France. On September 16, 1917, Hoyle embarked on the U.S.S Henderson at Philadelphia, Pa. and sailed from New York on September 23 for “foreign shore service.”

Hoyle was killed at Lucy-le-Bocage, France on June 3, 1918 when a German artillery shell hit a part of the trench held by Hoyle and two others. He was killed instantly.

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Antonio Mastropietro

Submitted by: Frank Mastropietro {Nephew}

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Antonio Mastropietro was born in1895 in Cercepiccola, Italy. Antonio Mastropietro served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

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Antonio (Peters) Mastropietro was born in Cercepiccola, Campobasso, Molise, Italy on August 22, 1895, the eldest son of Pasquale Mastropietro and Carmela Antonelli. At a young age, he and his family came to the United States and took up residence at 36 Hulin Street in Mechanicville, NY. He attended School 3 on Saratoga Avenue.

While employed as a winder at the Strang Mill, he enlisted in the Marine Corp under the name Anthony Peters on July 7, 1917. He was shipped overseas and served as a rifleman with the 8th Co., 5th Regiment of the 2nd Marine Division. He suffered shrapnel wounds on November 1, 1918 and died the following day.

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Roy Hammes Gehris

Submitted by: Roy F Gehris {son}


roy gehris mugRoy Hammes Gehris was born around 1898. Roy Gehris served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1916 and the service was completed in 1921.

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He enlisted 11 Oct 1916 and was sent to Camp Slocum, NY. He was a bugler in Company I, 18th Infantry (11 Oct 1916 to 4 Dec 1919) which included service in the Panama Canal Zone from 28 Nov 1916 to 6 Aug 1918; reenlisted at Headquarters Battery, 5th Artillery, Camp Jackson, SC (4 Dec 1919 to 27 Jul 1921).

Later served in the Pennsylvania National Guard as 1st Sgt of a Veterinary Company in Fleetwood, PA.

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Harvey Ephraim Ott

Submitted by: Edward Morgan {great nephew}

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Harvey Ephraim Ott was born around 1897. Harvey Ott served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service


Newspaper article, Phoenixville Daily Republican, June 7, 1921:

Like a gift from the dead, there has recently come to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel A. Ott of 367 Second avenue, the French Chauchat gun which their son Harvey Ott, and two companions were using when they fell, bravely fighting for their country, on a hilltop of France in September 1918.

In a letter received by Mr. and Mrs. Ott some time ago the writer, W. C. Neville, of the Headquarters of the United States Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., quotes from a letter of Lt. Colonel A. W. Williams, of the Medical Corps of the United States Army, regarding the finding of Private Ott's body.

On November 12th 1918 the remains of Private Harvey E. Ott and those of two other men were found near Jaulny, on the Touix front, the finding being entirely by accident as an inspection was being made after the signing of the Armistice.

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Herman Keoka

Submitted by: Chris Isleib {Great Nephew}

no photo 300Herman Keoka was born around 1887. Herman Keoka served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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When America entered WWI, my great uncle Herman Keopka was working as the Assistant to the Governor of the Sailors Snug Harbor in Staten Island, NY. This huge campus facility, which is now a National Historic Landmark, served as a rest home for retired navy and merchant seaman, from 1831 until the 1940s.

Since Herman was adept with administration, and already familiar with the nautical community, he enlisted in the Navy in December of 1917 as a Pay Clerk. His talents were not missed, and he was quickly promoted to Chief Petty Officer within a few days. Soon after this, the Navy would commission him as a Supply/Personnel Officer in February of 1918.

Herman worked in the embarkation & management of the troop ships that brought the 2 million American men & women to Europe for the war. In those duties, Herman made two convoy-trips to France, one aboard the troopship USS Kiowa, and one aboard the troopship USS Tjisondari.

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William Anthony Hemmick

Submitted by: Patricia Daly-Lipe {great niece}


5ca385b91412a Pictures 0 mugWilliam Anthony Hemmick was born around 1886. William Hemmick served in World War 1 with a non-government service organization. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service


When the First World War broke out, now ordained, Father William Hemmick felt committed to help the troops. After the war, he was proclaimed the Patriot Priest of Picardy by the Army and Navy.

His letters written from the front lines of the battle of Picardy to his sister, now in the archives of Georgetown Univ., are included in my book about his life: 'PATRIOT PRIEST, The Story of Monsignor William A. Hemmick, the Vatican's First American Canon.'

These letters give a personal perspective on what was happening during that battle. Included in my book are also stories of the Red Cross and much more pertaining to WWI.

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Charles Emory Boykin

Submitted by: Johnette Brooks {GA WWI Troops of Color Historian}

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Charles Emory Boykin born around 1896. Charles Brooks 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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WWI Corporal Charles Emory Boykin KIA: Argonne Forest

Charles Emory Boykin, Serial No. 1.974.564, was born the eldest of ten (10) children in Pool Mill District of Troup County, LaGrange, Georgia on November 17, 1896. His mulatto parents were Albert Sydney Boykin and Eunice Hill living at 307 Hamilton Street. Two years later, his brother, WWI Pvt. John Thomas, Sr. was born.

He was a student at (SATC) Georgia State Industrial College (the future Savannah State College) when he was inducted on July 1st and trained at Camp Hancock. His son was WWII Pvt. John T. Boykin, Jr.

When Charles E. registered for the Selective Service Draft on May 29, 1917, he was already a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He had a medium build, brown eyes, dark hair and he was single. Nine months later, he was inducted at a Chicago, IL Induction Office. He likely was entrained at Camp Meade. They arrived in Brest, France on June 19, 1918.

Their battalion proceeded to the French city of Vitrey, a four-day hike. Cpl Boykin was assigned to the the only negro signal corp in the American Army; the 325th Field Signal Corp, Company C. They were all colored college and high school males with expertise in radio/electrical engineering.

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Clair Leo Shipler

Submitted by: Stephen Moore {great nephew)

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Clair Leo Shipler born around 1896. Clair Shipler 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


Sergeant, U.S. Army

59th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division

St. Mihiel Offensive

For the St. Mihiel Campaign, the division moved into an area south of Verdun as part of the 1st American Army. Gen. Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), had gotten the French and British to agree that the AEF would fight under its own organizational elements.

One of the first missions assigned to the AEF was the reduction of the St. Mihiel salient. The 4th Division, assigned to V Corps, was on the western face of the salient. The plan was for V Corps to push generally southeast and to meet IV Corps who was pushing northwest, thereby trapping the Germans in the St. Mihiel area.

The 59th Infantry Regiment moved into an area previously occupied by the French, deploying along a 9 kilometer front. On 12 September, the first patrols were sent forward by the 59th. The 4th Division attack began on 14 September with the 8th Brigade capturing the town of Manheulles. All along the front, the American forces pressed forward and closed the St. Mihiel salient.

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Camille Louise O'Brien

Submitted by: Michael {Friend of family}

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Camille Louise O'Brien born around 1883. Camille O'Brien 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


Emory Unit Nurse, Camille O'Brien, is the only Emory Unit nurse to died in France. Her family, in Roswell, Georgia, reached out to me to find a home for her personal effects. I am a retired police officer of 34 years and a historian so I agree to help. Happily, Camille's items are now at the Atlanta History Center. I decided to learn more about this nurse.

Unknown to the family, Camille's body was brought back to Georgia, in 1921 and placed in an unmarked grave, in Greenwood Cemetery, Atlanta. On April 18th, 2019, at 11am, I have put together a grave site memorial, for Camille. Thanks to Patterson & Son Funeral Home, Camille is going to finally have a beautiful gravestone. A WW1 Honor Guard will be present and a buglar, for Taps. Present at the site will be the grandson of Lt.Col.Edward Davis, the father of the Emory Unit, Ren Davis.

Who is Camille? She was born in 1883 in Warren County, Georgia. In 1900/1901, she attended the University of Georgia. In 1913, she attended the St.Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1916.

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A Tradition of Service Logo 75William Seach

Submitted by: William "Bill" Seach (grandson)

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William Seach served in World War 1 with the United States Navy.


William Seach was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his service in China during the Boxer Rebellion, prior to World War I. When he died in 1978, he was the oldest. and longest-living, recipient of the Medal of Honor, and the last surviving US veteran of the Boxer Rebellion to receive the medal. His story was shared with us by his namesake grandson, Bill Seach:

During WW I, William Seach was Gunnery Officer on board Troop Transport U.S. Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln was torpedoed/ sunk May 31, 1918 by the German submarine U-90. Lt Seach was wounded, but taken on board and briefly made a prisoner aboard the U-90. The German U-Boat crew had no idea they had captured a Medal of Honor recipient.

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Mary Darnaby Henton

Submitted by: Zack Austin

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Mary Darnaby Henton born around 1894. Mary Henton 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


Darnaby (as she preferred to be called) was born the fifth child of farmers James Henton and Bettie Hampton in Versailles, Kentucky in 1894.

She was one of 7,600 women to volunteer for 100 positions advertised by the War Department in newspapers throughout the US calling for “patriotic women” to serve as “full-fledged soldier[s]” willing to face the dangers of submarine warfare and aerial bombardment. She followed her brother Sam, already serving as a Battalion Sergeant Major in the 326th Field Artillery Regiment, into the service, proud to be a member of America’s first unit of female soldiers outside of the Nurse Corps—the “Hello Girls”.

The first Hello Girls took the Army oath on January 15, 1918. By operating switchboards relaying orders and providing real-time translation from French to English, the women would “do as much to help win the war as the men in khaki who would go ‘over the top’” according to the War Department.

Darnaby is one of the 223 female telephone operators on wartime US Army Transport lists. She departed New York with the second group of women on March 29, 1918, aboard the armed ocean liner RMS Carmania. The Chief Operator overseeing her unit was Inez Crittenden from San Francisco.

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