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Stories of Service

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Raghunath N. Banawalkar

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

no photo 300Raghunath N. Banawalkar served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 2/25/1918-5/9/1919.


Private Raghunath N. Banawalkar was born on 12/28/1890 in Bombay, British India. In 12/10/1910, 20
years old Banawalkar arrived in New York, New York on the ship George Washington. On Banawalkar 's New York passenger list from this period, his Ethnicity was listed as Romanian.

He enlisted in the U.S Army on 2/25/1918. He trained at Camp Upton in Long Island, New York. Raghunath N. Banawalkar served with Battery F 306 Field Artillery until 4/18/1919. Banawalkar, then served with the sanitary detachment of the 305th infantry 77th division until his discharge.

He served overseas from 4/16/18 to 4/24/1919. Private Banawalkar left for France from New York with his unit on 4/16/1918 on the ship Cedric. He saw action at Baccarat, Vesle, Oise-Aisne, and Meuse-Argonne and was gassed on 10/15/1918.

Banawalkar rejoined his unit after recovering from his wound(s) in 12/14/1918.
He left with his unit for New York from Brest, France on 4/18/1919. He arrived in New York for Camp Mills on 4/24/1919 on the ship Aquitania and was honorably discharged on 5/9/1919 with the rank of private.

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John Arthur Short

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

no photo 300John Arthur Short served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known July 7, 1917- March 12, 1919.


John A. Short enlisted at Camp Syracuse on July 7, 1917 at the age of 21. He served with Company F 23rd Infantry 2nd Division.

Short was promoted to corporal on October 14, 1917 and sergeant on October 18, 1918. He served overseas from September 7, 1917 to February 28, 1919. He was slightly wounded on July 18, 1919 while overseas.

Short was honorably discharged on March 12, 1919.



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Charles James Sistek

Submitted by: Mary Lynn Topel {grandniece}

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Charles James Sistek served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The dates of service are: Known Died in France September 1918.


Charles Sistek was my great uncle. His death at age 22 meant that I would never meet him. He was the only son of his parents and only brother to his four sisters.

Just six months after his death from pneumonia while serving in Battalion E of the 54th Army Coast Artillery Corps, his father was killed in a work-related rail yard accident.

I have tried in vain to locate his remains. The price this family and others have paid is beyond description.



Albert (Bob) Cornelius Peterson

Submitted by: Marjorie Winslow-Kulba

Albert Bob Cornelius PetersonAlbert (Bob) Cornelius Peterson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known September 18, 1917-April 19, 1919 & February 2, 1921-February 1, 1924.


Albert (Bob) Cornelius Peterson was born May 3, 1892 in Muskegon, Michigan.

He enlisted in the Army and trained at Fort Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan. He served in the 528th Field Artillery, 85th Division, Battery A, during World War One. He achieved the rank of corporal. He saw action in Toul Sector, France from Nov. 1-Nov. 11, 1918.

He wrote a letter home, describing the last two hours before the armistice was signed. It was published in the "Muskegon Chronicle" on January 11, 1919. He wrote,

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Pvt. Ervin G. Dickson

Submitted by: Paul Burgholzer

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Pvt. Ervin G. Dickson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1919.


Pvt. Ervin George Dickson joined the Army in Mount Ayr, Iowa in September, 1917. Dickson was a farmer before he was sent to Europe as an infantryman for the US Army. He fought in the 38th infantry division while in France during 1918. He courageously fought at the Marne, St. Mihiel, the Verdun front line, and the Argonne Forest.

While fighting in the Argonne Forest, Dickson was shot in the hand, neck, and chest. German soldiers found him on the ground and moved him to a German field hospital where he received excellent treatment. his American comrades thought that he was dead and his death was recorded in US military records. His family was even notified of his death, yet he was recovering in a German Army hospital.

When the war ended he was brought to an American Army Hospital in France. Due to his wounds he could not write or speak. He managed to get someone in the hospital to write a letter to his family. the person misspelled his last name so the family was confused when they received this letter. One he recovered more, he went back to Iowa where he was welcomed as a hero.

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Lt. Perry Burke

Submitted by: Paul Burgholzer

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Lt. Perry Burke served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown.


Lt. Perry Burke was a rebellious young man. He attended Spring Hill College presumably for boarding purposes, which he ran away from twice. He eventually went to LSU which was a military school during that time. While attending the school as an underclassman he developed a strong dislike for an upperclassman officer. One day during a disagreement with the officer Perry threw a porcelain coffee cup at him. The officer was struck in the head and Perry’s days at LSU were finished.

Perry found work on a plantation where he would frequently need to be on horseback. Once America entered the war Perry and his friend named, Tom Jones, started a company of soldiers with the desire to go fight in Europe. Perry’s unit was turned into a Calvary company where he rode a horse and carried a saber. Perry's rebellious days were behind him as he became a family man and served as a Lieutenant for the US Army.

As Lt. Perry Burke looked like an officer from the previous century as he rode on horseback, his close cousin, Lt. David Ker, who flew as an observer in the Army Air Force was operating the newest military technology of 1918. Ker died in combat and Perry Burke kept a photo of him in his room for the rest of his life. Perry also kept the book “All Quiet on the Western Front” in his room and frequently read it.

Perry’s story was brought to the WWI Centennial Commission’s attention by his son, Porteus Richard Burke.


Lt. David Ker

Submitted by: Paul Burgholzer

David KerLt. David Ker served in World War 1 with the United States Army Air Corps. The dates of service are: Known May 2nd 1917 - September 1918.


David Joined the US Army and was selected during training to be a part of the Army's Air Force. He was then honorably discharged so that he could properly enter the air service as a commissioned officer.

He spent the years before US entry in the war in New Iberia Louisiana. In New Iberia He loved dancing and fishing. He was full of life and was engaged to Mary Herbert when to left for the war.

In the Army Air Force he served as an observer meaning that he was responsible for photographing German positions and radioing strategic reconnaissance to Army ground forces. He was in charge of defending the plane as well. He was given a Lewis machine gun in case German planes attacked them in the air.

In a couple letters home to his mother he says that he has a grim premonition about his death. He writes that he is not terrified.

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Cleve O. Sherrod

Submitted by: Marilyn Konruff {granddaughter}

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Cleve O. Sherrod served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The dates of service are: Known December 17, 1917-June 8, 1919.


On June 5, 1917, two weeks before his wedding, 29-year-old Cleve Sherrod filled out a Civilian Draft Registration card in Kilbourn, Wisconsin. He had tried to enlist in the U. S. Army before, but had been rejected due to height requirements (he was only 5’3”).

Cleve married Florence Wagner of St. Louis, Missouri, on June 26th. They honeymooned in Chicago before returning to Kilbourn, Wisconsin, where Cleve was employed by the railroad. Enlistment restrictions were suddenly lifted when the United States officially entered the war in France, so on December 14th, Cleve was able to enlist as a Private in the U. S. Army, 33rd Division, and dispatched to Camp Logan, Texas, for training. The 33rd Division, commanded by Major General George Bell, Jr., was composed of National Guard units from Illinois, prompting the name “Prairie” Division. As an electrician, Cleve was attached to the 108th Engineers, Company D under Col. Henry Allen.

Disembarking from a troop train at Camp Logan, Cleve Sherrod found a hastily built tent city. He slept on a cot in a cramped tent with eight others and was subjected to hot days, dust, mosquitoes, cold nights, disease, fatigue and hard days of physical activity and living outdoors. A typical day was about seven hours long and consisted of physical readiness exercises, marching drills, rifle maintenance and marksmanship, bayonet drills, and battlefield signaling. This short of stature, older Private kept up with the young ones!

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William John Clegg

Submitted by: Robert Clegg 

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William John Clegg served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1919.


MEUSE, FRANCE 1918-1919

William John Clegg was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1888. In 1893, his father inherited Tanmacnally Farm, in County Monaghan, Ireland; so the family moved back to Ireland. At age 23 (1911), William return to the United States. 

In 1917 he was inducted into the US Army, and assigned to Battery D, 53rd Artillery (Railroad). He was promoted to corporal in May, 1918, and deployed to France in August, 1918.

He served in the Meuse Argonne Offensive in the area of Baleycourt Woods, Nixeville, Meuse (5 kilometers southwest of Verdun).


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Delta Lockhart

Submitted by: Ron Ostrander

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Delta Lockhart served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The dates of service are: Known May 17, 1917 - May 19, 1919.


Delta Lockhart was a high school principle in Texas when the war broke out. He enlisted for officer's school at Camp Funston, Texas and was commissioned a 1st Lt. on August 15, 1917. Later, he was promoted to Captain, on December 31, 1917.

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 Infantry Division






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A Tradition of Service Logo 75Ben H. Ripperda

Submitted by: Thomas Ripperda {grandson}

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Ben H. Ripperda served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 24, 1918 to June 7, 1919.


My grandfather, Ben H. Ripperda, was drafted into the Army on June 24, 1918 at the age of 25 and served in World War 1. Ben was born in the farmhouse that his grandfather built in Section 20 of Germantown, Illinois. His primary language was German and English was secondary.

Since he was a farmer, he took care of the horses in an Artillery unit (3rd Batt.). He arrived in France in October of 1918, by this time there were a lot of German prisoners were being moved to the rear, Ben was taken off stable duty and assigned to guarding the German Prisoners of War (POWs). My grandfather started asking in German if there were any Ripperdas among them. The other guards took his rifle and placed him with the German POWs.

After a few minutes, Ben’s company commander, Captain Adams, came walking by. My grandfather started yelling in broken English, “Captain Adams, Captain Adams, Captain Adams.” Adams stopped after hearing his name looked around and saw my grandfather with the POWs. Captain Adams got him out and forbid my grandfather from speaking German.

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