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Stories of Service

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Clarence Herbert Stolker

Submitted by: Shannon Larson {great grandchild}

Clarence Herbert StolkerClarence Herbert Stolker served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1919-1921.


My great grandfather Clarence Herbert Stolker (b. 1901 Ludington, MI-d. 1963 Ludington, MI) served as Chauffeur/Machinist of the 27th Aero Squadron June 17, 1919 to April 23, 1920 and as a Private in Service Company of the 35th Regiment of Infantry, December 16, 1920 to December 2, 1921.

He had taken many pictures during his time of service at Kelly AFB in Texas and the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.



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Francis J. Roderer

Submitted by: Andrew Corrow {grandson}

Francis J RodererFrancis J. Roderer served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known October 1913 - July 1919.


My Grandfather was in the 1st Engineers. His name was Francis J. Roderer. He was born in St. Johnsbury, VT in 1892.

He enlisted October 31, 1913. He served in the Mexican Campaign and Punitive Expedition. He subsequently went to OCS at Fort Leavenworth and was commissioned April 1, 1918. I have his original commissioning certificate on my wall.

I'm not sure his exact deployment date overseas but he was there through the 1st half of 1919 with the Army of Occupation.


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Corporal Youman Z. Weeks

Submitted by: Mr. William J. Weeks (Nephew) and Dr. Joseph L. Weeks (grandnephew)

Corp. Youman Z. Weeks

Corporal Youman Z. Weeks served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .


Youman Z. Weeks was born in Bogue, North Carolina in 1896 to Edward Grayham Weeks and Mary Godwin. He was the eighth child among a total of seven boys and four girls. His father was a tenant farmer. Youman left the farm as a young man and moved to Colleton, South Carolina where he enlisted in the Army.

Although the date of his enlistment is not known, he was killed in action on October 8, 1918. He was presented with the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism. This medal is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Army; second to the Medal of Honor. His medal citation follows:

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Daniel Sylvester Carroll

Submitted by: Natilie

Daniel Sylvester CarrollDaniel Sylvester Carroll served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The dates of service are: Known January 1918-December 1918.


Daniel Sylvester Carroll was a member of the United States Marine Aviation Force, Northern Bombing Group, Foreign Service, Field D., France.

Daniel Sylvester Carroll’s War Experience as told by his daughter, Doris Carroll Simper

Dad was inducted in Vernal - He went instead of Uncle Roy because one of them had to stay home and run the farm. Dad said he would rather die than be stuck on that farm. He was sent from Vernal to Salt Lake City where he was sent to Vallejo, California for his Basic Training. From there he was sent to Miami, Florida where he trained to be a mechanic and machine gunner in the first planes ever used in combat.

He was then shipped directly to France. Upon arriving there because of the shortage of planes he was assigned to be a motorcycle dispatch rider. During this assignment he had five cycles blown up. Two while he was on them. He was not critically injured or so they thought at the time but a small fragment of shrapnel somehow had become lodged in his head. It travelled around doing its thing and caused all kinds of problems for a long time.

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Robert Sharp, Jr.

Submitted by: Lorraine Kish

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Robert Sharp, Jr. served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The dates of service are: Known July 24, 1917 - March 27, 1919.


Enrolled at Fifth Naval District in Norfolk, Virginia on 24 July 1917. He sailed to Bulgaria.

On 29 Sep 1917 he was at Cherrystone Island. Spent time at U.S.N. Hospital in Norfolk from Sep - Oct 1917. In Dec 1917 he was at Cherry Stone Island Base.

On 26 Sep 1918 he was "restricted five days liberty in France for gambling."

On 15 Nov 1918 he was on board the U.S.S. William A. McKenney. His record was clear.

War Service Certificate #53805 issued on 27 Mar 1919.


George H Young

Submitted by: Wm Stuart

George H YoungGeorge H. Young served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The dates of service are: Known 4/17- 8/19.


George H. Young enlisted in US Marine Corp. 11 days after the US declared war on Germany. George and 3 of his brothers served in the Army and Navy.

Young was a first generation American born to German immigrants. His Military History sheet says he fought "Bois de Belleau (Belleau Woods) Chateau Thierry, St Mihiel.Though one of battle pins shows Muese Argonne as well.

George was wounded twice in the same leg and according to the family was the sole survivor of a gas attack.

George Young returned to Michigan after the war where he worked on a farm with his brother who was completely deaf after being in the Navy.

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Allen H. Ward

Submitted by: Robert Arieta {grandson}

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Allen H Ward served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .


My maternal grandfather died before I was born, All I know is he served in the United States Army in World War 1. I wish I knew more.







Louis Arieta

Submitted by: Robert Arieta

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Louis Arieta served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .


2nd ID, Purple Heart, locations served, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Defense Sector.

Purple Heart received for action in "No Man's Land". Louis was wounded, and hung up on barbed wire during a gas attack, given up for dead, Louie was discovered alive three days later. Apparently being hung up on the barbed wire kept Louie high enough off the ground where the gas effects were not deadly.




Lau Sing Kee

Submitted by: Guy Takamatsu

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Lau Sing Kee served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known April 18, 1918 to April 25, 1919.

World War I hero and highest decorated enlisted man from San Jose: Lau Sing Kee (1896 -1967)

By Guy Takamatsu

This writer learned of Lau Sing Kee on a visit to the Chinese Museum located at History Park, a subsection of Kelley Park in San Jose. His medals are on the display, courtesy on loan of his relatives. He won the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart from the United States and the Croix de Guerre from France. Lau Sing Kee was born in Saratoga, his family moved to San Jose. He died in New York City.

Sgt. Lau Sing Kee is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Here is a link to his grave marker in Arlington. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=48767981

He received his medals for staying 3 days straight at a message center. In spite of his position being shelled and gassed, he refused to leave his post. At one point he was by himself for 24 hours. One wonders how he managed to survive and live until 1967. Others who had been gassed died shortly thereafter in about two years. After the war he received a hero’s welcome in San Jose.

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Albert J. Goody

Submitted by: Jack Sherman {grandnephew}

Albert J Goody mugAlbert J Goody served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1919.


My great uncle Albert left Brewer Maine and followed his brother George into the Army. He served in D troop 12th Cav and was stationed at Corzal in the Panama Canal zone for the duration of the war. He did the entire war as a Private since he couldn't read and write English and unlike his brother didn't go to France where being a native French speaker would be an asset.


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Ladli Prasada (L.P.) Varman

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

no photo 300Ladli Prasada (L.P.) Varman served in World War 1 with United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 5, 1917 to January 1919.


Ladli Prasada (L.P.) Varman was an Indian who served in the U.S military during World War One. L.P. Varman was born on June 15, 1892 in Saharanpur, British India. He arrived in the state of Washington at age of 23 on the Sado Maru on May 9, 1913 with only $200 with him. Sado Maru departed from Yokohama, Japan and arrived at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on May 8, 1913. The ship arrived in Washington the next day. After arriving to the United States, L.P. Varman settled in Los Angeles, California.

When America entered the war, L.P. Varman was drafted into the United States Army on June 5, 1917. It is noteworthy that his race was listed as Caucasian on his draft card. A few days afterwards, on June 11, 1917, L.P. Varman declared his allegiance to the United States of America in California.

L.P Varman served in the United States Army from June 24, 1918 to January 27, 1919 and was part of Battery D of the 144th Field Artillery in the 40th Division, with the rank of private first class.

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