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Stories of Service

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A Tradition of Service Logo 75Joseph Schlitz

Submitted by: Jim MacClay {great grandson}

Joseph Schlitz 300Joseph Schlitz served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .

 

This is my maternal grandfather's father. This is him in September of 1917.

Not much is known as his records were destroyed in the fire at the VA. He lived in South New Jersey both before and after the war. He died in 1941, leaving my grandfather, 2 additional grand uncles and a grand aunt.

2 out of the 3 sons served in WWII and I am a Desert Storm vet with the US Army.

 

 

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Frank E. Ford

Submitted by: Bruce Bley

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Frank E. Ford served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The dates of service are: Known 12/05/1913 - 12/04/1917.

 

Served aboard the U.S.S. Texas, U.S.S. Housatonic, U.S. Mongolia.

Frank was on the Naval Gun crew that sunk a German U-boat in the first aggressive blow for America while on the U.S. Mongolia. Story in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, April 27, 1917.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ralph Taylor Davis

Submitted by: Emil Butler {grandson}

Ralph Taylor DavisRalph Taylor Davis served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known April 26, 1918 to March 28, 1919.

 

My grandfather, Ralph Davis, was inducted into the Army at Wilmington, NC. He trained with other NC boys at Camp Sevier, SC before shipping out to France. Pvt. Davis was in the 55th Field Artillery Brigade, 113th Field Artillery Regiment, Battery B, and was attached to the 30th Infantry (Old Hickory) Division.

He was trained on the French 75 mm field gun before being sent into combat. He most notably participated in the Woevre Offensive, the St. Mihiel Offensive, and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

My grandfather was a gentile, quiet man who seldom mentioned his time in France. After researching the history of his unit, and learning of the hardships and horrors that they endured, I understood why he preferred not to remember. But it is extremely important that all Americans remember the sacrifices that our Doughboys made "over there." I am making it a point to ensure that my grandchildren learn about this history, and know the part that their great-great grandfather played.

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John D. Guthrie

Submitted by: John Robertson

John GuthrieJohn D. Guthrie served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known July 12, 1917-July 29, 1919.

 

Prior to volunteering, John D. Guthrie was the forestry supervisor of Coconino National Forest. He was commissioned Captain on June 26, 1917, and ordered to active duty as commanding officer of Company C, 1st Battalion, 10th Engineers at Camp American University on July 12th. The 10th Engineers was a forestry regiment, and consisted of volunteers from the US Forestry Service and other lumbermen from across the country.

After several months of training at Camp American University, they departed for Europe on the Carpathia on September 10, 1917. The 10th Engineers arrived in Glasgow on October 2nd, and entrained for Southampton. After a night crossing of the Channel on "La Marguerite", the regiment landed in Le Harve, France on October 7th. They entrained again on French "40 and eights" arriving at Nevers, France and establishing camp on October 9th.

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Jesse James Thornton

Submitted by: Claudia Thornton Arndt {Granddaughter}

58bcb429b13c4 Jesse James Thornton 1893 1971Jesse James Thornton served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown.

My grandfather, Jesse James Thornton, was born in 1893 and was twenty-three years old when he filled out his WWI registration card. At the time, he was single and a farm laborer near Leland, Idaho.

Jesse James Thornton trained at Camp Lewis in Washington (now called Fort Lewis). As a Private First Class, Jesse served at the Army Hospital Base #121 at Beau Desert, Department of Gironde in France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James M. Stewart

Submitted by: Chris Mulholland

no photo 300James M. Stewart served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1918.

 

James M. Stewart was a Private with the 318th Infantry Regiment in the 80th “Blue Ridge” Division – he was in the same unit as Corporal Arthur Donahoe. The 318th was made up mostly of men from the Shenandoah Valley and Tidewater areas.

While training with the British in France, the 318th were nicknamed “Squirrels”: 1st Battalion were RED squirrels; 2nd were GRAY squirrels; and 3rd were called FLYING squirrels.

During the Meuse Argonne campaign, the 80th Division was the only one that saw action during each phase of the offensive and earned their motto, "The 80th Division Moves only Forward!"

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John Wesley Sorey

Submitted by: Chris Mulholland

no photo 300John Wesley Sorey served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1918.

 

John Wesley Sorey was born in the Fentress section of Chesapeake on December 28th, 1896 and was working as a “Mate” on the Albermarle & Chesapeake Canal in 1918.

He joined the Army in 1917 and was assigned as a Private with Company D, 35th Engineers. Engineers were among the first US forces to arrive in France in 1917.

In December of that year, he caught measles and was hospitalized in Base Hospital #101 in St. Nazaire, France where he then developed pneumonia and died on January 13th, 1918.

Many years later, his father, Howard, applied for a veteran’s stone memorial which was approved and is located in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens.

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Christopher Vernon Parr

Submitted by: Chris Mulholland

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Christopher Vernon Parr served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1918.

 

Vernon Christopher Parr was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio on February 6th, 1890. He worked as fireman on a locomotive before enlisting in the US Army on April 27th, 1917. He apparently lived in the Berkeley section of Chesapeake during this period.

He was sent to Fort Thomas, Kentucky for training and was assigned to the 19th Cavalry. The 19th Cav was transferred to Camp Ethan Allen in Vermont where it was converted and redesignated as the 77th Field Artillery Regiment. Vernon was by now a Sergeant assigned to Battery D.

The 77th was assigned to the 4th Division and deployed overseas in May 1918. Vernon’s unit was supporting the attack across the Meuse River in Lorraine, France when he was hit with a “bursting shell” on September 27th, 1918 and died from his wounds.

After the war, his body was disinterred and returned to the US where he was buried on July 24th, 1921 in Decatur, Indiana although there are also records which indicate that he was buried in the Berkeley section of Chesapeake.

 

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Nicholas L. Keller

Submitted by: Chris Mulholland

no photo 300Nicholas L. Keller served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1918-1918.

 

Nicholas L. Keller was born on February 10th, 1887 in Derby, Connecticut, just outside New Haven. In 1918 he was living in South Norfolk where he worked as a painter for an “Arthur McCloud.” He joined the Army as a Private and was assigned to the 116th Infantry Regiment in the 29th Division.

On September 15th, 1918, he received a serious gunshot wound near the Verdun Sector and developed pneumonia on December 16th, passing away on Christmas Day, December 25th, 1918. He is buried in the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery in Fere-en-Tardenois, France

 

 

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Howard Lonnie Johnson

Submitted by: Chris Mulholland

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Howard Lonnie Johnson served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1918-1918.

 

Howard Lonnie Johnson was born on November 24th, 1897 in the Berkley section of Chesapeake as the fourth of eight children. He was working as a painter in South Norfolk in 1918 when he registered for the draft and was sent to Camp Lee for training as a Private with Company D, 19th Battalion, Infantry Reserve Training Center (IRTC). He died there on October 5th, 1918 of influenza and is buried in Riverside Memorial Park in Norfolk.

The inscription on his tombstone reads, “Our Soldier Boy”

 

 

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John Wespe

A Tradition of Service Logo 75Submitted by: MCPO Michael J. Norrod, USN (Ret.) {grandson}

John WespeJohn Wespe served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known WWI 1917 to 1919.

 

My grandfather, John Wespe, served in the U.S. Army in WWI.

He was born 1887 in Louisville, Kentucky, orphaned and raised in a Catholic Orphanage.

He worked as a candy maker at the National Candy Company in Louisville from 1900 to 1917.

He went from Private to 1stLt by the end of the war.

He enlisted May 8th, 1917 at Fort Thomas, Kentucky. Subsequently serving in Company M of the 30th Infantry Regiment. Initially at Camp Syracuse, New York and then at Camp Greene, North Carolina. He departed for Europe February 27, 1918 and was attached to the 359th Infantry Regiment. Serving in Europe from then until June 7, 1919. His company commander was Capt. Mark Clark, later to gain fame as a four star general in WWII and the Korean War. They remained life long friends and my mother remembered meeting him several times as a young girl.

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