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Stories of Service

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Nathan Colaner

Submitted by: Andrew J. Lang

Nathan Colaner

Nathan Colaner served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known November 10, 1917 - May 1919.


Nathan Colaner was a member of the 308th Trench Mortar Battery, which was part of the 158th Field Artillery, 83rd Division. For the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the 308th TMB and Ammunition Train were assigned to the 32nd Division, the "Red Arrows". Nathan would see combat near Brabant-Sur-Meuse. On October 24th, 1918, in an action that earned this unit several medals and commendations, Nathan was a member of the crew for Mortar #2. They had "not even fired a shot" before the gun was hit by German artillery. The entire crew was severely wounded, including Nathan. The crew from Mortar #1 came over to crew the battery and they fired off approximately 15 shells before the mortar came off the sled. He would survive the war.


Stephen Wilkins Thompson

Submitted by: Robert Thompson

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Stephen Wilkins Thompson served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known May, 1917--Feb,1919.


He was the first American in military service to shoot down an enemy aircraft--Feb 5 1918. Look him up on Wikipedia and at the Air Force Museum.



Wiley M. Braziel

Submitted by: Joseph Braziel

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Wiley M. Braziel served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known October 15, 1918 - December 6, 1918.


Wiley Braziel enlisted in Columbia, SC and conducted his military training at Camp Sevier near Greenville, SC. Camp Sevier was home to the 30th Division "Old Hickory". Although unable to confirm, he may have been one of the replacement troops for this division or one of the newer divisions being stood-up by the Army. Wiley was never sent "Over There", but was very proud of his service to the nation during WWI.

Thomas P. Brennan

Submitted by: George Buck, Ph.D.

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Thomas P Brennan served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 21 Sept 1917 - 15 July 1919.


My Grandfather enlisted on 21 September, 1917 and served with the 77 Division 306 INF Company I, Sailed with A.E.F. for overseas on April 16, 1918. He was involved in engagements in Larraire Sector, June 26, 1918. Lorraine Sector, Aisne River, and Meuse-Argonne where he was wounded and gassed. He earned Victory Medal with Aisne Marne, Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector.

From an 1938 article from the NY Times Titled “The 77th Won that One.”  Thomas Brennan was interviewed about helping to move rations, ammunition and water under the command of Lieutenant Zack at 0530 hours in the Argonne when it was lightening. Lt. Zack saw a solider in the woods and demanded to know why are you here soldier. The soldier replied “there’s fighting going on you know”. It turned out that this was the first time known in the war that a field kitchen had held the front line alone. My Grandpa was a part of that.

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Great Pop-Pop gets his medal

ADR2EXP 600By LtCol Gregory J. Johnson, USMC (Ret.)

In 1986, one week after the birth of my first-born child, a special ceremony took place on the grounds of the Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Virginia. This was a unique ceremony, but not un-similar to others, I'm sure, that have occurred before — and since. This particular ceremony the Marine Corps conducted was in honor of an enlisted U.S. Army soldier who had performed honorable service to his country during World War I. Now this individual wasn't a great war hero of any sorts in the military sense. He saw combat and did his duty to the best of his ability. He bravely fought America's fight, before returning home to become a chemist with the DuPont Company for the majority of his life. He was just one of many citizen soldiers who answered his country's call to arms in "The war to end all wars"—The Great War.

Now a little more background on this is probably in order. During 1986 I was completing a tour as an instructor at the Marine Corps' Amphibious Warfare School at Quantico. I had been married a year and we had just welcomed the arrival of our first child. My wife’s grandfather, Albert Reidinger, had served in the U.S. Army as a private during World War I. He had fought with the 78th Division (The Lightening Division) as part of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). He saw action at St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and the Defensive Sector. 'Great Pop-Pop', as he was called within the family, did not return to the states with his unit when the war ended. A Princeton man, he was given an opportunity to stay behind for a few months to take some academic courses at a prominent university in Paris.

[Fast forward to 1985....]


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Gustav Wesley Kuhlman

Submitted by: Daniel Flora

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Gustav Kuhlman was born in Lowell, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin. While in the Army he attained the rank of Private First Class.

Dates Served: July 24th 1918-June 23rd 1919
Branch of Service: Army
Unit: Hospital Base No. 69- Medical

Daniel J. Daly

Submitted by: Justin Daly


Daniel J. Daly served in World War 1 with the the United States Marine Corps. The dates of service are: Known 1898 to 1929.

Highest decorated enlisted man in the AEF before and after war. He received two Medals of Honor. Distinguished himself in Belleau Wood and Chatteau-Therey Campaign. I interviewed the last survivor of his WW1 platoon in 1984


John H Taber

Submitted by: Stephen Taber

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John H Taber served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 5/12/17 - 5/12/19.

First Lieutenant Taber, Company K, 168th Infantry, 42nd Division.
Fought in the trenches of Lorraine, Champagne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne.
Published history of regiment in 1925. His Diary (A Rainbow Division Lieutenant in France) was published in October 2015.

Michael Joseph Cleary

Submitted by: Alexander Oross

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Michael Joseph Cleary served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1918.

Michael Joseph Cleary was born in South Amboy on October 17, 1893. He suffered from emphysema and died May 9, 1969 of bronchial pneumonia. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery. His godparents were Patrick Cleary, his grandfather, and his grandmother, Bridget (Hare) Brahney. Michael was 5' 10" tall and red-headed

On June 5, 1917, he registered for the first draft for World War I. He was living with his parents at the time, and his occupation was that of a "powder handler" at the Hercules Powder Company, Parlin, New Jersey. The description furnished at the time of registration was slender build, medium height, blue eyes and red hair.

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Clifford Washington Misenheimer

Submitted by: Barry Misenheimer


Clifford W. Misenheimer was a career railway man in civilian life and worked on trains in Nevers, France during the war. Returned to the USA from France on July 4, 1919, at Hoboken, NJ.

Dates Served:  May 18, 1918-July 18,1919
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Unit: 117th Company, 19th Division; Company B, 50th Engineers

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Oscar Matthew Nyman

Submitted by: Oscar Matthew Nyman


Oscar Nyman was an immigrant from Finland and was drafted into Co. M, 364th Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division. He did his basic training at Camp Lewis Washington. When the 91st deployed to Europe he went with them. He was wounded by shrapnel on the first day of the Meuse Argonne offensive 26 September 1918. He returned to the United States as far as we can tell with the rest of the 364th Infantry. Almost 100 years later I, his Great Grandson, is currently the 91st Training Division Operations (USAR) Public Affairs Officer as well as the Division Historian.

Dates Served: 27 April 1918 into early 1919
Branch of Service: US National Army
Unit: Co. M, 364th Infantry Regiment, 91st Infantry Division


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