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Stories of Service

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Joseph Prephan

Submitted by: Jeffrey Prephan Great Grandson

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Joseph Prephan born around May 15, 1893. Joseph Prephan served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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At the age of 19 or 20 years old, Joseph immigrated to the United States from Syria around 1912 or 1913 and settled down in Toledo, Ohio working as a merchant selling candy and produce on street corners.

On June 4, 1917 he was drafted into the US Army’s 147th Infantry, Company B, 37th Division (“Buckeye Division”); based out of Camp Lee, Virginia during WW1. While stationed as a soldier at Camp Lee, he was naturalized as a US Citizen on May 9, 1918.

Shortly afterwards on June 22, 1918, he left from Newport News, Virginia on the ship “Pocahontas” bound for France and the war front. While in France, he fought at St. Mihiel; Ypres-Lys; and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

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Walter Clarence Henning

Submitted by: Debbie Reveles {Granddaughter}

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Walter Clarence Henning born around 1899. Walter Henning served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Walter was the oldest of 6 children born to Julius and Martha Henning. He enlisted in the Army 4 months after his 18th birthday. His basic training was at Camp MacArthur in Waco, Texas. He was a Private 1st Class In Headquarters Company 128th Infantry of the 32nd Division.

He arrived in France in March of 1918. He was in the Aisne Marne offensive, the Oise-Aisne offensive, the Meuse-Argonne offensive and the Army of Occupation. He was gassed 3 months before Armistice.

One year after he discharged from the Army he married Lillian Kapok. He never spoke about his service except to tell his granddaughter that he never had any desire to see Europe. And he never went on a boat, even a simple row boat on a lake.

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Samuel J. Condren

Submitted by: Lt. Col Debra Conley {granddaughter}

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Samuel J. Condren born around 1891, Samuel Condren served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Francisco P Lucero

Submitted by: Paul Moreno {Great Grandson}

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Francisco P Lucero born around 1880. Francisco Lucero served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

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Francisco Lucero of San Miguel New Mexico was a Captain in World War 1.

He was shot by a wooden bullet overseas and died later on due to complications form that wound.




Morris Henry Stadler

Submitted by: James P. Axtell {Grand nephew of his spouse}

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Morris Henry Stadler born around 1896. Morris Stadler served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Morris Henry Stadler and Irene Derse

Morris Henry Stadler was born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 26 March 1896. He married Irene Genevieve Derse in Racine, Wisconsin 27 May 1925. My grand Aunt Irene Derse is one of the five sisters of my grandfather, Alexander Anthony Derse.

He was the son of Morris Christopher Stadler and Rosa Schantik. Morris and Rosa married in 1893 in Milwaukee. The elder Morris, a teamster, was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin 3 Jan 1871 and died in Milwaukee 19 Aug 1904. Rosa, a native of Germany, died in Wauwatosa 8 April 1905. Both parents died of tuberculosis-type diseases, and their children were forced into orphanages.
Morris had an older sister, Alma, and a younger brother, William. (A brother, Edward, died at age two months in 1895.) After their mother’s death, Morris and William were placed in a Wauwatosa boys’ home.

At his June 1917 draft registration, Morris was living in Lake Forest, Illinois and worked as a brakeman on the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee (CNSM) Railroad. CNSM was an interurban railway operating between the south side of Chicago and downtown Milwaukee. It began service in 1895 in Waukegan, Illinois and extended gradually. Samuel Insull, organizer of Commonwealth Edison, purchased the line in 1916 and it was a financial success. After World War II, ridership fell off, and it ceased operations in 1963.

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James F. Munley Jr.

Submitted by: Peg Munley {niece}


James F. Munley, Jr. was born around 1895. James Munley served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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James F. Munley, from 229 Brooklyn St., Carbondale, PA, was born 1895, entered the service of the Army, October 13, 1917, and trained for overseas service during WWI as a member of the 79th Division, A.E.F., 311th Machine Gun Batttalion, with the rank of Wagoner. He was assigned to the Headquarters Company, led by Major Stephen G. Henry and Major Charles H. May.

James left Hoboken, NJ, July 8, 1918 aboard the Leviathan, landing at Brest, France, July 15, 1918. His battalion trained at Occey, Haute-Marne until September 9, 1918 when they moved toward Montfaucon and joined battle September 26-30 as part of the Meuse-Argonne offensive, capturing Montfaucon. The 79th continued battle right up to the armistice on November 11. They remained on the battlefront with such duties as police, patrol, and guarding property.

By January, the division assembled in the Souilly area and in the last days of March, moved to the area northeast of Chaumont around Andelot and Rimaucourt. Here the division was reviewed by General Pershing on April 12, who presented distinguished service crosses, and decorated the regimental colors. The 79th Division selected as its emblem the ancient symbol of victory, the Lorraine Cross. Movement toward Nantes and St. Nazaire began April 19.

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Ray Keegan

Submitted by: Rev. Lin McGee {Grand Niece}

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Ray Keegan born around April 9, 1895, Ray Keegan 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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Ray Keegan was born in Mikado, Mi, on April 9, 1895. He lived in New Hartford, CT, with his family when he was a child. He was living in Harrisville, MI, when he went to Flint on June 5, 1917 to join the Army to fight in the first World War. He was sent to Ft. McArthur in Waco, TX, for his mi training – and then off to Hoboken, NJ, to leave the United States for combat in France on the Army Transport Service # 51 on February 9, 1918.

Private Ray Keegan was serving with the 125th Infantry Regiment, Company F, 32 Infantry Division = Red Arrow when he was KIA on July 31, 1918 fighting in The Battle of Château-Thierry which was part of the Second Battle of the Marne. He was 23 years of age at the time of his death. He is buried at the Oise-Asine American Cemetery – Burial Plot B, Row 18, Grave 10 – in Fere-en-Tardenois, France. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

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William Jonathan Bock

Submitted by: Brandt "Bob" Bock {Son}

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William Jonathan Bock was born on September 26, 1897. William Jonathan Bock served in World War I with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917;and the service was completed in 1919.

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This story of service is being submitted on behalf of all of William Bock’s ten children, (four alive and six deceased) his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, and descendants yet to be born.

Our father, William Jonathan Bock, (better known as “Bill”) was not one to discuss or even touch upon his military and World War I experience. That part of his life was over, he was now on to much more important things such as raising a large family and working, working, ever working. Fortunately we do have some of his military records and a letter to be able to recognize his stellar contributions to the effort to defeat Germany during World War I.

It is noteworthy to mention that Germany is where his ancestors lived and immigrated from, but our father was an American and was proud to be!

We know from his “Enlistment Record” that at age 19, he left his parents small farm in Smith Mills, New York to enlist in the U.S. Army on April 19th, 1917 at Buffalo, New York. After locating a copy of his service card we know he, along with other recruits, were transported to what was known then as the Columbus Barracks in Columbus, Ohio for the beginning of his basic training.

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A Tradition of Service Logo 75John Simon Hilgenhold

Submitted by: John Levi Hilgenhold {Great-Grandson}

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John Simon Hilgenhold was born in 1892. John Hilgenhold served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

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My great-grandfather, John Simon Hilgenhold, was born on March 24, 1892 in a rural community, known as St. Marks, in Perry County Indiana. The grandson of Dutch-German immigrants, he was the seventh of eleven children. As a young man he completed his education after the eighth grade, as was customary for the time, and worked on the family farm with his father and three brothers.

John registered for the draft on June 5, 1917 at the age of 25. Just under a year later, on May 28, 1918 he was drafted into service of the U.S. National Army and reported to Camp Zachary Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky along with forty-eight other Perry County men. One of whom, Carl Goelzer, would eventually become his brother-in-law. He trained as an infantryman with the 44th Company, 11th Battalion, 159th Depot Brigade and completed basic training on June 16th.

He was then transferred to Company M, 153rd Infantry Regiment, 39th National Guard Division that was stationed at Camp Beauregard near Alexandria, Louisiana. This influx of new recruits brought the division up to full strength and they set sail from Newport News, Virginia a little over a month later on August 6th aboard the S.S. Kursk, a converted British troop transport. Upon arrival in Brest, France, the 153rd traveled to the St. Florent region, southwest of Bourges, until it was dismantled and its personnel sent to replace battlefield losses in existing combat divisions.

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George Anthony Basel

Submitted by: Brian Basel {Grandson}

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George Anthony Basel was born around 1890. George Basel served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Served in the U.S. Navy for four years as a Machinist Mate First Class on four ships prior to World War One.

Enlisted in the Army on April 4, 1918 and was stationed at Camp Upton, Yaphank, NY, with the 28th "Keystone" Infantry Division. He served overseas in France from May 4, 1918 with Company H, 2nd Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment and then with Company B, 3rd Battalion.

His battle campaigns include Champagne-Marne, St. Muhiel, and meuse-Argonne at Toul Sector. He was wounded in the right hand and shoulder on July 17, 1918 clearing the woods (Bois D'Aigremont) over the Paris Metz Road between Crezancy and Fossoy and was taken to Base 45 at Blois, France for recovery. He rejoined Company H on October 10, 1918 as it passed through Mountblainville, France.

Being fluent in German, when his unit returned home April 18, 1919, he remained overseas serving as an interpreter.

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John F. Tronsor

Submitted by: Joseph McElroy {Nephew}

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John F. Tronsor born around 1898. John Tronsor served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

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All I know of Uncle Frank was he was gassed three times and was eventually medically discharged.

In Memory of his service and inspired by the "Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red" exhibit in London 2014, I conceived of a community project that would reinvigorate the reason why our town's high school is Memorial High School. It has morphed into HMHS, Haddonfield Memorial High School, in Haddonfield, NJ.

I and Lisa Quanci designed a aluminum poppy to be installed on Memorial Day 2020. We sold kits of 10 to be assembled and brought back to us. Every club as well as many individuals participated. Covid interrupted our planned installation in 2020 and the poppies were stored in my garage.

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