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Stories of Service

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Submitted by: Nathaniel Jenkins, Jr. {Grandson}

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William Anderson was born around 1894. William Anderson 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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My grandfather, William Anderson, a South Carolina native, was a real American War Hero. He was a quiet and warm man, a jack-of-all-trades born in the late1800s, and he lived a humble life in Asheville, North Carolina. He was part of an all-black regiment that fought with French soldiers against the Germans during World War I.

When my mother would take me and my sisters to visit him, he would frequently show us his medal that he had tucked away in an old tarnished tin Sucrets box. The medal, shaped like an Iron Cross backed by crossed swords, was marred with time; and it had an aged green and red ribbon attached. My grandfather would beam with pride every time he displayed the medal, but as little kids we didn’t fully understand the significance of his pride. Apparently, he wanted his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to know what he'd done--and to be proud of him.

Many years later, I discovered that Grandfather Anderson's efforts on the battlefield earned him a coveted French medal, the Croix de Guerre or Cross of War, for bravery in combat action. That's the same honor given Audie Murphy, the most decorated American combat soldier of World War II.

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Emory Leroy Woodruff

Submitted by: Joseph Maxim {Grandson}

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Emory Leroy Woodruff was born around 1883. Emory Leroy Woodruff 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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Emory Leroy Woodruff born July 1883 in Stevensville, Pennsylvania, enlisted in the Army in June 1917 at Fort Slocum, New York. My grandfather arrived in France in Nov 5, 1917 having traversed the Atlantic aboard the SS Carpathia, sister ship to the Titantic.

He was assigned to Co. F 16th Infantry regiment, part of the 1st Expeditionary Division AKA "The Big Red One" until his discharge after the armistice.

He took part in numerous battles including the Meuse-Argonne, Fleville and Verdun where he was shot in the back. He was transported back to the US arriving in New York Dec 26, 1918 and spent the remainder of his time recuperating from his wounds but living the rest of his life with a bullet lodged near his spine.

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Raymond Buma

Submitted by: Shelley J. Buma {Great Niece}

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Raymond Buma born around 1896. Raymond Buma 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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Raymond Buma was born November 15, 1896 in Ijst, Friesland, the Netherlands. At the age of 10 he came to Whitinsville, MA with his parents, Minne and Theresa, and 9 siblings.

Buma was 20 years old and 5 months when he first registered with this US Army on April 4, 1917.

After months of training, Buma sailed at 6:30pm from Hoboken, NJ on May 10, 1918 and headed to France on board the SS Duca D'Aosta. Prior to departure, he was granted permission to visit New York City, which would turn out to be his first and only visit to the great city.

He was a corporal in the 4th Infantry Division, 7th Brigade, Machine Gun Battalion 39th Infantry Regiment. He was killed in action during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. He received the Distinguished Service for “extraordinary heroism” near Cuisy, France on September 26, 1918.

A letter from Colonel F.C. Bolles of the 39th infantry to his parents says in part:

“He was a true American soldier of unusual courage and at all times proved himself worthy of every trust. He served his gun after the entire crew except himself had been killed. When killed he was far beyond the infantry lines firing on the enemy. Corporal Buma was admired and loved by all who knew him, both officers and men, and was recommended for a distinguished service cross for his brave and gallant work.” Buma’s mother also received a letter from General Pershing commending his bravery while in line of duty.

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Albert Frederic Cade

Submitted by: David J. Cade, Colonel, USAF (retired) {Son}

Albert Frederic Cade

Albert Frederic Cade born around 1893. Albert Cade 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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Albert F. (Bert) Cade was 1st Sergeant of the Supply Company, 131st Infantry Regiment ("Dandy First"), 33rd Division. He participated in the Battle of Hamel (July 1918), the Battle of St. Mihel (September 1918), and the decisive Meuse-Argonne campaign (late September 1918).

During the war, he kept a journal with photos, newspaper articles ,and official orders....which he converted into a scrapbook after the war. Information and photos in the scrapbook were used by British author Paul Kendall in his book Voices from the Past: Armistice 1918.

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Anton Roger

Submitted by: Paul Skretkowicz, Jr. {grandson}

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Anton Roger born around 1899, Anton Roger served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

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Charles Bellwood Bleasby

Submitted by: Robert DeSousa {Husband of granddaughter}

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Charles Bellwood Bleasby born around 1887, Charles Bleasby served in World War 1 with the U.S. Navy. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

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Charles conitued to serve in the Navy Reserve after the war attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

 

Frank Pitcher Durkee

Submitted by: Elijah Shalis {Great Grand Nephew}

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Frank P Durkee born around 1899, Frank Durkee served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1917.

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Private First Class Frank Pitcher Durkee was born in Onsted Michigan to Eleazer Blackman Durkee and Jennie Elizabeth Dunham.

He was sent forward to scout out enemy German lines and obtained intel on a machine gun nest, and while crawling back was struck by a sniper's bullet. He made it to his Company Commander and provided the intel enabling the machine gun nest to be taken out. He died of wounds two days later at age 22.

In 2012 he was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and World War One Victory Medal.

The Durkee-Seager American Legion Post in Onsted Michigan is named after him.

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Frank Harris, Jr.

Submitted by: JoAnn Artis Stevens {Great Grand Niece}

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Frank Harris Jr. born around 1888. Frank Harris 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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Frank was born in the rural farming community of Greene County. He was born to a mother and father who were direct descendants of slaves.

Frank's mother Jenny lived on a farm at the time her son entered the armed forces. Frank who was a Jr. served honorably as an Engineer with the Colored Company C. African American troops who served in World War I are not highly recognized, nor have received the honor deserved. Their stories have not been widely told. This is an opportunity to uplift not only Frank but the many what was then called "Colored" troops to be uplifted as well.

Thanks and we are thankful tor all of our men and women who have served.

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Archibald Charles Huston

Submitted by: John Cooke {grandson}

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Archibald Charles Huston born around 1893. Archibald Huston 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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Edmond Lloyd Freeman

Submitted by: J. Ray Freeman {great nephew}

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Edmond Lloyd Freeman born around . Edmond Freeman 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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Served in France.

 

 

 

Dick W. Bakker

Submitted by: D. Kent Decker {nephew}

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Dick W Bakker born around 1896. Dick Bakker served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1918.

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Private First Class Dick W. Bakker, Company E, 308th Infantry. In just four months, Dick Bakker went from managing a grain elevator in Renville, Minnesota, to deadly battle in the Argonne Forest as part of the Lost Battalion.

He wrote thirty-two descriptive and heart wrenching letters home that are woven into The Journey: An American Soldier in World War I. The letters provide a unique insight into life in the training camps and along the train routes as America rushed troops and equipment to the Western Front.

The Journey, an American Soldier in World War 1, commemorates Dick's service amidst the turmoil that gripped the country during that hurried summer of 1918. The story includes heart-breaking letters from Dick’s mother as the Bakker family struggled to cope with the tragedy of war .

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