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Benjamin Clayton Bowman

Submitted by: Thomas A. Bowman, Jr. {Grandson}

58bc9f7c32140 PFC Benjamin Clayton BowmanBenjamin Clayton Bowman served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 08 February, 1918 to 07 July, 1919. 

Private First Class Benjamin Clayton Bowman, was my grandfather. He was born 15 April 1901 in Villanow, Georgia. He enlisted in the US Army on 08 February 1918 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. PFC Bowman served in the 58th Balloon Company, Aviation Section, US Army Signal Corps. He served with the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in France from 21 October 1918 until 27 June 1919.

PFC Bowman was discharged from the US Army on 07 July 1919 at Fort Oglethorpe. Georgia. PFC Bowman passed away on 21 April 1968 in Philadelphia, PA.


A Tradition of Service Logo 75Mary Coan Reilly Ravener

Submitted by: Bob Ravener (grandson)

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Mary Coan Reilly Ravener served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The dates of service are: Known 1918-1922.


Mary Coan Reilly Ravener

One of the Few, the Proud… the First 300

By Bob Ravener

The United States Marine Corps has a long and proud tradition fighting America’s battles and after the U.S. declared war on Germany, were using virtually every active duty service member to fight in the Great War or training those preparing to fight. On 08 August 1918 that all changed when they took on another cause, women in uniform. That’s when Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels wrote a letter authorizing the Commandant of the Marine Corps to enlist women in the Marine Corps Reserve for clerical duty.

Six weeks later, on 24 September, a five foot tall, grey eyed, and auburn-haired Mary Coan Reilly, became one of those first women Marines.

During this period of global crisis and tumultuous change, a little more than 300 women donned the forest green uniform of the Corps, but selection was anything but easy for these aspiring Marines. In fact, it was extremely competitive. According to the book written by Captain Linda Hewitt in 1974, “In New York City alone, 2,000 hopeful applicants lined up...in reply to a newspaper article that the Marine Corps was looking for ‘intelligent young women’.” Mary was one of those many applicants and became one of only five or so to be selected to serve in New York at the Marine Corps Publicity Bureau in lower Manhattan. Most of the rest of these early pioneers served at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington DC.

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Carlton Ross Stevens

Submitted by: Eric Stevens 

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Carlton Ross Stevens served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 22nd, 1918 - 1919.


Enlisted in A.E.F. Army Signal Corps. Motorcycle Mechanic, and motorcycle message dispatch driver. Delivered the first terms of the Armistice to General Pershing.



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Hector J Meunier

Submitted by: Ellen Meunier {Granddaughter}

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Hector J Meunier served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .


This was my grandfather. Picture taken in front of Holyoke Armory in Massachusetts.


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James Montgomery Whitmore

Submitted by: Gene L. Whitmore {Grandchild}

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James Montgomery Whitmore served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .


My grandfather, James Montgomery Whitmore, died before I was born. My father and uncles (Korean War era) related stories told to them about the feelings of the young men in 1916 as the prospect of war participation loomed.

By the 1917 entry of America into the Great War, it was understood that the existing forces arrayed against each other in Europe were at am impasse, and America's participation would tip the scales. Additionally, grandfather related that the Germany and Austria-Hungary alliance were seen at the time as having waited for the slightest excuse to ignite a war to grab land and power, and the Allied Expeditionary Forces were united in their cause of opposing the unjust invasion of many parts of Europe.


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Samuel Elly Raiz

Submitted by: Hollace Weiner 

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Samuel Elly Raiz served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 28 April 1918 to 19 Sept. 1918.


The only Jewish soldier from Fort Worth killed in action during World War I was a 27-year-old doughboy who had immigrated to America ten years earlier, leaving his parents and brother behind in Russia. The soldier’s name was Pvt. Samuel Elly Raiz, and he lived with his Uncle Morris Ginsburg and Aunt Mollie Grobiscjz Ginsburg at their home at 1216 Broadway Ave.

His uncle was part of a large, extended family that operated Missouri Iron & Metal Industries, a pipe-and-supply company. At the time Sam registered for the draft he had not heard from his immediate family in Russia since August 1914, when the war erupted in Europe. When he went missing in action, a telegram was delivered to his aunt and uncle, his closest known relatives.

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Earl Dwyer

Submitted by: Jill Sloat-Ferris 

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












Pfc Clarence Lee Culver

Submitted by: Matthew Culver

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Pfc Clarence Lee Culver served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 23 June 1916 - 15 July 1918 (KIA).


Clarence volunteered for the Alabama National Guard on 23 June 1916 and served on the Mexican Border with the 4th Alabama Infantry. When war was declared on Germany he remained with the 4th, now renumbered the 167th US Infantry Regiment. He left for France with the unit and the rest of the 42nd Infantry from Camp Mills, NY on 1 September 1917.

A member of Company H, 2nd Battalion, Clarence went on to engage the German forces at Brouville, before the 42nd was sent to the defense of Paris at the request of the French command.

Clarence was killed 15 July 1918 at the second battle of the Marne, one of the worst engagements of the war and the 167th's first true taste of combat.


Emil Charles Zimmermann

Submitted by: Colonel (R) Emil Zimmermann {son}

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Emil Charles Zimmermann served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 1917 to January 1919.


My Dad, Emil Zimmermann, was born in February 1900, and was under aged but tricked his Mother into signing the Enlistment by telling her it was a form he needed or school.

Emil entered the Aviation Branch of the Army Signal Corps.

1. His first day in the Army, on Long Island, NY, they were told to go to the stabled and fill their mattresses with straw, which they did. That night, Emil was selected for Guard Duty; still wearing civilian clothes.

The Corporal of the Guard took him to his Guard Post and told him that when the Officer of the Day (OD) came around to stand at attention, Salute, and report his Post as all secure (Emil though this was a ruse). Emil was sitting on a hay bail and this LT came up to him and said he was the OD. Emil did not stand at attention, salute or anything. The LT asked if the Corporal of the Guard had given him instructions on what to do when the OD came around. Emil repeated what the Corporal had instructed him to do. The LT asked why he did not carry out his instructions when the OD came around. His answer was "You maybe the Officer of the Day but this is night". SO BEGAN HIS MILITARY CAREER.

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James A. Mitman

Submitted by: Roger Cook

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James A. Mitman served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 9/1917 to 4/1919.


Enlisted as a cook in the Yankee Division (26th). Lived in Danville, Illinois. He was gassed during his service and spent the rest of his life in and out of Disabled Veterans Homes.
















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A Tradition of Service Logo 75Charles Rosario Spano

Submitted by: Diana Spano {granddaughter}

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Charles Rosario Spano served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 13, 1916 to June 4, 1920.


Charles Rosario Spano, U.S. Army
Dates of service: June 13, 1916 to June 4, 1920
His Veteran’s Serial No. 1550833

With gratitude and in honor of my paternal grandfather, Charles Rosario Spano, I am posting the following details of his active duty service during World War l. The information is collected from original documents and copies in my possession, and from memories of conversation with my father, Vincent Rosario Spano (deceased), son of Charles, who also served in the US Army during World War II in Korea with the Counter Intelligence Corps. I am the oldest granddaughter, Diana Spano, and also a veteran having served in the US Regular Army during the Viet Nam Era.

Charles Rosario Spano was born in Italy (Sicily) on March 15, 1895, and served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, 2nd Cavalry, Troop 'B' under the command of General John J. Pershing. He was naturalized on March 12, 1920 and was honorably discharged on June 4, 1920. After the war, he settled in Philadelphia, PA, and lived at 717 Christian Street.

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