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Stories of Service

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George Leslie Stout

Submitted by: Nancy Trask 

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George Leslie Stout served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1919.


George Leslie Stout is now well-known for his WW2 service as a leader of the "Monuments Men," saving European art and archives from the Nazis. He was portrayed by George Clooney in the movie by that name. It is less commonly known that George Leslie Stout served in France during WW1. He had graduated from Winterset (Iowa) High School in 1915 and spent 2 years at Grinnell (Iowa) College. In 1917-1919, George served as a private in the Army's 88th Division Medical Corps, and spent 10 months of his 2-year service in France. In addition to his regular duties, he was in the 351st Infantry Band, and entertained the troops in a production called "The Khaki Carnival." It is likely that Stout's observations of wartime devastation to art and culture during WW1 led to his determination to develop his plans for a trained troop of art conservators to work in the field of battle during WW2.



Thad Manning Mangum

Submitted by: Michael T. Mangum {grandson}

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Thad Manning Mangum served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 25 May 1918-25 June 1919.


Thad Manning Mangum served in Co. K 323rd Infantry Regiment 81st Army Division fighting Wildcats. He was mustered into the Army in front of the Courthouse in Greenville, NC on May 25, 1918 and by 3 am was en-trained aboard the Norfolk Southern in front of 800 crying Mothers, Sweethearts and somber Fathers.

After less than a month basic training at Camp Jackson, SC he was sent to Camp Sevier, SC for further training. By the end of July they boarded the British Ship RMS Melita. The English food was horrid and not fit for livestock as described by the men. Most were seasick on the crossing and for men like my grandfather who could not swim they lived in constant fear of being torpedoed and had the clouds of War hanging over them. After a short stay in England they boarded an old seagoing paddle wheeler and after a rough nighttime crossing of the English Channel were finally in France by August 16th, 1918.

They boarded the famous 40 x 8 cattle cars and were shipped to a training area where the French taught them how to go in and out of the trenches, in short how to survive. By September they were sent to the Saales Pass of the St Die sector of the Vosge Mountains. Americans were sent here to serve under the French and acclimate to combat. Up until the Americans arrival the Vosges had been a so called quiet sector however the Americans started pressing the attack and the Germans responded in kind.

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Louis Elmer Larson

Submitted by: Erik Larson {grandson}

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Louis Elmer Larson served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 1917-1919.


Cpl. Louis Elmer Larson
Company H
2nd Battalion
353rd infantry
177th Brigade
89th Division

My Grandfather was born in Castle Rock, Colorado in 1887 to Swedish immigrant parents. He lived in Colorado until 1900 when the family of six returned to Cherokee County, Kansas where his father had initially homesteaded 160 acres after immigrating in the late 1860s. It was here that my Grandfather graduated from Columbus HS, taught for a year in a one room school and left to attend the University of Kansas in Lawrence in the Fall of 1908 where he played on the Freshman football team. He returned to Cherokee County the following year and continued teaching for the next few years. He was also part-owner of the Cherokee Co. Flour Mill with one of his brothers.

In October of 1917, at the age of thirty, he was drafted into the army and sent to Camp Funston near Ft. Riley, Kansas for basic training. On a weekend pass, he returned to Cherokee County and was married in late-April. The unit left Kansas on May 25th and arrived at their training area in France exactly one month later on June 25th, 1918.

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George Allen Rhodes

Submitted by: Debra Dudek

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George Allen Rhodes served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 6 Dec 1917 to 27 Jun 1919.


George Allen Rhodes served as a private in Group A of the 303 Motor Transport Corps. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, George was the son of Elmer E. Rhodes and Ida L. Rhodes (nee Pope).

As a private in the MTC, George repaired military cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles. George enlisted in Detroit, Michigan in the MTC, inspired by the wartime recruiting poster of 'Earn While You Learn,' gaining trade skills while serving the country during the Great War.

George was recruited to drive ambulance trucks and other vehicles on the western front as needed. His younger brother, Franklin T. Rhodes, served in the 86th Areo Corps as a private. Both Rhodes boys were featured in several newspapers articles in Fort Wayne.

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Clyde Carl Sumner

Submitted by: Dr. Gordon Sumner, Ph.D.

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Clyde Carl Sumner served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known 5 June 1917 - 14 Feb 1919.


Enlisted in the National Guard HQ'd in Jacksonville, FL, June 5th, 1917, age 23 and 9 months living in Vilas, (Liberty Cty), Florida.

Assigned to Company H, 1st Separate Battalion of Infantry, Florida National Guard.

Reassigned to Co B, 117th Machine Gun Battalion (still infantry) until 27 Oct 1918.

Reassigned to Co A, 324th Machine Gun Battalion until discharged.

Promoted to Corporal 6 Aug 1917; promoted to Sergeant 8 Jan 1918. Served overseas during WWI 16 Oct 1918 - 31 Jan 1919. Service #: 1,340,738.

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Phillip Varco

Submitted by: Sarina (Varco) Renaldi {granddaughter}

Phillip Varco mugPhillip Varco served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 1917-Jjan. 1919.


My grandfather, Phillip Varco, along with his brother Jack, served in WWI as a member of the 132nd US Infantry, 66th Brigade, 33rd Division. He was born in Italy in Montemaggiore, Sicily in 1892, and immigrated to America in the early 1900s. He fought in the battle of the Somme in France and was shot in the stomach. While he was in the hospital, King George visited the wounded soldiers and presented my grandfather with a cane.

As a young child, I remember him holding me on his lap and showing me his stomach and telling me he had "two belly buttons."


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Raymond Howard Leonard

Submitted by: Helen V. Leonard Poirier {granddaughter}

Raymond Leonard mugRaymond Howard Leonard served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known June 1916- 1920.

Raymond Howard Leonard – National Guard Journal June 18, 1916-Oct 14, 1916
Transcribed by Helen Leonard Poirier – 2015, granddaughter to Raymond.

Raymond Howard Leonard was born February 26, 1899 to Adelbert and Josephine (Davis) Leonard in Worcester, Massachusetts. At the time of his entry into the military, Raymond was residing at 8 Clive St. in Worcester with his parents, and younger siblings, sister Viola, & brothers Joseph and Frank.

The following transcription were from pages found in a Navy journal of Raymond’s son, Robert O’Donnell Leonard, who served in WWII. They are transcribed as written by Raymond.

June 18: Call to colors by Massachusetts Officers 8 pm in Boston June 18, 1916 militia alarm called started midnight saw headlines in papers at 6:20 a.m.

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George Washington Ruth

Submitted by: Steve Smith {grandson}

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George Washington Ruth served in World War 1 with the United States Marine Corps. The dates of service are: Known June 6, 1917 - Oct. 1918.


My grandfather George Ruth left us a audio recording of his tour of duty in World War One. I put his voice and words to a video. This video is posted on youtube.. go to youtube and search "ww1 george ruth" or "ww1 steve smith".





Virginia Stoddert Moore

Submitted by: April Stoddert Martinez {granddaughter}

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Virginia Stoddert Moore served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The dates of service are: Known 6/12/1918 to 4/17/1919.


My grandmother, Virginia Stoddert Moore, of Chicago, Ill, b. April 24, 1896, d. March 8, 1982, Service No. 145-64-22, volunteered to join the U S Navy and enlisted on June 12, 1918, at Great Lakes, IL, as a Yeoman First Class.

She was called to active duty, to "volunteer for general service and agree to any assignment to duty on the high seas or to service in any foreign coutnry." Capt Moffett, then Commander of the base there, is recorded as saying she was the "first" there. (Please see attached article.)

Virginia stated she felt like she was the first because of her status as a volunteer, when the first and subsequent women had been 'taken in', or 'conscripted' as secretaries. History records otherwise, I'm afraid.

She was assigned to a ship the USS Triton at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., June 20, 1918, then to the Public Works Office January 29, 1919, and then transferred to the Navy Department in D.C. on January 29, 1918. She was assigned to Josephus Danials, SECNAV, and also the F.D.R, Assistant SECNAV at Naval Communication, R1210, South Bldg, according to her story, earning $44.00 per month salary, and worked as a Stenographer.

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Webster Earl Bachert

Submitted by: Glenn D Bachert

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Webster Earl Bachert served in World War 1 with the United States Army Air Corps. The dates of service are: Known Sept 10, 1917 to Dec. 13, 1918.


He was a Sgt 1st Class attached to the 188th Aero Squadron. They were formed at Kelly Field in San Antonio Tx. on Nov. 9th, 1917. They were assigned to work on the Curtiss, Wright-Martin and L.W.F. planes. They remained in Texas until orders arrived, they shipped off to New York before departure overseas.

They departed the United States on March 5th, 1918 and arrived in Liverpool England on March 18th 1918. Their journey was aboard the S.S. Celtic with the U.S.S. Baltimore and H.M.S. Leviathan as escorts. After arriving in Liverpool they were responsible for the manitenance and upkeep of the De Haviland's and the Armstrong-Whitworths.

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John William Augustine

Submitted by: Patricia S. Carden

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John William Augustine served in World War 1 with the United States Navy. The dates of service are: Known 1914-1951.


Major John William Augustine, USMC
Born July 26, 1894 Camden, New Jersey died July 03, 1979 Washington D.C..
John's military records show he was born in 1891 because he lied about his age in order to join the Navy. In truth, he was born in 1894. He joined the United States Navy at the age of 15.

John was in the Campaign at Vera Cruz, Mexico aboard the USS Utah in 1914.

During World War I, specifically from January 10, 1918 - March 9, 1919, John W. Augustine was aboard the USS Haterias, and USS Mars, Hq. San Francisco California as Boatswain.

By World War II he was serving in the USMC, and later the Korean War. He was finally added to the Honorary Retired List, September 30, 1951.

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