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John D. Guthrie

Submitted by: John Robertson

John GuthrieJohn D. Guthrie served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known July 12, 1917-July 29, 1919.


Prior to volunteering, John D. Guthrie was the forestry supervisor of Coconino National Forest. He was commissioned Captain on June 26, 1917, and ordered to active duty as commanding officer of Company C, 1st Battalion, 10th Engineers at Camp American University on July 12th. The 10th Engineers was a forestry regiment, and consisted of volunteers from the US Forestry Service and other lumbermen from across the country.

After several months of training at Camp American University, they departed for Europe on the Carpathia on September 10, 1917. The 10th Engineers arrived in Glasgow on October 2nd, and entrained for Southampton. After a night crossing of the Channel on "La Marguerite", the regiment landed in Le Harve, France on October 7th. They entrained again on French "40 and eights" arriving at Nevers, France and establishing camp on October 9th.

 The 1st Battalion moved on to Pontenx, organized and constructed a sawmill producing lumber for Allied troops. Captain Guthrie was transferred to HQ staff and began working on timber acquisition for the American mills. He was responsible for locating, mapping, and purchasing timber from April 15, 1918 to Nov 1918. During this time he examined and inspected over 300 French Forests.

On January 26th, 1919 he was dispatched to Paris to assist the Commission on War Damages in Allied Countries. While working with the Peace Commission, he volunteered for the American Mission to North Russia, and was assigned as a replacement officer for the 310th Engineers. He embarked on the US Galveston for Archangel, Russia. After switching to the Russian ship "Kanada" at Murmask, he arrived at Archangel on April 18, 1919. He served as the supply and transportation offer for the 1st battalion of the 310th Engineers, later transferring to the staff of Brigadier General W.P. Richardson.

The US Military Mission ended and the engineers sailed for Brest, France en-route to New York. He was discharge at Ft Bliss on July 29,1919. His awards include the Russian Order of Saint Anne (third class) "in recognition of splendid work and valuable service rendered to Russia "une 26,1919. The French Merite Agricole September 24,1919, and the Medaille d'Honneur Argent "For devotion and services rendered to humanity" January 11,192

58e302dcaa5ef uncle John in Uniform

58e302dcab5ee Eng HQ Staff Archangel 58e302dcab9fc Capt J D Guthrie Supply Officer