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Elmer James Lucy

Submitted by: Anthony Chakurian {Great Grandson}

no photo 300Elmer James Lucy was born around 1893. Elmer Lucy served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service


Elmer James Lucy was born on 21 Nov 1893 in San Francisco, California. His service to his country started when he was drafted on 20 Dec 1917 into the U.S. Army. He reported to his Draft Board on 24 Dec 1917 in San Francisco where he was inducted.

Then Elmer Lucy was sent to Camp Lewis, Washington, where he was mobilized and trained. During his training, Elmer Lucy was selected to be in the military police and was added to Company A of the 4th Military Police, which was part of the 4th Infantry Division. His unit was shipped out to Europe from Hoboken, New Jersey on the ship the Wilhelmina on 10 May 1918.

On 23 May 1918, Elmer Lucy’s unit arrived in Brest, France. After the landing of the major units of the 4th Infantry Division landed in Brest, they went to the Samer Training Area in Picardy, France, where they trained with the British 16th Division until 10 Jun 1918. The 4th Infantry Division then trained with the French 6th Army until 17 Jul 1918.

From 18 Jul to 21 Jul 1918, Elmer James Lucy and his unit participated in the Aisne-Marne Counteroffensive that was part of the Second Battle of the Marne near Chateau-Thierry, France. He and his unit also participated in the occupation of the Vesle Sector along the Vesle River in the Champagne region of France from 2 Aug to 12 Aug 1918. Then, Elmer Lucy and his unit were also involved with the occupation of the Toulon Sector in the Lorraine region of France from 6 Sep to 12 Sep 1918.

He and his unit then participated in the St. Mihiel Operation on 12 Sep 1918. Elmer Lucy and his unit also participated in two stints during the Battle of Meuse-Argonne, with the last stint occurring from 31 Oct to 11 Nov 1918, when the armistice took effect.

Elmer Lucy, his unit Company A of the 4th Military Police, and 4th Infantry Division then advanced into Germany from 20 Nov to 17 December and became part of the Army of Occupation in Germany. During the advance, Elmer Lucy and his unit went through Briey and Hayange, France; Remich, Luxemburg; and Saarburg, Cues, and Alf, Germany. On 17 Dec 1918, Elmer Lucy and his unit took station in the Kreise of Cochem and Adenau in Germany, where they predominantly trained while Elmer Lucy was with Company A of the 4th Military Police.

At some point after Elmer Lucy was part of the Army of Occupation of Germany, he was transferred to the 251st Military Police Company. Then, on 14 Jun 1919 Elmer Lucy and his unit the 251st Military Police Company departed Europe on the ship the U.S.S. Santa Barbara from the port of St. Nazaire, France to return to the U.S.

Once he returned to the U.S., Elmer Lucy was transferred to Company H of the 361st Infantry. Then, Elmer Lucy was sent back to San Francisco, California where he was discharged from the U.S. Army as Private First on 8 Jul 1919 at the Presidio in San Francisco.

5b8dbb04b8479 Elmer James Lucy Discharge Record