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William Edward Allen

Submitted by: Paula Thistlewaite {Granddaughter}

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William Edward Allen was born around 1898. William Allen 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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William Edward Allen enlisted in the Army on May 8, 1917 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On May 17, 1917, he was transferred to Company E, 303 Engineers. He was promoted to Corporal on July 1, 1917; sergeant on October 4, 1917; and Sergeant First Class on May 15, 1918.

He left the U.S on May 26, 1918 and arrived overseas on June 7, 1918. He engaged in the battles of St. Mihiel, Sept.12-16; Limey Sector; and Meuse-Argonne offensive, October 12-November 8, 1918, St. Juvin sector. His vocation was a machinist.

He arrived back in the U.S. on June 3, 1919. He was honorably discharged from Fort Dix, New Jersey on June 12, 1919. Miraculously, he was never wounded. He came home to marry and raise a family a boy and a girl, my mother.


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