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Indians who served

Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind

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Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind was one of the first Asian Indian soldiers and first turbaned Sikh to serve in the United States Army during the First World War.

Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind was born on October 3, 1892 in Taragarh, Punjab, British India. Dr. Bhagat Singh Thind arrived to Seattle, Washington on July 14, 1913 on board the ship Minnesota from Manila, Philippines. His younger brother, Jagat Singh Thind died onboard  the ship Komagata Maru, which had been forced to turn back from Canada in 1914 because of country’s racial laws. When the ship returned to India, the British government thought the Indians on board the ship were attempting incite revolutionary activities, and a riot broke up out. Many were killed and jailed, including Jagat Singh Thind. Dr. Thind came to the United States for higher education to become a spiritual teacher and scholar. He made his way to Oregon and eventually settled in California later in life.

Dr. Thind came to the United States for higher education to become a spiritual teacher and scholar. When America entered the war, Dr. Thind was studying at the University of California, Berkeley for metaphysics, spirituality, and religion and it is safe to assume that he wanted to serve his new home and uphold the strong warrior tradition of the Sikh faith. He enlisted in the United States Army when the country entered the war in the 1917. He trained at Camp Lewis in Washington state but did not see overseas action. He also listed in October 1918 issue of the newspaper and journal Young India with other Asians serving in the U.S military during the war. Dr. Thind was one of the thousands of Indian Sikhs that bravely served in the war, but he was the first turbaned Sikh to serve in the U.S during the war. Dr. Thind received an Honorable Discharge with the of rank of acting sergeant in 1918 when the war ended.

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Abbas Alee

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no photo 300Abbas Alee born around 1888. Abbas Alee served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

Abbas Alee was born on June 4, 1888 in Calcutta, British India to Amed Alee and Sheburne Beybi. His parents were from Persia.

He immigrated to the United States on March 15, 1910. Alee settled in California after his arrival.

By 1917, Abbas was living in Los Angeles. On June 5, 1917, Alee registered for the draft. His draft registration card recorded his race as Hindu, birth of place as India, and occupation as a moving picture actor at Keystone Studios.

Abbas Alee married Maria or Mary Llampallas on September 25, 1918 in Los Angeles, California.

On November 14, 1918, Alee petitioned for U.S. naturalization as a soldier at Camp Kearny, California.

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Mohan Singh

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Monahan SinghMohan Singh born around 1884 or 1885, Mohan Singh served in World War 1 in the manner described below.. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

Mohan Singh was in Amballa Cantt, British India in either 1884 or 1885 to Heera Singh. He immigrated to the United States on December 13, 1913 from Southampton, England. Singh settled in Stockton, California. Mohan Singh attended the University of Utah and University of Minnesota for medicine. He is listed in the University of Minnesota's 1918-1919 student directory. The University of Utah has his student record.

Singh enlisted at ERC Fort Douglas, Utah on November 19, 1917. He was assigned to the Student Army Training Corps at the University of Minnesota. Private Singh did not serve overseas and was honorably discharged on December 14, 1918.

After the war, Singh returned to Stockton. In 1920 Singh applied for a U.S. passport to go to India for its southern climate on the advice of his doctor to help an infection of his lungs.

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Nilkanth Ramchandra Chavre

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Nilkanth Ramchandra Chavre

Nilkanth Ramchandra Chavre born 1895. Nilkanth Chavre served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

Private Nilkanth Ramchandra Chavre was born on September 2, 1895 in either Vaduja or Kolhapur, British India. He immigrated to the United States on February 16, 1916 on the ship Stumpalia via Genoa, Italy. Chavre settled in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

He studied at the College of Engineering and Architecture at the University of Michigan. Chavre was listed in 1919 Catalogue of the University of Michigan under the College of College of Engineering and Architecture's roster.

On June 5, 1917, Chavre registered for the draft while as an engineering student at University of Michigan. His draft card recorded his race as Caucasian, birthplace as Kolhapur, naturalization status as an alien. The card also recorded that he was single and resided at 210 Glen Ave.

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Stephen Dorje

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Stephen Dorje born around 1887. Stephen Dorje served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Private Stephen Dorje was born on June 24, 1887 in Darjeeling, British India. He immigrated to the United States on January 24, 1915 on the ship Minnewaska from British Indian via London, England at age of 30. The New York Passenger List from this date recorded, Dorje's race as British Indian and final destination as Washington, D.C.

Dorje registered for the draft on June 5, 1917 in D.C. His World War I draft card recorded his race as Mongolian and married. The card also recorded that he worked as a butler for Samuel Ross at 2328 Mass Ave in D.C and was an alien.

Dorje entered in the U.S. Army on January 28, 1918. Private Dorje was assigned to the Field Remount Squadron 301, Quartermaster Corps. On April 30, 1918, Dorje departed from Hoboken, New Jersey with his unit on the ship Finland for France.

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Sam Alle

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Sam Alle born around 1894. Sam Alle served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Private Sam Alle was born on either February 15, 1894 or May 25, 1893 in British East India. He immigrated to the United States prior to 1918. He settled in Savannah, Georgia and worked as a laborer.

He registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. Alle's World War I draft card recorded his race as Malayan (Malaysian), birth of place East India, and as an alien. Next to the word alien there is something written, but it is illegible.

On July 20, 1918, Alle was ordered to report to the Chatman military board for Camp Gordon in Atlanta, Georgia. He was assigned to 5th company 2nd Training Battalion of the 157th Depot Brigade until July 27, 1918.

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Rajah William Bandy

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Rajah William Bandy born around 1893. Rajah Bandy served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1916 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

Sergeant Rajah William Bandy was born about 1893 in Madras, British India. According to Mary Bandy Rajah's adopted mother in a 1908 letter, his biological parents were "[..] an Irish tea planter who died and left three children and their Indian mother". His Irish aunts sent him and siblings to a native school miles away until he was adopted by Mary and her husband Charles Henry Bandy. Rajah's adopted parents were Presbyterian missionaries, who had lived in British India for some time.

Rajah immigrated to the United States in 1912 and settled with his adopted family in Ohio.

According to The Bandy Family in America by Dale Bandy, Rajah enlisted in the Ohio National Guard in 1916. When the United States entered World War I , Rajah was assigned to the Company D 146 Infantry until May 1, 1918. His last assignment was Headquarters Company 146 Infantry. Bandy served in the AEF from June 15, 1918 to March 31, 1919.

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Tara Singh (Joseph Tarao)

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Tara Singh born around 1885. Tara Singh served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Tara Singh was born on June 6, 1886 or March 25 or 3, 1885 in Kharody, British India. He came to the United States on February 8, 1910. He settled in California and worked as gardener throughout his life.

On April 29, 1916, Singh applied for U.S. naturalization.

On June 5, 1917, Singh registered for the draft. His World War I draft card recorded his race as Mongolian, lived at 106 4 St Danville ,and declared his intention for U.S. citizenship.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 27, 1918. He was assigned to Company F, 1st Infantry. Singh was honorably discharged on July 8, 1919.

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Joe Henry (Lahorey Singh)

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Joe Henry (Lahorey Singh) was born around 1893.  He served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

Lahorey Singh was born in either 1891 or 1893 in the Village Hiran Dist Julland, British India. He came to the United States in 1910. Singh lived under an alias, Joe Henry, from about 1910 to 1930. He worked as a cook throughout his life.

On November 9, 1917, Henry enlisted into the U.S. military in Ketchikan, Alaska. He was assigned to Company Q I Provisional Training Battalion at Camp Hill in Virginia.

On January 19, 1918, he declared his intention for U.S. Naturalization in Virginia. His declaration of intention recorded his race as white. The document stated that Henry arrived on January 10, 1910 from Sydney, Australia on the ship on India.

He was honorably discharged on March 29, 1918.

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John Mohamed Mondo

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John Mohammed MondoJohn Mohamed Mondo (or Mando) served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

John Mohamed Mondo (or Mando) was born in the late 1890s in Calcutta, British India or Punjab, East India to Mohamed Noor.

At the age of 21, John immigrated to Laredo, Texas from Mexico on July 9, 1909 or 1910. His Border Crossing Card recorded his race as East Indian, as a polygamist, and birth place as Calcutta, India.

By 1917 John Mohamed settled in California and worked as a laborer. His World War I draft card recorded his race as Caucasian and his place birth as Punjab, East India.

The dates and unit(s} of his service are unknown. Two photographs with unknown dates show him in a U.S. Army uniform.

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Kehar Singh

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no photo 300Kehar Singh born around 18973, Kehar Singh served in World War 1 with the the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service

 

Private Kehar Singh was born in 1873 in Tusa , British India. He immigrated to the United States prior to 1918 and settled in Imperial, California. He worked as a laborer.

On July 12, 1918 Singh signed up for the draft. His draft card recorded his race as white and oriental.

Private Singh was assigned to Fort Eustis in Newport News, Virginia. At Fort Eustis, Singh applied for U.S. naturalization on October 9, 1918. He was assigned to Battery B of 46th Artillery Costal Artillery Corp.

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James Buha Khan

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no photo 300James Buha Khan born around 1889 or 1886, James Khan 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

 

Private James Buha Khan was born in Lahore, British India in either 1889 or July 15, 1886. Khan came to the United States in 1904 and settled in Oakland, California until the 1940s. He then moved to Utah and lived there until his death. In 1906, Khan applied for U.S. naturalization in California.

On December 25, 1911, James Buha Khan married Pearl M. Carter in Alameda, California.

Khan enlisted in the U.S. military on December 14, 1917. His World War I draft card recorded his race as "Malayan" or Malaysian.

Khan was assigned to HQ Company, 363 Infantry. Khan and his unit departed from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the ship City Of Cairo for France on July 6, 1918. Khan's U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger List recorded his next of kin as his brother, Mian Khan.

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Atma S. Nick

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no photo 300Atma S. Nick served in World War 1. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service

 

Atma S Nick was born in British India either about 1885 or 1892. He immigrated to the United States in 1913. By 1918 he was in Sacramento, California working as a laborer.

On September 12, 1918, Nick registered for the U.S. military in California. Nick's draft card recorded his race as white.

The dates and location(s) of his service are unknown at this time.

By 1930, Nick was in Mesilla, Dona Ana, New Mexico and had his first papers. He was working as farm laborer employer on a cotton farm. He had a servant named Maria Garcia. She was from Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. in 1921.

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Rama Heirder Singh

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Rama Heirder Singh served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Unknown .

 

Private Rama Heirder Singh was born in 1889 in Amishah or khalra, British India. He immigrated to the United States in May 1907 from Vancouver, Canada at age of 25. The U.S., Border Crossings from Canada list from this period recorded his race as East Indian and occupation as a laborer. Singh settled in Washington state.

By 1917, Singh was working as laborer at a saw mill and lived at Cosmopolis, Washington. He registered for the draft on June 5, 1917 in Cosmopolis. Singh's draft card listed his race as Hindu(East Indian).

Private Singh was assigned to 166 Depot Brigade until his discharge. On July 31, 1918, while in the military, Singh applied for U.S. naturalization at Camp Kearny.

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Private Abde Khan

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Private Abde Khan served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known Discharged on March 22, 1919.

 

Private Abde Khan was born on June 23,1891 Halwara, Punjab, British India. He came to the United States from Hong Kong in 1906. He settled in Settle, Washington.

By 1918, Khan worked in a ship yard. On October 4, 1918, Khan declared his intention to apply for U.S. naturalization.

During this time or sometime in 1919, Khan was inducted into the U.S. Army. He was assigned to Company K 160 Infantry until July 2, 1919. He then served with the QMC till discharge. He did not serve overseas.

Private Khan was discharged on March 22, 1919.

On April 22, 1919, Khan was granted U.S. naturalization at age of 28 in Seattle.

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Private James Mohammed "Jim" Dullo

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Private James Mohammed "Jim" Dullo served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known May 28, 1917 or 1919 to July 3, 1943.

 

Private James Mohammed "Jim" Dullo was born on August 15, 1898 in Bohara, Hazara, British India to Mahomed Dean. He immigrated to the United States prior to 1917 or 1919 and settled in Settle, Washington.

Dullo registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. Mullo's draft card listed his race as white, occupation as a unemployed laborer, and residence as 409 James St, Settle.

On May 28, 1919 or 1917, Dullo was inducted into the U.S. Army. He was assigned to Company D 2nd Battalion, 20th Regiment Engineers( (Forestry). On November 7, 1917 Dullo and his unit departed Hoboken, New Jersey for France on the ship Madawaska.

They left Pauillac, France on May 7, 1919 on the ship Martha Washington for Camp Morrison, Newport News, Virginia. The date of his discharge is unknown.

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