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FAMILIES OF THE 332nd INFANTRY REGIMENT SOLDIERS who served on the Italian Front in 1918-19 are cordially invited and very enthusiastically encouraged to share a Soldier's Profile to honor your ancestor on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

TO SHARE A PROFILE please go to the Share a Profile of U.S. Service in WWI Italy page for instructions and suggestions.

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The “Profiles of U.S. Service in WWI Italy—332nd Infantry Soldiers” are personal stories written, in most cases, by descendants of the Doughboys of Wallace’s Circus.  They often reflect the subjective memories, perceptions, interpretations, family lore and records of the authors and, consequently, may contain various inaccuracies. Customarily, except for formatting purposes, the “Profiles” are not edited and are presented as submitted.

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Edward L. DAVIS
Corp., 332nd Inf., Co. "M"

Submitted by Alan Davis, the grandson Edward L. "Pug" Davis

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EdwardLDavisWW1aEDWARD L. DAVIS was a professional musician in civilian life. He served as Infantryman and motorcycle courier in the 332nd, attaining the rank of Corporal. Frequently, he entertained the troops in his free time. Nicknamed " Pug " by his fellow soldiers.








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Lloyd R. LANCE
Pvt., 332nd Inf., Co. "K"

Submitted by Alan Lance, grandson of Lloyd R. Lance

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Lloyd R LANCE Pvt Co K Machine GunnerLLOYD R. LANCE was born in Wood County, Ohio (Weston) 1894.  He took the soldiers oath on April 27, 1918 at Bowling Green, Ohio.  He was assigned to the Infantry and later assigned as a Machine Gunner in Company K of the 332d.  I am not positive what type of machine gun he was issued, but most Allied units were using the Model 1914 Hotchkiss machine gun.  (French made).   Anyone familiar with the unit's history knows of the tremendous amount of marching and counter-marching the unit did to convince the Austrians that there were many more American troops at or near the front.  The Hotchkiss machine gun weighed 53 pounds and its tripod mount 58 pounds.  A case of ammo (288 cartridges) weighed 28 pounds.  So it is probable that Grandpa Lance was carrying a substantial load on these multiple marches.

Read more: Lloyd R. LANCE

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Corp., 332nd Inf., Co."F"
Submitted by Brad Herzog, the grandson of Bernard "Bunny" Rosenblum: excerpts from Brad's book "Turn Left at the Trojan Horse" (at from a chapter about his grandpa "Bun" 

Bernard "Bunny" Rosenblum 332nd Inf Co F I never knew BERNARD ROSENBLUM. He died fifteen months before I was born.  From what I can gather, he was quite the character. He was a football star, a soldier, and a loyal son who toughed it out in the family business. He was an accomplished painter and a musician who liked Dixieland jazz. He was a beer drinker, known for uncapping beer bottles with his teeth. He had a reputation as a bit of a playboy, but he also sang with the temple choir. It can be wonderful to get to know your maternal grandfather through gushing platitudes and earthy anecdotes. Isn’t that how myths are born? My imagination conjures up a larger-than-life figure: heroic, talented, charming, and irreverent.

     It has been nearly four decades since Bunny passed away. Now that I see the significant roles that grandparents play in my sons’ lives, I find myself wanting to know more about not only who my grandfather was, but where he came from. After all, to learn more about him is to discover the genesis of myself. All of my life I have learned about him through the recollections of others – his little brother who outlived him by more than thirty years; his best gal who clung to the memory of him like a life preserver in her final days; his daughter, who still lights a candle every May to honor her dad, who died when she was only twenty-three. I always wished I could hear about him in his own voice. I would hear the pitch and timbre, what kind of laugh he had, the peculiarities of his northern Appalachian accent. Thanks to a package sent to me by my mother before I embarked on my expedition, I can.

Read more: Bernard ROSENBLUM

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Corp., 332nd Inf.
, Machine Gun Company
submitted by his grandson, David Drabold

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HERBERT RUTHENBERGHERBERT A. RUTHENBERG was born Oct. 31, 1893 to Wilhelm F Ruthenberg and Frances Nolte in Akron, Ohio. He enlisted on 5 Nov 1917, and served in the Machine Gun Company 332 Infantry to Discharge and concluded his service with the rank of Corporal 27 June 1918. He was in the Vittorio-Veneto; Defensive Sector. American Expeditionary Forces 8 June 1918 to 14 Apr 1919. Honorable discharge 5 May 1919.

In 1927, he married Lillian C. Hofer.  They had two daughters, Florence (1928-2004) and Marjorie (1930-1986) and lived in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  He worked at B F Goodrich as a police Lieutenant.  He died 14 Feb. 1953 in Akron.

RUTHENBERG Herbert WWI Draft Registration June 5 1917   RUTHENBERG Herbert-From Draft Board

Read more: Herbert RUTHENBERG

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Austin P. STORY
Capt., 332nd Inf., Co. "I"

Submitted by Elizabeth M. Story, granddaughter of Austin P. Story

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ap story 332 portrait ca1919 for webpageWe called our grandfather “Faddy”, German for father.   Born and raised, with a lifetime spent in Chillicothe, OH, he had not a speck of German heritage. Yet his World War I experience in Italy versus Austria influenced even this part of his life.  A member of the 332nd Regiment, years later his black car’s license plate had 332 proudly displayed before AS, initials for Austin Story.

     Reading the 50th Anniversary of World War I article he wrote for the Chillicothe Gazette we found his entertaining reminiscences of this most influential part of his life. A few of its facts are as follows. Austin trained at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indiana to become an officer, eventually captain.  He returned to Chillicothe in August 1917, “where his Army adventures began in earnest.” The article talked about the 60,000 men at Camp Sherman, the organization of the infantry, its companies, battalions, and Regiments 331 and 332. Funny training experiences were recounted.  Today we can still see Mt. Logan, which had been the location of their rifle range.  Soldiers from Camp Sherman went to England, then France where the 332nd was chosen to go to Italy as part of the 31st Italian Division, British Army. Austin also met our grandmother Cordelia through the 332nd.  She was the daughter of Col. William Wallace who had led the 332nd troops in their fight at the Piave River against the Austrians.

     Often called “A.P.”, Faddy’s wartime patriotism colored his sense of duty and commitment to his hometown community throughout his life.  He was part of the start of a paper mill, was charter member and first commander of the American Legion, active in the Elks, Rotary, and Hospital Board. He was a devout Episcopalian.

     When the Vietnam War became so controversial in the late 60’s, as a young college student so opposed to it, we had many heated discussions on the subject. He always ended them with “My country, right or wrong, but always my country”. 

Read more: Austin P. STORY

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Marcell Benjamin THIRY
Pvt., 332nd Inf., Co. "M"

Submitted by grand-nephew Ed Wittkofski

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MARCELL BENJAMIN THIRY was born on October 6, 1888 in Marion Township, Hancock County, Ohio to Nicholas and Julie Thiry. Like so many other Americans, Ben signed up for the Selective Service on June 5, 1917. He was 28 years old at the time putting him at the older age bracket of the first registration. When he was called into military service on April 26, 1918, he was working as an axle assembler for the Adam Axle Company. He was a loyal Roman Catholic serving as a Knight of Columbus in Leo Council 957. He entered service from Findlay, Ohio and reported to 30th Company, 8th Training Battalion, 158th Depot Brigade at Camp Sherman in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Read more: Marcell Benjamin THIRY

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Colonel, 332nd Inf.
, Commanding
submitted by Elizabeth M. Story, great-granddaughter of William Wallace

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Colonel William Wallace obituary for site


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