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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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Sgt., 332nd Inf., Co. "L"

Submitted by the children of Ralph N. Doerres

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rnd portrait 1919bcompRalph Norman DOERRES, our father ("Daddy" to us), was one of the few men to serve exclusively with the 332nd Infantry Regiment in WWI from when it was organized in late summer, 1917 to when it was demobilized in May, 1919 — he took part in or witnessed just about every aspect of the adventures of “Wallace’s Circus.”

Born in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1892, the forth of five children of Mary Dimity Doerres and John Doerres, Ralph was educated in Chillicothe’s public schools (his father was a member of the school board).  Shortly after finishing high school he enlisted in Company “H”, 4th Infantry Ohio National Guard in July 1910 serving until 1915 and attaining the rank of Sergeant. 

Ralph was working at Youngstown Sheet and Tube as an “efficiency engineer” when he registered for the draft in 1917.   Once Chillicothe had been selected as the site for Camp Sherman and the first round of the draft was imminent, he returned to his hometown.  Ralph wrote to his draft board, Youngtown No.1, requesting that he be “… included in the first five percent of the quota called…” and for permission “…to report to Commanding Officer of Camp Sherman, Wednesday, September 5th. ...”and signed it “Yours for service.”  His letter was returned with the handwritten reply “… You will have to wait until your turn comes…

In the meantime he secured a civilian job at Camp Sherman with the general contractor responsible for building the new National Army cantonment, A. Bentley and Sons Company. In the middle of September he received official notice to report for duty at Camp Sherman, was assigned directly to the 332nd Infantry’s Company “M” and soon appointed 1st Sergeant.

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Corp., 332nd Inf., Co. "K"
Submitted by Greg Melone, great-grandson of Cyrus Blackburn, the recipient of Corp. Grable's letters

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GRABLE Orion L CoKMy name is Greg Melone and I live in Washington Pa.  I have a collection of 15 letters that were written by Orion GRABLE to my Great Grandfather Cyrus Blackburn.  Mr. Grable was writing to his friend, my great grandfather, while serving in the 332 Infantry Regiment, Company K.  Most of the letters were written from Camp Sherman in Ohio.  Mr. Grable refers to himself as one of the "Jefferson boys" as he was one of many men from Jefferson County Ohio serving.  Mr. Grable describes his training and lifestyle while at Camp Sherman, and mentions getting a marksmanship metal. He speaks with pride and patriotism in the letters, he also mentions the support he receives from receiving letters from folks back home.

September 24, 1917 from Camp Sherman

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Raymond L. SHADE
Pvt., 332nd Inf., Co. "I"

Submitted by Kevin Shade, grandson of Raymond L. Shade

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Raymond Shade and Chet FisherRaymond Leroy Shade's WWI diary 1917-19

Left Columbus April 29th for Camp Sherman arriving same date. Was assigned to Depot Brigade April 29th

Transferred to L. Co. May 6th 332nd Regiment 83thd Division Camp Sherman.

Left Camp Sherman for Camp Merritt May 25th, Arrived at Camp Merritt New Jersey May 26

Left Camp Merritt June 6th 1918.

Went on board Aquitania June 6th laid in port two days and the 8th day of June 1918 left U.S.A. for Liverpool Eng. from New York Harbor, Cunard Dock No. 18. Was escorted out about four hours from above port by 6 submarine destroyers after that was left to the protection of our own 6 inch guns on board on either end of our ship. feed bad.

We again come in submarine waters the 12th day of June mid-ocean, none sighted however but the crew was on guard every minute working in shifts.

On June 13th saw life belts floating in water.

On the night of June 1[4]th ship sailed around in circle waiting for convoys to pick us up and escort us into port. feed worse.

On Friday June 14th caught up with convoys three U.S destroyers who in turn took up their relative position one on either side of the boat and one in front. there was now very little chance of submarine attacks.

On the following day June 15th we arrived in Liverpool Eng. at 5:00 A.M. making the trip in 7 days flat. After unloading marched about half mile to railroad station where we entrained for Southampton Eng. arriving there same date by the England and Northwestern R.R. at 10:00 P.M. and then hiked to rest camp No.1.

On Sunday June 16th had the best meal since arriving in Europe, also first beer.

On the evening of June 16 Left Southampton Eng. for Le Havre France via the English Channel arriving at Le Havre the 17th at 6:00 A.M. unloading at Le Havre and hiked to rest camp No. 2., here we got a glimpse of the first prisoners of war that we had seen, remained at Le Havre three days.

On June 18th wrote first letter to Francis since coming over.

June 20th left Le Havre for Gen. Pershings Hdq. at Chaumont France arriving there June 22nd. without detraining moved on south about four miles to Foulain and there detrained and were moved by U.S. Army trucks to Essey Les Eaux a distance of about ten miles. here we were billeted in different quarters some in houses some in barns, others out in tents anywhere there might be any available space for a few men we were treated as best the peasants of this village could. This was then made our permanent quarters while remaining in France.

Between this and July 26th were spent miserable drilling hiking and hard work.

On July 26th left France for Italy entrained at Foulain after a ten mile hike there. The next three days were traveling by rail going thru some of the largest tunnels in the world and thru several large cities enroute.

We arrived in Torin Italy Sat. July 30th and unloading and marched thru the city. We were lauded by the people and given a regular greeting meeting several American civilians on vacations who couldn't get back to the States on account of war. We went back on the trains after marching around the city and here the Ladies Society of this city served us sandwiches and coffee and candy also chewing tobacco and cigarettes. We left as the Italian’s band played the Star Spangle Banner and the people stood along the track and with heads bare cheered us to the cars where clear thru the town. We continued the trip on in to Villa Franco where we quartered for about two weeks, we were also met here by the people with outstretched arms and the streets were strewn with flowers. we were met by the Red Cross here and were helped to sandwiches and coffee and cigarettes. we put the next two weeks in drilling.

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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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