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Planning
06-11-2008, 04:16 PM
WWI, Corporal U.S.ARMY

this is what i know so far:

My Grandfather Joined The Army To Go To Europe And Fight The Germans. he came from a very poor east texas farm. The Problem Was He Was Only 15 Years Old, So He Used A Cousins Name And Birthday to Join.
He Enlisted In The Army In At Ft. Sam Houston, Texas April 1917.
There He Trained ( he was an E.O.D, as a farmers boy, he knew how to blow stumps).
He Went To France by ship and Got There Sept 1917 ( he had just turned 16 years old when he got to france) And Left In April 1919.

He Was With co."B", 9th Infantry until June 1917 and went to Co. "B" 48 Infantry until Aug 14, 1917 then he went back To Co. "B" 9th Inf. until he left A.E.F.

he was promoted to corporal in aug 1918. ( he turned 17, 3 days before being promoted)

He Was In The Following Major Battles:
St. Mihiel, March 15,1918 To May 15,1918.
Chateau Therry, June 1,1918 To June 23, 1918.
St. Mihiel Sept 11,1918 To Sept 17,1918
Champagne Front, Oct 4,1918 To Oct 9, 1918
Argonne Woods, Nov 1,1918 To Nov 2,1918.

He Was Gassed With Muster Gas At Chateau Therry, Which He Received The "purple Heart."
He Receiver The WWI Victory Medal From The Army.
He Receiver The "medaille De Saint-Mihiel" From The French (# 8610)
And The French "Cross De Guerre."
there may be a couple more, but i am trying to verify them first.

The War Dept. Corrected His Records ( Correct Name)in May Of 1941

There Is a lot More, I Am Just Trying To Verify The Information i have is correct. the more you dig the more interesting it gets.
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omerta123
06-11-2008, 05:26 PM
where are you looking for the research? my great grandfather served in ww1 and im tryin to find things about it

okie shooter
06-11-2008, 05:44 PM
try here,

http://aad.archives.gov/aad/index.jsp#

Planning
06-11-2008, 06:19 PM
where are you looking for the research? my great grandfather served in ww1 and im tryin to find things about it

first you will need to locate a copy of his discharge papers. there are several places on line to get this. the form is #180. to get a copy. you can go to you local veteran rep. and ask for help.
then just start spending hours and hours of tracing down leads. you never know where it is going to go. keep lots of notes. make a folder to put you notes in. it is real neat when you find stuff.

jmikey
06-11-2008, 06:23 PM
Omerta, be aware that many military records were lost in a fire in the 1970s. If nothing shows up in the GOV databases, check out Ancestry.com for other records such as draft registration or state records for Guard units. My Dads records were lost but through family history etc. I know he enlisted after June 1917 and was discharged in late 1918 after returning from England. Ron, and others, you may want to check out this site;http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/ghq3arm.htm

Planning
06-11-2008, 07:41 PM
Omerta, be aware that many military records were lost in a fire in the 1970s. If nothing shows up in the GOV databases, check out Ancestry.com for other records such as draft registration or state records for Guard units. My Dads records were lost but through family history etc. I know he enlisted after June 1917 and was discharged in late 1918 after returning from England. Ron, and others, you may want to check out this site;http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/ghq3arm.htm

thanks, i knew of this site and had read a lot of it, but for the others bookmark it and read it when you have time.

Schmitty
06-11-2008, 09:28 PM
He Was In The Following Major Battles:
St. Mihiel, March 15,1918 To May 15,1918.
Chateau Therry, June 1,1918 To June 23, 1918.
St. Mihiel Sept 11,1918 To Sept 17,1918
Champagne Front, Oct 4,1918 To Oct 9, 1918
Argonne Woods, Nov 1,1918 To Nov 2,1918.


I thought it was interesting that each battle was progressively shorter than the previous.

St. Mihiel: 2 months
Chateau Therry: 22 days
St. Mihiel: 6 days
Champagne Front: 5 days
Argonne Woods: 1 day