With orders for home, the 137th Regiment boarded trains at Sampigny on March 7. They arrived in the Le Mans area three days later. The companies were dispersed to surrounding towns and villages, Company M to Monfort-les-Gesnois. Far from the desolate battlefields, the men enjoyed a couple weeks of “the best accommodations since [their] arrival in France,” whether in billets or private homes.Easter Aboard the Manchuria
On May 9, 1918, soldiers of the 137th Infantry disembarked their ships and set foot on French soil at Le Havre.
The 137th served a few weeks with the British in Northern France and then by three days of forced marches and three days train travel moved to the eastern end of the Western Front, near Gerardmer, from where it went into the line with French troops on German soil near Switzerland on June 18, 1918.A History of the 137th Infantry, An All-Kansas Regiment
In 1916, Ralph Jarvis had met Chleo Webb and started a relationship. At 16, Chleo was still in high school. Ralph, 22, was working as a lineman.
Their lives would be interrupted by The Great War.Continue reading
My mother had many eclectic interests, like books, cooking, gardening, sports, English language, and Italy. She also liked history and antiques. She had an eye for interesting and unique objects.Continue reading
South Carolina seceded from the Union in December 1860. It demanded that the U.S. Army leave Charleston.
When that didn’t happen, the South Carolina militia bombarded U.S. troops in Fort Sumter on April 12 and 13, 1861.
The American Civil War had begun.Continue reading
Here are others of our great-grandfathers who served in World War I.
- Thomas P Gallagher
- Ralph H Jarvis
- Ralph E Cheney
The Armistice occurred on November 11, 1918.
By the end of November, the army had refocused its mission:
- The army in Europe was now an army of occupation
- A major demobilization was begun to return the troops to civilian life.
At 0830 on the morning of November 11, word was received at 89th Division headquarters that an armistice would go into effect at 1100 and that all firing should cease at that time.Continue reading
Ben Teply took a shrapnel wound in his right thigh on the afternoon of September 12.
Using his own records, some collateral info, and a bit of conjecture, we can follow his medical treatment.Continue reading
The battle of St. Mihiel was the first major operation of an all-American force.Continue reading