WWI at Home Pt 38

Harry Anderson Lindahl entered the Navy October 2, 1917 as a third class fireman. He was stationed at Goat Island, San Francisco for two months. In November he was transferred to Norfolk, Virginia where he was assigned to the USS Kearsarge. Harry made several trips on the ship up and down the Atlantic coast. On one of those trips he stopped at Boston and received a short course of instruction in an engineering school. Harry was next assigned to the repair ship USS Bridgeport, which was literally a floating machine shop. Besides his duties as a fireman, he had charge ...

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WWI at Home Pt 37

Harry Holt had graduated from Lewis & Clark high school in Spokane before coming to the Cheney Normal School where he graduated in May 1917. Harry was inducted into the Army at Spokane on September 22, 1917. The 25 year old served overseas from March 1918 to May 1919 with Bakery Company 325th Quartermaster Corps. Ignatius Loyola Engel enlisted in the National Army at Fort George Wright on September 28, 1917. One month shy of his 23rd birthday, the Cheney native was assigned to Company F of the 21st Engineers, 86th Division. He served overseas from December 1918 ...

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WWI at Home Pt 36

Luke Best
Luke Best was inducted into the Army at Spokane on September 22, 1917 at the age of 23. He served with Company B 147th Machine Gun Battalion, Head Quarters Company 148 Field Artillery, and finally the Salvage Division of the Quarter Masters Corps until his discharge on demobilization on June 10, 1919. Seth Wilson of Cheney was 21 years old when he was inducted into the Army on September 21, 1917. Sergeant Wilson arrived in France on July 4, 1918 with Battery E of the 346th Field Artillery Regiment (75mm), 166th Field Artillery Brigade, 91st Division. He returned to the ...

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WWI at Home Pt 35

John W. Mock was born in Cheney and was a 1915 graduate of Cheney High School. He graduated from Cheney Normal School in May 1917 with a 2-year certificate. John was 23 years old when he was inducted into the Army at Spokane. He served in France with Battery F of the 346th Field Artillery Regiment (75mm), 166th Field Artillery Brigade, 91st Division from July 1918 to January 15, 1919. Private Mock was discharge that February from Camp Lewis. Frank Splichal was inducted into the Army on September 21, 1917 at the age of 25. He served in France with Battery E of the 346th ...

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WWI at Home Pt 34

Melvin Scott Jones of Four Lakes, entered the Army at age 24 on September 21, 1917. He was assigned to Company F 346th Field Artillery Regiment (75mm), 166th Field Artillery Brigade of the 91st Division. Private Jones was injured during training exercises and was discharged in February 1918. Melvin Jones was a farmer, bookkeeper for Cheney Weeder Company, school teacher at Opportunity, and mail carrier starting in 1928. He was appointed as Postmaster in 1947 and held that position until 1965. John Longbottom Jr was inducted into the Army at Okanagan on September 21, ...

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WWI at Home Pt 33

Guy Donald Holt of Four Lakes was inducted into the Army at Lincoln County November 5, 1917 and sent to Camp Lewis for basic training. He left New York for France on November 12th. In his notes he wrote, “ Started for France and about six days out to sea on November 18, it come a storm and the sea got rough, and the boys got sick, and the storm lasted for three days.” Guy Holt landed at Saint Nazaire, where companies of the 20th Engineers improved the harbor. In his notes, Guy wrote, “..the 17 Engineers worked on a dam, they moved considerable lot of dirt, half of ...

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WWI at Home Pt 28

William H. Stiffler joined the Washington National Guard at age 19 on August 21, 1917. Private Stiffler served with Battery F of the 146th Field Artillery Regiment in France from April 17, 1918 to July 1, 1919. Frank R. Bogue enlisted in the Army at Fort George Wright as a 21-year-old on August 21, 1917. He served with Company I 14th Infantry until his discharge May 16, 1919. Allen S. Wyman was originally from Colfax, Washington. While a student at the Normal School he entered the Army on August 25, 1917. Private 1st Class Wyman served in France with Headquarters ...

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WWI at Home Pt 27

Leland S. Rogers joined the Regular Army at Fort George Wright in August 1917. He was 22 years old. He served overseas as a cook with the 640th Aero Supply Squadron based at Issoudun Aerodrome in central France from January 1918 to April 1919. Issoudun Aerodrome was a complex of military airfields in the vicinity of Issoudun, Centre, France. They were used during World War I as part of the Third Air Instructional Center, American Expeditionary Forces for training United States airmen prior to being sent into combat on the Western Front. It was at that time the ...

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WWI at Home Pt 26

Leslie G. Crawford, a 1916 graduate of the Normal School, enlisted in the Army at Fort George Wright on August 7, 1917 at the age of 30. He served with Company E of the 10th Engineers and was sent overseas in September 1917. He was stationed in the area of Loiret and Gien, France and then was transferred to the 36th Company of the 20th Engineers for two months before returning to the States. Leslie Crawford was discharged March 10 1919 from Camp Lewis, Washington.

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WWI at Home Pt 25

Arthur Morey Fellows was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant August 5, 1917. He served with the 39th Infantry, The Fighting Falcons, at the battle of Lorraine and Meuse-Argonne where he was wounded in September 1918. He returned to the field, rising to the rank of Captain in November 1918. Captain Fellows returned to Camp Lewis in August 1919 where he was discharged. Art was nicknamed “Pink” by his friends and relatives because of his red hair. He went to work for the Northern Pacific Railway, as his father had done, until a strike caused him to change to the ...

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