WWI at Home Pt 49

Mark Ratcliffe
Kent E. Ratcliffe joined the Enlisted Reserve Corps while at the University of Washington in December 1917 at the age of 20. He attended the School of Military Aeronautics and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant with the Air Service in May 1918. Lt. Ratcliffe served at San Diego, Camp Dix, Texas, Ellington Field, Texas, and Wilbur Wright Field in Ohio. He was discharged Jun 3, 1919. Ernest W. Gifford enlisted in the Regular Army at Fort George Wright on December 12, 1917. He was assigned to the Quartermaster Corps at Camp Meigs in Washington DC, then with the ...

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WWI at Home Pt 48

SS Bunker Hill
Arthur M. Magary was a student at the Normal School. He was from Fruitland, Washington, which is a small farming community near the Columbia River in Stevens County. Fireman 3rd Class Magary served aboard the USS Aroostook after is enlistment in December 1917. Bunker Hill, a coastal passenger steamship, was built 1907 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a decade of commercial employment she was acquired by the U.S. Navy in November 1917, renamed Aroostook and placed in commission in December of that year. The ship was subsequently converted to a mine-layer and had some ...

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WWI at Home Pt 47

Fred Lehman of Coeur d’Alene was a 1914 graduate of the Normal School when he joined the Army Air service on December 1, 1917. He served with the Quartermasters Corps at the U.S. Naval Station at Pauillac Gironde in wine country of Bordeaux in southwestern France.

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WWI at Home Pt 46

Reid Beard was a 24 year-old student at the Normal School from the small farming community of Withrow, Washington in Douglas County. He was inducted into the Army at Spokane November 2, 1917. Reid served with the Aviation Section Signal Corps as well as the Construction Air Services while in Europe from March 1918 through December 1919. Corporal Beard returned to the States and was discharged at Camp Lewis January 10, 1919. Normal School student, Robert R. Thompson of Corsicana, Texas entered the Air Service Signal Corps October 24, 1917. He served as a signal electr...

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WWI at Home Pt 45

Twenty-three year old Dwight Ethell was farming with the “Curley” W. Sooy when he was moved to enlist in the National Army at Fort George Wright on October 15, 1917. He was sent overseas in January 1918 with Supply Company 307 Quartermaster Corps. Dwight returned to the States August 7, 1919 and was discharged in November of that year. Luther E. Van Brunt enlisted in the Regular Army at Fort George Wright at the age of 31 on October 8, 1917. Private Van Brunt served with Company M of the 14th Infantry Brigade, 7th “Hourglass” Division, rising to the rank of ...

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WWI at Home Pt 44

Students Who Have Joined Colors Many of our students have joined the colors to train in the various departments of military service. Among them are the following: Leon Kienholz is at American Lake and Royce Showalter is at Fort Sam Houston, aviation corps; George Trull in the United States navy at Bremerton; Ray T. Frederick, Lisle Smith, Stanley Witter, Ben Weaver, E.R. Tamblin are training in the marine corps at San Francisco. John Youngman has joined the coast artillery. Earl Fairbanks has joined the machine gun company, while Frank Keller has joined the ...

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WWI at Home Pt 43

Gaylord Culver
Shortly before his induction into the Army, Gaylord Culver was united in marriage to Beula Cloud in June 1917. He was employed at White Pine Cedar Company at Blueslide, Washington. He served with Battery A 346th Field Artillery as a cook until his discharge on February 7, 1919. Evan E. Williams of Tyler was inducted into the Army at age 23 on October 5, 1917. Private Williams was sent to France with Company F 316th Engineer Regiment of the 91st “Wild West” Division in July 1918. He returned to the states April 16, 1919.

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WWI at Home Pt 42

Richard Roos graduated from Cheney High School and attended the Normal School for two years. He was inducted into the Army at Cheney on October 5, 1917. He was assigned to Machine Gun Company of the 361st Infantry as a cook and sent overseas July 1918. He was later given the rank of Private. Dick was involved in the battles at St. Mihiel September 11-13, Meuse-Argone September 26-October 12, and Lys Scheldt October 31-November 11, 1918, before his return to the states in April 1919. In 1971, Richard was presented an award for 53 years of service with the American ...

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WWI at Home Pt 41

Ernest E. Harr was inducted into the Army October 5 1917. He served in France from July 6, 1918 to April 15, 1919 with Machine Gun Company 361st Infantry Regiment, 181st Infantry Brigade, 91st Division. He fought in the campaigns at St Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Lys Scheidt. Ernest was discharged at Camp Lewis May 1, 1919. Herman O. Jensen was 23 years old when he was inducted into the Army at Spokane on October 5, 1917. After basic training at Camp Lewis, Herman was sent to France July 6, 1918 with Machine Gun Company of the 361st Infantry Regiment, 181st Infantry ...

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WWI at Home Pt 40

Born near Bonnie Lake, Cleve Crosley was inducted into the Army on October 5, 1917 at Spokane. He served with the Machine Gun Company 361st Infantry, the 434th Aeronautical Construction Squadron Signal Corps, and the Headquarters Spruce Production Squadron at Vancouver, Washington. Cleve was discharged December 17, 1918. He returned to farming south of Cheney after the war. Organized as 434th Aero Squadron at Vancouver Barracks in Washington, it was re-designated 69th Spruce Squadron, July 1918 and transferred to Clatsop, Oregon and assigned to Spruce Production ...

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