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WWI at Home Pt 20

Hugh A. Scaborough joined the faculty of Cheney High School in January of 1917, filling a vacancy following another teacher’s resignation. He had come west from Iowa in June 1916 after working as a reporter for the Red Oak, Iowa Express. He taught manual arts and physics, as well as much of the athletic department during the year he was at Cheney. Scarborough joined the Washington National Guard on July 24, 1917. He was sent overseas with Company H of the 161st Infantry, arriving January 28, 1918. At war’s end he served with the Headquarters Battalion for the American Commission to Negotiate Peace until August 20, 1919. From the Editorial ...

WWI at Home Pt 19

Duran Beere Nealey of Plaza enlisted in the Regular Army on July 2, 1917 at the age of 26. Before reporting for duty, he married his sweetheart Gladys Crosley of Rosalia.  (Nealey is standing at left in the photo above) Duran shipped overseas with Company A of the 20th Engineer Regiment, arriving in France November 12, 1917. Rising to the rank of Sergeant, he also served with Company A of the 502nd Engineers before returning home in June 1919.   Earl Leslie Fairbanks was a student at Cheney Normal School when he enlisted in the National Guard at Spokane on June 20, 1917. Before shipping out, Earl married his sweetheart Mary Reid ...

WWI at Home Pt 18

Leo LeVeque Whalen of Cheney, was working as an electrician with Cheney Light & Power when he joined the Navy at age 22 on June 30, 1917. He was assigned to the 6th Marines, 2nd Division medical department as a corpsmen. He was sent to France with the 2nd Division serving at the battles of Bois de Belleau at Aisine-Marne, Soissons, St Mihiel, Champagne, and Argonne. Whalen was awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Navy Distinguished Service Cross for his actions at Soissons. “The Navy Cross is awarded to Hospital Apprentice First Class LeVeque L. Whalen, United States Navy for extraordinary heroism while serving with the U.S. Marines in ...

WWI at Home Pt 17

Ray Theodore Frederick of Amber joined the Navy on June 18, 1917. He served aboard the Navy training ship Farragut in the Great Lakes as a Pharmacist Mate 3rd Class. San Francisco June Twenty-two Dear Mrs. Yost: I promised you before I left that I would write a line. Five thousand men are training here, and new recruits land at the pier most every hour from morning until night. My T.P. and vaccine I’ve had. It made me sick, but not so bad, for some it simply laid on the floor. At five a.m. does the bugle call, and up we must get and into line fall. I know all the calls that we have, now. And then before a one-half hour we must all have ...

WWI at Home Pt 16

R. Lisle Smith of Cheney joined the United States Navy Hospital Corps on June 12, 1917. He was promoted to Hospital Apprentice 1st Class in October 1917. George Trulll of Cheney joined the United States Navy on June 12, 1917. He served at the Puget Sound Navy Yard as a Carpenter’s Mate in the Artificer Branch. An artificer is a skilled craftsman or mechanic. Originally from Richland, Washington, Normal School student William J. Dunning entered the United States Marine Corps on June 13, 1917. He served with the U.S. Marine Band. J.E. Tomblin of Ione, Washington was attending the Normal School when he enlisted in the United States Navy on ...