Benson, Willie Given.

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WAR HISTORY COMMISSION

STATE OF VIRGINIA

MILITARY SERVICE RECORD

Name in full

(family name): Benson

(first name): Willie

(middle name): Given

Date of birth

(month): March

(day): 8th

(year): 1896

Place of Birth

(town): Vanderpool

(county): Highland

(state): Virginia

(country): U.S.A.

Name of father: James M. Benson

Birthplace (country): U.S.A.

Maiden name of mother: Virginia H. Gibson

Birthplace (country): U.S.A.

Are you White, Colored, Indian or Mongolian: White

Citizen (Yes or no): Yes

Voter (yes or no): Yes

Church (denomination): Presbyterian

Married:

year:

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Children

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Fraternal Orders: Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Free Mason

College Fraternities:

Previous military service or training:

Education

(Preparatory): High School

(College):

Education

(University):

(Degrees):

Occupation before entry into service: Farmer, Surveyor

employer: Willis Gibson, Deputy County Surveyor

Residence before entry into the service

(street number):

(town): Monterey

(county): Highland

Present home address

(street number):

(town): Monterey

(county): Highland

(state): Virginia

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WAR RECORD

Inducted into service or enlisted on (date): Sept. 18

at (place): Monterey Va.

as a (rank): Private

in the: National Army

section of the :

Identification number: 1803364

Assigned originally to

(company): D

(regiment): 317th

(division): 80th

(or)

(ship):

at (place): Camp Lee

Trained or stationed before going to Europe:-

School, camp, station, ship: Camp Lee

From (date): Sept. 18th 1917

to (date): Feb. [Illegible], 1918

School, camp, station, ship: Camp Meade

From (date): Feb. 22

to (date): Mar. 25

School, camp, station, ship:

From (date):

to (date):

Transferred to:-

Company: B

Regiment: 301st

Division: Bn.

Ship: Heavy Tank Corps

Date: Feb. 22,

New Location: Camp Meade

Company: A

Regiment: 302

Division: "

Ship: "

Date: Nov. 30,

New Location: Langres France

Company:

Regiment:

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Promoted:-

From (rank): Private

to (rank): Sergeant

Date: March. 12, 1918

From (rank):

to (rank):

Date:

Embarked from (port): Hoboken

on (ship): Olympic

(date): Mar. 27, 1918

and arrived at (foreign port): South Hampton, Eng.

(date): Apr. 8th

Proceeded from : South Hampton

to: Wareham

(date): Apr. [Illegible]th

From: Wareham

to: Le Havre

(date): Aug. 20

From: Le Havre

to: Cambria

(date): Sept. 1st.

Trained or stationed abroad:-

Country: England

Place: Wareham

From (date): Apr. 8th

to (date): Aug. 20

Country: St. Pol

Place: France

From (date): Aug. 22

to (date): Sept. 10

Country: France

Place: St Laurent

From (date): Feb. 8, 1919

to (date): Apr. 13.

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WAR RECORD

First went into action (place):

(date): Oct. 8th, 1918

Participated in the following engagements: St. Emile, La Catelet, Le Cateau

Cited, decorated, or otherwise honored for distinguished services (give circumstantial accounts of exploits, including dates and places where performed, also by whom and in what manner the honors were bestowed): :

Killed in action, killed by accident, died of wounds, died of disease, wounded, gassed, shell-shocked, taken prisoner:

Nature of casuality: Gassed

(place): Le Quesnoy

(date): Nov. 10, 1919

Nature of casuality:

(place):

(date):

Nature of casuality:

(place):

(date):

Under medical care:-

Name of hospital: English Field

Location: St. Pol

From (date): Sept. 5, 1918

to (date): Sept. 30

Name of hospital: American Field

Location: St. Lament

From (date): Feb. 21, 1919

to (date): Mar. 6th.

Name of hospital:

Location:

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to (date):

Name of hospital:

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to (date):

Permanently disabled (through loss of limb, eyesight, etc.) (specify disability):

Arrived at (American port): Newport News

on (ship): Sesquehanna

Date: May 3rd

(from): Bordeaux

Discharged from service at (place): Camp Meade

(date): May 18, 1919

as a (rank): Private

RETURN TO CIVIL LIFE

Occupation after the war: Farmer & Surveyor

If a change of occupation was occasioned by reason of disability acquired in the service, describe the process of re-education and readjustment, and indicate the agencies or individuals chiefly instrumental in furnishing the new occupations::

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

What was your attitude toward military service in general and toward your call in particular?:

What were the effects of camp experiences in the United State upon yourself -- mental and physical?:

What were the effects upon yourself of your overseas experience?:

What effects, if any, did your experience have on your religious belief?:

If you took part in the fighting, what impressions were made upon you by this experience?:

What has been the effect of all these experiences as contrasted with your state of mind before the war?:

Photographs-- If possible enclose one taken before entering the service and one taken afterwards in uniform, both signed and dated.

Additional data:

Signed at (place): Monterey, Va.

on (date): Aug. 27, 1920.

year:

(full name): Willie G. Benson

(rank):

(branch of service):

The information contained in this record, unless otherwise indicated, was obtained from the following persons or sources:: Self

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