Bedford County: Document 1

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WAR HISTORY COMMISSION OF BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA MRS. GEORGE P. PARKER, CHM'N JULIET B. GISH, SECRETARY A. J. CAUTHORN, TREASURER

BEDFORD. BEAVER DAM BAPTIST CHURCH & PARRISH CHAPEL (M. E. CHURCH). Names that could be obtained of men in service during the World War, from the congregations of Beaver Dam Baptist Church and Parrish Chapel M. E. Church, Chamblissburg neighborhood, Bedford County, Virginia. Solomon Barton, Co. L 318 Infantry, 80th Division. Trained at Camp Lee, arrived in France about June 5th, 1918. Was on the firing line in Picardy Sector, July 23rd to August 18th, 1918. Meuse-Argonne, Argonne, Sept. 26th to Sept. 30th, 1918. " " Oct. 9th to Oct. 12th, 1918. " " Nov. 1st to Nov. 6th, 1918. Was in the Argonne Forest when official news of the Armistic reached them. Passing a number of French soldiers capering about joyously and shouting "The war is finiashed". one Doughboy speaking from the heart and boicing the sentiment of all, replied "Well for the Land's sake don't start another one unless you can finish it yourselves." Incident copied from History of 318 Infantry Regiment of the 80th Division. Solomon Barton's name appearsin the Volume, page 153. Rober Barton, trained at Camp Lee, Va. Did not have aversea service. Name of Company not procured. Zernie Barton, trained at Camp Lee, Va. Did not see oversea service. Name of Company not procured. Earnest Barton, - Co. I, 166 Infantry, Rainbow Division. Trained at Camp Lee, was over seas about ten months. Was on the firing line about four months. In six battles. On guard duty on the Rhine from Nov. 11th 1918 to May 1st 1918. Discharged May 13th, 1919. Information furnished by S. L. Barton, father of Earnest Barton. Leonard Carner, - Battallion 314 F. A. Saw service overseas. Record not procured. Carl Otto Dooley, - Sergeant, Co. C. 117 (317) Infantry. Trained at Camp Lee. Servied the alrger part of 1917 and 1918 in France. Fought at Chatteau Thiery, and in the Argonne. Was seriously wounded in the foot and slightly gassed. Had discharge and Roll of Honor signed by his offices and companions. Information furnished by S. H. Dooley, father of Carl Ott Dooley.

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EnlPage 2. WAR HISTORY COMMISSION OF BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA MRS. GEORGE P. PARKER, CHM'N JULIET B. GISH, SECRETARY A. J. CAUTHRON, TREASURER BEDFORD. James B. Dooley, - Cavalry. Reached France Nov 9th, 1918. Did guard duty. Remained overseas until June 1919. Received discharge. Information furnished by S. H. Dooley, father of Jas. B. Dooley. Glenn Franklin, - In Navy. Crossed ocean number of times while in in service. Was torpedoed twice. Discharge papers not yet received. Information furnished by himself. Dana Folden, - Co. I, 38th Infantry. Left home Sept. 23, 1917, Trained at Camp Lee and Camp Green. Sailed in May 1918. Was in several battles. Was killed October 8th, 1918. Was in the ditch when killed. Information furnished by Mr. Folden, father of Dana Folden. John Pleasant Harris, - Sergeant, Co. C. 317 Infantry. Enlisted Sept. 18th, 1917, at Victoria, Va. Trained at Camp Lee. Was in France from May 26th, 1918 to June 1, 1919. Engaged: Artois Sector, Aug 6th to Aug. 11th, 1918. St. Mihiel, Sept. 12th to Sept. 16th, 1918. Meuse-Argonne offensive Sept. 20th to Oct. 12th, 1918. Received Victory Medal with three clasps. Was discharged at Camp Lee, June 11th, 1919. Francis Marion Ruddleston, - Cp. F. 317 Infantry, H. S. Battallion. Trained at Camp Lee. Was said to ahve been one of the best rifelmen at Camp Lee. Saw service overseas from about june 1918 to May 1919. Was a sniper. Was seriously gassed in the Argonne Woods. Date unknown. Landed at Ellis ISladn, May 1919. Underwent tratment for tuberculosis. Discharged August 19th, 1919, at New Haven, Conn. Died at his parents' home Nov. 4th, 1919. Information procured form his sister, Mrs. Howard McManaway. Joseph Wright Jeter, - Private 1st class, of the United State Marines. Enlisted at Paris Island, Oct. 24th, 1916, for four years. Sea serice January 26th to March 9th, 1917. Foreign service; Cuba. March 10th to May 25th, 1917. France. July 3rd, 1917 to Aug. 29th, 1919, With A.E.F. June 14th, 1917 to Sept. 8th, 1919. Particiapted in active operations against the enemy. Poala Sector, March 17 to May 13th. Aisen defensive, May 31 to June 5th. Chatteau Thiery Sector, Belleau Woods, June 6th to July 6th. Aisne Marne offensive July 17th to 19th. Marbache Sector, Aug. 7th to 19th. St. Mihiel offensive Sept. 12th.

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Page 3. [Letterhead] WAR HISTORY COMMISSION OF BEDFORD COUNTY, VA MRS. GEORGE P. PARKER, CHM'N JULIET B. GISH, SECRETARY A.J. CAUTHORN, TREASURER BEDFORD.

to 15th. Champagne offensive. Blanc Mont Ridge Oct. 1st to 10th. Meuse Argonne, Nov 1 to 11th 1918. Served with the American Army of Occupation in the March to the Rhine River, and in the occupation of Segens Vis Germany. Nine days lost Nov. 191- Marine Corps order. Awarded a Crois de Guerre for bravery in the presence of the enemy in France. This . certificate registed Oct. 20th, 1920. Recommended to be appointed 1st class Private after re-enlistment. Discharged Oct. 22nde. 1920 at Marine Barracks, Washington.

[underlined]Jesse Malcolm Jeter. - Record not procured.

[underlined] Henry H. Meador. - 82nd Aerial Squadron, Kelley Field, South Antonia, [Texas?] Saw service over seas. Further record not procured.

[underlined] Frank Stewart Nimmo. - Enlisted in United States Navy, Jan. 24th, 1918. Company 119. Trained at Norfolk, St. Helena Training Station. Assigned to the Kentuckian. Volunteered on the Long Island, a submarine chaser. Did not land on foreign shores but crossed the danger zone several times. Was engaged with a submarine in American waters. After the Armistice, his ship was docked At Boston for repairs. He was allowed to come home one day for Christmas. On the way back was stricken with enfluenza; was in hospital several weeks. When well his ship had left the dock and he was assigned to Trawler T-1, a mine sweeper. While working on a dynamo, was accidentally shot, dying eleven days later at the United States Naval Hospital, at Chelsea, Mass., on the 14th of April, 1919. Body was sent home and laid in Parrish Chapel Cemetery. Information furnished by his father, J. W. Nimmo.

[underlined] Joseph Claude Saunders, - Grade Private., 11th Ordnance Guard Company. Went out from Bedford, Va., June 24th 1918. Trained at Camp Lee, Va. Camp Bariton, Springfield, Mass., and Camp Morgan, New Jersey. Did not see service overseas. Discharged at Morgan, New Jersey, March 15, 1919.

[underlined] Homer L. Simmons. - 60th Engineers. Trained at Fort Benjamin Harrison. Saw service over seas about nine months. Carrying supplies on the trains. While on duty on firing line, his train was wrecked. He lost his foot in wreck, was picked up for dead by a French woman. Was in hospital overseas many months and continued in Camp Lee hospital. Was discharged after Armistice. Information furnished by his father, Chas. Simmons

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[letterhead] WAR HISTORY COMMISSION OF BEDFORD COUNTY, VA MRS. GEORGE P. PARKER, CHM'N JULIET B. GISH, SECRETARY A.J. CAUTHORN, TREASURER

BEDFORD

[underlined] Wilbur E. Simmons. - Enlisted at Portland, Oregon. In the Aviation service. Trained at Santiago, California. Saw service over seas about nine months, testing airplanes and rigging. Aviator - was slightly wounded in service. Captain said such boys as the two above were hard to find, because of their aptness and faithful performance of duty. Has discharge. Information furnished by his father, Charles Simmons.

[underlined] Odell Saunders. - Co. F., 5th E. T. R. Trained at Camp Humphries. Did not see oversea service.

[underlined] O. Weddell.- Saw service overseas. Was gassed in France and died at Camp Lee, Virginia. Further record unprocured.

[underlined] Samuel Weddell.- Brother to the above. Killed in battle while in service in France. Body brought home. Further record not procured.

[underlined] Lester Wills. - Saw service overseas. Further record not procured.

[underlined] Rowland Wills. - Died at Camp Lee, Virginia. Further record not procured.

[underlined] Charles Wills. - Brother of above. Saw service overseas. Was on the firing line. Further record not procured.

[underlined] Jesse James McManaway. - Corporal. Headquarters Company, 146 Field Artillery. 42nd Division.

In a letter to Maggie McManaway of Bedford County, which was postmarked by the Express Service 10th Jan. 1919, he wrote: "I just received your most welcome and highly appreciated letter this evening. I also received a package of nice candy from a friend of mine down in Texas. It is the first mail I have had for more than two months. I put in more than four months on the front and did not get hurt at all. We were at Chatteau Thiery, St. Mihiel, Verdun, and from there we fought North up the Meuse River to the Argonne. Were near the Argonne when the Armistice was signed. Then we moved back near Verdun and were transferred from the first Army to the third Army. So we are now in Germany about 15 killometers across the Rhine." In a letter to his father, L.S. McManaway, of Bedford County, about the same time he said: "It has been more than six months since I tried to write, for I have been on the firing line all that time with the Field Artillery. We went to the front the first on July. At Chatteau Thiery, we spent one month there and then we moved to the St. [Miethel?]

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Page 5. WAR HISTORY COMMISSION OF BEDFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA

MRS. GEORGE P. PARKER, CHM'N JULIET B. GISH, SECRETARY A.J. CAUTHORN, TREASURER

BEDFORD

Sector and were in the drive you doubtless read much about in the papers. Then we moved to the historic town of Verdun and there we fought north up the Meuse River to the Argonne. We recieved orders on the morning of the 11th of November to cease firing, but we kept the guns going until exactly on the dot of that hour. We were listening for them to stop, and some of us were betting that they would not, and when all of a sudden every thing became as quiet as a funeral, some of the bunch could hardly believe it after four months of steady banging all the time. There was no excitement in our bunch; not half as much excitement then as there was three days before, when the enemy was shelling us with one of their big guns.

They shelled us for twenty-four hours on a stretch, and some of their missiles came pretty close, too close for comfort and safety. They fell all around us but there was no one hurt, though many narrow escapes were noted. There was a team going along a roadnear, and one of the shells struck a building and blew one of the horses half in two and never touched the rider.

I got through the war pretty lucky, only got one serateh and that on the knuckle of my right hand. It only broke the skin, did not hurt at all.

A few days after the Armistice was signed, we moved back near Verdun ready for the Army of Occupation, and on the 2nd of December we started for the Rhine, and so we are doing the American Watch on "der Rhine", at present.

The following notice was received by his relatives from the Adjutant War Department: "The Records show that Jesse J. McManaway, who was serving as private, Headquarters Department Co., 146 Field Artillery, was admitted to Field Hospital 329. Neuwil Germany, Feb. 3rd, 1919, and was transferred on the same date to Evacuation Hospital No. 9, suffering from influences, which developed into lobar pneumonia on Feb. 7th, of which he died on Feb. 8th, 1919."

It is desired to express to you the sincere sympathy of the Adjutant General on account of the greatloss you have sustained in the death of this soldier."

The body was sent home and interred in the family burying ground in September 1920.

The family are in possession of an American Memorial which reads thus:

"Columbia gives to her son the Accolade of the new chivalry of humanity. Jesse J. McManaway, private H. Q. 146 Field Artillery. Served with honor in the World War, and died in the service of his country. (Signed) Woodrow Wilson."

The memorial depicts Columbia holding high the roll of honor in one hand and with the other placing the Accolade on the shoulder of her kneeling son.

The family also have the French Memorial Diploma presented by the French High Commissioner. Accompaning [Accompanying] the Memorial was an interpretation of the symbolical group and translation of the inscription.

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