Dance, Powhatan Richardson.

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WAR HISTORY COMMISSION

STATE OF VIRGINIA

MILITARY SERVICE RECORD

Name in full

(family name): Dance

(first name): Powhatan

(middle name): Richardson

Date of birth

(month): Aug.

(day): 4th

(year): 1896

Place of Birth

(town): Danville

(county): Pittsylvania

(state): Virginia

(country): U.S.A.

Name of father: Will Freeman Dance

Birthplace (country): Virginia, U.S.A.

Maiden name of mother: Ellen Lewis Jennings

Birthplace (country): Virginia, U.S.A.

Are you White, Colored, Indian or Mongolian: White

Citizen (Yes or no): Yes

Voter (yes or no): Yes

Church (denomination): Episcopalian

Married: no

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Fraternal Orders: None

College Fraternities: None (Military College)

Previous military service or training: 2 years Cadet Va Military Institute, Lexington, Va (4th line Sergeant at time volunteered)

Education

(Preparatory): High School

(College): McGuire's Univ. School

Education

(University):

(Degrees):

Occupation before entry into service: Cadet Va. Military Institute

employer:

Residence before entry into the service

(street number): 1834 Park Ave

(town): Richmond

(county): Henrico

Present home address

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WAR RECORD

Inducted into service or enlisted on (date): June 18th, 1918 volunteered

at (place): Richmond,Va

as a (rank): Private

in the: Infantry

section of the : Marine Corps

Identification number: 4607249

Assigned originally to

(company): 176th Company

(regiment): U.S. Marine Corps

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(ship):

at (place):

Trained or stationed before going to Europe:-

School, camp, station, ship: Paris Island, S.C.

From (date): June 20th 1918

to (date): Aug 9th 1918

School, camp, station, ship: Quantico, Va

From (date): Aug 10th 1918

to (date): Aug 19th 1918

School, camp, station, ship:

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to (date):

Transferred to:-

Company: Co. [D?]

Regiment: 6th

Division: [Separate?] Battalion

Ship:

Date: Aug 10th1918

New Location: Quantico, Va

Company: Co. changed to Co. [B?]

Regiment: Training Battalion

Division:

Ship:

Date: Sept 9th 1918

New Location:

Company: 45th Co.

Regiment: 5th Reg U.S.Marines

Division: 2nd Division U.S.A

Ship:

Date: Oct. 16th 1918

New Location: Camp [du Tombeau?]

Promoted:-

From (rank): Private

to (rank): Private 1st Class (on field of battle)

Date: Nov 1 1918

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to (rank):

Date:

Embarked from (port): Hoboken,N.J

on (ship): Von Steuben

(date): Aug 19th 1918

and arrived at (foreign port): Brest, France

(date): Aug 27th 1918

Proceeded from : Brest, France

to: Marseille

(date): Sept 6th1918

From: Marseille, France

to: Chatillon

(date): Sept 8th 1918

From: Chatillon

to: Sept 8th to

(date): Oct. 13th 1918

Trained or stationed abroad:-

Country: France

Place: Chatillon

From (date): Sept 8th 1918

to (date): Oct. 13th 1918

Country: Oct 13 - 16 Eur route - Camp du Tombeau

Place: Oct 16-20 Camp Bussey

From (date): 20-21 Near Somme

to (date): [?] 21-23

Country: Camp Bussey 23-25

Place: Camp la [Noue?]23-26

From (date): [Arqanna?]26-31

to (date): in reserve & under [Shell?] fire

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WAR RECORD

First went into action (place): Near Candres St Georges

(date): Nov 1st, 1918, 4 o'clock a.m.

Participated in the following engagements: Argonne Drive that opened on the morning of Nov. 1, 1918. Automatic Rifle Squad & one of 300 Marines who {re??ed} to break the German Machine Gun {Hand?} that had held up the advance of our troops.

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): : Promoted to Private First Class on the Field of Battle during the morning of Nov 1, the man just above him having been killed.

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

Nature of casualty: Killed in Action

(place): Near Candres St Georges

(date): Nov 1, 1918 {about ??}

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Under medical care:-

Name of hospital: Machine Gun wounds in right shoulder & Right chest

Location: near Samer point in line of advance from Candres St George

From (date):

to (date): Nov 1 1918 afternoon about dusk

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

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RETURN TO CIVIL LIFE

Occupation after the war:

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?: At the end of the session of 1917-1918 of Va Military Institute decided to volunteer + was enthusiastic + happy over the prospect of serving his country. Volunteered along with ten of his classmates, --- was the only one of the ---to get to France---He could have continued at V. M. I. but moved ----do so.

What were the effects of camp experiences in the United States 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: Photograph taken in V.M.I. uniform June 19th, morning he left for Paris Island. No photo after joining the service.

Signed at (place): Richmond, Va.

on (date): April 14th

year: 1921

(full name): Powhatan Richardson Dance

(rank): Private First Class

(branch of service): 45 Co. 5th Regt. U.S. Marines 23 Div U.S.A.

The information contained in this record, unless otherwise indicated, was obtained from the following persons or sources:: Service Record, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. + one of his comrades who was with him & saw him when he was hit - W.J. Dance (Father)

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