Kern, Oscar Mitchell.

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WAR HISTORY COMMISSION

STATE OF VIRGINIA

MILITARY SERVICE RECORD

Name in full

(family name): Kern

(first name): Oscar

(middle name): Mitchell

Date of birth

(month): August

(day): 15th

(year): 1900

Place of Birth

(town): Clinchport

(county): Scott

(state): Virginia Rye cone

(country):

Name of father: Isaac Thomas Kern

Birthplace (country): Ryecone Virginia

Maiden name of mother: Rebecca Hill

Birthplace (country): Clinchport

Are you White, Colored, Indian or Mongolian: White

Citizen (Yes or no): Yes

Voter (yes or no): No

Church (denomination): none

Married: Single

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Fraternal Orders: no

College Fraternities: none

Previous military service or training: none

Education

(Preparatory): none

(College): none

Education

(University): none

(Degrees): none

Occupation before entry into service: farming

employer:

Residence before entry into the service

(street number):

(town): Clinchport

(county): Scott Virginia

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WAR RECORD

Inducted into service or enlisted on (date):

at (place):

as a (rank): Private

in the: Infantry

section of the : National Guard

Identification number:

Assigned originally to

(company): H 2nd Virginia Reg

(regiment):

(division):

(or)

(ship):

at (place):

Trained or stationed before going to Europe:-

School, camp, station, ship: Camp McClellan Ala

From (date): 1st Sept 1917

to (date): 12th June 1918

School, camp, station, ship:

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to (date):

School, camp, station, ship:

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Transferred to:-

Company: K

Regiment: 116th

Division: 29th

Ship:

Date: Oct 4th 1917

New Location: Camp McClellan

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Promoted:-

From (rank): Private

to (rank): Private 1st Class

Date: May 13th 1918

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to (rank):

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Embarked from (port): Hoboken N.J.

on (ship): U.S.S. Finland

(date): 15th June 1918

and arrived at (foreign port): St. Nazaire France

(date): 27th June 1918

Proceeded from : St. Nazaire

to: Champlitte

(date): 5th July 1918

From: Champlitte Area

to: Hante Alsace Sector

(date): 20th July 1918

From: Haute Alsace Sector

to: Verdun Sector

(date): 7th Oct 1918

Trained or stationed abroad:-

Country: France

Place: Champlitte

From (date): 5th July 1918

to (date): 20th July 1918

Country:

Place: Haute Alsace Sector

From (date): 20th July 1918

to (date): 26th Sept 1918

Country: France

Place: Verdun Sector

From (date): 7th Oct. 1918

to (date): 1st Nov 1918

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WAR RECORD

First went into action (place): Haute Alsace Sector

(date): 28th July 1918

Participated in the following engagements: Defence of Center Sector Haute Alsace Battle of Malbrouck Hill Molleville Farm Attack on Bois d'Ormont Grand Montagne Capture of Etraye Ridge Attack on Bois Bellue.

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): : none

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

Nature of casualty: Shrapenel

(place): North Verdun

(date): 27th Oct 1918

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Under medical care:-

Name of hospital: Base #1

Location: Paris

From (date): 27th Oct 1918

to (date): 27th Jan 1919

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

Arrived at (American port): Newport News

on (ship): U.S.S. Matsonia

Date: 20th May 1919

(from): St. Nazaire

Discharged from service at (place): Camp Lee Virginia

(date):

as a (rank):

RETURN TO CIVIL LIFE

Occupation after the war: Farmer

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?: none

What were the effects of camp experiences in the United States upon yourself -- mental and physical?: none

What were the effects upon yourself of your overseas experience?: none

What effects, if any, did your experience have on your religious belief?: none

If you took part in the fighting, what impressions were made upon you by this experience?: none

What has been the effect of all these experiences as contrasted with your state of mind before the war?: none

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): Camp Lee Virginia

on (date): 27th May

year: 1919

(full name): Oscar M. Kern

(rank): Private 1st Class

(branch of service): Infantry

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

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