May, Herbert Davis.

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WAR HISTORY COMMISSION

STATE OF VIRGINIA

MILITARY SERVICE RECORD

Name in full

(family name): May

(first name): Herbert

(middle name): Davis

Date of birth

(month): September

(day): 7

(year): 1892

Place of Birth

(town): Wetsels

(county): Greene

(state): Virginia

(country): U.S.A.

Name of father: George Thomas May

Birthplace (country): United States of America

Maiden name of mother: Hattie Elizabeth Dickinson

Birthplace (country): United States of America

Are you White, Colored, Indian or Mongolian: white

Citizen (Yes or no): Yes

Voter (yes or no): Yes

Church (denomination): Presbyterian

Married: no

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Fraternal Orders: Ancient free & Accepted Masons, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, American Legion

College Fraternities: none

Previous military service or training: Prior to World War served in Virginia National Guard from Sept. 22, 1908 - Mexican Border Service as 1st Lieutenant of Infantry from 1916 to early part of 1917.

Education

(Preparatory): High School

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Occupation before entry into service: Post-office Clerk

employer: United States Government

Residence before entry into the service

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(town): Culpeper, VIrginia

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Present home address

(street number): 16 Rodgers Street

(town): Bluefield

(county): Mercer County

(state): W. Va.

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WAR RECORD

Inducted into service or enlisted on (date): April 2, 1917

at (place): Culpeper, Va.

as a (rank): First Lietenant of Infy.

in the: 2nd Virginia Infantry Regiment, Volunteers.

section of the : National Guard

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Assigned originally to

(company): Company "I"

(regiment): 116th U. S. Infantry.

(division): 29th Division

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at (place): Camp McClellan, Alabama.

Trained or stationed before going to Europe:-

School, camp, station, ship: Infantry School of Arms, Fort Sill, Oklahoma

From (date): 1917

to (date):

School, camp, station, ship: Training Camp, Camp McClellan, Ala.

From (date): 1917

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School, camp, station, ship: Divisional Schools of the 29th Division U. S. Army

From (date): 1917

to (date): 1918

Transferred to:-

Company: Company "A"

Regiment: 116th Infantry

Division: 29th Division

Ship:

Date: May 2, 1918

New Location: Camp McClellan.

Company: Company "A"

Regiment: 116th Infantry

Division: 29th Division

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Date: 6/11/18

New Location: France

Company: Intelligence & Operations Office

Regiment: 116th Infantry

Division: 29th Division A. E. F.

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Date: 1918-19

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Promoted:-

From (rank): First Lieutenant Infy.

to (rank): Captain

Date: April 12,1918

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Embarked from (port): Hoboken, N. J.

on (ship): S/S Finland

(date): June 11, 1918

and arrived at (foreign port): Saint Naizaire, France

(date): July 27, 1918.

Proceeded from : St. Naizaire, France

to: Pierrecourt, France.

(date): July 1, 1918.

From: Pierrecourt, France

to: Aux-les-Haut

(date): July 14, 1918

From: Aux-les-Haut

to: Anjoutey, France

(date): July 20, 1918

Trained or stationed abroad:-

Country: Langres, France

Place: Graduate Army Intelligence Schools of the United States Army

From (date): 1918

to (date):

Country: France

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From (date): August 9

to (date): August 21, 1918.

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WAR RECORD

First went into action (place): (CR Gewenheim) Gewenheim, France.

(date): July 26, 1918

Participated in the following engagements: Sector Warfare: Center of Resistance in Haute-Alsace Sector from July 27th to September 16, 1918. Meuse-Argonne Offensive from October 8th to 30th 1918 these dates inclusive

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: Wounded, slightly, High Explosive shell splinter.

(place): Meuse Argonne Offensive Battle Molleville Farme

(date): Oct. 15, 1918.

Nature of casualty: Legs badly crushed in motor accident

(place): Montigny-le-Rei, France

(date): 4/4/19

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Under medical care:-

Name of hospital: Camp Hospital #21

Location: Burbonne-les-Bains, France

From (date): 4/4/19

to (date): 4/15/19.

Name of hospital: Base Hospital No. 53

Location: Langres, France

From (date): 4/16/19

to (date): 5/17/19

Name of hospital: Base Hospital No. 119

Location: Savenay, France,

From (date): 5/18/19

to (date): 6/11/19

Name of hospital: Base

Location: Brest, France

From (date): 6/11/19

to (date): 6/12/19

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

Arrived at (American port): Hoboken, N. J.

on (ship): S/S Kaiserine Auguste Victoria

Date: 6/19/19

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Discharged from service at (place): Fort McHenry, Md. Gen. Hosp. No. 2,

(date): Nov. 22, 1919.

as a (rank): Captain of Infantry.

RETURN TO CIVIL LIFE

Occupation after the war: Coal Sales. (Major, Infantry Reserve Officer U.S. Army

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:: no

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

What was your attitude toward military service in general and toward your call in particular?: Member of the Virginia National Guard in the service of the United States Service at time of state of war was declared to exist between the United States and Germany. Took additional oath for foreign service as soon as could be arranged by Federal Government.

What were the effects of camp experiences in the United States upon yourself -- mental and physical?: Invaluable effects to me physically as well as mentally

What were the effects upon yourself of your overseas experience?: So far as I could judge under existing circumstances in France it more than substantiated my former belief that the United States is far ahead of other countries, commercially and otherwise.

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?: 1st. That the American soldier as a whole is more willing to make sacrifice than the average American citizen believes. 2nd. That to do battle in defense of one's country is an honor of the highest, and the duty every man owes, nevertheless, war is horrible, and indescribable.

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: At present time Reserve Officer United States Army with rank of Major of infantry. Enclosed photograph made about two weeks prior to entry of my regiment into the Argonne in 1918.

Signed at (place): Bluefield, W. Va.

on (date): September 26

year: 1921

(full name): Herbert Davis May

(rank): Captain

(branch of service): Infantry

The information contained in this record, unless otherwise indicated, was obtained from the following persons or sources:: Colaborator Fannie W. {Janell}

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Transcription:: Topic #1 MILITARY SERVICE REORD OF HERBERT DAVIS MAY. Previous military service or trainings: Prior to World War served in Virginia National Guard from Sept. 22, 1908 – Mexican Border Service as 1st Lieutenant of Infantry from 1916 to early part of 1917. Education: High School. Occupation before entry into the service: Post-office Clerk. Employer: United States Government. Residence before entry into the service: Culpeper, Virginia. Present Home Address: 16 Rodgers Street, Bluefield, Mercer County, W. Va. Inducted into service or enlisted on April 2, 1917, at Culpeper, Va. As a First Lieutenant of Infantry, in the 2nd Virginia Infantry Regiment, Volunteers, section of the National Guard. Assigned originally to Company “I” 116th U.S. Infantry, 29th Division, at Camp McClellan, Alabama. Trained or stationed before going to Europe: Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and Camp McClellan, Alabama. Student, Infantry School of Arms, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1917. Instructor, Third Officers, Training Camp, Camp McClellan, Ala. 1917. Instructor, Divisional Schools of the 29th Division, U.S. Army, 1917-18. Commanding Company “A” 116th Infantry, 29th Division, May 2, 1918. Transferred to: Company “A” 116th Infantry 29th Division, May 2, 1918, Camp McClellan. Company “A” 116th Infantry 29th Division, Sailed for France, 6/11/18. Intelligence & Operations Office 116th Infantry 29th Division A.E.F. 1918, Company “C” 116th Infantry, 29th Division, A.E.F. 1918-1919. Promoted: From (rank) First Lieutenant Infy. To Captain, April 12, 1918. (Recommended for promotion to Major by Commanding Officer 116th Infantry 29th Division while in France, but injured and in hospital before effective.) Embarked from Hoboken, N.J. on S/S Finland, June 11, 1918 and arrived at Saint Naizaire, France, June 27, 1918.

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