Witham, Winfred Ames.

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WAR HISTORY COMMISSION

STATE OF VIRGINIA

MILITARY SERVICE RECORD

Name in full

(family name): Witham

(first name): Winfred

(middle name): Ames

Date of birth

(month): Feb.

(day): 24

(year): 1896

Place of Birth

(town): Sanford

(county): Accomack

(state): Virginia

(country): U. S.

Name of father: Melvin E. Witham

Birthplace (country): U. S.

Maiden name of mother: NalliƩ M. Ames.

Birthplace (country): U. S.

Are you White, Colored, Indian or Mongolian: White

Citizen (Yes or no): Yes

Voter (yes or no): Yes

Church (denomination): Methodist

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(Preparatory): Sanford H. S.

(College): Beacom Business College.

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Occupation before entry into service: Clerk

employer: Smith-Kline and French Druggist.

Residence before entry into the service

(street number): 902 Spruce

(town): Phila

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(town): Sanford

(county): Accomack

(state): Virginia

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WAR RECORD

Inducted into service or enlisted on (date): Sept. 21, 1917

at (place): Accomac

as a (rank): Private

in the: Infantry

section of the : National Guards

Identification number: 1821186

Assigned originally to

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(regiment): 318th

(division): 80th

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School, camp, station, ship: Camp Lee

From (date): Sept. 21, 1917

to (date): May 22, 1918

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From (rank): Private

to (rank): Corporal

Date: March 1, 1918

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

on (ship): Leviathan

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and arrived at (foreign port): Brest

(date): May 30, 1918

Proceeded from : Brest

to: Calais

(date): June 4

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(date): June 7

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(date): June 8

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WAR RECORD

First went into action (place):

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Participated in the following engagements: Meuse-Argonne, Sept. 26- Oct. 12, 1918. Meuse-Argonne, Nov. 1 to Nov. 7, 1918. Artois Sector, July 23 to Aug. 18, 1918. St. Michiel, Sept. 12-16, 1918.

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): :

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Arrived at (American port): Newport News

on (ship): Mani

Date: May 27, 1919

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Discharged from service at (place): Camp Lee, Va.

(date): June 5, 1919

as a (rank): Corporal

RETURN TO CIVIL LIFE

Occupation after the war: Representing Wm. Waterall & Co., Inc., Phila., Pa.

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?: Physical--- 100% Mental-----I see no change whatsoever.

What were the effects upon yourself of your overseas experience?: It was a benefit to me in several ways.

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?:

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): Philadelphia, Pa.

on (date): Dec. 30,

year: 1922.

(full name): Winfred Ames Witham

(rank): Corporal

(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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Transcription:: Re: Witham, Winfred Ames

COMPANY "D", 318TH INFANTRY, A. E. F.

14th March 1919.

INCLOSURE

In re - Application of Corporal Winfred A. Witham, #1821186, for comission in Officer's Reserve Corps.

1. Corporal Winfred A. Witham, #1821186, from September 26th, 1918, until the signing of the Armistice, was in charge of all runners at Battalion Headquarters. He was also in charge of the message center.

2. At all times, he was exceptionally cool and displayed power of leadership in leading the men under him every time the Battalion advanced.

3. In the BOIS de FAYE, when two runners were wounded in the open in a spot covered by machine gun fire from two sides, he volunteered and did go to the wounded men, dressed their wounds and brought back the messages that the runners were carrying.

VINCENT R. SMITH Captain, 318th Infantry Comdg. Co.

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