”Honor the Past; Deserve the Present“

Untold Stories

Introduction

Our class is conducting original research into the lives of American men and women who served in WWI; until now their stories have never been told. As we read their letters and diaries, as we studied the documents associated with their lives, as we looked at photographs of them and photographs they had taken during the war and after, as we held in our hands objects they once held in theirs, we all started to feel a sense of closeness with these Americans who served in a war that ended nearly a century ago. Though each of them has a burial place, and though each burial place is their sacred memorial, we feel honored that we could do something to show that their lives are remembered, that they did make a difference, that they were once loved and that they once sacrificed, and that perhaps there is something in the record of what they did that will serve to instruct or inspire others and reaffirm for everybody that our lives do mean something. They have helped us realize that the journey of our lives is somehow, somewhere, going to make a difference.

Mrs. Katharine Millar, daughter of YMCA Captain David Frederick Holmes and niece of AEF Army Private Floyd King, two of our biographical subjects, was more than instructive when she wrote to us, “Thanks for letting me think about the subject again. Memories are what I live on now. Most of them good as I have had a wonderful life that is still a blessing.”

To Mrs. Millar, and all who have shared with my students and me precious family documents and memories, we say, “You have blessed us.”

Frank Mazzi,
Teacher

Edward Abbot
Edward Abbott
Corporal, Army
Melina Adam
Melina Adam
Signal Corps "Hello Girl"
Maurice Barnett
Maurice Barnett
Private, Army
Benjamin Boyer
Corporal, Army
Jack Converse
Jack Converse
Army, Services of Supply, President Wilson's driver at Versaille
Coleman F. Driver Coleman F. Driver
Captain, Army, Siberian Campaign
Louie
Louie C. Farr
Irene Farrell
Irene Farrell
Red Cross Canteen Worker
Winifred Franklin
Army Nurse
Joseph A. Voss
Charles F. Gibson
PFC, Army,
Signal Corps
Ralph S. Gordon
Ralph S. Gordon
Lieutenant, Field Artillery
Royal C. Harper
Private, Army
Everett D. Heywood
Everett D. Heywood
Ship's Cook, Navy
David F. Holmes
David F. Holmes
Captain, YMCA in Italy
Edward N. Johnston
Edward Johnston
Col, 23rd Reg, Engineers, Chem Warfare
Clyde C. Kelso
Clyde Kelso
Private, Army
Floyd King
Floyd King
Private, Army
Grinnell Martin
Grinnell Martin
Captain, Field Artillery
Wallace McCornack
Wallace McCornack
Sgt., 33rd Div.,
108th Engineers
Herman Meyer Herman Meyer
PFC
Peter Molinari Peter Molinari
Corporal, Army
Milo Mosier Pvt. Milo Mosier
Private, Army
Giovanni Negro Giovanni Negro
Private, Army
Lillian Oleson Lillian Oleson
Nurse, Army Nurse Corps
Henry Pease Henry Pease
Cpl, 121st Field Artillery, 32nd Division
Arthur Sand Arthur Sand
Pvt, 65th Coast Artillery Corps,
First Division
Karl Spencer
82nd Co. 6th Regiment, 2nd Division, Marine Corps
Earl R. Shope
Pvt, Army
Wagoner,
Battery D,
62nd Artillery,
97th Division
Lillian Oleson
Hugh Sullivan
Sgt. First Class, 322nd Field Signal Battalion, Co. C, Signal Corps
Joseph A. Voss
Private, Army,
Bat. D, 62nd Art.,
97th Division