Friday, August 31, 2018

PVT Clyde Ramon Burton

PVT Clyde Ramon Burton was born in 2 Feb 1895 in Culpeper, Virginia the youngest of 3 children born to Edward and Octavia (Sullivan) Burton.  His mother died 2 years after his birth and his father apparently died before Clyde turned 15.  It seems that Clyde was then passed on to others to raise as he is not with his father in 1917

Clyde gave his occupation as farmer in Leon, Virginia  on 5 Jul 1917 when he enlisted in B Company 2nd Virginia Volunteer Infantry for Mexican border duty. Recalled for duty in Europe, PVT Burton trained with the Regiment at Camp McClellan and Anniston, Alabama before boarding the USS Finland for the trip to France.  His sister was listed as next of kin on the ship's manifest. PVT Burton was killed in action on 31 Aug 1918.

PVT Burton found his final rest at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

CPL Herbert William Fowlkes

CPL Herbert William Fowlkes was born in November 1892 in Haytokah, Virginia to Rufus C. and Alice (Anderson) Fowlkes.  The family farmed.  Alice died 22 Sep 1895 and Rufus remarried a year later.

Herbert enlisted in E Company 2nd Virginia Volunteer Infantry on 26 Jun 1916.  He was still assigned to the unit when it was mobilized and re-organized as part of F Company 116th Infantry. CPL Fowlkes was aboard the Finland when the 116th shipped out for France on 13 Jun 1918.  CPL Fowlkes was killed in action on 26 Aug 1918.

CPL Fowlkes was repatriated and re-interred in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

Friday, August 24, 2018

CPL William H Newman

CPL William H Newman was born in January 1897 in Waynesboro, Virginia. He was the 5th of 7 children born to John William and Annette "Nettie" Catherine (Gardner) Newman. His father supported the family as a laborer.

After entering the service, William was ultimately assigned to A Company 116th Infantry.  He sailed with the unit to France aboard the USS Finland.  The ship departed Hoboken, New Jersey on 15 Jun 1918 and arrived at the port of Saint Nazaire, France on 28 June 1918. The unit underwent training in trench warfare before being put into the line in a "quiet" sector.  It was here that CPL Newman was killed in action on 24 Aug 1918.

CPL Newman is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.

Brother, Charlie Brown Newman, also served in the Army during the war.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

PVT Dale Shively

PVT Dale Shively was born 26 Aug 1888 in Madison County, Indiana the 4th of 5 children born to John Wesley and Melissa (Strader) Shively. His father farmed but died in 1915. Dale moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in April 1915.

John entered service 29 Mar 1918 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was sent first to Camp Taylor, Kentucky then transferred to Camp Gordon, Georgia and assigned to 19th Company, 2nd Infantry, Replacement Regiment. John was then transferred to Camp McClellan, Alabama and assigned to G Company 116th Infantry. He was shipped overseas whith his unit aboard the USS Finland on 15 Jun 1918. Accidentally killed 22 Aug 1918, "Somewhere in France."

PVT Shively was repatriated and now rests forever in the IOOF Cemetery in Alexandria, Indiana.

Father, John Wesley Shively served in A and E Companies of the 155th Indiana Infantry during the Civil War.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Supply SGT Bedford C. Lam

Supply SGT Bedford C. Lam was born 19 Sep 1896 in Alleghany County, Virginia the only son of Charles Davis and Anna Eliza (Moore) Lam. His father was a policeman in Covington, Virginia.

Bedford first enlisted in H Company 1st Virginia Infantry on 1 Dec 1914 at the age of 18.  His mother signed the permission because he was not yet of age. PVT Lam was still with the unit when it was reorganized for Federal service to form H Company 116th Infantry.  He was with the unit for training at Camp McClellan and when it sailed for France in June 1918.  Because of his experience he was eventually put in a position of responsibility as the unit supply sergeant. SGT Lam died of disease on 1 Aug 1918. 

Supply SGT Lam was buried in the Saint Mihiel American Cemetery.