158th Aero Squadron


photo of 158th Aero Squadron 1918            Officers of the 158th Aero Squadron in Ireland Feb. 1918     

                   

1ST LIEUTENANT
William Jackson Blackman
James R. Bost
Phil E. Davant
Miner C. Markham
Merle H. Howe
Herbert B. Bartholf

2ND LIEUTENANT
Kenneth S. Hall

SERGEANT MAJOR
Henry A. Skinner  KIA

1ST SERGEANT
John Nelson Lundeen 249,989 
Alias: John Nelson 

SERGEANT
Lawrence S. McCoy 250,018
Stanley Dean Anderson 249,945
Christopher James Hamilton 249,979
George Frederick Putnam 4,765
Bernard L. Tullington  MIA

ALABAMA

PRIVATE
Eugene Donald Johnstone 249,992

ARKANSAS

PRIVATE
Ralph A. Kramer 249,998

CALIFORNIA

COOK
Adelia Leroy Shortridge 250,054

CORPORAL
Guy Rutledge 250,051
Elmer Leamon Lord 250,012
Marion Cecil Moore 250,025
Philip C. Richter 250,045

PRIVATE
Edward Herbert Edgeworth 249,963
[d. October 9, 1927 San Francisco, CA]

Emmett Selden White 250,068
Francis Aloysius Gocher 249,971
Jerry Austin Flood 249,967
John B. Fleming 249,966
James Johnson 249,991
Elmer Ambrose Ingham 249,907 
Leslie Brownlee Lambert 250,002
James Leroy Lake 250,001 
Charles Edward Marsellis
Stephen William Ryan 250,071
John Thomas Grenfell 249,975
Erin Nagle 250,028
William Jennings Miller 250,024 
Glen Bostwick Meredith 250,023 
Ora Leland McCoy  KIA 
Delbert E. Inglehart  KIA
Samuel P. Riggs  KIA
Charles P. H. McVey  MIA
Reed Clyde Davis  MIA

CONNECTICUT

PRIVATE
Frederick James Thomas 250,065
George A. Clarke 249,959
James Leon Kirwin 249,996 
Nathan Joseph Perlman 250,037
Raymond Walter Somerset 250,068
Dudley H. Marsh  MIA

IDAHO 

PRIVATE
Delmer J. Hockersmith 249,983

ILLINOIS

CORPORALS
Jerry Louis Manda 250,014
Guy William Burnett 249,954 

PRIVATES
Clarence M. Napier
Kendall Herring Peck 249,986
Maurice Elwood Peck 250,021
John A. Booth 249,952
Alexander John Gronquist 249,976
Arthur Goldstine 249,972
Fred Ora Barger 249,949
Isreal Levine 250,008
Robert Peter Leonard 250,007 
James J. Norris Jr.
Joseph Gail 249,970

INDIANA

PRIVATE
Lawrence Cleveland Bell 249,950 
Lloyd Ledbetter 250,005 
Frank J. Grzeszczyk 249,977 
Ray D. Orebaugh 250,034
Oscar Jo,,siah Nickel 250,030 

IOWA

COOK
Vernon Henry Mann 250,015 
Clyde C. Pelley  KIA

PRIVATES
William Guy Morris 4,767 
aka: Guy Morris

Samuel Hethershaw 249,982 
aka: Samuel Heathershaw

Drew Smith Ryan 250,052
Clifford George Smith 250,056 
William W. Wingler 250,070 

KENTUCKY

PRIVATE
Carl B. Pennebaker 250,036 

MAINE

Emile Joseph Christman 249,958 

MASSACHUSETTS

COOK
Adelard J. Gosselin 249,973
Son of Jean Desire Gosselin & Marie Adela Turgeon

PRIVATE
Jacob Zalkind 250,000
Cornelius Francis Riordan 250,047
John P. J. Hendrick 249,981
Ernest Kaleb Swanson 250,061
Walter Thomhill Steibel 250,060
William Franklin Staples 250,059

MICHIGAN

CORPORAL
Stanley Frederick Wellman 250,067

PRIVATES
Leonard Edward Read 250,043
[b. Sept. 26, 1898 Hubbardston, Michigan]
[d. May 14, 1983 Irvington, New York]

Carlo Rosignoli 250,049
Mack Charles Rogers 250,046
Ernest Neil Shields 250,053 
Clarence W. Allen  MIA  

MINNESOTA

PRIVATES
Gerald Richard Russell 250,050 
Walter Langford Nelson 250,022 
Joseph Anthony Allen 249,944 
John Connolly Doherty 249,961
Walter Crellin  KIA

MISSISSIPPI

PRIVATE
Abner J. Jones 249,993 

MISSOURI

PRIVATES
Jesse Fisher 249,965 
Roy William Grear 249,974
Herman Lee Bennett 81,467 
Vernon Aaron Baldwin 249,947 
Ambrose Vernon Bullock 249,953
George Harrison Lewis 4,767 
Percy H. McAllister 250,017
Frank Leroy Perry 250,039 

MONTANA

PRIVATE
Jerome Kennerly 249,994 
aka: The Calf Takes a Seat
Tribal Member of the Piegan Nation
[b. July 6, 1888 Browning, Glacier Co., Montana]
[d. June 12, 1963 Browning, Glacier Co., Montana]

NEBRASKA

PRIVATES
Anthony Larsen 250,004
William Henry Richards 250,044

NEW JERSEY

PRIVATES
Andrew Jerome Cory 249,960
Reuben George Logan 250,011

NEW YORK

COOK
Carl Salisbury Winnie 250,072 

CORPORAL
William Evans 249,964
Thomas P. Riley 250,046

PRIVATES
Allen Oskar Abrahams 249,943
Louis Todor 250,066
aka: Larry Tudor

Walter J. Martin 250,062    DOD-FR
Charles Ernest Pausewang 250,036 
Bennett Harrison Peterson 250,040
Edward Charles Teffeau 250,064
Lawrence E. Wise Jr. 250,073
Frank Soffin 250,057
Thomas C. Perrott 250,038 
Joseph F. Lee 250,006
John E. Helsel 249,980 
Julius Notkowitz  MIA
Herman Rupp  KIA

OHIO

PRIVATES
Kenneth Burns Martin 249,978
Phillip Robert Berkowitz 249,951
Valford Seibert Gardner Clark 249,968
Richard A. Nineheart  MIA
Carroll Scully  KIA

OKLAHOMA

Charles Allen Lewis 250,009
[b. Dec. 14, 1890 Colony, Kansas] 
[d. Oct. 22, 1972 Sacramento, California]

PENNSYLVANIA

PRIVATES
Elmer E. Holmes 249,984
Rufus Ward Hufford Jr. 249,999 
Earl Wright Widdop 250,069
Roy Hobart Oplinger 250,063
Floyd Ivan Price 250,042
Martin R. McLaughlin
Elmer Strohl Landis 250,003 
Albert Raymond Jacobs 249,988 
Edward James Kirby 249,995
Edward Frank Klingman 249,997
Lawrence Thomas Dubbs 249,962
[d. 1924-1925 Tyrone, Blair Co., Pennsylvania]

Clarence W. Short  KIA
Edward C. Grahamer KIA

RHODE ISLAND

PRIVATES
Edgar Hall Taber 250,063 
Harry Charles Fontaine 249,938

SOUTH DAKOTA

PRIVATES
Gust Friederich 249,969 
Ralph Harold Aaron 249,942 
Emil Fred Balvin 249,948 

TENNESSEE

CORPORAL
Ora Harrison Campbell 249,956

PRIVATES
William T. George
Robert McKinney Love 250,015

TEXAS

PRIVATE
George J. O’Brien 250,032

VIRGINIA

PRIVATE
John Vester Phipps 250,041 

WASHINGTON

PRIVATES
Winfield S. G. Megquier 250,020
Pierre Leigh Martin 249,957 

WISCONSIN

COOK
Edward Harrison Livens 250,010

CORPORAL
William Carl Jaeger 249,990 

PRIVATE
Fred E. Mundt 250,027 

NORWAY

CORPORAL
Gunner Emanual Solheim  250,055
[b. December 26, 1887 Boroen, Norway]
Living in Sacramento, California (1917); Oakland, CA (1920)

POLAND

PRIVATE
Anthony Burzykowski 249,955
[b. 1883 Warsaw, Poland] [d. Feb. 14, 1929 Lansing, Michigan]

 

   

WWI Service Card for Winfield Megquire from Washington State   Edward Edgeworth WWI dogtag


My Grandfather was Guy Rutledge, a survivor of the Tuscania sinking. My elderly father gave me my grandfather's WWI scrapbook some time ago which I have scanned into my computer, and I could easily make a CD or send a zip disk of his memorabilia if you are interested. It includes a telegram relating his rescue from the disaster and materials for a program honoring the survivors of the attack. If you are interested, I'll try to get this material to you in the near future. I'm a professor of Classics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and this is a busy time of year for me, but by early summer I could have some of this stuff to you provided I get some decent tech support at school.

"I have in mind, a floral piece to grace the Kaiser's tomb,
Of poisoned hearts and poisoned darts to rest his soul in gloom.
The poisoned hearts and poisoned darts will be in red and  white and blue, and they shall spell, "He's gone to Hell."
When Pershing's men get through.
Here's to the Kaiser - the Limburger cheese,
May the swell in his head go down to his knees,
May he break his damm neck on the Hindenburg line,
And go to "Hell" croaking the "Watch on the Rhine." 
  
Corporal Guy Rutledge - 1918

Steven Rutledge 
stevenrutledge{at}comcast.net
April 3, 2005


My uncle, William Guy Morris, 23 yr. old, common name, Guy, was on the Tuscania. He was saved. I don't know how. He arrived in Ireland wearing seaman's clothes and could not stand because his legs had become so cold. We have a couple of pictures of them in Ireland after the rescue. One picture has 18 men in it. The other is two men with Guy on their shoulders. There are, unfortunately, no names on the pictures. The only other things I have is a couple of articles from newspapers, one the St. Joseph (MO) Gazette and the other the Bedford (IA) Free Press. Not a lot of info. other than he was in the "aviation branch" of the service. 

Donna M. Rhodes
February 3, 2001
 
I found out how my uncle Guy Morris survived the sinking. He had told the story to one of my cousins. (Pvt. William Guy Morris, 158th Aero Squadron) "that he was on that ship when it was hit by the Germans. There was not enough boats and log rafts for everyone so he jumped over the side into the water. The water was very cold and he knew that he needed to be quite a ways from the ship when it went down as it would suck downward as it sank. He swam as fast as he could in the cold water. All at once he saw a raft with lots men on it. They let him get on one of the logs that was sticking out from it a few feet. He wrapped his legs around the log and locked them together. When the English ship picked them up later they had to dive down under the logs and get his legs unlocked. He had no feeling in them but they were not frozen, just so cold that the blood was not moving at all. He told me that the English ship had liquor on board and they gave him plenty of it. That's all I know."

Do you know any more about the log rafts? Would they have had them on the ship?

Donna Rhodes
robdon72{at}comcast.net
July 27th, 2004


It was not until I web searched the artist of a print of Tuscania's sinking that my father always had with him throughout his MSTS ( Military Sea Transport Service) career in the Pacific that I learned about his father, my grandfather Sam Hethershaw's role in this World War I event. Thank you for the outstanding information that has been provided on this website. Recently I gave photos of my grandfather Sam Hethershaw, news stories from the local Iowa newspaper, and the print of Tuscania's sinking, as well as a photo my grandfather kept of King George reviewing the survivors of this event to the Swea City Historical Museum. Such an amazing story; I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that Harry Truman, of Mt St Helen's fame, was a shipmate of my grandfather, survived the sinking...and went on to live a forceful life in Oregon. (Mt. St Helen's has been a favorite destination since its eruption...and of course I was so surprised to read of his part in WWI)
 
I learned from my father that my grandfather dropped the "a" in Heathershaw-- long ago.....
 
Cheree Hethershaw
64rocks{at}sbcglobal.net
September 11, 2007


My grandfather Drew S. Ryan was aboard the SS Tuscania when it was sunk in 1918. From what I understand he was wounded and remained in England, working at a hospital as an orderly. I have pictures of him before and after, as well as a sitting card from the Tuscania he was carrying at the time of the sinking.
 
Jeff Ryan
jryn{at}msn.com
March 26, 2010


My uncle, Walter Crellin, was a private in the 158th Aero Squadron, Signal Corps who was on the Tuscania. He was the first WWI soldier KIA from the City of Virginia, Minnesota. The local VFW Post in Virginia is named after him representing WWI.
 
Robert J. Muhich
rjmuhich{at}mchsi.com
October 7, 2009


I recently came across an award of the Purple Heart in my grandfather’s name while looking for some stored summer items in my father’s closet. After doing some more looking around I found a letter stating that my grandfather was on the Tuscania and was injured, but does not say what kind of injury he sustained. It listed the ship name as HMS Tuscania. His name was Larry Tudor (Todar, Todor). These other spellings have appeared on various documents. He was a Polish immigrant born in 1899 and came to the USA when he was 13yrs old. He served in the 158th Aero Squadron, Air Service. He survived the sinking and after the war worked his trade as a sewing machine mechanic. He married and had two children, my father and aunt. He died in 1972 when I was a young boy of ten. I never really knew him well but when I came across this site I wanted to tell his story so that someone else might also know of him. I'm proud of him and all the men that served during the Great War, and very respectful of the ones that gave their lives in service of their country. I would be very interested in hearing anyone else's stories and encourage emails to my listed address.

Mark Tudor
mstudor{at}juno.com
April 6, 2000


My Grandfather's name, who was in the 158th Aero Squadron, is Elmer E. Holmes. I also have several pictures of him at Verdun and one of him being reviewed by King George, and a very interesting picture of him in a British sailor’s uniform which was given to him after the Tuscania was sunk.
 
Robert C. Holmes (Major USAF - R)
tnrholmes{at}hotmail.com
December 23, 2007 


I recently came into possession of an old US flag; it was left behind in the garage of a home I recently purchased. It is in quite bad shape, as our memorial day is approaching I was going to fly it one time on the newly erected flag pole and then give it a proper disposal, as I unfolded it this evening I found that it had a note and newspaper clipping attached. The note reads "This flag given by Mrs. Beard of 3215 Midway Dr. (San Diego, CA) it was on the coffin of her brother killed in the first war." The clipping has a photo captioned Winfield S. G. Megquier, it tells of his survival of the sinking of Tuscania, gives a personal account of communication with parents in Hillyard, WA, and indicates his attachment to the "158th (torn out) Squadron A.E.F. I assume that the Megquier of the news clipping is the same as the W.S. Megquier on your roster from the sinking. i hope this is of interest to someone. I would like to pass along the flag, note and clipping. El Cajon, CA, USA.
 
Steve Horstman    
horstmans{at}saic.com
May 30, 2010


Thank you so much for this website. It enabled someone to return to me a US 1936 Casket Flag that belonged to my Great Uncle Winfield S.G. Megquier.

Illa Watson
i72watson{at}yahoo.com
Aug. 6, 2010


My Grandfather Fred E. Mundt enlisted in the service November 1917 in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He was in the 158th Aero Squadron and aboard the Tuscania when it was torpedoed. He made it to a life boat and was later rescued by a British Destroyer. He died in 1955 so this information came from my father as I had not been born yet. Coincidentally I was born on February 5th. I only wish I could have met my grandfather but I will always be thankful for the sacrifices he and his generation have made for all of us. If anyone has any other information on him or the 158th Aero Squadron please contact me.

Don Mundt 
df.mundt{at}verizon.net
April 10th, 2002 


My grandfather Ralph H. Aaron was one of the last to be in the group of Tuscania survivors Club. I recall him getting newsletters from the group and was touched to see the group dissolved in 1982.
 
Patricia Aaron Kratochvil
trd8pm7k{at}brookings.net
July 1, 2012


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