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Doughboy Lamp

-----Original Message-----
From: Les Kopel
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 5:18 PM
Subject: Spirit of the American Doughboy WWI commemorative lamp

Please post:

I am trying to find people who remember this lamp. It is miniature replica of the famous WWI memorial statue, "Spirit of the American Doughboy", by E.M. Viquesney. Although probably produced in the hundreds just after the Great War, I have tracked down only two other owners. Two more lamps I have heard of or seen online are both damaged. The piece is 14" tall to the rim of the lamp socket, and stands on a 3.5" square base (see attachments). They are made of fragile "pot metal" alloy, and perhaps this explains their rarity. A "new" photo of the lamp appears in the 21 April, 1922 issue of American Legion Magazine. Along with the lamp, similar 12" statuettes were produced, and these seem to be more common than the lamps, but not by much; I know of only 7 so far. Anyone with information, anecdotes, or family remembrances of either the Doughboy lamp or statuette please contact Les Kopel. UPDATE: Les addressed his own question! See this link:


Unknown red WWI shoulder patch

ROBERT L. (or P.) BURKE's (Service Number = 4.710.889) shoulder patch:

Other items belonging to him:

  This 8th Division patch was found in his uniform's pocket. There was no sign that it was ever on the uniform.

Right collar: US Regiment (a.k.a. US Insignia) = US 8th Regular Army

Left collar: Service Company (a.k.a., Branch Insignia) = 8th Infantry - assigned to HQ (Headquarters).


Snohomish County, Washington in WWI at URL: 

From the Book
Snohomish County in the War: The Part Played in the Great War by the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Patriotic Civilians of Snohomish County, Washington, U.S.A. 
written by William H. Mason Formerly 1st Leiut., 3d Wash. Inf., N. G.
Published by The Mason Publishing Co., Inc. Everett WA 

Robert L. Burke, Snohomish 
Hqtrs. Co., 8th Inf., 8th Div., A.E.F. 

Robert L. Burke, Machias 
Born 20 Oct 1892, at Sedro-Woolley. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Burke, Machias. Entered Camp Lewis 6 Sep 1918, and from there was transferred to the Hqrs Co., 8th Div., at Camp Fremont. Private Burke was one on the men who reached France with the 8th Div. 

Robert P. Burke, Arlington District 
Born at Sedro-Woolley. Entered the service through Arlington 6 Sep 1918 at the age of 24 yrs 11 mos. Served in the Hqrs. Co. of the 8th Inf. Private Burke left the US for France 28 Oct 1918 and returned to this country 2 Feb 1919. Discharged 7 Jun 1919. 4,710,889

Vernon A. Burke, Everett 
Born 12 Oct 1899 at Atlin BC. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Burke, 3221 Oakes Ave. Enlisted in 12th Co., 5 Feb 1917 and went to France with Batt. D, 63d Art., C.A.C. Before leaving for France he successfully completed the chauffeur's course at the Coast Art. School at Fort Monroe, 27 Apr to 4 Jun 1918. He also completed the course at the O.&T. center No 2 at Limoges, France. He was a student in the Everett hs before enlisting. Discharged 21 Mar 1919, at Camp Lewis.

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Unknown WWI 1st Army patch June 30, 2002

Can you identify this 1st Army patch sent in by Richard Coffel, USMC (Ret) ( email: [email protected]) that was on his father's WWI uniform? Richard wrote, in part:

From: RVC [ [email protected] ]
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2002 3:41 PM
To: (I won't be accepting email probably for the rest of the year because I'm very, very busy! I have been swamped with requests.)
Subject: Identification of Unit Patch

Unknown WWI 1st Army patch  "Dad joined the Army from Francesville, Indiana when he was 16 and went through Fort Dix, NJ. He was in the infantry until he got to France in 1917(??), at which time he was "selected" to become a motorcycle dispatch rider. He spoke of participating in the battles at Battle for Belleau Wood and Chateau-Thierry... Part of his diary and some other information indicates that he rode for the 65th Coastal Arty. After a search on the web, I came up with Regular Army units in CA that were redesignated as Brty D, F, 65th CAC and were part of the 1st Army Group. Their more recent emblem shows a bear. I don't know how the dispatch riders were organized.

Tralawney Valdez <[email protected]> would like help in identifying these Belgium postcards.

-----Original Message-----
From: Terry Teltow [ [email protected] ]
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 1:38 AM
To: (I won't be accepting email probably for the rest of the year because I'm very, very busy! I have been swamped with requests.)
Subject: 8th. Cas. Co. Camp Hill U.S.A.

I hope someone can help me find information on my grandfather. He was in WWI. His grave stone has engraved on it:

Sgt. John C. Dixon
8th. Cas. Co. Camp Hill U.S.A.

He died in 1927 in The Marine Hospital in Louisville, KY, which is now gone. I have tried every site I can find and have written to the State Department and National Archives and Military Archives with no results at all. I have talked to the Vet Rep. at the VA Hospital in Louisville. It seems that since I don't have grandfather's service number, I can't find anything on him. I have his death certificate, but that doesn't help any. I sure would like to have his military records, as he died when my mother was only a baby, and I never knew him. Is there a way to find his service number? Did Camp Hill exist? If so, where was it? He is buried in Perry County, KY.
Thanks for any help you can give.
Ollie Campbell Teltow [email protected] 
North Vernon, IN

You may post this on your site if you wish. Thank You.

Kathy < [email protected] > would like help finding out more about her great-great-uncle Charles "Charlie" Wood, who was from Fayette County, West Virginia. She believes that he may have been Native American. He is the only family member that she can't find information on. Her great-great-grandfather married 3 times, and her great-great-uncle Charles "Charlie" Wood had a different mother than her great-great-grandfather. She would like to know if the government sent Native American men to a special. place to train them during WWI.

She would like information about the uniforms that he is pictured in below:

Charles "Charlie" Wood Charles "Charlie" Wood

This is a close-up of one of the buttons: 

On the WWI uniform, there 2 buttons: a "US" and a "Reg.10, Company E" button, with some kind of cross on it which she believes could be gun and a sword.


Pat's Notes: US 10th Infantry, Company E? He has corporal stripes in the 1st picture? See WWI Uniforms, Insignia, (Distinguishing Marks), Rank, etc. and in the second photo looks like he won some sort of metal. See Medals Awarded in The Great War. Troops from Ohio and West Virginia were sent to Camp Sherman, an Army training camp for the 83rd Division. Camp Sherman was in Chillicothe, Ohio. It is possible that he was not sent there because he may have been assigned to some special unit which would have went elsewhere. See Maps related to World War I. Also see WWI Draft Registrations - Civilian Draft Registration Database at RootsWeb and American Battle Monuments Commission - WWI Search to search for was deaths. The main American Battle Monuments Commission has a lot of information which include war deaths from other wars.

Here are some good genealogy web sites:
Family Tree Maker's Genealogy Site Home Page
FamilySearch Internet - Search
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), the Mormons in Utah.)  and WWI Draft Registrations - Civilian Draft Registration Database

From: Lucy De Vries Duffy < [email protected] >
To: < (I won't be accepting email probably for the rest of the year because I'm very, very busy! I have been swamped with requests.) >
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2001 11:18 AM
Subject: Exhibition/celebration honoring Americans in WWI and Questions

    I was looking for information about World War One Songs when I came across your web site.  I know many as my dad sang them to me and I am looking for a cd to send to France. I will check  Do you know of any?

[ Pat's Note: See new links added on Music web page. ]

     One of the largest hospital centers in France during World War I was the Mars Sur Allier American Camp near Nevers, in Central France, 140 kilometers south of Paris on National Route 7.   On May 26th and 27th, 2001, the Historical Society of Saint Parize le Châtel, a nearby village, is planning to honor the Americans who served France in this hospital center and the men and women who died, as it says on the monument marking the site of the cemetery there,  "AUX AMERICANS MORTS POUR LA FRANCE LE DROIT ET LA LIBERTE 1916-1918''  (Translation: WITH THE AMERICANS DIED FOR FRANCE RIGHT AND FREEDOM 1916 - 1918) with an exhibition about the American Camp.  This is a celebration honoring the American men and women who served and fought and those who died for France.

     The Society is also honoring my parents, my mother, Rebecca Goethe, who grew up in Moiry, another adjoining village and who met my father, Sgt. Charles De Vries, an American Doughboy, an army medic, stationed at the American Camp/Hospital and later married him and came to America.  My parents are gone now but I love this little village and its history both personal and public.  I have spent time in this village doing research about the Americans there and about the romance of my parents.  I have edited stories which my mother wrote about life in this little village and also her memories of the Americans coming there and building this huge Hospital complex.  I have an abundance of material, diaries, letters, photos, postcards, etc. about this moment in history which gave me a French mother.  I have been invited to share my research and to participate in this lovely event.  I have sent copies of relevant materials to the woman in charge and am in frequent contact with her.  Some of my family and I will to to Saint Parize le Châtel in May 2001 for this event.

    The historical society of Saint Parize knew of me through my mother's stories and my having visited the village. They have asked me if I know of any other descendants of Americans who served there.

    I am looking for help with the following:

1.   I would like contact with Veterans Organizations who would be interested in giving moral support, publicity and, possibly,  financial support to this event.  A French friend in Paris wants to make a documentary about this event and some recognition from a Veterans Organization would lend it credibility for finding a producer.  An acknowledgement by a Veterans' Group would also lend dignity to the honor bestowed by this little village remembering the Americans.

2.   I would like to find descendants of soldiers who have served in this American Camp at Mars.  The Historical Committee has asked me if there are any descendants like myself who might be contacted.  I have a book, The History of Base Forty Eight, one of the several Units there, with names of the committee which wrote the book and many other names.  Is there any way to contact descendants of WWI veterans?

3.  I would like publicity, locally and nationally about this event for it is an important story of remembrance, set especially for Memorial Day,  and of
French -American amity.  Do you have any ideas?

    If any of this interests you, let me know. 


    Lucy De Vries Duffy < [email protected] >

----- Original Message ----- 
From:  Leo Brunette from LaCenter, WA <
[email protected] > 1-30-2003
To: < (I won't be accepting email probably for the rest of the year because I'm very, very busy! I have been swamped with requests.) >
Sent: January 2001
Subject: 125th Field Artillery "Battery D"

My father was in W.W.I. He was with the 125th Field Artillery "Battery D." I have recently came across a red, white and blue felt artifact with the above information on it along with the insignias (an eagle on cannon ball with two cannons firing). On the back a white patch is sewn on that contains the names of all the soldiers in Battery D from the Captain "Reginald C. Nelson" through all the Privates. Was this a common artifact back then? Also I never heard of W.W.I called the "Liberty War" can you shed any light on that. I know that dad was in France toward the end of the war and according to him saw little action. It is about 2X2 feet.

Leo Brunette
[email protected] 1-30-2003
LaCenter, WA

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