World War I

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Those Who Served
 
Harry Barkley & Dewey Parrick
First Volunteers from Pike County

On April 11, 1917, five days after the United States declared war on Germany, Pike county's first volunteers, Harry Barkley and Dewey Parrick,enlisted in the Fifth Illinois Infantry at Quincy. This organization was later broken up and these two boys are now with the Headquarters Co.. 129th Infantry, which was stationed at Camp Logan, Houston, Texas. At the time of their enlistment both boys were engaged in farming, Barkley, having just put in a crop for himself on land rented from Frank Lawson. Coming home after bearing of the declaration of war, Barkley said to his father: "Dad, you can't be a soldier and farm, too, so me for the army. I won't be drafted," and he left soon after that. Dewey Parrick was associated with his father in farm work on the farm of Dr. R. H. Main south of Barry, and took the same view as his friend, and the two young men left together. Both these young men have been in service since last spring and have had intensive training as have others from this community who were in the same camp, and are in France now. They will give good accounts of themselves in whatever service they may be called to do.
Submitted by Delaine Donaldson - (From The Pike County Republican(Pittsfield), July 3, 1918)

Barnes, Elmer James
PFC Co. A. 42 Machine Gun BN WW I, 02 October 1895 - 31 July 1963, Buried at Park Lawn Cemetery - Contributed by Billie Browning
Blackketter, Virdle
Pvt - US Army, Private, Co. H, 362nd Inf., 91st Div. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Blacketter of Pittsfield. Born in Spring Creek Twp., Pike Co, Nov. 28, 1892.
Enlisted at Pittsfield, Feb. 23, 1918. Overseas Sept. 5, 1918. Discharged at Camp Grant, Ill., April 29, 1919. Buried at Burbridge Cemetery
Bousman, Joseph L.
Pvt. US Army, 15 October 1895 - 03 May 1966, Buried at Park Lawn Cemetery, Contributed by Billie Browning
Branstetter, Edward T.
Pvt. US Army, 09 May 1894 - 10 Aug 1980, Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery, Contributed by Billie Browning
Brown, Robert V.
SGT 2 B & S Det Demob GP, 1 June 1890 - 24 February 1970, Buried at Park Lawn Cemetery, Contributed by Billie Browning

Camp, Virgil
Pvt US Army WW I, 3 January 1888 - 24 January 1978, Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery, Contributed by Billie Browning
Crim, Richard
Pvt. Medical Dept., 25 October 1894 - 22 March 1966, Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery, Contributed by Billie Browning

Donohoe/Donahue, Samuel T.
IL Maj. QMC Res WW I, 31 Aug 1870 - 22 Nov 1951, Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery, Contributed by Billie Browning

Gay, Ernest Hubbard
2nd Lt. Flying School Det Air Svc WW I, 22 Dec 1894 - 12 Apr 1970, Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery, Contributed by Billie Browning
Guthrie, Fred
Pvt. US Army, Buried at Miller Cemetery, Cotnributed by Billie Browning

Keith, Ellis Alvin
IL Pvt. Prov. Sch. Cas. Det WW I, 12 June 1891 - 12 Dec 1964, Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery, Contributed by Billie Browning
Keith, Leoonard
MO PVT. SI Co 162nd Depot Brig. WW I, 29 August 1890 - 22 Jul 1965, Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery, Contributed by Billie Browning
Kindle, Ralph William
WW I, IL Private 362 Infantry 91 Division, Killed in Action, Contributed by Carmen Megehe

Long, George Henry
It is with profound regret that we announce this week the loss of another member of the Pleasant Hill Honor Roll while serving with the American forces overseas. The sad news that George Henry Long had been killed in Belguim reached here last Wednesday, October 4. The message from the War Department to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Long, who live six miles down the bluff in North Calhoun County, stated he was killed in action September 14. This makes the sixth Gold Star member in Pleasant Hill community with two others reported missing in action. The previous members making the supreme sacrifice are John W. Springer, killed February 20, 1944 at Anzio beachhead, Lawrence Guthrie killed while on a mission over Romania on April 5, 1944, Ross Galloway killed in Italy on May 25, 1944, Dean Yokem killed at Anzio beachhead on June 3, 1944 and Norman Long killed in a vehicle accdent in Italy on June 20, 1944. The two men missing are Russell Benjamin who was on the U. S. Houston when it sank many montns ago and more recently Gerald Wintjen was reported missing when the U. S. S. Warrington sank during the terrible hurricane off the Atlantic coast on September 14. It will be noted this is also the date George Henry Long was killed. The last letter the Long family received from George Henry was dated September 2 and at that time it was thought he was around Paris. He drove a bantam jeep and a short time ago he mailed home a newspaper picture of jeeps entering Paris and he asked that they be hell until he got back home. It is thought he may have been the driver of one of the jeeps. His military career started March 10, 1942 at Scott Field and after six weeks of training he was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas and placed in the Mctorized Cavalry. He was used as an instructor for some time in that type of warfare. From there he was transferred to Camp Maxey, Texas and then shipped across the Atlantic landing in England around the firstl of November of '43. When the conflict opened in France he was sent across the channel and no doubt has been in much action the past few weeks. George Henry is the son of George H. and Clora Jennings Long and the family is well known in Pike and Calhoun counties. His grandfather is Henry C. Long an aged resident of Belleview, and the grandparents on his mother's side are William S. and Ida Jennings. The Jennings family were early settlers in this community first locating near Atlas along in the 1830's then later secured land five miles below Pleasant Hill along the present black-top road. The Jennings and Long families own a considerable acreage of fine farming land in that immediate vicinity. George Henry is the third child in a family of five and was born at Paris, Texas in 1916. On December 24 he would have reached his 28th birthday. The family resided in Texas about seven years then returned to North Calhoun county. He attended Pleasant Hill Community High School, graduating with the class of 1934. He was a congenial young man of good habits and had many friends in the community. The untimely passing of young men of this type is indeed a great loss to any community. The Messenger joins in extending sympathy to the Long family at this time. Besides his parents and grandparents he leaves one brother, Homer of East St. Louis, Illinois, and three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Clayton of Birmingham, Alabama, Mrs. Kathryn Roach of Jacksonville, Illinois and Mrs. Mary DeTar of Decatur, Illinois. (News Article contributed by Billie Browning from the Harman House Obituaries)

McMullen, John
Illinois Pvt. U.S. Army, 7 May 1895, 16 December 1973, Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery, He was well know in Rockport by the name "Limber", a lot of people probably never knew his name was John
(Contributed by Billie Browning)

Metcalf, George Russell, WW
(Note from Margaret: When I was going through a huge pile of my great-grandfather's political correspondence (that is going to the University of Illinois Special Collections library), I found this letter from him.
Barry, Illinois, March 25, 1918
To His Excellency, President Woodrow WilsonWashington, D.C.,
Dear President,
In re George Russell Metcalf, Serial No. 1651, Pike County, Ill.Order No. 107, Pike County, Ill. Private Co. --- Camp Taylor, Ky. I am moved to say a word in this case as I know from personal knowledge how badly the young man is needed in his home farm and dairy business. He was almost solely depended upon to do the work of the place. his father, George W. Metcalf, is in ill health and unable to attend to the farm duties himself. We all agree that George Russell Metcalf will be of much more benefit to his country at home attending to his various duties on the farm than by personally engaging in military service.
Very truly, William W. Watson
(Note from Margaret) In "With the Colors" it says Metcalf enlisted in February, 1918 and served until 1919, so he obviously didn't get to come home. But since the entry says he enlisted, I wonder what happened that caused my great-grandfather to write this letter
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge

Miller, Henry
IL Farrier, 319 Aux Regt Depot WW I, 05 December 1886 - 10 October 1948, Married to Edith, Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery
(Contributed by Billie Browning)

Motley, George F.
03 Mar 1894 - 28 Jul 1941, PFC Hq.Co. 352 Inf., Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery
(Contributed by Billie Browning)

Motley, Woodrow Ellsworth
1 May 1918 - 4 March 2003, Married to Della Ator, Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery
(Contributed by Billie Browning)

Otwell, Walter
10 Apr 1895 - 01 Jul 1966, Buried at Nebo Cemetery
(Contributed by Mary Davis)

Rowley, Alvin T., was born in 1897 near Martinsburg in Pike County, the son of William and Hannah Blaine Rowley. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War I, and was stationed in the United States at Eagle Pass, Texas, Camp Green, South Carolina; and later in Syracuse, New York. He served in France with the 38th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Division of the U.S. Army. Corporal Rowley perished on June 18, 1918 during the Battle of Belleau Woods near the town of Chateau Thierry. As his remains were never recovered, Corporal Rowley's name is listed with those of 240 other American soldiers missing in action on the wall of the memorial chapel at the Aisne-Marne American Military Cemetery in France. The Battle of Belleau Wood remains of great historical significance for the U.S. military, as it was the first major engagement fought by the Army and the Marines in World War 1. As the outcome of the battle was favorable for the Allied Cause, it is generally viewed now as that battle of the First World War in which the American soldier proved his worth in battle.
Photo: American Battle Monuments Commission. European Region 92380 Garches-France
The photo is of the wall of the memorial chapel at the Aisne-Marne American Military Cemetery in France

(Contributed by Jeff Wagner)

Snyder, Harrison
2nd Lt.FA Cen Officer TNG Sch WW I, 06 August 1893 - 06 Dec 1959, Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery
(Contributed by Billie Browning)

Turner, Isreal
Pvt Provost Guard Co WW I, 08 April 1887 - 10 Jun 1963, Buried at Park Lawn Cemetery
(Contributed by Billie Browning)