PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY MILITARY LEGACY

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PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY MILITARY LEGACY

Written And Compiled By Waukesha Lowe Sammons

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MEXICAN - AMERICAN BORDER PANCHO VILLA EXPEDITION (1910 - 1919)

PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, MARINES

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CORNETT, WILLIAM RILEY (1887-1952) PHILIPPINE MORO WAR,
MEXICAN BORDER PANCHO VILLA EXPEDITION AND WORLD WAR I.
Hometown:  SMITHBORO, Knott County, Kentucky.
Other Residence:  Sassafras, Knott County, Kentucky.  Perry County?  Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  24 June 1887 in Sassafras, Knott County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Rebecca Hale and Jasper Cornett.
Spouse:  Frances Willard Combs, daughter of Clarinda Collins Combs and Taylor C. Combs of Kodak, PERRY COUNTY, KY.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.  [William and his future brother-in-law, Ulysses Grant Combs, Sr. walked from Perry County to Jackson in Breathitt County, Kentucky to join the U. S. Army, because there was no railroad from Jackson to Hazard.  People traveled by horse or water ways or on foot.]
FIRST ENLISTMENT:  PHILIPPINE – MORO WAR.
~ First Enlistment Date:  26 July 1910.  Enlisted at the Columbus Barracks, Ohio in the U. S. Army 7th Cavalry, Company L.  Fought under the command of John J. “Black Jack” Pershing.
 ~ Mustered out Date:  19 July 1913 at Fort McDowell, California.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.  Became a career soldier.
Combat Organization:  7th Cavalry, Company L, Philippine – Moro War.
SECOND ENLISTMENT:  MEXICAN – AMERICAN BORDER PANCHO VILLA EXPEDITION.
~ 1916:  Reenlisted in the U. S. Army, 7th Cavalry, commanded by Pershing, traveled along the Mexican border in an attempt to capture Francisco “Pancho” Villa.
THIRD ENLISTMENT:  WORLD WAR I.
 ~ 1918:  First Sergeant William Riley Cornett, U. S. Army, 6th Infantry, Company D, AEF American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), WWI.
~ 1918, France, WWI Major Battles:  Cornett participated in the following Battles:  Toul Sector (June 4 to 11, 1918).  Annould Sector (June 22 to July 16, 1918).  St. Die Sector (July 16 to August 23, 1918).  Frappelle Engagement (August 17 to 22, 1918).  St. Mihiel Offensive (September 12 to 16, 1918).  Meuse-Argonne Offensive (October 10 to November 11, 1918, Armistice Day).
 ~ 24 October 1918, France, WWI.  William R. Cornett’s First-Cousin-Once-Removed, Second Lieutenant Sampson B. Brashear, U. S. Army, 358th Infantry Regiment, Company A, 90th Infantry Division, was Killed In Action in the Battle of Meuse-Argonne.
Occupation:  Farmer, Career Soldier, Postal Clerk.
Date of Death:  6 October or November 1952.
Place of Death:  Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.
Cemetery:  Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.
Source:  U. S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914.  Family Interviews.
NOTE:  I placed my second-cousin-two-times-removed, William Riley Cornett on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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