PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY MILITARY LEGACY

Written And Compiled By Waukesha Lowe Sammons

Copyright 2017           All Rights Reserved

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WORLD WAR I, THE GREAT WAR TO END ALL WARS (1917-1918)

PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, MARINES

REMEMBER AND NAME, A - C

IN 1918 THE WORLD WAS STRICKEN BY AN INFLUENZA PANDEMIC.

     Per The Lexington Herald, December 21, 1919,The Perry County Military Service Contributions In WWI Were:                 
670 Men Served, 15 Were Killed In Battle, 3 Died Of Disease And 51 Were Wounded.

CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT:
SANDLIN, WILLIE (1890-1949), FRANCE, WWI.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS MEDAL RECIPIENTS:
COMBS, HANNON FIELDS (1889-1918), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWI.
DAVIDSON, ALEXANDER “ALEX” (1895-1918), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWI.

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BACK

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BACK, STEPHEN EMMETT (1892-1918), DIED Of DISEASE, KENTUCKY, USA, WWI.
Hometown:  HAPPY, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Campton, Wolfe County, Kentucky.  Sassafras, Knott County, Kentucky.  Mason’s Creek on Main Road of Carrs Fork, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date Of Birth:  1 November 1892 in Indiana Bottom, Letcher County, Kentucky.  Born July 1892 on 1900 Census.  Born 1 November 1892 on Draft Registration Card.
Son of:  Phoebe Brashear and Henry Benton Back.
Grandson of:  Mary “Polly” Hampton and William E. Brashear.
Great-grandson of:  Elizabeth “Bet” Young and James N. Brashear, Sr.
WWI Draft Registration Card:  Signed by Stephen on 5 June 1917 in Perry County, Kentucky.
Entered Service From:  Perry County, Kentucky
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Rank:  Private.
Date of Death:  10 June 1918. 
Place of Death:  Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville, Jefferson County, KENTUCKY.
Status:  DIED OF DISEASE
Disposition:  Buried.
Cemetery:  Defiance Cemetery, Defiance, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                 Monument:  STEPHEN E. BACK carved within the WWI military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed my second-cousin-2-times-removed, Stephen Emmett Back 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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BARGER

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BARGER, MILTON (1893-1918), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWI.
Hometown:  SAUL, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Bowling Precinct, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  5 May 1893 in Saul, Perry County, Kentucky.  Born June 1893 on the 1900 Census.
Son of:  Mary Davidson and Granville Barger.
Great-grandson of:  Mary “Polly” Bolling and Abraham Barger.
World War I Draft Registration Card:  Signed 5 June 1917 in Buckhorn, Perry County, Kentucky.
Entered Service From:  Perry County, Kentucky.
Rank:  Corporal.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  First Infantry Division, Eighteenth Infantry Regiment, American Expeditionary Forces, World War I.
Date of Death:  6 November 1918.
Place of Death:  FRANCE.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WORLD WAR ONE.
Disposition:  Buried.
Cemetery:  Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, Lorraine, France.                                                                Monument:  MILTON BARGER carved within the WWI military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  “On November 6th [1918], elements of the division attacked in the area of Mouzon [France].”  Source:  New River Notes, Order Of Battle – American Forces – World War I, First Division (Regular Army).  Website:  newrivernotes.com.
Book:  Soldiers Of The Great War, Vol I, Kentucky Section, PHOTO page 376, index p. 403.
NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-4-times-removed, Milton Barger 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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BRASHEAR

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BRASHEAR, SAMPSON B. (1878-1918), PHILIPPINE – AMERICAN WAR, KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE, WWI.
Hometown:  VIPER, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Philippines.
Date of Birth:  25 February 1878 in Viper, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Elizabeth Pratt (1852-1924) and James N. Brashear, Jr. (1835-1920).
Paternal Grandson of:  Elizabeth “Bet” Young and James N. Brashear, Sr.
Brashear Progenitor:  French Huguenot, Benjamin Brashear, who migrated to Virginia and moved on into Maryland.
Never Married.
Occupation:  School Teacher in Kentucky, United States of America and the Philippine Islands.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
PHILIPPINE – AMERICAN WAR, FIRST ENLISTMENT DATE:  25 March 1899 in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.
FIRST DISCHARGE DATE:  24 March 1902 in Plattsburgh Barracks, New York.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company M and Company B, 23rd Infantry Regiment, U. S. Army, during the Philippine Insurrection.
WORLD WAR I, SECOND ENLISTMENT DATE:  1918.
Rank:  Second Lieutenant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army, American Expeditionary Force, World War I.
WWI COMBAT ORGANIZATIONS:  336th Infantry, 168th Infantry Brigade, 84th Division, AEF.  Traveled from Camp Zachary Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky to Camp Sherman in Ohio and deployed to Great Britain.  While in France, his last military service was in Company A, 1st Battalion, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, U. S. Army, American Expeditionary Force.  The division insignia was “T-O” (Texas – Oklahoma).  In World War II, the “T-O” emblem patch earned the name of the “Tough Ombres” Division.
22 September 1918, WORLD WAR I LETTER:
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Second Lieutenant Sampson B. Brashear wrote the following transcribed World War I letter to his brother-in-law, William M. Cornett (1888-1931), who was married to Sampson’s sister, Lucinda.  William was the son of Polly Ann Wells and Joseph Earl Cornett.
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Somewhere in England
Sunday, Sept 22, 1918
Mr. W. M. Cornett
Viper, Kentucky
Dear Brother:
     Have been so busy enjoying the voyage and life in general, that I have not taken the time to write a single letter since I left America, although I am still enjoying as much as ever and find this one of the most pleasant days of the whole journey.  I feel I should not be so selfish in my own pleasures as not to write and tell the folks at home at least something of our wonderful trip over the sea.
     There are many things in connection with it that were of interest that I cannot write, as it would be violation of censorship, for I realize the purpose and importance of a strict censorship.  Let me assure you that the censorship is not for the purpose of preventing the people from knowing what is happening or has been happening, but for the purpose of preventing talk or information to the enemy that would be of advantage to him.  Many things were of such interest that will keep till the war is over and such time as there will no longer be military secrets.  Then I hope to have the pleasure of telling them to you at my liberty and leisure.
     In all my wanderings I have spent exactly 300 days on the seas, and on no previous voyage did I ever find ocean travel so interesting or pleasant as this trip has been, nor have I ever felt so safe in any previous long voyage as I did on this one.  Before the voyage was ended I found myself hoping that we would encounter a submarine.
     I have seen a bit of Ireland and Scotland and considerable of England, and I am wonderfully impressed with the beauty of these old countries, especially their verdure at this time of year.  England seems just a continuous succession of gardens with birds and flowers on every hand.  I think we are very fortunate in getting a few days rest in England.
     I don’t know whether it is because of my wanderlust nature or not, but I have been happy from the time we left Camp Sherman to this very hour.  I am looking into the future optimistic in the belief that this world catastrophe is going to end happily, not only for us Americans, but for the whole world (the Hapsburgs and the Hohenzollerns excepted) and that the condition of the world as a whole is going to be better after the war has ended than it was before the war began.
     I will be too busy to write many letters, so if anyone is interested in hearing what I have to write from Europe, you may pass this letter on to them.
Sincerely yours,
SAMPSON B. BRASHEAR
Censored by S. B. Brashear,
2nd Lt. U. S. A.
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25 September 1918:  Brashear left Liverpool, England and landed in Le Havre, France, which was confirmed by his letters. 
3 October 1918:  “... the 84th was skeletonized on October 3rd 1918 and on October 9th about 10,000 men were transferred to 1 Division Depot as replacements.”  Source:  A post on June 9, 2014 by 4thGordons on the website of The Great War Forum, Regiments in the U. S. 84th Division.
8 October 1918:  In a letter Brashear mentioned, that he was in the 336th Infantry on October 8, and would be transferred the next day on October 9, 1918.                                                                                                                                                           17 October 1918:  Sampson B. Brashear wrote, “I have traveled over much of France; have served in three regiments and in two different companies of one regiment...” 
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     The two following transcribed World War I letters were written by Second Lieutenant Sampson B. Brashear to Virginia Page Sampson (born July 1898), who was the daughter of Martha Shanks (1876-1956) and Logan Dewitt Sampson (1874-1953) and the sister of Elizabeth Sampson.  The family lived at 344 Peterson Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky.  Was Elizabeth’s husband, James Ryan Bryant, the same Lt. Bryant mentioned in Brashear’s letters?
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                                                                                                            In France
                                                                                                            Oct. 8, 1918
Dear Miss Sampson:
     Have just received your card and am flattered at your great expectations of the 336 Inf.  Hope we will live up to your expectations for various reasons.  First that the war may soon be over, and for the glory of our organization and last but not least for that home coming and picnic and parties ‘n’ everything.
     But listen, we will have to get interested in some other organizations.  I will leave the 336 Inf. tomorrow.  Nearly all the men and a few officers are going.  Two hundred from our company are going, and I am the only officer going with them.  You see I am going with the majority and it looks as if I would get to the front before the 336th Inf does, for we are leaving the regt again practically without men.  I don’t know just where I am going but I think I will go into an organization that has been in the thick of the fight and lost a lot of its men.
     Have been in France two weeks and am enjoying the comforts of what they call “rest billets”. I know what a billet is by now but I have not known what rest is since I arrived.  But I am enjoying life and enjoying my work so why should one want to rest in these strenuous times.
     My trip across the water was so pleasant that I was so engrossed that I did not stop to write anyone about it and now since I have reached my “rest” billet I have been to busy to write.  We had a wonderful trip from an Atlantic port to our billet in France.  The things that interested me most I am not permitted to relate.  Not to prevent the American people from knowing what is being done and how it is being done, (but) to outwit the craftiness of the enemy, but that the knowledge we have may not become the knowledge of the enemy and that no information may be disseminated that might come into the hands of the enemy and be of advantage to him.
     Many things were of such interest that they can be easily remembered till after the war is over and then I hope to have the pleasure of relating them at my liberty and leisure.  In all my traveling I have spent just three hundred days aboard ships and never before did I enjoy a long voyage as I enjoyed this one, (didn’t even get sea sick tho the sea was rough) nor ever do I expect to make another voyage so interesting.  I felt safer than I have ever felt before on a voyage of this distance.  Before the voyage had ended I found myself secretly wishing we would encounter a submarine.
     I have seen a little of Ireland and Scotland and much of England and France and I find these old countries to be wonderfully beautiful.  Everything is still fresh and green and the country presents the appearance of a continuous succession of well kept gardens.
     We are “billeted” (that is quartered in barns and houses) along the country-side in southern France.  Lt Reeves and Lt Bryant are not going with me, and perhaps only one or two former 336th officers will be with me in my new organization.
     I have before (me) some of the pictures made at the picnic at Camp Sherman, and I am wondering how long it will be before we have that next one out at the falls in the park in Louisville.
     As I have a big day before me tomorrow I must give attention to other matters.  I don’t know what my new address will be so the old one holds good.
     Have learned a few French words and they certainly are working overtime.
     Looking forward to the end of the war and the homecoming.
Censored by S B Brashear                              I am sincerely your friend,   
2nd Lieut       USA                                          S. B. Brashear
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France
                                                                                                            Oct 17, 1918
Dear Miss Sampson:
     It is so nice to have a letter or a card occasionally from America and especially from---well somewhere on Peterson Avenue, that I am going to try to encourage more of them.
     I think I told you in a previous letter that I was leaving the 336th.  I am now with my new organization and I had a little experience in the last week.  I have traveled over much of France; have served in three regiments and in two different companies of one regiment; have camped or billeted in five different places in six days time; have moved at night on short notice; have gone thru a world (of) mud; have not seen the sun for six days; have been in the rain much of four days; have not undressed more than to take off my shoes for five days.
     I have been in hearing of the big guns for some time and expect to be in range of them soon.
     There are only two officers on duty with our company and we are busy officers.  Besides many little additions to an officers work over here, we find when we come in at night a hundred or more letters piled up for us to censor and by the time I have read fifty or more of the men’s letters I can hardly bear to see a letter much less write one.  But I would be glad enough to see one if it was for me and from the States.
     Give my regards to your sister.  Suppose Lt. Bryant has told her of his accident on the way over.
     Will be moving early tomorrow to some-other-where in France so must stop and begin preparations.
                                                                        Sincerely your friend
Address                                                                       S B Brashear
Co A 358 Inf
Amex Force   
Army P O 770
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Date of Death:  24 October 1918, WWI:  Sampson B. Brashear was Killed-In-Action in France in the Battle of Meuse-Argonne in World War I.  Before his death, he had served for approximately 16 days (9th to the 24th of October) in the 90th Infantry Division.
Place of Death:  BATTLE OF MEUSE-ARGONNE, FRANCE, WWI.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWI.
Disposition:  Buried.                                                                                                                                                             Cemetery:  Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Lorraine, France. He was buried in Plot A, Row 17, Grave 14.  A photograph of his military headstone was placed on findagrave.com, memorial #55957225.                         Death Details
   One source for his death was in the book, Soldiers Of The Great War, Vol I, Kentucky Section, with a photograph on page 375 and index on page 403.
     Although his name was misspelled, his death was detailed in the book, History of the 90th Infantry Division in World War I by Major George Wythe, Division Historian, copyright 1920, By The Ninetieth Division Association.  On the casualty list page he was listed as Samson B. Brasher, KIA 24 October 1918, which agreed with the date of death on his military headstone.  The chapter, 90th Division Enters Line October 21-22, Section 8, detailed his death on 25 October 1918.  “REAR AREAS SHELLED.  Not only the troops actually in the front line, but the rear areas as well, were subjected during this period to intermittent bombardment which took its daily toll.  The Bois des Rappes and the area around Madeleine Farm were favorite targets.  The 1st Battalion, 358th Infantry, in support of the 3d Battalion, suffered heavily from this fire.  Lieutenant (later Captain) J. P. Woods and Lieutenant Haley G. Heavenhill were wounded by shrapnel; the woods continually reeked with ‘yellow and blue cross’ gas, and Lieutenant Ralph D. Walker, the sole remaining officer of Company D, was overcome and evacuated.  On October 25, when the battalion was moving to the northern edge of the Bois des Rappes to support the 3d Battalion more closely, a shell dropped directly in front of Lieutenant Samson B. Brasher [Sampson B. Brashear], Company A, killing him and his orderly,  Private James F. Matlock.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
     On November 11, 1918 in Compiegne, France, the Armistice Cease Fire Agreement was signed to start negotiations for the signing of a peace treaty to end World War I. 
     Unaware of Brashear’s death, the following two transcribed World War I letters were written by Virginia Page Sampson to 2nd Lt. Sampson B. Brashear.  After arriving in France, the envelopes were marked DECEASED and returned to Virginia Page, who placed the unopened letters in a place of honor in memory of a friend lost in the Great War.  Sixty-seven years passed before a collector obtained the letters, broke open the seals and read the words meant for another. 
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                                                                        Nov. 13 - 1918
Dear Friend-
     Do you think that I have fallen off the ends of the earth.  Well – I haven’t.  I might ask that about you.  I wrote to you last, but maybe you didn’t get my letter.
     You should have seen the excitement the peace news created over here.  The peace bells certainly sent thrills through us.
     We will have several things to be thankful for this year – namely – we’ve had fine weather for the crops, the flu ban has been lifted and peace has been declared.
     Won’t it be a grand Christmas this year.  I do hope you will have a nice one.
     There is some talk about sending the boys in training here, over to relieve you all so that you may come home.  Won’t it be good to set your foot on American soil once more.
     Lets hope it won’t be long.  Do write to me soon.  Heres wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
                        Sincerely your friend
     Virginia Sampson
     344 Peterson
          Louisville
           Ky.
           U.S.A.                                        
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          Nov 21, 1918
Dear Friend –
     I received your most welcome letter last week.  I wanted to answer it right away, but I have been so busy.  Now that the war is over we have more work than ever.
     Won’t it be grand when you all get back?  It will not be so very long before we can have our long looked forward to party will it?  - and a grand home coming it will be too.
     I wrote you a letter and sent it to your old address.  I do hope you get it.
    Saturday there is to be a big liberty parade in town.  Everyone is going to be in it.  I don’t believe there will be anyone to watch it except me.  I am going to watch it.  I’ll have to write and tell you all about it.
     Just lots of the boys over here are being discharged from the army and those graduating from the O.J.S. are being put on the reserve.  Everybody here in Louisville seems to think that we will have to clean up Mexico before we are through.  I do hope we won’t.
     The flu has started up here again but it is in its mildest form.  I hardly think the health authorities will close things up again.  We haven’t had any cold weather to amount to anything yet, perhaps that might stop the flu.  But we might just as well live down by the equator – almost.  I’m afraid we won’t have snow for Christmas.  Won’t that be awful?  I do hope you have a pleasant Christmas this year.  The whole Sampson family will be thinking about you on that day and wishing you a very Merry one.
     Elizabeth sends her regards.
                                                            Your friend
                                                            Page Sampson
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     In his article, “Searching For A Soldier,” Kenneth C. Wukasch wrote, “In 1985, my wife, Janice accompanied my mother to a fund raiser being sponsored by a local retirement home in Georgetown, Texas.  On one of the tables Janice noticed a packet of World War I letters stuffed into a plastic ‘baggie’.  She bought the letters since she knew that I collected memorabilia from World War I and World War II.”
     Janice and Kenneth Wukasch were in possession of two WWI letters written by Second Lieutenant Sampson B. Brashear and two letters written by his friend, Virginia Page Sampson.  Years passed before Mr. Wukasch identified the soldier of mystery, by finding 2nd Lt. Brashear’s name, hometown and photograph in the book, Soldiers Of The Great War.  
     In 2003 Mr. Wukasch placed a notice in the Hazard newspaper in Perry County, Kentucky, announcing his wish to share information concerning 2nd Lt. Brashear.  After he received responses, he decided, who should be the next caretaker of a piece of our history.  The precious World War I letters were returned to Frankie Lane Campbell Roberts, the daughter of Anna Brashear Campbell, who was the sister of Second Lieutenant Sampson B. Brashear.
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Sources:                                                                                                                                                                                              ~ Frankie Lane Campbell Roberts.
~ Soldiers Of The Great War, Vol I, Kentucky Section, PHOTO page 375, index page 403.
~ History of the 90th Infantry Division in World War I, detailed his death:  “a shell dropped directly in front of Lieutenant Samson B. Brasher [Sampson B. Brashear], Company A, killing him and his orderly, Private James F. Matlock.”
~ The Brashear Story A Family History.
~ World War I Letters.                                                                                                                                                        Monument:  SAMPSON B. BRASHEAR carved within the WWI military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  View my article on Sampson B. Brashear under Personal Submissions on the 90th Infantry Division Association website.
NOTE:  I placed my first-cousin-3-times-removed, Sampson B. Brashear 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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BUCKNER

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BUCKNER, CYRUS TAYLOR (1898-1918), DIED OF DISEASE, ILLINOIS, USA, WWI.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Campbell County, Tennessee.  Harlan County, Kentucky.  Great Lakes, Lake County, Illinois.
Date of Birth:  December 1898 in Tennessee on the 1900 Census.  Born 23 April 1899 in Tennessee on Illinois Death Record.  Born 21 April 1898 on Headstone (difficult to read)?
Son of:  Eliza Harmon (1876-1917) and Gilbert Lafayette Buckner (1877-1919).
Brother of:  Edna Emma, Leon, Marion, Earl, George, Eva Christina and James Franklin Buckner.
1911:  Loss of his Sister, Eva Christina.
1917:  Loss of his Mother, Eliza.
12 July 1919:  Loss of his father, Lafayette.  His brother, Leon Buckner became the head of the family and succeeded in keeping his remaining brothers and sisters together.  The youngest, James Franklin Buckner (1912-1983) achieved a B. S. Degree; a Columbia University M. A. Degree; served in the U. S. Army in WWII, became a coach, teacher and principal at Vicco High School in Vicco, Perry County, Kentucky, Dilce Combs Memorial High School in Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky and Morton Junior High School in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.   
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Branch of Service:  United States Navy.
Combat Organization:  United States Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois.
Date of Death:  30 November 1918.
Place of Death:  Great Lakes Township, Lake County, Illinois.
Status:  DIED OF DISEASE, WWI.
Disposition:  Buried.
Cemetery:  Perkins Archer Cemetery, Oswego, Campbell County, Tennessee.  Inscription:  “Ever Faithful To His Trust.”  Monument:  CYRUS TAYLOR BUCKNER carved within the WWI military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed Cyrus Taylor Buckner 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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BURNS

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BURNS, ELISHA (1899-1964), WOUNDED IN ACTION, WWI.
Hometown:  BUCKHORN, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Bowlingtown, Perry County, Kentucky.  Bull Skin, Clay County, Kentucky.  Spring Garden, Jefferson County, Kentucky.  Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio.  Dade County, Florida.  Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana.  Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.  St. Bayard, New Mexico.
Date of Birth:  7 January 1899 in Bowlingtown, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Polly Freeman and Sidney Burns.
Spouses:  Velma Westbrook.  Lula Parks.  Nina Mae Whitt.
Children:  Geraldine Burns (about 1929-2008), daughter of Nina Mae Whitt and Elisha Burns.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
FIRST ENLISTMENT DATE:  21 April 1917 in Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky.
First Discharge Date:  24 July 1919 at Camp Zachary Taylor, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Rank:  Private
Status:  WOUNDED IN ACTION, WORLD WAR I.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army, World War One.
Combat Organization:  1622 Casual Company C, 149th Infantry.
SECOND ENLISTMENT DATE:  3 February 1923 at Fort Thomas, Kentucky.
Second Discharge Date:  19 September 1923 at Presidio, San Francisco, California.
Combat Organization:  27th U. S. Infantry, U. S. Army.
Date of Death:  3 June 1964.
Place of Death:  Dade County, Florida.
Book:  Soldiers Of The Great War, Vol I, Kentucky Section, PHOTO page 378, Second row from the top, left to right, # 4.  Private Elisha Burns, Buckhorn, W. A. (Wounded in Action).
NOTE:  I placed my sixth-cousin-1-times-removed, Elisha Burns 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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CAMPBELL

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CAMPBELL, SAUL (1896- 1918), DIED OF WOUNDS, OVERSEAS, WWI.
Hometown:  YERKES, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Forked Mouth, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  April 1896 in Kentucky.
Son of:  Elizabeth Mae Campbell and Elhannon Campbell.
Great-great-grandson of:  Mary Polly Couch and John C. Campbell.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  American Expeditionary Forces, WWI.
Date of Death:  1918.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWI.
Status:  DIED OF WOUNDS.                                                                                                                                            Monument:  SAUL CAMPBELL carved within the WWI military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Book:  Soldiers Of The Great War, Vol I, Kentucky Section, index page 407.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-2-times-removed, Saul Solomon Campbell 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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CAUDILL

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CAUDILL, SAMPSON “SAMP” (1900-1964), U. S. ARMY, WORLD WAR I AND WORLD WAR II.
Hometown WWI:  HOMBRE, Perry County, Kentucky, WWI.
Hometown WWII:  SCUDDY HOLLOW, Perry County, Kentucky, WWII.
Date of Birth:  17 July 1900, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Martha Brashear and James Caudill.
Grandson of:  Elizabeth Pratt and James N. Brashear, Jr., Confederate States Army, American Civil War.
Spouses:  (1) Loretta Combs, daughter of Nancy Morgan and Edward W. “Black Ed” Combs.  (2) Rhoda Williams.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
WWI Draft Registration Card:  Age 18, living at Hombre, Perry County, Kentucky.
WWII Enlistment Date:  4 December 1942, Divorced without dependents, Born 1900, Perry County, Kentucky.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  On military headstone, 19th Infantry, Company I, WWII, U. S. Army; WWII Enlistment Record.
Date of Death:  18 September 1964.
Cemetery:  Scuddy Cemetery, Scuddy, Perry County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed my second-cousin-2-times-removed, Sampson “Samp” Caudill 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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COLWELL

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COLWELL, SAMUEL (1891 – 1977), UNITED STATES ARMY, WORLD WAR I.
Hometown:  FORKED MOUTH, Perry County, Kentucky. USA.
Other Residence:  Logan, Logan County, West Virginia.  Leslie County, Kentucky.  Mercer County, Ohio.  
Date of Birth:  1891 in Kentucky.
Son of:  Sarah Jane Stidham and Henderson “Red Hence” Colwell.
Spouse:  Para Lee “Parit”  “Parrot” Campbell.
Father of:  Curtis Colwell, Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star, WWII.
Father of:  French Colwell, Korean War.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  10 May 1917.  Released:  29 November 1918.
Branch of Service:  U. S Army.
Combat Organization:  World War I.  Source:  1930 Census.
Date of Death:  13 March 1977.
Place of Death:  Ohio.
Cemetery:  Mendon Cemetery, Mendon County, Ohio.
NOTE:  I placed Samuel Colwell 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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COMBS

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COMBS, ELHANNON “HANNON” FIELDS (1889-1918)
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS, KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWI.
Hometown:  TYPO, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  December 1889 in Kentucky.
Son of:  Sally Fields and William G. Combs (1863-1936).  Because William was listed as a widower on 20 June 1900 Census, Elhannon’s mother, Sally, died before that day.
Brother of:  Virginia “Jennie” Combs, Carter Frederick Combs, Sr. (1895-1920), John F. Combs.
Maternal Grandson of:  Jane Wooton and George Fields.
Paternal Grandson of:  Harriett Godsey and Elhannon Combs.
Occupation:  School Teacher.
Entered Service From:  Perry County, Kentucky.
FIRST ENLISTMENT DATE:  13 March 1911, Company A, 17th Infantry.
Discharge Date:  12 March 1914.
SECOND ENLISTMENT DATE:  World War One.
Rank:  Captain.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company C, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division, AEF, WWI.
Date of Death:  22 October 1918.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWI.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.
Disposition:  Buried.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  Yes.
Cemetery:  Feltner Cemetery, Busy, Perry County, Kentucky on findagrave.  Fields Cemetery, Yerkes, Perry County, Kentucky on Military Headstone Application.                                                                                                                                   Monument:  HANSON FIELDS COMBS carved within the WWI military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
U. S. Awards:  DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS MEDAL.
MEDAL CITATION LETTER, 27 March 1920:
Captain Hanon Fields Combs, Typo, Ky
Distinguished Service Cross Citation
General Orders No. 19
War Department, Wash.
March 27, 1920, p. 7Hanon Fields Combs
Captain, U.S. Army
38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 22, August 7, & October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hanon Fields Combs, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in France against the enemy during the months of July, August, and October, 1918. On July 22, 1918, while at the head of his company, which was advancing in the direction of Le Charmel, Department of Aisne, France, against the enemy, Captain Combs noticed that after passing a certain spot on the road his company was subject to the machine-gun fire of a sniper. Organizing a small party he led them in capturing the machine gun and killing the sniper. On August 7, 1918, at the Vesle River, he personally silenced a machine-gun sniper that had been keeping up a harassing fire on his command. This was done in the face of machine-gun fire. On October 9, 1918, near Cierges, Department of Meuse, Captain Combs was wounded in action by shrapnel in the back. He refused to go back to the first-aid station. October 22, 1918, he was killed by a sniper while establishing a new post command.
General Orders No. No. 19., War Department, Washington, D. C., March 27, 1920.
Emergency address: William G, Combs, father, Typo, Ky.  Residence at appointment: Typo, KY.  Home Town: Typo, KY.  Source of full text citation:  homeofheroes.com.
Book:  Soldiers Of The Great War, Vol 1, 2, 3 by W. M. Haulsee and F. G. Howe and A. C. Doyle, Soldiers Record Publishing Association, Washington, D. C., copyright 1920, with the Kentucky section in Volume 1, pages 375 – 408.  Indexed Killed In Action, Captain Hanon Fields, Typo, page 403.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-4-times-removed, Elhannon “Hannon” Fields 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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COMBS, MONROE (1893-1918), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWI.                                                                    Hometown:  LENNUT, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.                                                                                                                 Date of Birth:  19 July 1893 in Avawam, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Polly and Jackson Golden Combs.
WWI Draft Registration Card:  5 June 1917.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Rank:  Corporal.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, WWI
Date of Death:  18 July 1918.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWI.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.  (First Reported Missing In Action.)
Disposition:  Buried.
Burial:  First Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  Yes
Cemetery:  White John Colwell Cemetery, Krypton – Yerkes, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                   Monument:  MONROE COMBS carved within the WWI military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Book:  Soldiers Of The Great War, Vol. I, Kentucky Section, index page 403.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-3-times-removed, Monroe Combs 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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CORNETT

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CORNETT, JOSEPH “JOE” (1893-1920), WOUNDED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWI.
Hometown:  DIABLOCK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Hazard and Glomawr in Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  12 June 1893 in Kentucky.
Son of:  Ruphena Feltner and Elhanon L. Cornett.
Maternal Grandson of: Sarah Gayheart and John Feltner.
Paternal Grandson of: Cynthia Grigsby and Elijah Combs Cornett.
Occupation:  Coal Mine Tipple Boss.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army, WWI.
Combat Organization:  American Expeditionary Forces, WWI.
February 1920 Census:  Age 25, Single, Tipple Boss.
Date of Death:  3 June 1920, “DIED FROM THE EFFECTS OF THE WAR GAS.”
Cause of Death:  Cornett’s 2 death records squabble over the cause of death: (1) after returning home from World War I, died from the effects of the war gas (filed in June) and signed by Dr. S. B. Snyder and (2) died of leukemia (filed in August) and signed by Dr. R. L. Collins.  On both records the informant was his dad, E. L. Cornett of Diablock, Perry County, Kentucky.
Place of Death:  Perry County, Kentucky.
Status:  WOUNDED IN ACTION, WWI.
Burial: Cornett Cemetery, Christopher, Perry County, Kentucky.  Findagrave memorial # 82494974.
Book:  Soldiers Of The Great War, Vol. I, Kentucky Section, PHOTO page 379.
NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-2-times removed, Joseph “Joe” 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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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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