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, D - Z

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
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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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DAVIDSON

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DAVIDSON, ALEXANDER “ALEX” (1895-1918), DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS MEDAL,                               KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWI
Hometown:  BOAT, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Campbell, Perry County, Kentucky.  George’s Branch, Breathitt County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  11 December 1895 in Kentucky.
Son of:  Elizabeth Spencer and Robert Davidson.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Rank:  Second Lieutenant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division, American Expeditionary Forces (A. E. F.)
Extraordinary Heroism in Action:  ~16 October 1918 at Madeleine Farm, France.
Date of Death:  4 November 1918.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWI.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWI.
Disposition:  Buried.
Burial:  First Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  Yes.
Cemetery:  Red Hill Cemetery, Chavies, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                  Monument:  ALEX DAVIDSON 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, WWI.
Book:  Soldiers Of The Great War, Vol. I, Kentucky Section, index page 403, Killed In Action, Lieutenant, Davidson, Alex, Boat, (Perry County), Kentucky.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS CITATION:
DAVIDSON, ALEX
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 16, 1918.
Medal Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alex Davidson, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Madeleine Farm, France, October 16, 1918. While leading his platoon in an attack Lieutenant Davidson was struck down by enemy fire. He got up and started forward, urging his men on, until he was hit a second time. He refused medical attention, and, although mortally wounded, he motioned to his men to continue the attack.
General Orders No. No. 53, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Boat, Perry County, Kentucky
Source:  Home of the Heros, website: homeofheroes.com.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-3-times-removed, Alexander “Alex” Davidson 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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DUFF

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DUFF, DANIEL (1895-1918), DIED OF DISEASE AT SEA, U. S. S. KROONLAND, WWI.
Hometown:  CHAVIES, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Campbell, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  17 December 1895, Chavies, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Drewcilla Davidson and Elijah Combs Duff (Perry County Judge, 1910-1914).
Grandson of:  Mahala Strong and Henry C. Duff.
Son:  Dorse Duff (1918-1987), after his father’s death, he was adopted by his uncle, Floyd Duff.  Source:  findagrave #40145191.
Note:  Awarded a commission to West Point after high school graduation.  Source:  findagrave #40145191.
WWI Draft Registration Card:  Signed 5 June 1917 by Dan Duff of Chavies, born December 17, 1895 at Chavies; Teaching at Boat, Perry County, Kentucky.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  14 June 1918 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Rank:  Seaman, Second Class.
Branch of Service:  United States Naval Reserve Force.
Combat Organization:  Currently Unknown.
Date of Death:  14 September 1918, WWI.
Place of Death:  U. S. S. KROONLAND (ID-1541), ex-passenger ship converted to troop transport ship.
Cause of Death:  Pneumonia, lobar.  (Spanish Influenza Pandemic was raging world wide.)
Status:  DIED OF DISEASE.
Disposition:  Buried.
Repatriated:  “Body Returned To The U.S.A.”  Source:  U.S. Navy Burial Records, 1898-1932.
Cemetery:  Red Hill Cemetery, Chavies, Perry County, Kentucky.  Headstone Inscription:  “A Gallant Hero Of World’s War.” Monument:  DANIEL DUFF carved within the WWI military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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ENGLE

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ENGLE, WILLIAM JEFFERSON “WILLIE” (1898 -1918), DIED OF DISEASE, CAMP MEAD, MARYLAND, USA, WWI.
The identification of William’s parents, headstone and other data may not be correct, because of lack of documents available.
Hometown:  DOMINO, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Troublesome, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  March 1898.
Son of:  Nancy Richie and James Engle, Sr.
1900 and 1910 Residence:  Troublesome, Perry County, Kentucky.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Date of Death:  4 October 1918.
Place of Death:  Camp Meade, Maryland, U. S. A.
Status:  DIED OF DISEASE
Disposition:  Buried.
Cemetery:  Engle Cemetery at Fisty in Knott County, Kentucky.  Headstone Inscription (difficult to read, therefore, may not be accurate):  “A brave spirit lies buried here, who died a glorious death in his country’s cause.”                                       Monument:  WILLIE ENGLE carved within the WWI military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.  
Source:  The Hazard Herald, 1 May 1919, List of Perry County, Kentucky WWI Casualties.  Copied by Allen Watts from Microfilm, transcribed by Freddie Wilson, 2 August 2004.
NOTE:  I placed William Jefferson Engle 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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HURT

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HURT, ROSCOE C. (1887- 1918), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWI.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  7 March 1887 in Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Polly Feltner (born 1865) and Joseph Hurt (born 1859).
Grandson of:  Eliza Combs and Andrew Jackson Hurt.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Rank:  Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  12th Machine Gun Battalion, 4th Infantry Division.
Date of Death:  30 September 1918, WWI.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWI.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWI.
Disposition:  Buried.
Cemetery:  Meuse – Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France.                                                                            Monument:  ROSCO C. HURT 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 Roscoe C. Hurt 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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JAMESON

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JAMESON, WILLIAM KELLEY “WILLIE” III (1888-1918?), DIED OF DISEASE, CAMP MEADE, MARYLAND, WWI.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  7 October 1888 in Kentucky.  (Spellings:  Jamison, Jamerson, Jameson.)
Son of:   Ellen Fields and William Kelley Jameson, Jr., who were buried in the Crawford-Jameson Cemetery at Busy, Perry County, Kentucky.
Paternal Grandson of:  Mary Day and William Kelley Jameson, Sr.
Maternal Grandson of:  Nancy Whitaker and Jacob Fields.
1900 Census, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky:  Willie Jamerson, born October 1888.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Rank:  Lieutenant.
Date of Death:  1918?
Place of Death:  Camp Meade, Maryland, USA, WWI.
Status:  DIED OF DISEASE, WWI.                                                                                                                                 Monument:  W. M. JAMESON carved within the WWI military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Sources:  The Hazard Herald, 1 May 1919, List of Perry County, Kentucky WWI Casualties.  Lexington Herald, 21 December 1919, “Hazard, Heart of the Coal Fields,” subtitle, “Perry County in the War” by Samuel Morse Chewault. 

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MORRIS

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MORRIS, ROSCOE (1891-1918), DIED OF ACCIDENT, OVERSEAS, WWI.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Forked Mouth, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  19 September 1891 in Manchester, Clay County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Alice “Alcy” and Green Berry Morris.
Grandson of:  Elizabeth Oliver and Lewis Morris.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  1st Pioneer Infantry, 2nd Regiment?, WWI.
Date of Death:  10 November 1918.
Armistice:  11 November 1918.
Place of Death:  Overseas.
Status:  DIED OF ACCIDENT, WWI.
Disposition:  Buried.
Burial:  First Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  Yes.
Headstone Application:  signed on 25 February 1927 by Alice P. Morris of Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Cemetery:  Combs Cemetery, Combs, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                      Monument:  ROSCOE MORRIS 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, PHOTO page 407.

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NAPIER

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NAPIER, JOHN CALVIN (1887-1918) DIED OF DISEASE, GREAT LAKES, ILLINOIS, USA, WWI
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  3 February 1887 in Chavies, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Jane Eversole and Stephen Napier.
Grandson of:  Mary Campbell and Edmund Napier.
Step-son of:  Louella, second wife of Stephen Napier.
Spouse:  Nancy.
WWI Draft Registration Card:  signed 6 June 1917 by John C. Napier.
Occupation:  In 1917, County Superintendent of Perry County.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  14 June 1918 at Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Rank:  Seaman, Second Class.
Branch of Service:  United States Naval Reserve Force.
Combat Organization:  Unknown.
Date of Death:  22 September 1918, WWI.
Place of Death:  NAVAL HOSPITAL, GREAT LAKES, LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS, WWI.
Cause of Death:  Influenza.
Status:  DIED OF DISEASE, INFLUENZA, WWI.
Disposition:  Buried.
Cemetery:  Napier Cemetery, Krypton, Perry County, Kentucky.
Headstone Inscription:  “John C., Husband of Nancy Napier, Feb 3, 1887-Sep 22, 1918, A Good And Faithful Husband, Who Gave His Life For His Country.”                                                                                                                                      Monument:  JOHN CALVIN NAPIER carved within the WWI military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-2-times-removed, John Calvin Napier 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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NAPIER, SHAFTER (1898-1918) DIED OF DISEASE, CAMP SEVIER, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA, WWI.
Hometown:  TROUBLESOME, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  2 December 1898 in Kentucky.
Son of:  Catherine “Katie” Feltner and Abijah B. Napier.
Paternal Grandson of:  Winnie Allen Williams and Steve Napier.
Maternal Grandson of:  Sallie Gayhart and John Feltner.
Entered Service From:  Perry County, Kentucky.
Service Number:  2341215.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company C, 89th Infantry, World War I.
Date of Death:  10 October 1918, WWI.
Place of Death:  Base Hospital, Camp Sevier, Greenville, Greenville, County, South Carolina, USA, WWI.
Status:  DIED OF DISEASE, WWI.
Cause of Death:  Broncho Pneumonia, general.
Disposition:  Buried 14 October 1918.
Cemetery:  Napier Cemetery, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                      Monument:  SHAFTER NAPIER carved within the WWI military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Headstone Inscription:  Our Soldier Boy, Co E, 89th U. S. INF, He Died For His Country.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-3-times-removed, Shafter Napier 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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PLOWMAN

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PLOWMAN, YERKES (ca 1903-1918), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWI.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth: circa 1903.
Son of:  Nancy Winnie Stacy and James Plowman.
Brother of:  Sally Plowman who married Barnett Combs.  Sally and Barnett’s son, James Green Combs (1925-1944), of Happy in Perry County, Kentucky, was Killed In Action in World War II.  (Refer to the World War II Section.)
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number:  57471.
Rank:  Private
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  First Division, 28th Infantry, Company E., WWI.
Date of Death:  18 June 1918, WWI.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWI.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWI.  Source:  The Lexington Herald, December 21, 1919.
Disposition:  Buried.
First Burial:  Originally buried in Grave # 21, Sec. C, # 176 American Cemetery, Villers – Tournell, Somme, France.
Repatriated, Interment:  7 April 1921.
Cemetery:  Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA.                                                 Monument:  YERKES PLOWMAN carved within the WWI military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed the brother-in-law-of-my-third-cousin-2-times-removed, Yerkes Plowman 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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PRATT 

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PRATT, JOHN G. (1897-1972), U. S. ARMY, FRANCE, WORLD WAR I.
HOMETOWN:  Daisy, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
OTHER RESIDENCE:  Leatherwood, Sassafras and Vicco in Perry County, Kentucky.  (More than once, politics moved the Sassafras, now Knott County, and Vicco, Perry County, Border Line).
DATE OF BIRTH:  19 July 1897, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Sarah Cornett and Hiram G. Pratt, Jr.
GRANDPARENTS:  Mary “Polly” Griffith and Hiram Cornett.
GRANDPARENTS:  Rhoda Campbell and Hiram Gilbert Pratt, Sr., Confederate States Army, American Civil War.
GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Sarah Ellen Gipson and Henry Pratt.
GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Juda McDaniel and Archibald Cornett.
GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Elizabeth Cornett and William Campbell.
GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Rhoda Gilliam and William Cornett, American Revolutionary War Soldier.
GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Nancy Couch and William Campbell, War off 1812.
SPOUSE:  Orpha Campbell.
SON:  Obreen Pratt, U. S. Army Soldier, World War II.                                                                                                     ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
SERVICE NUMBER:  411651.
RANK:  Private, advanced to Corporal.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  U. S. Army.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  Company G, 49th Infantry, United States Army, World War I.
U. S. ARMY TRANSPORT SERVICE, PASSENGER LISTS:
~ 26 JULY 1918, SHIP, TAORMINA SAILED FROM HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY:  On board was Private John G. Pratt of Company G, 49th Infantry, son of Hiram Pratt of Daisy, Kentucky.
~ 4 JANUAY 1919, SHIP, BELGIC SAILED FROM BREST, FRANCE:  On board was Corporal John G. Pratt of Company G, 49th Infantry, son of Hiram Pratt of Daisy, Kentucky.
~ 16 JANUARY 1919, SHIP BELGIC ARRIVED IN NEW YORK:  On board was Corporal John G. Pratt, returning home from his military service in France in World War I.
DATE OF DEATH:  12 January 1972.
CEMETERY:  Carr Fork Memorial Cemetery, Brinkley, Knott County, Kentucky.
SOURCES:  Census.  Findagrave.  Kentucky County Marriages.  U. S. Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists.
NOTE:  I placed my second-cousin-two-times-removed, John G. Pratt 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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SANDLIN

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SANDLIN, WILLIE (1890-1949), CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR, WWI.
Hometown:  HYDEN, LESLIE COUNTY, Kentucky.  Because his father and step-mother married in Perry County, Kentucky, did Willie live in PERRY COUNTY after his mother died, when he was 10-years-old?
Other Residence:  Breathitt County, Kentucky.  Wooton, Asher Branch and Owls Nest Creek in Leslie County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  1 January 1890 in BREATHITT COUNTY, Kentucky, (per his Passport Application).  Born January 1891 on the 1900 census.    
Son of:  Lucinda Abner (1870-1900) and John Sandlin (1866-1947).
Paternal Grandson of:  Ludema Riley and Andrew Jackson Sandlin.
Maternal Grandson of:  Almirah Chaney Baker and Willis Abner.
Great-grandson of:  Zelphia Baker and James W. Sandlin.
Sandlin Siblings:  Charlie, John, Jr., Elihu, Matt, Lula (children of Lucinda and John).
Second Cousin:  William Eversole “Willie” Sandlin, born 1893 in Perry County, Kentucky, died 1961 in Indiana, son of Polly J. Eversole and James J. Sandlin.  Willie Sandlin and William Eversole Sandlin were the great-grandsons of Zelphia Baker Sandlin and James W. Sandlin.
Step-mother:  Lydia Bowling, daughter of Sarah Jane Baker and William “Old Speck” Bowling.  On 18 October 1906 in Perry County, Kentucky, Willie’s father, John Sandlin married a second wife, Lydia Bowling, with witnesses, Elijah Baker and Houston Riley.  Source:  Perry County Kentucky Stuff Page, Marriage Book J.  John and Lydia named one of their sons, William Berry Sandlin (1908-1950).  Many mistake Willie and his younger, half-brother, William Berry to be the same person.

Sandlin Half-siblings:  William Berry, Edward, Earl, Laura, Irvin (children of Lydia and John).
Step-sister:  Martha Bowling, daughter of Lydia Bowling.
Note:  Do NOT combine Willie Sandlin, his younger, half-brother, William Berry Sandlin and their second cousin, William Eversole Sandlin into one person, as many have done.
Spouse:  Belvia Roberts, daughter of Sally Ann Roberts and William Roberts.  Sally Ann was the daughter of Malinda Davidson and David W. Roberts and the granddaughter of Arrah Orah Asher and Pharis Roberts.  William was the son of Margaritt “Peggy” McIntosh and Thomas Roberts.
5 June 1900 Census:  Wooton, Leslie County, Kentucky.  On that date his mother, Lucinda was head of household, declared a widow and raising six children alone.
11 June 1900 Census:  On that date his father, John was in the Kentucky State Penitentiary.      
8 August 1900:  Death of Willie’s mother in Kentucky.
Hometown from 1901 to 1906:  After his mother’s death, did he stay with relatives in Leslie County or Breathitt County, Kentucky?  Or did he live with his father and step-mother in Perry County, Kentucky, where they were married?
Entered Service From:  Hyden, Leslie County, Kentucky.
FIRST ENLISTMENT DATE:  17 April 1913.  DISCHARGE DATE:  16 April 1917.  Corporal.
SECOND ENLISTMENT DATE:  17 April 1917.  DISCHARGE DATE:  30 May 1919.  Sergeant.
Service Number:  2078103.  Pension Number:  228151.
Rank:  Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  33rd Division, 132nd Infantry Regiment, Company A., American Expeditionary Forces, WWI.             26 September 1918:  Willie Sandlin “showed conspicuous gallantry in action” at Bois-de-Forges, France in WWI and would later receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
9 February 1919, Sunday:  At the quadrangle at General Headquarters, Willie Sandlin and other recipients were presented with a Congressional Medal of Honor by General John J. Pershing.
10 February 1919, Monday:  Willie Sandlin and other medal recipients were luncheon guests of General John J. Pershing at his chateau, Valdes Escaliers.
14 February 1919, Friday, Newspaper Article:  The Stars and Stripes, France, Friday, February 14, 1919, VOL. 2 – No. 2.  “Medal of Honor Winners C. – IN – C.’S LUNCHEON GUESTS.”  Willie Sandlin’s hometown was listed as Haydan [Hyden, Leslie County, Kentucky] in an article celebrating his being a recipient of the CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR, which was presented to him in France by General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing.
30 May 1919:  Discharged from military service.      
22 December 1919.  U. S. Passport Application with Photo.  Traveling to Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Italy, England.  Sailing on 5 January 1920 on the U.S.S. Pocahontas.  Checker, Graves Registration Bureau.  He declared he was born on 1 January 1890 in Breathitt County, Kentucky, and that his father, John was born in Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Death: 29 May 1949.
Place of Death:  Veterans Administration Hospital, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
First Burial:  1949, Sandlin Cemetery, Hyden, Leslie County, Kentucky.
Second Burial:  September 1990, Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Medal of Honor Donated in year 2000:  “In 2000, the family of Willie Sandlin donated his Medal of Honor to the Kentucky Military History Museum.”  Source:  National Guard Museum, website:  ky.gov.
Memorial Honor Plaque:  Bronze Plaque, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.
U. S. Awards:  For action taken Willie Sandlin was awarded the CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR, which was presented to him in France by General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing.     
Medal of Honor Certificate:  “Willie Sandlin, Sergeant, U. S. Army, Company A, 132d Infantry, 33d Division.  Place and Date:  At Bois-de-Forges, France on 26 September 1918.  He showed conspicuous gallantry in action by advancing alone directly on a machinegun nest which was holding up the line with its fire. He killed the crew with a grenade and enabled the line to advance. Later in the day he attacked alone and put out of action 2 other machinegun nests, setting a splendid example of bravery and coolness to his men.  Entered service at Hyden, Ky.  G. O. Number: 16, W. D., 1919.  Date of issue, December 31, 1919.”  Source:  Congressional Medal of Honor Society, website: cmohs.org.
NOTE:  I placed Willie Sandlin 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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SINGLETON

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SINGLETON, CUSTER (4 July 1896 - 1918), KILLED IN ACTION, EUROPE, WWI.
Hometown:  GLOMAWR, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Lothair and Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.  Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  4 July 1896.
Son of:  Martha E. Cornett and Andrew Singleton.
Maternal Grandson of:  Cynthia Grigsby and Elijah Combs Cornett.
Great-grandson of:  Louisa Combs and Robert Bustard Cornett.
1900 and 1910 Census:  Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
WWI Draft Registration Card:  5 June 1917, residence, Glomawr, Perry County, Kentucky.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number:  1977613.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  33rd Division, 131st Infantry, Company G, WWI.
Date of Death:  26 September 1918, WWI.
Place of Death:  EUROPE, WWI.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.
Disposition: Buried.
Burial:  First Burial in Euro, Grave # 3090.
Repatriated:  July 1921.
Cemetery:  Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA.                                                 Monument:  CUSTER SINGLETON 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, Indexed on page 404, Private Custer Singleton, hometown, Whitesburg, Kentucky, KIA.
NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-2-times-removed, Custer Singleton 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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SIZEMORE

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SIZEMORE, JOHN (1893-1918), DIED OF DISEASE, CAMP MEADE, MARYLAND, WWI.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  16 April 1893 in Hindman, Knott County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Lydia Jane Cornett and Luther “Spike” Sizemore.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  R. C. T. CO?  [Recruiting Company (Band)?]  17th Infantry, WWI.
Date of Death:  11 October 1918.
Place of Death:  Camp Meade, Maryland, USA, WWI.
Status:  DIED OF DISEASE, WWI.
Disposition:  Buried.
Cemetery:  Englewood Cemetery, Christopher, Perry County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-2-times-removed, John Sizemore 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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WAGERS

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WAGERS, LOURNCE (1896-1918), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWI.
Hometown:  GLOMAWR, Perry County, Kentucky, USA. (per Soldiers of the Great War.)
Other Residence:  Hydentown and Big Creek and Marrow Bone in Leslie County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  November 1896 in Kentucky.
Other Spellings:  Lourance Wagers.  Larence Wager.  Lawrence Wager.     
Son of:  Mahala “Halie” Couch and Green Wager.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  3rd Infantry Division, 38th Infantry Regiment, WWI.
Date of Death:  9 October 1918.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWI.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.  (First reported missing in action.)
Disposition:  Buried.
Cemetery:  Meuse – Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France.                                                                           Monument:  LOURNCE WAGERS 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, Indexed on page 405, Private Lournce Wagers, Glomawr, Perry County, Kentucky, Killed In Action.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-4-times-removed, Lawrence Wagers 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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WILSON AKA HALL

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WILSON aka HALL, JAMES RANSOM ‘RANT’ (1884-1937) WOUNDED IN ACTION, WWI
Last Name Varied:  1884 to 1919, including military records:  WILSON.  1920 to 1937:  HALL.
Hometown:  DAISY, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.  (Per Soldiers of the Great War).
Other Residence:  Viper, Big Branch and Mason’s Creek, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  25 April 1884, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Elizabeth Louisa Caudill, who married Henry M. Wilson.   
Maternal Grandson of:  Juda Sumner and Isom Jesse Caudill.
Spouse:  Leona Hall, daughter of Sallie and William Hall.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.  Service Record Varied On Different Documents.
FIRST ENLISTMENT DATE:  27 August 1902, James R. WILSON, age 21, enlisted at Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky; Discharged:  28 August 1904 and 4 May 1905 at Malabang, Philippine Islands.
SECOND ENLISTMENT DATE:  5 May 1905, James R. WILSON, age 24 enlisted in Malabang, Philippine Islands; Discharged 3 November 1907.  Discharged 4 May 1908 at Fort Logan Target Range, Colorado.
THIRD ENLISTMENT DATE:  5 May 1908 in Logan, Colorado.  In 1910, James R. WILSON, age 29, was a U. S. Soldier in the 21st Infantry, Ludlow Barracks, Mindanao, Philippines.  Discharged 19 May 1911 at Fort McDowell, Colorado.
Marriage:  7 October 1913, James R. WILSON and Leona Hall married at W. C. Hall’s in Perry County, Kentucky.
1918 WWI Draft Registration Card:  Signed on 12 September 1918 by James R. WILSON of Viper, Perry County, Kentucky.
FOURTH ENLISTMENT:  U. S. Army Infantry, WOUNDED IN ACTION, World War I.   
Rank:  Private and Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army Infantry.
Combat Organizations:  21st Infantry, Company H.  3rd Infantry.  28th Infantry, Company I or J.
Status:  WOUNDED IN ACTION, WWI.
1920 Census:  James R. HALL, Big Branch, Perry County, Kentucky.
1930 Census:  Rant HALL, Mason’s Creek, Perry County, Kentucky.
Social Security Application and Claims Index:  James R. WILSON and James R. HALL, same person, same social security number.
Date of Death:  22 September 1937.
Cemetery:  Hall Cemetery, Cornettsville, Perry County, Kentucky.  Headstone Application signed by Leona Wilson of Cornettsville, Perry County, Kentucky on November 5, 1937.
Book:  Soldiers Of The Great War, Vol I, Kentucky Section, Pvt. James Wilson, Daisy, Kentucky, Wounded in Action, PHOTO page 399.
NOTE:  I placed my second-cousin-2-times-removed, James R. Wilson aka Hall 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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WRIGHT

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WRIGHT, ALBERT (1897-1965), U. S. ARMY ENGINEERS, WWI.
Hometown:  FOURSEAM, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Clay County, West Virginia.  Wise County, Virginia.  Glomawr and Diablock in Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  Born July 1897 in Kentucky on the 1900 Census.  Born on 3 November 1896 on his military headstone.
Son of:  Mima and Samuel Wright.
Entered Service From:  Perry County, Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  10 June 1918.  Sent to Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville, Jefferson Co, KY.
Service Number:  1839.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company D, 6th Engineers, World War I.  Source: Military Headstone.
~1 October 1917:  The 6th Engineers were assigned to the 3rd Division.  Source:  army.mil.
Date of Death:  6 May 1965.
Cemetery:  William Campbell “Frosty Bill” Cemetery, Viper, Perry County, Kentucky.
Source:  U. S., List of Men Ordered To Report To Local Board For Military Duty, 1917-1918.

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