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PENNSYLVANIA MILITARY MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Biographical Sketches


The "Individual Collections" contained in Manuscript Group 272 were each compiled, created and donated by a different person. Below is what biographical information we have been able to find about these individuals. Persons for whom only a name appears are those about whom we have no data.

John D. Adams

Russell P. Barone

Frank Beary [Holdings]
Frank David Beary, a ribbon weaver from Allentown, enlisted in Company B 4th Infantry Regiment of the Pennsylvania National Guard in November 1888. In May 1898 Beary was commissioned to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant of the regiment. Over the ensuing years Beary held numerous other ranking positions in the 4th Infantry including Captain, Chaplain, Adjutant, Major, Colonel, and he also worked on the Administrative Staff.

Samuel Bechtol [Holdings]
Private Samuel Bechtol was in Company F 358th Infantry during World War II. he was born in Clinton County in 1924 and resided in Norristown at the time of his enlistment in 1943. He mustered out of service in March 1946 at Fort George Gordon Meade, Maryland.

Herbert R. Blouch [Holdings]
Blouch was a chaplain at several churches throughout Allentown and Lebanon in his career. A graduate of Lebanon Valley College, he also studied at United Theological Seminary, Harvard University, and the Carlisle Barracks. During World War II Blouch served as chaplain for the 456th Bomb Group of the 15th Air Force in several theaters. In 1953 Blouch retired as chaplain of the 28th Division. During his middle career he won several battle stars and Presedential citations.

Lucas Brass [Holdings]
Brass was Captain of the 7th Infantry 1st Battalion of Militia in Nortumberland County in 1789.

Robert E. Brown [Holdings]
Brown was a commissioned officer in Troop E, 103rd Cavalry and Battery A 190th Field Artillery, 73rd Brigade in the late 1920s to early 1930s. Among the ranks he held were Sergeant and Corporal of Troop E, 103rd Cavalry and 1st Sergeant of Battery A, 190th Field Artillery, 73rd Brigade. Brown was also an avid polo player, competitng in the Lancaster Polo Club.

J.T. Burkett [Holdings]
It is believed that J.T. Burkett was a Sergeant with the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry ("Old 10th)during World War I.

Nathan Cohan [Holdings]
Cohan was a private in Company F 112th Infantry during the World War I era.

Cyrus M. Coleman [Holdings]
Cyrus Morton Coleman of Somerset County served as a private in the United State military forces from February 1918 to May 1919. The majority of his service was spent with Headquarters Company 112th Regiment, 28th Division. During World War I Coleman saw action at Champagne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, and the Meuse-Argonne, among others. He suffered a shrapnel wound to the left hand on Ocotber 4, 1918. Coleman was honorably discharged from service in May 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey.

James Danner [Holdings]
From York James Danner enlisted in the 8th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in 1898. Shortly after he was transferred to the 28th Regiment United States Volunteers where he was commissioned to the rank of Second Lieutenant in July 1899. Danner's service in the Spanish American War began in October 1899 in the Phillipine Islands. On September 27, 1900 he died of an accidental gunshot wound at Luzon, Phillipine Islands.

Henry Davis [Holdings]
Henry Davis was likely a private in the 1st Regiment Cavalry, Pennsylvania National Guard, prior to and during World War I.

Horace A. Decker [Holdings]
Decker was a machinist from by trade from Johnsonburg who enlisted in the Company G 16th Pennsylvania Infantry National Guard in June 1916. In July 1917 Decker was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served in the Mexican Border Campaign. In January 1917 Decker mustered out of the National Guard as a Corporal and mustered into federal service in July 1917. During World War I Decker served as a Sergeant in the 112th Infantry Machine Gun Company, 28th Division. Some of the engagements he participated in include the Second Battle of Marne, Argonne-Forest, the Fifth German Offensive, and Fiames. Decker died from on October 4, 1918 from wounds recieved in action.

Thomas F. Dempsey

George S. Denithorne [Holdings]
From Huntingdon, Denithorne served overseas in World War I from September 1918 to April 1919 in the 27th Engineers. Among the campaigns he served in was the Meuse-Argonne. Denithorne was honorably discharged from service in May 1919 with the rank of First Lieutenant.

Warren A. Donaldson [Holdings]
Warren Arthur Donaldson was born in Pulaski, Pennsylvania in 1893. He originally enlisted with the 18th Pennsylvania Infantry in August 1917. He later served with the 111th Infantry and the Headquarters Brigade of the 56th Infantry. During World War I he served overseas from May 1918 to April 1919 and participated in the battles at Champagne Marne, Aisne Marne, Meuse Argonne, and the Defensive Sector. He left the service in May 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey.

George Duffy [Holdings]
Duffy was a private in Company E 47th Infantry during the Phillipine Insurrection.

John W. Eshleman [Holdings]
John Wesley Eshleman was a concrete worker from West Hanover that entered into service in September 1917. Assigned to Company C 307th Engineers Eshleman served in World War I, participating in the Marabache Sector, St. Mihiel, and the Meuse-Argonne. During his service Eshleman served as Corporal and Sergeant of Company C 307th Engineers. In May 1916 Eshleman was discharged from active service at Camp Dix, New Jersey.

Harry Eyer

Angelo Feroleto [Holdings]
Angelo F. Feroleto was born in 1923 in Huntingdon. He entered military service in June 2943 in Altoona. During Worl War II he served twenty-two months overseas as a member of the 666th Ordinance Ammunition Company (US).

Major General Henry Fluck [Holdings]
Henry Fluck of Camp Hill was a lifetime professional soldier with the Pennsylvania National Guard and the United States Army since 1928. He served as commander of the 28th Division and the 78th Command. Fluck entered World War II as a Second Lieutenant and was discharged in 1946 as a Lieutenant Colonel. During the Korean Conflict Fluck held the rank of Colonel. During his military career Fluck was the recipient of numerous medals including the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Army Commendation Medal. He retired from military service in 1972 at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Ronald Friedman

Joseph Haeffner

Leon Hancock

Howard T. Hardie [Holdings]
Howard Thomas Hardie was born in Pittsburgh in 1896. An electrician by trade, he enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard in February 1914 and was mustered into the Signal Corps. During the Mexican Border Campaign, he served with the Field Battalion Signal Corps as First Lieutenant. Hardie mustered out of federal service on January 1917.

Clara Hay

Robert Henschen [Holdings]
Robert H. Henschen held ranking office positions, including Captain and 1st Lietuenant, in the Headquarters Company 28th Division during the World War II era.

George Hittle [Holdings]
George Vernon Hittle was born in 1896 in Greenville, Pennsylvania. During World War I he enlisted in the United States Marines in June 1918. Hittle never saw overseas action during the war, and was honorably discharged from the Marines in Quantico, Virginia in March 1919 with the rank of Sergeant.

Ivan Hollabaugh [Holdings]
Ivan Hobson Holloabaugh was born in Bellefonte 1898.He enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard in Boalsburg in 1916. Hollabaugh was mustered into the Headquarters' Personelle, 28th Division, rising to the rank of Sergeant in 1919. In World War I he participated in the battles of Marne-Aisne, Oisne-Aisne, Meuse-Argonne, Thiacourt, and Champaigne-Marne. Hollabaugh was discharged from service in May 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey.

Ellery Hubbard [Holdings]
Ellery H. Hubbard was born in Patton, Pennsylvania in 1896. An undertaker by trade, he enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard in May 1917 with Company B, Signal Corps. Hubbard entered federal service in July 1917 for World War I. He served overseas during World War I from May 1918 to April 1919 as part of Company B, 103rd Field Signal Battalion, 28th Division. Among the battles Hubbard participated in were the 5th German Offensive, the Meuse-Argonne, and Thiacourt. Hubbard was honorably discharged from service at Camp Dix, New Jersey in May 1919.

Robert Lane Huber [Holdings]
Robert Lane Huber was born in 1875 in Chambersburg. A clerk by trade, Huber enlisted in Company C 8th Regiment of the Pennsylvania National Guard in May 1895. In June 1898 Huber was promoted to the rank of Corporal. Huber was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, although he did not participate in any battles or engagements. He was honorably discharged from the service in March 1898 in Augusta, Georgia.

John R. Johnsonbaugh [Holdings]
John Ruben Johnsonbaugh was born August 1897 in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. He served overseas during World War I as part of the Machine Gun Company, 1st Pennsylvania Cavalry and Company A 16th Machine Gun Battalion. In July 1917 Johnsbaugh was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During World War I, Johnsbaugh participated in battles at Champagne, Meuse-Argonne, and the St. Mihiel Sector. Johnsbaugh was honorably discharged from service in May 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey.

Major General Nicholas Kafkalas [Holdings]
Nicholas Kafkalas enlisterd in the Pennsylvania National Guard, 28th Division in 1939. During World War II he was promoted to Sergeant and eventually to Second Lieutenant. Kafkalas served as regimental and staff officer during the Korean War. The highlights of his career include being Major General of the 28th Division from 1967-1977 and serving two years as Adjutant General of Pennsylvania.

William M. Keim [Holdings]
Keim was born in 1921 in Harrisburg and entered service December 1942 in New Cumberland. He served as a Private First Class during World War II from December 1942 to January 1946 in an ordinance unit.. In January 1946 Keim left military service at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Mabel S. Knight [Holdings]
Mabel Sliker Knight was born in Harrisburg in 1888. During World War I he served overseas from May 1918 to June 1919 as a nurse with evacuation hospitals in France and Germany. Knight participated in the battles of Champagne Marne, Aisne Marne, the Meuse-Argonne, and St. Mihiel. He was honorably discharged from service in August 1919 in New York City.

Edward Lightner [Holdings]
Edward Herman Lightner was born in Nineveh, Pennsylvania in 1896. He enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard in July 1917 as a private in Company D 18th Infantry. Lightner was employed as a machinist prior to World War I. In June 1918 he was transferred to Headquarters Company 111th Infantry, 28th Division. Lightner served overseas during World War I from May 1918 to April 1919 and was involved in the 5th German Offensive, Meuse-Argonne, and Thiacourt Sector. In May 1919 he was honorably discharged as a from the 111th Infantry as a Sergeant.

Paul Lower [Holdings]
Paul W. Lower was born in Tyrone, Pennsylvania in 1892. He enlisted into the service in June 1917, and in May 1918 he was transferred to Company C 103rd Ammunition Train as a Wagoner. Lower served overseas during World War I from May 1918 to May 1919 and was a veteran of the battles of the Meuse Argonne and Thiacourt Sector. In May 1919 Lower was honorably discharged from the service at Camp Dix, New Jersey.

William McAlevy [Holdings]
William McAlevy was born in Neffs' Mills, Pennsylvania in 1905. In April 1925 he enlisted with Troop A 52nd Machine Gun Squadron as a Corporal. By 1928 he would be promoted to Sergeant and 1st Sergeant of Troop A 52nd Machine Gun Squadron. McAlevy was discharged from the unit in September 1928. In December 1929 McAlevy enlisted in Troop I 103rd Cavalry, Pennsylvania National Guard.

Daniel McGowan

D.R. McKinney [Holdings]
Daniel Roy McKinney was born in 1895 in Seven Points, Pennsylvania. An electrician by trade, McKinney was a veteran of the Mexican Border Campaign and World War I. He enlisted into the service in June 1916 in Sunbury in answer to President Woodrow Wilson's call for troops for the Mexican Emergency. McKinney was mustered into Troop I 1st Cavalry Division. During World War I McKinney served overseas from May 1918 to May 1919 with Headquarters Troop 28th Division and the Medical Corps. During the war McKinney participated in the battles of Meuse Argonne and Thiacourt. In May 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey, McKinney was honorably discharged from the service.

Fletcher McKnight [Holdings]
Fletcher McKnight was a Sergeant in the 28th Division who served in France and the Army of Occupation shortly after World War I.

William A. March [Holdings]
William Allen March was born in 1884 in Monocacy, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1913 as a Private with Company F 2nd Infantry. Throughout his military career he held numerous ranks in the field artillery and served in the Mexican Border Campaign and World War I. In peacetime 1916 March was appointed to Captain of Company F 2nd Infantry. He enlisted into federal service in June 1916 in response to the Mexican Emergency. During the Mexican Border Campaign he was Captain of Company C 2nd Infantry and ended his wartime service as Captain of Battery C 2nd Field Artillery. March served overseas during World War I from May 1918 to May 1919 as Captain of the 108th Field Artillery and was a veteran of the battles of Champagne, Oise-Aisne, Meuse Argonne, and Ypres-Lys. March was honorably discharged at Camp Dix, New Jersey in May 1919.

George Mortimer [Holdings]
George Mortimer was a 1st Sergeant with Cannon Company 112th Infantry during World War II.

John B. Morton [Holdings]
Morton served with Company G 127th Pennsylvania Infantry as a private from August 1862 until his discharge in 1863.

Harry Mull [Holdings]
Harry Mull, from West End, Pennsylvania was a miner prior to his military service. He served as a private with the 36th Company 9th Battalion 153rd Depot Brigade and more notebaly with Company L 15th US Infantry.

William Murphy [Holdings]
William Grove Murphy was born in Pittsburgh in 1893. He enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard, Company M 18th Infantry in 1914 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1915. In 1916 Grove answered the call for troops during the Mexican Border Campaign, serving as a Sergeant in Company M 18th Infantry. Murphy also served in World War I, although he did not see any overseas service. During World War I Murphy was part of the Officer's Training Camp at Fort Niagra, New York, where he was promoted to Second Lieutenant. In September 1920 Murphy was discharged in Lincoln, Nebraska to accept a commission in the Regular Army.

Lucilla Davis Oliver

John Owens [Holdings]
John Joseph Owens was born in Philadelphia in 1887. A clerk by trade, he enlisted in Company I 1st Infantry of the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1907 and was soon after promoted to Corporal and Sergeant. During the Mexican Border Campaign of 1916 he served as a Quartermaster Sergeant in Company I 1st infantry and was a recipient of the Mexican Service Medal. Owens served overseas during World War I from May 1918 to December 1918 with Company I 1st Infantry before being transferred to Company K 109th Infantry, 28th Division, where he served as 2nd Lieutenant and later Captain. Owens led his unit in numerous campaigns including Chateau Thierry, Champaigne Marne, Meuse Argonne, Thiaucourt, Fismes, and Oise Aisne. In August 1918 Owens and the 109th Infantry seized the town of Fismette, France. During the war Owens was gassed and wounded twice by shrapnel. In July 1919 Owens was honorably discharged at Camp Dix, New Jersey.

Henry Armstrong North Peirsol [Holdings]
Henry Armstrong North Peirsol was born in Philadelphia in 1883. He enlisted in Company C 1st Infantry of the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1918 and was appointed to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. From 1920 to 1940 Peirsol held numerous commanding office positions in the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Pennsylvania Reserve Militia. He was discharged in January 1921.

Boyd Phillippi [Holdings]
Boyd Phillippi was born in 1914 in Homer City, Pennsylvania and was a career officer in the Pennsylvania National Guard. Phillippi enlisted in the National Guard in 1932 as a private. During World War II Phillippi entered federal service with the 28th Division and was sent overseas in 1943. During trhe war he served in five major battles and was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. After the war's end in 1945 he left the service, holding the rank of Major. He soon returned to the service, joining the 110th Infantry as an executive officer. Phillippi retired from active duty in 1966 as a Brigadier General. He died in 1987 in his hometown.

Ellsworth Price [Holdings]
Ellsworth David Price was born in Scranton in 1914. He entered active service during World War II in Febrauary 1941 and served overseas with Headquarters Squadron 1st Division 104th Cavalry for seven months. Price was seperated from service at Fort Indiantown Gap in Octpber 1945.

H.C. Randolph [Holdings]
Hampton C. Randolph was born in 1911 in Philadelphia. He enlisted in the 108th Field Artillery Regiment in Febraury 1941. During World War II he served overseas from October 1943 to July 1945. Randolph was seperated from the service in January 1946 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

Harry D. Richards

Joseph H. Rose [Holdings]
Joseph Henry Rose was born in Philadelphia in 1898. He left La Salle College at the start of World I and served with Company E 109th Infantry from May 1918 to January 1919, reaching the rank of Corporal. During the war Rose participated in numerous battles including Champagne Marne and Chateau Thierry, plus other engagements that the American Expeditionary Forces saw action. Rose was a victim of shell shock at the Battle of Marne and a shrapnel wound at Chateau Thierry. Corporal Rose was honorably discharged at Camp Lee, Virginia in January 1919.

Harold Rudy

Warren Schnable [Holdings]
Warren Schnable of Bethlehem was a private in Company M 4th Infantry during the Mexican Border Campaign, eventually being promoted to Corporal.

Donald Scott [Holdings]
Donald Cosgray Scott was born in 1877 in Waynesburg. Scott enlisted in Company K 10th Pennsylvania Volunteers in April 1898 at Mt. Gretna. During the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection Scott served overseas from June 1898 to August 1899. He participated in battles at Malte and Manila, La Loma Church, Gulginto, and Malolos. Scott was the last surving member of Company K 10th Regiment. Scott was honorably discharged in August 1899 in San Francisco.

Jeremiah Seiders [Holdings]
Jeremiah Seiders (Siders) was a private with Company H 47th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He enlisted in September 1861 and was discharged December 1865.

Harry O. Smith [Holdings]
Harry O. Smith was born in Unity Township, Pennsylvania and enlisted in 1899 in Troop M 11th US Cavalry. Smith served overseas during the Spanish American War from October 1899 to March 1901. He was involved in many battles, including San Mates, General Schwan's Expedition, and others in the Phillipine Islands. In March 1901 Smith was honorably discharged in Presidio, California, as a Corporal.

Edwin F. Stiles [Holdings]
Edwin Franklin Stiles was born in Belsano, Pennsylvania in 1898. He enlisted in Company F 110th Infantry of the Pennsylvania National Guard in April 1917. During World War I Stiles served overseas from May 1918 to May 1919 and participated in battles at Champagne Marne, Aisne Marne Offensive, and the Meuse Argonne Offensive. In October 1918 Stiles was the victim of an enemy gas attack. In May 1919 he was honorably discharged at Camp Dix, New Jersey.

Daniel B. Strickler [Holdings]
Daniel Bursk Strickler was born in Colombia in 1897. He enlisted in Company B 4th Infantry Regiment of the Pennsylvania National Guard in 1897. During his lengthy military career he fought in the Mexican Border Campaign, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, and he rose to the rank of a three-star general. In World War I he served as a Captain for Company B 109th Machine Gun Battalion from May 1918 to November 1918. Strickler led the 109th at Aisne Marne, Oise Aisne, Meuse Argonne, and Champagne Marne, and he was wounded in October 1918 and gassed at Champagne. Strickler held the rank of 1st Lieutenant of Company B 109th Infantry by the end of the war. During World War II he took part in the amphibious landings on Omaha Beach. He also led the 109th and 110th Infantry at the Battle of the Bulge.
Strickler had a prominent law career after graduating from Cornell Law School. He served on the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Strickler served as Republican Lieutenant Governor under Governor John S. Fine in the early 1950s and as a representative of the United Nations Command and Far East Command. Strcikler died in 1992 at the age of ninety-five. See also Manuscript Group 356, the Daniel Strickler Collection.

Robert Taitt [Holdings]
Robert Taitt of Dauphin County held numerous ranking office positions with the Pennsylvania National Guard during the World War II era, most notably with the 1st and 4th Infantry.

James Thompson [Holdings]
James V. Thompson was a 1st Lieutenant and a Senior Corps Chaplain in the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.

Francis F. Weber [Holdings]
Francis F. Weber was born in Allegheny County in 1920. He served overseas during World War II from October 1943 to September 1945 and was a Prisoner of War. He was discharged at Fort Indiantown Gap in September 1945.

E.H. Woomer

Carl Zember


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