|Birth: ||Feb. 17, 1889|
|Death: ||Apr. 14, 1969|
John Alfred Amoth (also spelled Aamodt) was born on Feb. 17, 1889 in Elk Lake Township, Grant County, Minnesota. He was one of 10 children born to Hans O. and Anne (Pederson) Aamodt, pioneer immigrants from Norway. They homesteaded a farm on fertile prairie land located along a big bend of the Pomme de Terre River south of Barrett, Minnesota.
John was still living and working on the family farm when he was inducted into the US Army on Sept. 19, 1917. He was originally assigned to Company M, 352nd Infantry Regiment of the 88th Division. He trained and was stationed with the 352nd Infantry at Camp Dodge in Iowa, Camp Pike in Arkansas, and Camp Merrit in New Jersey. On June 22, 1918 he was shipped to Europe. He and his fellow doughboys boarded the British transport ship Bohemian sailing from Boston via Halifax, Nova Scotia and arriving at the Port of London, England on July 6, 1918. They then crossed the English Channel arriving at Le Havre, France on 9 July 1918.
Pvt. Amoth was transferred to HQ Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Division in Nancy, France on Aug. 3, 1918. He first entered combat with the 23rd Infantry on Sept 12, 1918 in the St. Mihiel offensive. Subsequent battles in which he participated were Meuse Argonne (Oct 1-10), Muese Argonne Offensive (Nov. 1-11), and the March to the Rhine (Nov. 11 to Dec. 12). After the War, he participated in the Occupation from Dec. 13, 1918 to July 16, 1919. On August 3, 1919, Pvt. Amoth arrived back in America at Hoboken, NJ and was discharged from military service at Camp Dodge, IA on August 14, 1919.
John returned to the family homestead and resumed farming. In the late 1920ís, he moved to Denver, Colorado to live with his sister Mable and her family. He spent the rest of his life in Denver and was very much a part of his sisterís family who always called him Jack. John enjoyed many evenings playing violin with his brother-in-law, Martin Berke, who was also a WWI veteran. John worked as a home restorer and carpenter in the Denver area. John never married believing that he did not make enough to support a family.
John passed away on April 14, 1969 at the age of 80 and was buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver. Colorado.
Thanks to John's nephew, Joe Horvath, for the family information used in this bio.
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Fort Logan National Cemetery
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