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Corp Samuel L Derby
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Birth: Sep. 6, 1895
Death: Oct. 17, 1918, France

Killed in battle of Argonne, France
CO E 309 INF 78 DIV WWI

The American Legion in Frewsburg is known as the Samuel Derby Post

Name: Samuel L Derby
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1910
Event Place: Carroll, Chautauqua, New York, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 15
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Son
Birth Year (Estimated): 1895
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: New York
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Silas L Derby Head M 58 New York
Celia A Derby Wife F 56 New York
Samuel L Derby Son M 15 Pennsylvania
District: 106 , Sheet Number and Letter: 7B , Household ID: 144 , Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) , Affiliate Publication Number: M1283 , GS Film number: 1374942 , Digital Folder Number: 004449931 , Image Number: 00081
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Samuel Derby
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World War I
Private James W. Brown of the United States Army's 78th Infantry Division. He was part of the 308 Supply Company Field Artillery during World War I. The photo was taken somewhere in France during his tour in the war

The 78th Infantry Division of the United States Army was activated on 23 August 1917 at Camp Dix, New Jersey. It consisted of four Infantry Regiments the 309th, 310th, 311th and 312th and three Artillery Regiments the 307th, 308th and 309th.

The division was originally allocated to New York and northern Pennsylvania in the National Army plan. Whilst the HQ of the 78th Division was activated in August, with the first draftees arriving in September, it was not fully active until early 1918. It was transported to France in May and June 1918.

In France, during the summer and fall of 1918, it was the "point of the wedge" of the final offensive which knocked out Germany. The 78th was in three major campaigns during World War I Meuse-Argonne, St. Mihiel, and Lorraine. Demobilization at the end of the war took place in June 1919.

HQ, 78th Division was returned to the Organized Reserve List, and reallocated to the Second US Corps in Spring of 1921, with its area of allocation changed to New Jersey and Delaware.

Activated: 27 August 1917.
Overseas: May 1918.
Major Operations: Meuse-Argonne, St. Mihiel.
Roll of Honor: two Medal of Honor recipients
Casualties: Total-7,144 (KIA-1,169; WIA-5,975).
Commanders: Maj. Gen. C. W. Kennedy (23 August 1917), Brig. Gen. J. S. Mallory (28 November 1917), Brig. Gen. James T. Dean (28 December 1917), Maj. Gen. Hugh L. Scott (2 January 1918), Brig. Gen. James T. Dean (16 March 1918), Maj. Gen. J. H. McRae (20 April 1918).
Inactivated: June 1919.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Silas L Derby (1852 - 1927)
  Celia A. Burch Derby (1855 - 1944)
 
 Siblings:
  Mabel Derby Chase (____ - 1900)**
  Charles M Derby (1885 - 1961)*
  Samuel L Derby (1895 - 1918)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Maple Grove Cemetery
Frewsburg
Chautauqua County
New York, USA
Plot: Secion 3, Lot 88
 
Created by: CABrown
Record added: Sep 24, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30032537
Corp Samuel L Derby
Added by: CABrown
 
Corp Samuel L Derby
Added by: CABrown
 
Corp Samuel L Derby
Added by: CABrown
 
 
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buried 1921 but killed in battle of Argonne France
- Kathline York Forrester
 Added: Jul. 27, 2010
 
 
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