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Wild West Division (#47642953)
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Bio Photo Hi. I am William "Woody" Forrest. My wife is Dawn. My wife is our family's genealogist. Some years ago she found a relative of mine that had been KIA during WWI. His name is
Chauncey R. Frank
and he was the last American to be brought back from France for burial in the US.

Since then I've become an avid amateur historian of all that is the 91st Division during World War I. My wife's genealogy research skills and talents have come in handy.

We have amassed a large amount of information about those who served with the 91st Division. Some people have been harder than others to track down but I am on a mission.

I hope to "tell their story" here on Find A Grave. Dawn and I can't do it alone and hope to find others who share our love of 91st Division history (me) and genealogy (Dawn).

Thank you,
Woody and Dawn

What I'm Working On: January 2016

1) There were 1390 KiA or DoW for the 91st Division in World War I. I'm still looking for xx people. I will not add anyone without a final disposition.

Submitting birth and death dates and locations.

Adding biographies, obituaries and photos

Looking to add ALL persons who served in the 91st Division during World War I. If you know of any or find one while out in the cemeteries; please let me know.

The 91st Division in WW I was part of the American Expeditionary Forces or A.E.F. and was formed in 1917. It was initially comprised of men from Draft Region 16 which were the states of California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Men from the Territory of Alaska were also included. The officers were drawn from Regular Army and Reserve Army units. They trained at American Lake in Washington until their new camp--Camp Lewis was built for them. Camp Lewis became Ft Lewis. Once in France, men from other divisions were transferred in to the 91st.

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Kim Blanchard #123315103
Thank you so much for bringing to my attention the mistake I made on Kim's memorial and burial. I have corrected it.
Added by GrannyT on Feb 01, 2016 5:46 PM
Carolyn Farnum
P Levien
My objection was only to the military ranking placed before the name not any other corrections. I have had too many military folks angry at my placing the rank first so I am trying to help keep it from any more.
" Deceased persons are referred to by just their NAME ... honorifics, ranks, courtesy titles, and post-nominal abbreviations which are parts of a person's name at various times during their lives -- are not included as part of the names of the deceased. Roles and ranks they held during their lives are listed afterwards.
Military tombstones in military cemeteries are just NAME followed by rank and branch of service.
"Retired" is not included. It was pertinent when the person was living and necessary to note that the person was not on active duty. So, in the correct style it would be:
John Patrick Delaney
Colonel USAF
H.E. Copper
Be safe,
Added by Carolyn Farnum on Jan 30, 2016 10:20 AM
RE: William Dohner
It was our pleasure.

God Bless!
Added by cleemiller on Jan 30, 2016 6:27 AM
RE: Photo Request-Julius Keeley
You are very welcome. I am glad that I could help.
Added by Romi on Jan 30, 2016 1:35 AM
Kathie L. Webb Blair
RE: 3d Corps
Dear Woody,
It is Bruce McDonald Burkhart, #120831050. He's at Arlington National Cemetery. He died in Nov 1918 at the age of 22 yrs.
I'd greatly appreciate it if you could solve this puzzle for me. I have no idea how he died, only believe he was in training as it says"3d Corps School" on his headstone.
Thanks so very much.
With All Sincerity, Kathie L. Webb Blair, Portland, Oregon
Added by Kathie L. Webb Blair on Jan 29, 2016 8:46 PM
Janice Lapp
RE: Wilbur Welsh
You're Welcome....My Pleasure....It was a nice, winter day to get out...I just can't stand to stay home & not go "tombstoning" when the sun is shining & I have requests to do ......We've been so lucky this winter & have not had much @ all...Last winter, you couldn't even get out of the driveway, let alone get in a cemetery !!!!
Added by Janice Lapp on Jan 29, 2016 1:09 PM
Flanders Field
soldiers 91st div
For soldiers buried in Flanders Field (which was 91st divon battleld), you can contact me patrick.lernout@telenet.
see also
Added by Flanders Field on Jan 10, 2016 4:30 AM
Kathie L. Webb Blair
Bugler Eldon Swank, #56342423
Dear Woody,
Thank you for advising me as to the real cause of my relative's death. I have amended his memorial and also his nephew's memorial, who was named after his uncle. In a way, it is sadder that he died after the Armistice on November 11th, having made it thru the war alive, only to die from Pneumonia. I wonder if it was due to the Spanish flu that so many of the veterans unknowingly brought back with them when they returned home? I'd really appreciate knowing how to learn of a web site that discloses the reason for death for servicemen as I have another relative who died while in the service but his headstone reads "3d Corps", if I remember correctly. Take care and thank you for your help and for your research. Have a happy holiday. With Respect and Sincerity from Oregon, Kathie L. Webb Blair, Portland, OR
Added by Kathie L. Webb Blair on Dec 15, 2015 2:30 AM
Chesnut/Behunin Descendant
Leonard Hailstone Petersen Memorial# 129335579
Thank you so much for these Edits.
If Leonard was a member of the 91st and you know anything about him. I would LOVE to have you share. You could write it and I will post it with your name and THANK YOU.

Added by Chesnut/Behunin Descendan... on Dec 12, 2015 1:24 PM
Tara Dawson
Benjamin Harris Patch
Good morning,

I am a university student with Western University in Ontario, Canada. I have been assigned a project which has me discovering as much as I can about a postcard sent by Mr. Patch to his wife after the end of the First World War. I have been able to access his headstone application, his draft record, as well as some other minor information. I was wondering if there was possibly any other information you might have on him, such as whether anything significant happened while he was in Europe serving with the 91st Division's 347th Field Artillery.

Thank you so much,
Added by Tara Dawson on Nov 13, 2015 9:35 AM
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