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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

Please help by making photo requests. Check my virtual cemeteries for memorials needing photos.

What I'm Working On: January 2017

1) There were 1390 KiA or DoW for the 91st Division in World War I. I'm still looking for +/- 90 people. I know the names and dates of these souls. I'm being patient as gravers find them while trekking cemeteries.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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S. Segall
Re: Everett Peterson at Valhalla Cemetery
Hi Wild West Division,

My friend and I have been fulfilling requests at Valhalla for the last 4 months. We have covered the entirety of the cemetery four times. We would like to fulfill your request for a photo of Everett Peterson's headstone, but ask if you would call Valhalla 818-763-9121 to confirm he has a headstone and his location?
We appreciate your help if you are willing and able to do so.

Sabrina Segall
Added by S. Segall on Feb 08, 2017 5:28 PM
Tami Sheppard
RE: Maurice Newman
You're quite welcome!
Added by Tami Sheppard on Feb 05, 2017 8:00 PM
RE: MG Lamar Tooze
Your original request was to change the rank from general to major and that was not correct. I will change it to MG
Added by FriendsofRiverView on Jan 28, 2017 9:35 AM
William Ross
Information on soldier in 91 DIV
Hi, I'm currently doing some research for my final history project to get my degree from Montana State University. I've found a few names of soldiers who were killed in WW1 that went to MSU. I plan on writing a biography on some of them and need some information. One of the soldiers was Pvt. Oscar Solberg. His grave stone says he was with "1 CL. 347 M.G. BATT'N. 91 DIV". So far, I've found no record of the 347 Machine gun Battalion. Could you help me out?

Thank you
Added by William Ross on Jan 24, 2017 6:35 PM
Major General Tooze
You asked: Lamar Tooze was a Major General. I submitted an edit for the military prefix for Major General which is MG. You declined this edit. Why?

You are correct regarding his military rank. I believe an explanation for the decline. Find A Grave does not have a prefix for Major General. They are ‘pre-programmed’ and have MG; Gen; Major but no Major General. It is not an option to enter a title not appearing on the list. Since General was the higher rank, it was left as it appeared. His bio and lettering on the crypt both list him as Major General.

Best suggestion is to write a request to Find A Grave and request it be added as a prefix.

No intent to offend you.
Added by FriendsofRiverView on Jan 24, 2017 6:25 PM
RE: Fort Rosecrans
Y'r Welcome, Anytime. John
Added by JSKDKS on Jan 24, 2017 12:57 PM
Eileen Gillette
RE: Kesler
I could not agree with you more, we are suppose to all work together to give the best memorial to those we are given the privilege of having. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. It is my opinion that the rule that Find A Grave has should include something that if there is supported evidence that the headstone is wrong than note the memorial instead of document it with the incorrect spelling. Eileen
Added by Eileen Gillette on Jan 24, 2017 11:11 AM
Eileen Gillette
Kessler headstone
I have documentation that the headstone is spelled incorrectly, which includes census records and links to his parents so I am going to have to respectfully decline to change the surname to something that is wrong. I will, however note that headstone is incorrect. Thank you for the heads up, Eileen
Added by Eileen Gillette on Jan 24, 2017 9:15 AM
Rachel Keller
Manuel Hirt Memorial

I sent an edit to properly establish his rank. You have him listed as a Pvt (Private). This is incorrect as his rank, which is listed on his marker, is Private 1st Class. The military abbreviation for this rank is PFC. Yet, you denied my edit. Why? Pvt (Private) and PFC (Private First Class) are two different ranks.

Thank you for bringing to my attention and explaining to me the difference. As a non military person I did not understand the difference and was happy to correct the memorial to reflect the correct rank.
Added by Rachel Keller on Jan 24, 2017 8:15 AM
Jeannie Scarber
Arizona WWI
Thank you for putting the Wild West Division who are buried in Arizona on! This is great!
Added by Jeannie Scarber on Jan 22, 2017 4:43 PM
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