Current Photos from
Chateau Thierry/Belleau Wood From Joseph
home from France. Spent three hours with Gilles Lagin, historian, who
guided us around the battlefield where Co. B, 7th Regt, 3rd
Infantry fought and died.
Memorial to the 3rd Infantry Division, Marne Division in the
center of the town of Chateau Thierry.
Gilles Lagin, historian. Has done a lot for the 2nd Marines whom the
3RD relieved. He is one of two official Honorary Marines for whom he
has done many guides and research.
The US Cemetery at Belleau Wood where some 2,000 US soldiers
and marines are buried.
Exact field of
battle where Co A and Co B, 7th Regiment, 3rd Inf. Div. fought.
Foxholes and machine gun depressions remain.
Here's a portrait of my grandfather, Dennis C. Pillsbury, while
he was serving as a Captain of the 38th Infantry Regiment. I don't know
for sure, but I think this photo was taken while the 38th Infantry was
at Ft. Douglas, Utah, sometime during the 1920's. For much of that time
he was the Regimental Adjutant. He entered active service as a member of
the Oregon National Guard during the action along the Mexican border in
1916 and later obtained a Regular Army commission, serving until 1944,
when he was retired for medical reasons in the grade of colonel. He died
in 1958, aged 69. Feel free to add this to the 3rd Division website if
you wish. Best regards, Charles Pregaldin
I was viewing your
site and I saw a photo from Tom Wright who had included a photo of his
father from Niedermendig, Germany in 1919. I have a photo of my
grand uncle from the same location with another prohibition message
“Don’t let the States go dry”. On the top of the pedestal if you
blow the photo up you can read the words “Rock of the Marne”.
My grand uncle
Elza Rhineberger (1893-1973) is pictured on the left and his buddy Pearl
Benson is on the right. Both Elza and Pearl entered the Army from
Chicago Junction, Huron County, Ohio and served with Co I, 38th
Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division. After the war Elza was assigned
to Camp Pike, Pulaski, Arkansas until his discharge in 1920 and moved to
Michigan where he farmed until his death.
Roy A Smith, Major, USAR (Retired) Elk Grove, CA
(former member of the 3rd ID, Schweinfurt, Germany in 1973-1976)
Grandfather in the 76th
Dear Sir, Comments: My grandfather Samuel Zerbe served in
the 76th field artillery (Bat A) 3rd Division and served through the
war, and right through the post war occupation in Coblenz Germany.
He was president of Society of the 3rd Division 1967 at the reunion
city of Tacoma Washington. I am looking for any information of the
3rd's post armistice period as an occupation force in Coblenz. I
have found very little, and would like to compile a more complete
account of that time for him. After the fraternization ban was
lifted, my grandfather met my grandmother (a German national) at a
local dance held by the German Red Cross. They ended up marrying in
1920 and she emigrated with my grandfather in 1921 to United States.
I am also looking for any information about the 1967 Society
reunion where there were quite a few members from the 76th present
as I remember as a child him talking about it. Any information you
can offer would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Jeffrey
I have attached several photos, and have more if you are interested.
I also have a hard back book of the 3rd divisions service record
from 1917 through 1919 which was printed in Germany and offered to
all veterans of the 3rd back in 1922.
Watch on the Rhine 1919
Sam Zerbe and Arthur Chesney
Battery A 7th Field Artillery 1918
John Tesoro, Pvt, Co B 7th Reg. 3rd Infantry Division,
This is the only information I have ever received about my uncle John
Tesoro, Pvt, Co B 7th Reg. 3rd Infantry Division, KIA Chateau Thierry,
France, June 15, 1918.
Attached is a photo of my uncle Pvt. John
J. Tesoro, Co.B, 7th Reg., 3rd, Infantry Division, KIA in relief of the
2nd US Marines, Chateau Thierry, France, June 15, 1918. He was twenty
four years old.
Joseph J. Palisi
Does anyone know who this WWI soldier is?
PVT Walter Koppin, 3rd
uncle, Walter Koppin was in the 3rd Infantry Division during WW1. He
was in Company G, but I am not sure what regiment. I have some photos
that I have attached and I am hopeful you might know the location and
help me to determine which regiment he was in. He was in Europe Sep
1918 to Aug 1919. There is a local county "Honor Roll Book" that says
he was in the "3rd Inf. 3rd Div" (se attached PDF file #14). However I
can't find a 3rd Inf Regiment in the 3rd Division... so it must be a
typo... maybe the 30th or 38th... Hopefuly the location can be
determined from the photo... No names on the photos. I do have one of
him and a number of others from the same location and would be happy to
share them. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.
M. Hutchinson 5078 S. Ranger Trail Gilbert, AZ 85298
Hello, I found your
website while doing some research on my great uncle Pvt Orval
Winfield Carter. Orval Winfield Carter was born March 12, 1894
in Dallas county Mo. and died Oct. 19, 1918 in Meuse-Argonne
France. He was the son of John Robert Carter and Loretta
Orval Winfield Carter serial# 2,214,373 enlisted from
Marshall Missouri on 09.21.1917. Organization served in, with
dates assignments and transfers: CO K 356 INF 09.22.17 to 26 FEB
18; CH 4 INF to 01.14.18. Grades of Appt. PVT. Engagements:
Wounds or other injuries received in action: Served overseas
from 4.6.1918 to 10.14.1918 Honorably discharged In view of
occupation he was, on date of discharge, departed Remarks:
KILLED in action 10.14.1918; Father, John Carter, Marshal Mo.
notified. Burial: Plot F Row 33 Grave 15 Meuse-Argonne American
Cemetery Romange, France. Orval Winfield Carter died one month
before the War to End all Wars was over. The Cemetery has his
first name as Orval, I believe that was probably the way the
French spelled it. I have attached the only photo we have of
Orval. please feel free to post as you like.
once again Thank you, Jennie Durao
Pvt. George H. Britton
Pvt. George H. Britton 38th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division,
was my Great-Uncle. He was from Pittsford, Michigan.
He was killed in France on October 21, 1918. He is buried
in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.
The attached picture is the only one we have of him in
uniform. I do not know when or where this picture was
Ada, MI USA neukomment @ yahoo.com
Co. G 30th
Infantry, 3rd Division
Attached are the front and back scans of a
photograph of what I’m assuming is Co. G 30th
Infantry 3rd Division from WWI. My grandfather, Sgt.
Thomas Butler, is the individual with the X #3. I have his dog
tag and ID bracelet that gives his unit as Co. G 30th
Infantry 3rd Division. I would be interested is
hearing from anyone who is a descendent of the individuals in
the picture. My email address is
James Bolton Gross
7th Infantry Regiment during WW1
I just discovered your site and it is
fascinating! What a great tribute to these heroes!
I have attached a couple camp pics of my grandfather. He served in
the 7th Infantry Regiment during WW1.
Here is a little info about him:
His name was James Bolton Gross. He was born in Morrilton, Arkansas
in 1896. On June 4, 1917 he enlisted in the 7th Infantry Regiment at
Morrilton, Arkansas. He was assigned to Company M as a private and
fought in the 7th's early battles including Belleau Wood. On July
15, 1918 at Fossoy, France he was badly wounded by shrapnel, a
through gunshot wound in the left arm and mustard gas exposure. 89
men of the 7th lost their lives that day. Grandpa was hospitalized
in various locations through France, England and the USA until his
discharge at Camp Pike on May 2, 1919. He was considered 50%
disabled and received a VA pension for his wounds. He died in 1964
at Hattieville, Arkansas and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in
Thank you for putting picture of
my Grandfather on the website. I never knew my grandfather. He had
passed when my father was a toddler.
He was Anthoney Rudnicki when he enlisted in the Mo National Guard.
He later changed his name to Americanize it to Anthony Renneke.
My great grandfather was Harry James Black. I
have provided the information on his Army Discharge document
information. We do not have any of his medals. Could someone write
back and detail which medals he might have received based on his
service record? I plan to make a shadow box of those medals and
present it to my father who is 87 years old now.
I also have one other question regarding his service record; it
shows being promoted to Sergeant but then shows him being discharged
as a Private. Does this mean some sort of disciplinary incident or
was it some kind of temporary battlefield promotion?
He died about 10 years after the war (November 20, 1929); probably
from mustard gas complications. My father remembers him as being
very sick and sedentary the last year of his life.
My family would be very proud to have our great grandfather
mentioned on your website. I visit the site often. You have done a
Thank you for any assistance in my questions. Please feel free to
use the photographs on your site if you wish; we would be honored.
Rock of the Marne!
Respectfully, Robert Black
Harry J Black
Serial Number: 548298
Residence: 1107 Vinal St., East Toledo, Ohio
Enlistment Division: Regular Army
Enlistment Location: Columbus Barracks, Ohio
Enlistment Date: 22 Aug 1917
Birth Place: Kansas City, MO
Birth Date / Age: 32 10/12 Years
Co M 30 Infantry to 20 Aug 1918; Supply Company 30 Infantry to 6 Jan
1919; Veterinary Corps Headquarters Detachment 6 Brigade to
Discharge Private, first class 1 Oct 1917; Corporal 1 Dec 1917;
Sergeant 2 Jan 1918; Private 22 March 1918; Private, first class 21
Jan 1919. Aisne; Champagne-Marne; Aisne-Marne; St Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne;
Defensive Sector. American Expeditionary Forces 2 Apr 1918 to 23 Aug
1919. Honorable discharge 5 Sept 1919.
I was assigned to 3rd ID headquarters (JAGC)
from1970-73 in Wurzburg. By coincidence, my wife's grandfather, Guy
Shearer, served with the 3rd Infantry in WWI. She has a professional
photograph of his unit in Germany which is inscribed "2d Bn. 38th
Inf. 3rd Div. (Marne) Review of July 14th, 1919 at Coblenz".
Donald E. Shelton
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Hello I am attempting to learn more
my Grandfather's activities in World War One. Attached is a post war
picture of him, a picture of his unit, A picture of him and three
unknowns, a postcard of his return ship front and back. .I believe
he was in company C of the 4th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd but I am
not certain. I know he was wounded a couple of times from artillery
shrapnel / machine gunning and was gassed with mustard gas and he
was sickly most of the rest of his life and I remember many bouts of
cancer at the VA hospital he was active in the American Legion but
never discussed the War With me.
His Victory medal has 5 brass bars on it AISNE, Champagne MARNE,
AISNE MARNE, MUSE ARGONNE. and Defensive Sector, His Purple Heart
Has His name is Engraved on the back and it has in raised letters
"For Military Merit" His French Croix De Guerre medal has become
misplaced in my mothers house; before my father Died he kept getting
all the medals out looking at them; Dementia and flashbacks) he
received numerous medals in WW2 CBI. I myself did not get very many
during the Viet Nam Conflict. I have other pictures mixed with dads
pictures and I hope to sort it all out to pass on to my children and
grand children While I still can. Any information would be
appreciated Thank you Philip A Jones
Picture of World War I soldiers
from "Rock Of The Marne" Regiment
If you are interested in pictures
of 3-ID soldiers from WW-I, I have attached this picture of my
Father and three of his buddies. They were members of Co. L, 38th
Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division and had the distinction of
being known as "The Rock of the Marne."
The picture was taken in Niedermendig, Germany in 1919. The jug in
the foreground has the US Flag and the year "1919" painted on it.
The jug is empty to signify that the US has "Gone dry" that year. My
Father, Pvt. Charles E. Wright , is standing front-center leaning on
the pedestal; the other three soldiers' names have been lost to me
Tom H. Wright
7325 Spicer Drive
Citrus Heights, CA 95621 firstname.lastname@example.org
(former member of 10th ID)
WWI 30th Infantry
Regiment... Milton Slater... Peetz, CO
I'm trying to find
information on a distant uncle of mine, Milton Albert Slater, whose
WWI registration card (from Peetz, CO) I've attached here. I've also
found an online record noting the following:
Given Name: Milton A.
Rank: Private 1st Cl.
Roster of Men and Women Who Served in The World War From Colorado
Family story is that he was blind (later?) due to exposure to gases
used in the war. I haven't been able to find him in the 1920 or 1930
census records but we know he was alive until at least 1936 - and
probably many years beyond this. Any recommendation on where else to
look for information? I've also attached a picture of Milton in
uniform... I suspect he was in the 30th Infantry Regiment, but I
don't know for sure and I don't how to verify. Any response or
direction would be greatly appreciated.
Written on back of photo: Frank Giudice 1227 70 Street Brooklyn, NY
Com 4 Inf 3rd Div.
Written on front in white: Co.M. 4th Gne 3rd Div. Sincerely, Robert J. Giudice
The attached photograph from a 1917 postcard
may be of interest since it is from the earliest days of the 10th
The photograph is of my uncle William Alvie Cash (1901-1951). I
remember him from shortly before he died. He could hardly speak then
as a result of mustard gas in World War I. He came home from Europe
on the USS Arizona, and I have the ship's Christmas 1918
menu/napkin. Uncle Bill is standing, far left, smoking, in this
picture postcard from 1917.
This is written the reverse of the picture postcard: It is addressed
to my mother Miss [Betty]Oma Cash [Tucker] Dublin, Ky, and reads:
"Well Oma I thought I would send you my picture of me and some
friends Well Oma I guess I will get paid about the 10th and I will
send you some money. William A Cash Batt F 10th FA Douglas, Arizona"
"billrt@ atlanticbb. net"
I am doing some research on a
picture I believe to be Camp Greene, NC the 3rd Infantry
Division.....I am wondering if these pictures are of this
place.... Also do you have any pictures of the camp?????? The
pictures that I have included is one long picture...I was not
able to take a long photo so I divided it into three.....Any
help that you can give me will be very welcomed
Having served as a 1-7 Infantry "Cottonbaler",
1974-1979 in CSC (Redeye, Training NCO), & HHC (S3 Opns & Tng),
surfing your vast website is always a wonderful adventure thru
While looking at some eBay auctions I had the
good fortune to literally stumble across the attached postcard
of some "Cottonbalers" from long before my tenure! Naturally, I
purchased it immediately to add to my small handful of
Cottonbaler items and wanted to forward the "pic" onto you.
I don't see an abundance of Cottonbaler pics at
your site, and would like to offer this one to hopefully be
included for all to enjoy.
I found your site looking for info on my Grandfather. You have done
a nice job. My grandfather was Madison Pearson. He was a Lt. Colonel with
3rd Division Infantry in WWI. He met my grandmother after he was wounded
in France. The photo pictures him (front row 3rd from left) I don't know
who any of the others are. I would like any information that you may
have on my grandfather.
Lloyd Nelson Ellis - Wagoneer # 1140045.
Born Feb. 13, 1894, Temple, Texas.
Died Nov. 27, 1956. Buried Forest Park Cemetery, Shreveport, LA.
Enlisted July 23, 1917 Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
Submitted as a tribute to my father
as well as all who serve and served in the 3rd. Division.
Lloyd D. Ellis
San Antonio, Texas
I do not know the date of his being
awarded the Silver Star but I have a later letter. On his Silver Star
announcement "Ellis, Lloyd N. , Wagoner 1140045 Medical Department.
Soldier showed most courageous devotion to duty as an ambulance driver in
all operations of the 3rd. Division."
He was cited somewhere in France, date unknown, for driving to the front
thru a "box
barrage", returning with his ambulance full; then returning thru the same
pick up more wounded, before returning to the aid station.
A second citation could have come from the incident mentioned in the
"Public Ledger" of July 17, 1918
Throughout the War, Lloyd was with
Ambulance Company No. 7, first assigned to Fort Clark, Texas.
His assistant was Pvt. 1st. Class George W. Moore of Osceola Mills, PA.
Lloyd sailed to France with the 3rd. Div., March 1918.
Assigned Chateau Thierrry sector May 28, 1918.
Gassed and relieved Aug. 11, 1918.
Assigned St. Mihiel and Verdun Sept. 12, 1918. Gassed.
Assigned Agronne sector Sept. 26, 1918 - Nov. 1, 1918.
He had 1-2 stars on his
Campaign Medal with at least 4 bars: Asine-Marne, Meuse-Argonne,
Chateau Thierry, St. Mihiel and Belleau Woods.
Both his Silver Star and the Campaign Medals are lost.
Lloyd was stationed at
Andernach-am-Rhein (billeted at Koblenz Strasse, 5) with the Army of
Sailed home from Brest, France on the S.S. America Dec. 10, 1919.
Discharged from Ft. Dix, NJ Christmas eve 1919
Three out of four Ellis brothers
serving in the
died at Valley Forge.
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Camp Pike, Arkansas
Attached are pictures of the Camp Pike Arkansas gate the depicted the
assignment of the 3rd Infantry Division.
The 90th Regional Readiness Command (USAR) now occupies the last remaining
32+ acres of the original Camp Pike and just procured another small piece
of land that contains the depicted gate.
Just wondering if anyone has any information about the 3rd Divisions
assignment at Camp Pike. We are in the process of restoring or at least
preserving this gate and would like to have any information available or
references that would give us that information.
James O. Mitchell
HQ, 90th Regional Readiness Command email@example.com
THE 6TH INF. REG, 1919 PARIS, FRANCE,
INCLUDING MY GRANDFATHER. TONY RIDDLE V.P. SPECIAL FORCES ASSOCIATION CHAPTER XXX
BG Fred W. Sladen Division Commander
Thanks to James Paul Metz for these WWI
Signal Corps photos that were in the book, “History of the Third Division
United States Army in the World War for the Period December 1, 1917 to
January 1, 1919”. His Grandfather, Henry Ray Metz served in the 3rd
Infantry Division in WWI.
I have made it my objective to share the history of the
Third Division with my dad (He served in the 13th Armored Division “Black
Cats”), my brother and our children. I would be interested in getting a
copy of any records that mention my grandfather’s participation in the
Division to which you may have access or to which you can direct me. Also,
if you could recognize the contribution of “Henry Ray Metz” to the Third
Division’s WWI campaign on your website it would be much appreciated. If
you do so please let me know so that I may call it to the attention of my
Real photo postcards dating from just post WWI
to ca. 1920, of 3rd Division soldiers. The images are all believed to have
been taken at Camp Pike, Arkansas where the 3rd did garrison duty. Most have a
photography studio stamp that reads, “EWING, Inc., Official Photographers, Sixth
Street, opposite depot, CAMP PIKE”.
Photos graciously contributed by Dale Niesen.
Photos contributed by Mitchy
3rd Division taken
probably in US camp during WW1.
3rd Div., 7th Infantry Reg. from 1917 - 1919
Albert Smith served as a
Machine Gunner in the 3rd Div., 7th Infantry Reg. from 1917 - 1919.
His service picture was
taken in 1917 when he was 22 years old. The Division picture was taken in
My name is Michael Stickney. I'm 25 years
old and a film student here in
Arizona. I really like your site and the photo page. I was wondering if you
could post a picture of my Great Grand Father, Albert Smith. He was
in most of the major battles that the 3rd fought in and then did a tour
with the Army of Occupation in Germany after the war.
This is a list of
his battles on his service record -
Aisne Defensive - June 1-5 1918
Marne Sector - June 6 - 11 1918
Belleau Wood - June 15 - 23 1918
Marne Sector - July 1 - 4 1918
Champagne-Marne Defensive July 15 - 1918 (wounded twice)
St. Mihiel Offensive Sept. 12 - 16 1918
Meuse-Argonne Offensive Sept. 26 - Oct. 29 1918
I have all of his medals and photos on display at my home and It would mean
a lot to me to see his picture up with all of the other brave men who fought
in the 3rd division.
World War I Photos
Mr. & Mrs. Gary G. Gassman
have a 1934 Dodge 1 1/2 ton dump truck, which still retains the
original 3rd Division, 4th Infantry Service Co. markings on the doors,
(photos). Underneath this marking, (outlined), is another , much faded
one that I, or anyone else, had been able to identify. Could you please
point me to a possible source for this information. Any information would
be greatly appreciated! Best Regards, David DeWeese
Photos My grandfather was with the 30th Infantry in the early
1930’s. Here are some of his baseball team photos. His name was
Robert John Stephen Lyman Sr. His service number is 6785388. I would
like to know if there are any records where I can obtain more
information on his time with the unit.
Any help is much appreciated
Christmas Menu from 1941 of the U.S.
at the Presidio in San Francisco
I recently came across on ebay a Christmas Menu from
1941 of the U.S. 30th Infantry and, it has quite a few early war photos of
the regiment when they were stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco. I
must say when I saw it I knew I had to have it and, fought like a man on a
mission to get it. My luck paid off and, I did win it so I am sending them
to you for the U.S. 3rd Division Society's website. So without further
adieu, here ya go:
Sgt. James F. Dunigan III
Able Co., U.S. 30th Infantry Regiment
U.S. 3rd Infantry Division (Reenacted)
Attached are pictures taken at Ft Lewis of the Hq 10th FA Bn
personnel and 1940 Thanksgiving menu with personnel roster. My
stepdad Gary Hyde is holding the US flag.
Richard W Randall
Christmas 1941, Fort Lewis, Washington
I would like to submit my scans of the 1941
Christmas Dinner Program/Brochure for the 39th FA HQ & HQ Batt at Ft. Lewis.
My grandfather was Pvt. Michael A Sheftick and is listed on the roster but I
cannot identify him in the picture. I hope someone will enjoy it and find
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I'm the vice president of
the Rock of the Marne Association in France.
(but I live in Geneva,
Here are a few 3rd Div photos I found lately which you could put online!