The 103rd Infantry Regiment

Sam’s battle-scarred helmet

“TO THE LAST MAN”

During the 26th Division’s organization in August of 1917, First Sergeant Sam Avery was moved from the old 8th Massachusetts Infantry (National Guard) in which he had served for the past 5 years. While most of the men from the “Dashing 8th” were assigned to the new 104th Infantry Regiment, Sam was issued a new serial number (#69762) and assigned to Headquarters Company of the 103rd Infantry Regiment under the command of Col. Frank M. Hume.

The 103rd Regiment was primarily composed of National Guard troops from the 2nd Maine Infantry and the 1st New Hampshire Infantry. Additional troops from Massachusetts were included from detachments of the old 6th and 8th Mass. Infantry following their arrival at Camp Bartlett from Lynnfield (the majority of Massachusetts troops were organized into the 104th Regiment).

When painted helmet markings became widely adopted in the AEF to help identify different organizations, the 26th Division was the only one to select distinctly different insignia for each component unit. The helmet mark chosen for the 103rd Infantry was a green pine tree on a white diamond in honor of Maine, “The Pine Tree State.”  This heraldry clearly represented the Northern New England contingent of the “Yankee” Division, combining the Maine state military crest with the YD diamond insignia on a white field (for infantry). [Today the "Colors" of the 103rd Infantry can be viewed at the Hall of Flags in the Maine State House].

Col. Hume Presenting 103rd Infy. Colors to Maine Gov. Milliken, 1919

The Returned Maine Battle Flags in State House, 1919

In his writings, Sam affectionately refers to the men of his new unit as a bunch of hayseeds from the sticks of New England’s North Country (or “God’s Country”), rather than sophisticates from the Big City: Many were lumberjacks, fishermen or farmers accustomed to honest, hard work and the rugged individualism of country life. Parting from his brothers-in-arms of the “Old 8th” was a bitter thing for Sam to endure, even costing him a temporary reduction in grade for 10 days when he and other Sergeants refused to be separated from their Captain (Carl H. Tobey). But Sam soldiered on, for it was just one of many sacrifices made for Readiness.

The 103rd and 104th Infantry Regiments together made up the 52nd Infantry Brigade under the command of Brig. Gen. Charles H. Cole and acquitted themselves well in battle (or as Sam would say, “we gave a good account of ourselves”): The 104th Infantry recieved a unit citation on 4/16/1918 and was also the first American regiment to receive the Croix de Guerre (French Medal of Honor) on 4/28/1918; The 103rd Infantry received a unit commendation on 6/20/1918 and also included a Medal of Honor winner in its ranks: Privt. First Class George Dilboy of H Co. who was posthumously awarded the Medal for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity, above and beyond the call of duty, in action with the enemy on July 18, 1918.”

The 103rd Infantry never lost a prisoner while holding a defensive sector, and also was the only New England organization with full-blooded Indians in its ranks: A squad of men from the Passamaquoddy tribe of Pleasant Point Village in Maine, every one of whom proved to be a true warrior either killed or wounded in action.

Pleasant Point Indian Village, Maine

The 52nd Infantry Brigade never lost ground on either the offensive or defensive. Rather, it was said to have turned No Man’s Land into “Yankee Land” because its patrols successfully penetrated the enemy lines wherever it was deployed. During the war, the 52nd Brigade captured 1,500 prisoners and took 30 kilometers of enemy-held territory. Total Brigade casualties numbered 5,000.

Following the return and mass discharge of troops from the 26th Division in late April of 1919, command of the 103rd Infantry was transferred back to the Maine National Guard under its new regimental designation.

As First Sergeant of Headquarters Company, Sam made notation in his pocket diary of the roster of men originally assigned to the Hdq. Co., 103rd Infantry who made passage to France. It fell to him to ensure they continued on together through each part of the long journey “Over There.”

ROSTER OF HDQ. CO., 103RD INFANTRY REGIMENT

BAND SECTION (strength 26 men)
Band Leader H.G. Cobb
Ass. Band Leader H.N. Carrier
Sergeants
J.L. Barnes
G.C. Dole
Corporals
W.E. Beckler
M.C. Barker
E.L. Coolbroth
Musicians 1st Class
H.E. Blakney
F.B. Holden
Musicians 2nd Class
F.A. Haseltine
H.K. Farbanks
C.E. Fellows
M.D. Haskell
Musicians 3rd Class
E.A. Bradley
E.W. Bunker
N.B. Cobb
C.M. Ferguson
H.G. Hall
V.D. Harkness
F.F. Smiley
J.A. Sowell
S.E. Thompson
C.L. Woodsman
A.B. Trundy
E.O. Hobbs
A.J. Lambert

MOUNTED ORDERLIES (strength 14 men)
Sergeant
L.J. Jobin
Privates 1st Class
E.A. Boynton
W.E. Day
W.F. Beck
O.B. Ingraham
Privates
W.J. Michaud
E.W. Thyng
G. Albee
R.H. Farnham
R.L. Giroux
Hering
R.C. Moody
H.S. Stetham
Prescott

MOTORCYCLE CORPS (strength 13 men)
Privates 1st Class
J.R. Moore
Franjoy
Privates
D.W. Johnson
Boutelier
Foster
S.P. Kelly
Shepard
Booth
Gillen
McVerty
Ward
Jamison
Brizzell

SIGNAL PLATOON 1ST SECTION (strength 51 men)
Sergeants
L.J. Day
K.C. McCauley
P.F. Meader
Corporals
H.R. Goodwin
L.H. Linton
G.O. Stevens
P.M. Whitefield
A. Aguere
J.F. Corr
S.F. Sullivan
C.H. Balcomb
Privates 1st Class
R.H. Keith
J.J. Palmer
E.Q. Dee
M.S. Vonsteen
R.B. Lapham
L.H. Gilpatrick
G.D. Coons
A.J. Jones
W.H. Robinson
C.C. Sanderson
L.F.Forrestall
R.E. Cowler
E.A. Clear
C.B. Healy
Privates
H.A. Landry
P. Arbo
A.J. Smith
J.B. Porrier
P.X. Wright
J.R. Lange
R.A. Piers
H.A. Worcester
R.O. Fischer
W.A. Savage
J.S. Tighe
N.L. Taylor
H.F. Stone
R.C. Kelly
C.C. Badger
C.R. Blanchard
N.E. Clark
K.S. Parker
C.E. Johnson
C.E. Snyder
J.M. Burke
P. Bonner
J.L. Pickett
H. I. Hunt
R.C. White
P.S. Stowe

SIGNAL PLATOON 2ND SECTION (strength 10 men)
Sergeant
H.S. Ryan
Corporal
P.V. Shedd
Privates 1st Class
I.A. Jenson
E.D. Bowers
J.R. McPhee
Privates
L.J. Lizotte
G.D. Clark
V.F. Carlson
A.F. Major
E.Hartford

SIGNAL PLATOON 3RD SECTION (strength 15 men)
Corporals
J.R. Jarvis
D.S. Farnum
S.B. Young
Privates 1st Class
A.C. Pearl
V. Kozell
J.A. Wood
S.P. Kielly
Privates
J. St Charles
W.H. Crosban
G.F. Watson
E.V. Nickerson
F.W. Ericson
F. VanGreenhowen
R.P. Durkee
D.F. Callahan

GUN PLATOON (strength 32 men)
Sergeants
W.H. Doyle
H.F. Durant
W.R. Niles
Corporals
E.B. Gould
R. Alberts
P. Gibson
Privates 1st Class
J.G. Stall
D.V. Henry
W. Mills
D.L. Smart
A.M. Clark
E.J. Sheaff
A. Logan
R. Philbrook
Privates
C. Ayotte
E. Ayotte
C.E. Bellis
P. Berry
J.A. Cormier
A.E. Cousins
J. Ferguson
J. Harper
J. Marnell
L.L. Pray
L.P. Parent
C.H. Turner
L.C. Trail
W. Wynters
L.N. Magee
R.M. Sullivan
H.L. Fisher
P. Burns

SAPPERS (strength 9 men)
Corporal

M.R. Golaken
Privates
A.J. Trombley
C. Campbell
H.J. Gaudette
L.J. Lyons
D. Brinn
W.L. Davison
W. Kelly
A.A. Gilmore

BOMBERS (strength 32 men)
Sergeants

G.E. Hazeltine
F.S. Hyde
Corporals
H.A. Parlee
E.N. Hibbard
E.J.Casey
Privates 1st Class
K. Johnson
J.E. Gallagher
G.E. Lonitot
A.Lerpiloskie
N.J. Corcoran
G. Farrell
J.H. Harrison
L.J. Finn
W.A. Wells
E.J. Brado
D.F. Rice
Privates
J.N. Hislop
R.J. Conroy
S. Lane
N.L. Powers
C.V. Debury
C.H. Leizer
E.J. Nolan
R. Larizza
H.J. Bedard
J.J. Potter
M. Mallock
T. O’Maro
G.E. Roscoe
A.A. Dowling
E. Pellerin
A.S. Fuller

PIONEERS (strenth 57 men)
Sergeants
B.S. Lipsett
E.Q. Banks
W.W. Bean
Corporals
L.C. Pitcher
R. Sprowle
C.B. Tibbitts
J.L. Quirk
Privates 1st Class
E.E. Anderson
J. Chapman
C.A. Cushing
J. Dort
J.H. Jennings
H.J. McMillan
A.J. O’Reilly
E.L. Smith
T. St Jean
L. Chamberlain
E. St Pierre
C.F. Green
S.A. Mott
C.C. Chandler
F.F. Dickenson
R. Edwards
Privates
O.B. Begin
G. Capen
H.W. Campbell
R.W. Cheverette
H.A. Corburn
W. Garo
G.F. Harris
P. Laliberty
C.J. LaBlanc
C.N. Matheson
E.R. Mellon
J.H. Stuart
S. Sullivan
T. Sweeney
H. Thuline
H. Quill
L.G. Valiente
R.N. Vantine
J.F. Wentworth
L. Stickney
G.A. Green
H.H. Parker
T.J. McLaughlin
H. St Charles
H.E. Lufkin
J.A. Hutchinson
A.M. Lynch
F.J. Strangeman
E. May
V.E. Rich
C. Alfsen
D.A. Phippard
W.J. Gorey
R.B. Evers

The 103rd Infantry Regiment’s distinctive unit insignia (DUI or Crest) pictured at the top of the page was originally approved on July 14, 1924. The shield’s background is white for Infantry, the blue saltire represents Northern Civil War service (as the 2nd Maine Infantry), and the 8 fleurs-de-lis symbolize the campaign participation of the 26th “Yankee” Division during the Great War in France.

Read the History of the 103rd Infantry by Col. Frank Hume here.

Published on September 26, 2008 at 5:23 pm  Comments (58)  

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  1. This is very interesting. I am busy transcribing my grandfather’s war diary. He was in the 101 Regiment US Eng American Expedition Force and I can almost go page for page with your letters. His name was Elliot Richards of Masachusetts.I will finish reading the letters you have and my grandfathers. Thanks for a great website.
    Barbara Richards Salmon

  2. Greetings
    I should mention that I don’t believe it was a practice to paint the helmets while in France, and especially during combat conditions. These insignia would have been painted on after the Armistice, perhaps in France but more probably back in the US.

  3. I came across your site when I was looking for more information about the 103 Infantry.

    My Grandfather is listed here as Corporal S.F. Sullivan for Samuel Francis Sullivan.

    SIGNAL PLATOON 1ST SECTION

  4. How exciting!

    According to the official 103rd Regimental History by Col. Frank Hume (which is generously on loan to me by Shawn Pease), Samuel F. Sullivan #69893 became the Mess Sergeant for Headquarters Company (he is listed as such on the 1919 Camp Devens Roster). This would have clearly made him one of the more popular Sergeants in the Company, and I am quite sure that he and Sam must have known each other and gotten along well.

    Please continue to visit and explore the site as there is much information which you will enjoy. Both Sams were in the same place at the same time and very probably had similar experiences. Keep reading as there is much more to come!

    Regards,
    REL

  5. hello im don waterman my grandfarther
    roy waterman was PFC MG CO
    103 inf. 26 divition yankee divition he was a machine gunner
    from maine born in vermont

  6. Hi Don:
    Welcome! Please explore the site as there is much to learn about what your grandfather must certainly have experienced as part of the 103rd Infantry.

    Best Regards on this Memorial Day,
    Rich

  7. I have a WW1 Helmet that I believe to be american and it has a pine tree painted on the front barely visible and on the side are what I believe to be initials. I am not sure if it is of the 91st american division because it does not have the white 91 on the tree its just a pine tree and nothing else.

    To anyone with any information on this insignia or the unit please contact me at brandon.kerth@yahoo.com

  8. Hi Brandon:
    Thanks for your question. My first question is whether the pine tree is superimposed on a white diamond or not. If it is, then it was from the 103rd Infantry, 26th Division. Otherwise, not sure without possibly seeing a picture of it. If you have one, please send it along. I can refer you to two books by Chris Arnold which may give you more information: Steel Pots Vol. 1 and Painted Steel: Steel Pots Vol. 2.

    Regards,
    Rich

  9. do you know of anyone in the 103d division with the last name Blank he was in the 103d infantry division and his name was Victor Blank?

  10. Hi Kyle:
    I have roster information for the 103rd Infantry Regiment of the 26th Division during World War I but not the 103rd Infantry “Cactus” Division which was formed in 1942 and fought in the European Theater during World War II as part of the Seventh Army. Just on the chance you meant the 103rd Regiment I checked the rosters and do not have a Victor Blank listed in 1919 at Camp Devens, although that only means that at the time of the 26th Division’s demobilization he was not among the rank and file. You actually should find information about the 103rd Division more easily since unit histories during World War II were much more thoroughly documented. Hope this helps and Good Luck!

    Regards,
    Rich

  11. Kennt jemand Frank Lynch von der 103 Infanterie Division “Kaktusdivision” 2.Weltkrieg
    Die Division kam Mai 1945 über Garmisch, Zirl nach Innsbruck.

  12. The 103rd “Cactus Division” was formed in 1942 and operated in the European Theater during World War II including the Battle of the Bulge. That was a different unit from the 103rd Infantry Regiment which is honored here and was part of the 26th “Yankee” Division.

  13. I believe I have inherited a US Army Infantry Tactics Manual signed by a F.M.Hume from Bridgewater, Maine dated 1885. Can anyone help me on this on who I should speak with if it is the Col F.M. Hume and who would like to buy it? I wish I could see something he signed? Thanks

  14. Hi Cori:
    How interesting! I am sure that the F.M. Hume was indeed Frank M. Hume who later became commander of the 103rd U.S. Infantry. Previous to that he was an officer with the 2nd Maine Infantry (National Guard) and would certainly have studied Infantry tactics. I’m not sure what the value of the work would be, but you might consider consulting with an antique book dealer. You could offer it on EBay, and also the Maine military archives in Augusta, ME might be interested in it.

    Best Regards,
    Rich

  15. Hi Rich,

    I’m helping a elderly gentleman from my church here in Rhode Island find out more information about his father who served in H Co., 103rd Infantry, 26th Div. His father’s name was Pvt. Eudora Lacroix. I have a copy of his discharge certificate which indicates his discharge was based on demobilization orders, dated 4/28/1919 (Camp Devens). Can you confirm for me wether or not you have him listed on any rosters you may have in your possesion?

    I’ve found some limited cursory information regarding 26th Division, and 52nd Brigade level actions in France, but I’d love to get a look at that 103rd History you referenced by Col. Hume. Any advice to steer me toward Regimental or Company histories of the 103rd.Inf. would be greatly appreciated.

  16. Hi Mike:
    Private Eudora Lacroix #2941194 is indeed listed on the H Company Roster prior to discharge at Camp Devens in April, 1919. Based on his serial number, he was probably drafted and then assigned to the 26th Division as a replacement sometime during the war. Your Discharge Certificate should also have information regarding which campaigns he participated in. You can then refer to those Pages on Soldier’s Mail that will give you further information on the situation Pvt. Lacroix was in.

    On the Bibliography Page you will find a wide range of resources on the 26th Division during World War I. Most of them are contemporary histories which were written right after the Great War, so they have an interesting and highly detailed perspective. The only Regimental history I have found on the 103rd is that by Frank Hume. Each Regiment produced an “official” history immediately following the War and this is the one for the 103rd. It’s pretty detailed, and taken with the other resources in the Bibliography it gives a pretty complete understanding of what the 103rd experienced. I’ve tried to pull it all together here on the site as a definitive on-line resource. Hume’s book is long out of print, but you might find it with the assistance of your public library or else on-line for purchase through an antique bookseller.

    Best Regards,
    Rich

  17. I am looking for information as to where one might find a hat pin, lapel pin, or a patch of the 103rd infantry regimental crest with “To The Last Man” . I’ve found sites with decals, tee-shirts, etc., but nothing with crest pin. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Frank

  18. Hi Frank:
    I am familiar with the sites you refer to that offer general giftware with the 103rd infantry DUI. I also have not found a site where one can procure the insignia itself. As the 103rd has passed into history and is no longer an active unit, I don’t think you will find the DUI on any site offering current U.S. military insignia. Your best bet is probably to check auction sites or antique militaria sites to see if you can find it.

    Best of luck,
    Rich

  19. I’m looking for any available information on my great-grandfather, Charles Paul Craig, #68100 from Maine, who served in Co. F., 103 Inf. I believe he received a purple heart in combat in France, but I have no definite information except his dog tag.

  20. Hi LCPL Condon,
    First of all, thank you for your service! Since you have your great-grandfather’s ID #, I would start by obtaining any service record information through the Maine National Guard or the Maine Historical Society. Both should be able to help you since based on his ID # I think he was in the National Guard (2nd Maine Inf.) before it was integrated into the 26th Division. Any service record info will probably be very basic and simply identify his induction and discharge dates along with any dates/changes in grade, sector deployments and wounds/hospitalizations. If he was wounded by direct enemy fire, he would have received a Wound Chevron rather than the Purple Heart which was not awarded until later. The site will take you on an adventure to learn when and where Charles was and what he experienced. Keep Reading!

    Best Regards,
    Rich

  21. Hi – I’m hoping to find some info regarding my uncle, Morris (or Maurice) Keenan. My Grandmother’s obituary (she died in February 1919) mentions her son, Corporal Morris J Keenan, Co. D, 103d Regiment, now in France. I know he was in the Yankee Division, and was wounded by mustard gas. He did eventually return to home in Massachusetts, and died in the Soldiers and Sailors home in Chelsea, MA in 1945. Don’t have anything else, and all his immediate survivors are passed. Thanks for any suggestions.

    Jack

  22. Greetings,

    I’m searching for info on my grandfather, Samuel Fields Pendleton (born Islesboro ME, died Portsmouth NH,) served in Co K, 103rd Infantry.

    Here’s what I have so far from the “Later Pendletons” snippet online:

    Samuel Fields Pendleton, inducted 2 October 1917; served in Co K, 103rd Infantry. Overseas 23 February 1918 to 22 September 1919. Hon. Discharged 27 September 1919.

    Didn’t see him on the Yankee Division WWI listing, although his service dates seem to fit.

    Thanks for this great Web site!

    Karen

  23. My Great Great Grandfather (Bert P Hougland) was awarded four Silver Stars for his role in the Champagne Marne Defensive, The Aisne/Marne Offensive, The Oise/Aisne Offensive and the Meuse/Argonne Offensive. Evidently he was a attached to the 103rd and all I’ve been able to find out was a Major Potts and a 2nd Lieutenant L.C. Delaney. He died from complications from mustard gas burning his lungs and is now buried in the Veterans Cemetery at Fort Lyons, CO. Thanks for the website, without it their legacy would be lost!!! In his trunk there are alot of pictures of captured german tanks, the trenches, a German howitzer, The Boche Air Raid and the surrender of the German fleet!! Also his helmet and even a crystal radio! So I am continuing my research.

    Thank you, Steve Hougland

  24. Hello Rich
    First of all, I would like to thank you for having created this amazing on-line resource. What a treasure!
    I stumbled on it earlier today, as I am researching a small group of eight Passamaquoddy Indians, Privates who joined I Company and fought in France in 1918. These young tribesmen were recruited from their reservations at Pleasant Point and Indian Township in Washington County, Maine. Their names are Samuel J. Dana, Peter L. Lewey, Charles Lola, Moses W. Neptune, John A. Newell, David F. Sapiel (also spelled in records as David T. Sopiel), Henry Sockbeson, Peter Stanley, and George L. Stevens.
    At the Battle of Xivray-et-Marvoisin on 16 June, three of them were among the casualties, including one KIA. That was 23-year old Lola, who was posthumously honored for heroism with a French Croix de Guerre.
    During the Aisne-Marne, or Chateau Thierry offensive, another Passamaquoddy was wounded, and on 10 November, one was wounded and another KIA. The tribesman who died on that final day of the “Great War” was a son of Passamaquoddy tribal chief William Neptune.
    I am writing this article with Passamaquoddy tribal historian Donald Soctomah, who also serves as his tribe’s representative in the maine State legislature. If there are any references to any of these eight Passamaquoddy in letters or other records, we’d much welcome hearing from you.
    With best wishes
    Harald Prins

    Dr.Harald E.L. Prins
    Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
    207 Waters Hall
    Kansas State University
    Manhattan KS 66506

  25. Hello,
    I stumbled upon this website looking for information on the 103rd Infantry (1st Infantry NH NG) who fought during WWI. I’m doing genealogy on my mother’s side of the family and she had an Uncle who was a WWI veteran. Would you have any info on a Hector Victor Sevigny from Co I of the 103rd.

    From the NH Adjutant General’s office, he fought in Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St Mihiel, and the Defensive Sector. He served from June 25, 1917 till his discharge April 28, 1919. He was wounded on Oct 10, 1918 in the Defensive Sector. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks! – Stephen-

  26. Hi,
    My grandfather was a 1st sergeant Co. M 103rd Infantry 8th Co. 2nd. Bn.I got that info from he discharge papers. His name was Howard Soper. I didn’t see his name in your list. Could there be another place to find this. Your site is very interesting. Thanks Karen

  27. I Recently came across a letter written frov “Priv Percy H Waite, 103 Abulance Co, (Infantry) “Somewhere in France”, addressed to Mrs E.M. Alexander, Braintree, MA
    It is extremely well-written and desribes the conditions of the area in France where they were stationed. The letter was dated Dec 31st, 1917 and postmarked Jan 4, 1918 “US Army Postal Service with “Soldiers Mail” written on envelope and one sentence was obliterated (censored). I would Like to find out more about the 103rd Ambulance Co of the 103rd Infantry. If anyone has information or advice as to where I can look please let me know
    I am the Veterans Service Officer for Braintree, MA

  28. I’m seeking information on my grandfather, Pvt. Michael Sarf, of Co. D (possibly Co. B originally), 103rd Infantry. He must have been an unusual member of the regiment as he was from Pennsylvania and not a New England man at all: I believe that he ended up in the regiment after joining the army in Michigan, and I know that he trained at Camp Custer there! (My e-mail is Custerfile@optonline.net)

    He was mustard-gassed at one point and hospitalized, but managed to be in the front-line trenches for the Armistice and some fraternization with the Germans. He also told me of pulling a French aviator out of his crashed airplane, and of how he, with a buddy, accepted the surrender of fourteen Germans who had come toward the American lines with the intent of opting out of the war.

    I just got via Abebooks the biography of Col. Frank Hume, “The ‘Old Man’ of the 103rd.”

  29. Can anyone tell me where Co. E, 103d Inf. was on July 17, 1918 (and perhaps what they were doing)? How can I obtain service records of a WWI soldier who died on that date?

  30. My grandfather had his eye machine gunned out in Verdun, France on Oct 2nd 1918. He recieved a wound chevron and a silver star lapel pin. He was in the 26th Inf. Company D. He also fought at St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and in the Defensive Sector. He left military service from Fort Devens, Mass. in 1919.
    His Dog Tag # is 1691404. We are awaiting a Purple Heart for his service, but would like to also find as much info. about him as possible. We cannot find his name on any rosters other than Selective Service and vocational training he was given. His Name is Private John E. Steiner. Any information would be appreciated as we are planning a family reunion at his grave site. Thank you!

  31. I’m currently trying to do some research on Norman R. Whytock, who was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 103rd. We know he was injured in the Battle of St. Mihiel and had received both the Purple Heart and Silver Star in the 1930’s shortly before he passed away. However, I would really like to find out precisely what he did to warrant a Silver Star and what his injuries were. Would anyone have any ideas where I could find this information? Thanks in advance!!

  32. The DUI for the 103rd still exisits. The 103rd became the 20th armor which became the 133rd Engr Bn of the MEARNG.

  33. Check out my related blog – including an awesome 103rd Infantry Regiment poem!

    http://portraitsofwar.wordpress.com/2011/05/26/amazing-103rd-infantry-regiment-field-written-pome-somewhere-in-france-26th-division/

  34. I have been looking for a great uncle of mine, who I just found out was in the 103rd after being drafted in June 1917. I’ve been told he survived a gas attack, but died several years later due to pneumonia. His name was John Edward “Jack” Blythe. Any info would be appreciated.
    Phil G

  35. I have an identical infantry badge as pictured immediately above the roster, with one exception: instead of HQ, mine has a capital “D”. What does the D signify?

  36. The “D” means Co. D which was a rifle company within the Regiment.

  37. I am also researching George L. Stevens, who appears to be the great-grandfather of my daughter-in-law, and g.g.grandfather of my grandson. I would appreciate any information about this man who was from the Passamaquoddy tribe in Pleasant Point, and who was in the Infantry during World War I

  38. In response to:

    On March 8, 2011 at 1:17 am Tara said:
    I’m currently trying to do some research on Norman R. Whytock,
    ——————————————————————————–

    Lieut. Whytock is listed in the roster of officers for Company L, ( http://103rd.newspipers.com/page40.html ) with a picture of him on page 48, and a picture of his company on page 65.

    Currently, you will have to read the online scans of the text to find out more about the battle he was wounded in.

    At some time in the future, I will be scanning in each photo at a higher resolution.

  39. Thank you for posting the link to the history! I’ve been trying to acquire a copy for my research into John E Blythe, Pvt, L Company.

  40. My grandfather Charles Alexander Allen was in the 103rd. I did not see his name listed. I have a complete photo of the entire regiment if you are interested email me

  41. My great grandfather(Winford Smith) served in France with “L” company, 103rd Inf. I have his ID disc. I have been trying to find information about his company. Any ideas were I could look? Thanks for any help.

  42. I am looking for info on george libby who served with 103rd in 1917, I believe he was from the state of maine.

  43. Hi Rich
    One of my relatives James Clattenburg of the 103rd Infantry was discharged from Camp Devons April 28 1919. James was in battles: June 16 1918, Belleveau Woods July18-25 1918, St Mihiel Sept 12-14 1918, Meuse Argonnee Oct 24-Nov 11 1918.
    He was from Concord, New Hampshire but I don’t see him on your list of men for the 103rd or in the picture on the website? Is there any mention of James in your research-I do know one thing he was a member of the “Yankee Division” my email is kclatten@telus.net thank you in advance for any help you could give me-I am just now learning about these battles on line. His enlistment record is stamped Portland Maine although he enlisted in Concord, NH
    Thank you
    Kevin Clattenburg

  44. Good Evening,
    Fantastic site! I finally have some direction and information about what my Grandfather went through. As most soldiers, he didn’t speak much about his time in the YD. Any help or direction that you can give me would be splendid. His name was John Francis Sullivan, Serial #68139.I don’t have his rank but he is listed as a Cook. Company F, 103rd Infantry. He voluntered at age 22. Born in Cambridge, Mass. He was wounded according to his enlistment record at Chateau Thierry July 18, 1918. His company commander at time of disharge was H.W. Frothingham (sp) Capt,Co F. I am trying to find out any citations, awards, medals he may have gotten. St. Louis has no information due to a fire back years ago. This is a Family project that I and my Sons have started due to my retirement and the passing of John and my Father Walt also USA Korea. Thanks and keep up the great work! Sincerely, Dan Sullivan Sgt, USA (ret) A co. 1/126th Aviation Battalion.

  45. My Grandfather, Private Elmer H. Lindie, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism in action with Company F, 103rd Infantry Reg. on 12 September 1918 near Boise-de-St. Remy France. As an Army veteran myself, I am very proud of the heritage of our forefathers and the gallantry of the men of the 103rd.

    http://militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/citation.php?citation=3068

  46. Hi,
    I’m trying to find out info about my grandfather, Michael DiPesa who served with the Yankee division and was wounded in France. Our local library had a complete history/roster of the 26th but it was stolen. Can you provide any info?
    Thanks.

  47. Steve-

    Trying to help, I looked up the men of the 103rd and could not find Michael’s name. Do you have any additional information which could be invaluable? A Division is 10,000 – 15,000 men. Without further information than a Division, it will be incredibly difficult to offer any assistance.

  48. Hi,
    Thanks for your attempt to look up my grandfather. I’m going to try to access some of my father’s records to see if there’s additional info pertaining to my grandfather. I will send whatever I find along to you and again, thank you.
    Regards,
    Steve DiPesa

  49. Hi,
    My husband’s great granfather (Dambroise) served in the 103rd Infantry Regiment I believe. We have a beautiful picture of him in his uniform along with his World War I helmet with the white triangle and pine tree. I’m very excited to have found this website. The family knew little about the helmet and i am excited to share this with them.

    -Kristin Ruston

  50. Hi. I’m looking for information about my great grandfather Alfred Wallace Roberts. On his headstone application for military veterans it states he was a private, Co. L, 103rd Infantry, U.S. Army. Then has 26 Div. in handwriting next to it. His enlistment dates are 5-28-17 to 4-28-19. He was from Massachusetts and his service number is #69476. Is this the right infantry, because he is not listed above. Any information you may have will be useful. Thanks in advance.

    Miranda Winters

  51. Miranda – Your information is correct. You can view a copy of the regiment history here: http://103rd.newspipers.com/. Your great grandfather served in the same company as my great uncle John Edward Blythe.

  52. Philip,

    Thanks for your quick reply and the information above. It is very exciting to learn more about my great grandfather and his time serving in the military during WWI. Good luck to you in your family research. You’ve made mine much easier! Thanks.

    Miranda

  53. A new 26th Division photo post on PortraitsofWar

    http://portraitsofwar.wordpress.com/

  54. I have a copy of the book for this outfit dated 1917-1919 please call so I can forward a picture and speak with someone about the other items I have. Tom Rudinsky 603-533-9662

  55. Last Time I post here I have a wonderfull book from this Infantry listing all names in th 103 26 divison,pics can’t explain how much info here in this. Just looking to share info to those who might be interested in their grandparents. This ,I would like to go to a museum. Found a place in Hampton NH need to call and visit….. In the mean time 603-533-9662

  56. I’m trying to find out more about Ivan Edward Bicknell, who was stationed in France with the 26th division of the 103rd regiment. According to the few records I’ve found, he died in an accident on October 14, 1918 in France. It’s also possible he received the silver star for actions on July 18, 1918 in Belleau, France.

  57. Ivan E Bicknell , The book I have says that he died on 10/14/1918 He was in company ” M ” and the cause listed is, sorry to say , killed by accidental bullet. Don’t have any info on Silver Star and not sure of address but listed under someone from Kilgore Texas.. Please look at this website since they were stationed there.. Fortdevensmuseum.org.. maybe they can provide more info best of luck


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