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KANSAS CASUALTIES, UNITED STATES MARINE
CORPS, WORLD WAR.

THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS IN THE
WORLD WAR.

(From report of Major Edwin N. McClellan. U. S. Marine Corps, Officer in Charge of Historical Division.)

When a state of war was declared to exist on April 6, 1917, the United States marine corps was composed of 462 commissioned officers, 49 warrant officers, and 13,214 enlisted men on active duty, a total of 13,725, and while the corps was expanded to an actual strength, including reserves, of 75,101 officers and enlisted men, its high standard was never lowered. When these figures are compared with the approximate strength of 3,100 at the end of the Civil War, and of 4,800 at the end of the Spanish War, the growth of the marine corps is illustrated.

Despite the fact that on the outbreak of war, 187 officers and 4,546 enlisted men were on duty beyond the continental limits of the United States, and 49 officers and 2,187 enlisted men were serving on board the cruising vessels, of the navy, only five weeks later, on June 14, 1917, the Fifth regiment of marines, consisting of 70 officers and 2,689 enlisted men, approximately one-sixth of the enlisted strength of the marine corps, competently organized and ready for active service, sailed on the Henderson, DeKalb and Hancock from the United States, forming one-fifth of the first expedition of American troops for service in France.

This regiment was soon joined by the Sixth regiment and the Sixth machine-gun battalion of Marines, and the Fourth brigade of marines was organized, and as one of the two infantry brigades of the Second division of regulars engaged in actual battle in no less than eight distinct operations in France, of which four were major operations.

The French army recognized the splendid work of the Fifth and Sixth regiments of marines by citing them no less than three times in army orders for achievements in the Chateau-Thierry sector, in the Aisne-Marne (Soissons) offensive, and in the Meuse-Argonne (Champagne). The Sixth machine-gun battalion was similarly cited for its work in the Chateau-Thierry sector and Aisne-Marne (Soissons) offensive. The Fourth brigade received a similar citation for its work in the Chateau-Thierry sector. Since two French army citations are sufficient to make an organization eligible for the award of the French fourragere, the high standard of the marine units is evident. Information was received in Jan, 1920, that the War Department had accepted the award of the French fourragere in the colors of the ribbon of the Croix de Guerre for several army organizations and the three units of the Fourth brigade.

Within one year after the outbreak of the war the marine corps placed about as many enlisted men in France as there were in the marine corps when war was declared.

During the month of June, 1918, when the battle deaths around Hill 142. Bouresches, Belleau Wood and Vaux of Americans attached to the Second division amounted to 1,811 (of which at least 1,062 were marines) and the nonfatal casualties of 7,252 more (of which 3,615 were marines), the legislative strength of the marine corps was but 1,323 officers and 30,000 enlisted men; the actual strength on June 30, 1918, including reserves, was 1,424 officers and 57,298 enlisted men, and of this total about 300 officers and 14,000 enlisted men were in France. These latter figures include those marines who suffered casualties in the battles of June, 1918.

Approximately 30,000 marines were sent overseas to join the American Expeditionary Forces, and 1,600 for naval duty ashore.

During the war a great many additional marine detachments were detailed to guard the radio stations, naval magazines, ammunition depots, warehouses, cable stations, and for other naval activities, and the detachments already established were largely augmented. No call was made for additional marines for naval purposes that was not fully met, and this is of especial interest as the marine corps is essentially a part of the naval establishment, and its first duty is to fill all naval needs and requirements. It was believed to be essential that the marine corps should do its full part in this war, and for that reason it was absolutely necessary that the marines should join the army on the western front, taking care, however, that this should not at any time interfere in the slightest degree with the filling of all naval requirements.

The marine corps, while maintaining the Fourth brigade of marines, a total of 258 officers and 8,211 enlisted men, that fought in eight battle operations, suffering approximately 12,000 casualties, placed and maintained the Fifth brigade of marines of the same strength in France, supplied the commanding general of the Second division and many officers of his staff; furnished a considerable number of officers to command army units of the Second and other divisions, and for staff and detached duty throughout the American Expeditionary Forces, participated in the naval aviation activities in France and in the Azores; and during the period of the war succeeded in performing in highly satisfactory manner the naval duties required of it inchiding the maintenance of two brigades of prewar strength, standing by to protect the Mexican oil fields, and as an advanced base force in Philadelphia; one in Cuba, one in Santo Domingo, and one in Haiti; administered and officered the Haitian Gendarmerie and Guardia Nacional Dominicana, as well as providing efficient marine detachments for numerous naval vessels, and maintaining garrisons at the numerous navy yards and naval stations in the United States; and in the Virgin Islands; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Pearl Harbor, Hawaiian Islands; Guam; Cavite and Olongapo, P. I.; Managua, Nicaragua; Peking, China; San Juan, P. R.; London, England; Cardiff, Wales; Paris, France; and the Azores; and supplied many officers and enlisted men for special and detached duty at home and abroad.

KANSAS CASUALTIES, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, WORLD WAR.

KA-killed in action. DW-died of wounds. D-died of disease. A-accident.

Name.Last
rank.
Residence.EnlistedDied.Cause.Served in -







Antes, Bert E Corp Herington Aug 19, 1914June 25, 1918D W47 Co.
USS Charleston.
France.
Bedford, George C Pvt Blue Rapids June 17, 1918Nov 26, 1918DParis Island, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
Co C 6 Sep Bit, France.
2nd Division.
Co B 2 Tr Bn I Tr Regt.
Booth, Earl E Corp Wichita Aug 3, 1918Nov 7, 1918DParis Island, S. C.
Hq MG Bn 5 Brig.
Britton, Paul W Sgt Wichita Dec 1, 1913Oct 6, 1918K ACuba.
Philadelphia, Pa.
France.
Repl. Bn.
55 Co.
Carstedt, Albert B Pvt Cherryvale Feb 13, 1918July 19, 1918D WParis Island, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
France.
6th Regt.
Chalk, Frank B Pvt Wichita Apr 25, 1917June 12, 1918K APort Royal, S. C.
73 Cc Quantico, Va.
France.
Cobeldick, John M Sgt MayettaOct 4, 1915July 19, 1918K ASan Domingo.
Philadelphia, Pa.
France.
Copeland, Samuel I Pvt Wichita Feb 6, 1917July 19, 1918K ABks Det, New Orleans, La.
Charleston, S. C.
Paris Island, S. C.
Hq Co 6 Regt, Quantico, Va.
France.
Crooks, Lloyd M Pvt Altoona Dec 11, 1917Sept 15, 1918K AMare Island, Cal.
Navy Amm Dept Dot.
Quantico, Va.
France.
79 Co 6 Regt,

Name.Last
rank.
Residence.EnlistedDied.Cause.Served in -







Crow, Harvey I Pvt HutchinsonFeb 26, 1918Dec 1, 1918DParis Island, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
Co A Repl Bn.
France.
75 Co 6 Regt.
SOS Hosp.
12 Marine Guard Co.
Dalby, William J. B Pvt Banner July 31, 1919Nov 10, 1918DParis Island, S. C.
USS Pennsylvania.
USS Mercy.
Norfolk, Va.
DuMars, William WPvtKanoradoMay 23, 1917June 6, 1918K AMare Island, Cal.
Recruit Depot.
98 Co.
Navy Amm Depot.
119 Co, Quantico, Va.
12 Co, Quantico, Va.
France.
17 Co.
Durkin, William P PvtAtchison Oct 28, 1918Jan 12, 1919DParis Island, S. C.
Fink, Charles A PvtQuinter June 12, 1918Feb 2, 1919DParis Island, S. C.
Cuba.
Quantico, Va.
Co L 11 Regt.
France.
Forristall, Earley 0 Pvt El Dorado Dec 8, 1916Sept 24, 1919DMarc Island, Cal.
San Diego, Cal.
Quantico, Va.
36 Co, Cuba.
Quantico, Va.
Co 11 13 Regt.
Garrett, Claude CPvtGarnett June 8, 1918Dec 2, 1918DParis Island, S. C.
Radio Det.
Co D -10 Sep Bn, Quantico, Va.
Gibson, Abner LPvt Ottawa Apr 29, 1017Jan 17, 1919*Co B, Port Royal, S. C.
74 Co 6 Regt, Quantico, Va.
Hq Co 6 Regt.
74 Co.
France.
SOS Hosp.
Bks Det, Norfolk, Va.

* Cause of death not shown.

Name.Last
rank.
Residence.EnlistedDied.Cause.Served in -







Goad, Leonard C Pvt Cottonwood Falls. Feb 26, 1918Feb 26, 1919July 19, 1998D WParis Island, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
Co A Repl Bn.
France.
78 Co 6 Regt.
Repl Bn.
Hloucal, Joseph HPvt Ellsworth Apr 30, 1918Nov 1, 1918D WParis Island, S. C.
Co C 2 Casual Bit, Quantico, Va.
France.
79 Co 6 Regt.
Hoover, Phillip HPvt ChanuteDecember 21, 1917June 17, 1918D WParis Island, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
France.
67 Co.
House, John 0Pvt Ness City July 8, 1918Oct 4, 1918K AParis Island, S. C.
OS Depot, Quantico, Va.
France.
47 Co 3 Regt.
Kemp, ClaudCorp Cedar Vale Aug 10, 1917Oct 4, 1918K AParis Island, S. C.
61 Co. N. Y.
Overseas Depot, Quantico, Va.
Co C 2 Casual Repl Bit.
47 Co 6 Regt.
Co B 2 Casual Bn.
Kennedy, William HPvtEmporiaJuly 23, 1917Nov 10, 1918K AParis Island, S. C.
Hq Co 8 Regt, Quantico, Va.
Galveston, Tex.
Paris Island, S. C.
Bks Det, Charleston, S. C.
Hq Overseas Depot, Quantico, Va,
France.
51 Co 5 Regt.
Leach, Everett 0 PvtHiawatha Aug 14, 1918Oct 10, 1918*Paris Island, S. C.
85 Co 10 Regt, Indian Head, Md.

* Cause of death not shown.

Name.Last
rank.
Residence.EnlistedDied.Cause.Served in -







Lemon, Henry G Corp White CloudJune 4, 1918Nov 9, 1918DParis island, S. C.
McClain, David W 2d Lt.Montana Aug 1, 1918Oct 5, 1918D WMedical Corps Reserve AEF.
McCune, LeRoy W Pvt 1 cl Olivet Feb 6, 1918Feb 17, 1919DParis Island, S. C.
Sayville, L. I.
Bks Det, New York.
Bks Det, Philadelphia, Pa.
1 Casual Det.
Meeker, Cecil JPvtChanute Aug 1, 1918Nov 16, 1918DParis Island, S. C.
7 Sep Bn.
USS Pocahontas.
Miller, Charlie 0PvtNorcaturMay 30, 1918Nov 4, 1918K AParis Island, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
France.
80 Co 6 Regt.
Co B 5 Sep Bn.
Nelson, Everett L.PvtWeir December 21, 1917June 6, 1918K AParis Island, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
France.
67 Co 5 Regt.
Peal, Marion MPvt MolineMay 6, 1918Oct 5, 1918DParis Island, S. C.
Portsmouth, N. H.
Phillips, William B.Pvt Prescott May 29, 1918Sept 19, 1918DParis Island, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
France.
43 Co.
Piercey, James RPvt VermillionAug 13, 1918Nov 18, 1918DParis Island, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
Co D 10 Sep Bit.
Pilkington, Robert E PvtWichitaFeb 20, 1918Oct 9, 1918K AParis Island, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
France. 23
Co 6 MG Bn.
Redmond, Claude E.PvtCarbondale June 8, 1918Jan 27, 1919AParis Island, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
Co B I Sep MG Bn.
France.
8 Co.
Repl Bit.

Name.Last
rank.
Residence.EnlistedDied.Cause.Served in -







Rishel, Joseph I PvtHutchinson.Jan 23, 1918June 25, 1918AParis Island, S. C.
145 Co, Quantico, Va.
France.
134 Co.
Repl Bn.
16 Co 5 Regt.
Roberts, Jay EPvtGlen ElderJune 21, 1918Sept 21, 1918DParis Island, S. C.
OS Depot, Quantico, Va.
Co A 13 Regt.
USS Von Steuben.
Selzer, Charles W PvtCanton June 21, 1918Oct 9, 1918DParis Island, S. C.
Co A 13 Regt, Quantico, Va.
France.
Base Hosp, Brest, France.
Simmons, Clarence L.Tpr AbileneOct 30, 1917Oct 31, 1918DBks Det, Philadelphia, Pa.
1 Aviation Co.
Azores.
Smith, Peter S PvtShawnee Jan 18, 1918Nov 5, 1918D WParis Island, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
67 Co.
Repl Bn.
Smith, Russell A Pvt.ParsonsAug 15, 1918Nov 13, 1918DParis Island, S. C.
OS Depot, Quantico, Va.
Stamey, Walter DPvt.Topeka Feb 23, 1917June 14, 1918*Mare Island, Cal.
USS Pueblo.
USS Pittsburgh.
Portsmouth N. H.
USS Cyclops.
Storey, Adel M CorpWichita May 25, 1917June 8, 1918K APort Royal, S. C.
83 Co 6 Regt, Quantico, Va.
France.

* Lost at sea; sinking of USS Cyclops.

Name.Last
rank.
Residence.EnlistedDied.Cause.Served in -







Suchy, William 0 Pvt Great Bend Feb 18, 1918June 19, 1918K AParis IsIand, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
Co B Repl Bn.
France.
96 Co 6 Regt.
Vanwey, Roy E Pvt Harveyville Feb 22, 1918July 19, 1918D WParis Island, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
France.
96 Co 6 Regt.
Walker, Fay EPvt GreenFeb 15, 1918Nov 8, 1918DParis Island, S. C.
Washington, D. C.
148 Co.
OS Depot, Quantico, Va.
Co B MG Bn 5 Brig.
Wood, Howard BCorp Elmdale Aug 29, 1917June 23, 1918K AParis Island, S. C.
120 Co.
France.
16 Co.
Wray, James A Corp Topeka May 18, 1917Oct 4, 1918K APort Royal, S. C.
Bks Det, Quantico, Va., 6 Regt.
France.
Wright, James F Pvt Delphos.June 22, 1918Nov 22, 1918DParis Island, S. C.
Quantico, Va.
Co A 11 Sep 11 Bn.

Transcribed from Supplement No. 3 KANSAS CASUALTIES in the WORLD WAR, 1917-1919: Navy, Marine Corps, Adjutant General's Office, Topeka, Kansas, May 1, 1922, printed by Kansas State Printing Plant, B. P. Walker, State Printer, Topeka. 1922. 9-3185


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