This weeks theme is Free. I wanted to do a post on Veteran’s Day and decided to highlight several men that served in the same war.
I have 3 relatives that served in World War I, Harry Rice, John Jagdfeld, and Nicholas Mangen.
Nicholas Mangen is my maternal grandfather’s older brother. He was born 1898 in Chicago and was 18 years old when he entered the Army on April 19, 1917. He was in the Illinois National Guard, 7th Regiment, Company A, Illinois Infantry. According to a newspaper clipping, he was involved in the battles at Somme, St Mihiel, and Meuse Argonne in France. He was discharged on June 17, 1919 as a Private and as far as I can tell was not wounded.
John Jagdfeld is my paternal grandmother’s older brother. He was born 1895 in Minneapolis and was 22 when he entered the Army on May 1, 1918. He was in the Infantry as part of the Rainbow Division and was in France. He was discharged on June 21, 1919 as a Corporal and I don’t believe he was wounded.
Harry Rice is my Grandfather. He was born 1895 in Minnesota and was 22 when he entered the Army on January 7, 1918. He was in the 331st Field Artillery, Battalion A. They trained on horses at Camp Grant in Illinois. They were sent to France on September 17, 1918 and were 2 weeks from being sent to the front when the Armistice was signed. He was discharged on March 1, 1919 as a Sergeant.
On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month 1918 the Armistice was signed. These 3 men all served during World War I and I am proud to honor them on Veterans Day.