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309th infantry WW1

Does anyone have info on WW1309th infantry? Went to visit my great uncle's grave (James Sebesta)at Meuse-Argonne. I would like to find a photo, roster or muster sheet, and any unit info. He died Oct 20, 1918. Any help appreciated.

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Re: 309th infantry WW1

Tom,
I recommend Golden Arrow Research to find any information available in the
St Louis repository. Go to this website and check the information out.
http://www.goldenarrowresearch.com/research-a-wwi-veteran.php
Ron

Your location (optional): Northern Illinois

Re: 309th infantry WW1

Tom,
Are you aware of the Find A Grave page for your great Uncle?

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=55957393

You might wish to add detailed information on him.

Here is a exert from Oct 16-26 1918.
Liggett immediately announced it was time to rest and regroup. While rounding up the 100,000 stragglers and returning them to their units and restoring order in the rear, he replaced the exhausted 77th Division with the fresh 78th 'Lightning' Division and ordered that New Jersey-New York outfit to exert pressure on the enemy's right flank around the town of Grandpré, which sat on a bluff north of the Aire River.

For 10 days and 10 nights, the 78th attacked, and attacked again, taking heavy casualties from Germans in the town and the nearby Bois de Loges. As Liggett had hoped, the Germans, convinced that the Americans' next offensive would come from the left, shifted reserves from the center to meet the threat.

Meanwhile, Liggett tried to reform the First Army's primitive tactics. He issued orders to stop charging machine guns and strong points that were holding up an advance. Regiments and divisions were no longer to consider boundary lines as no-trespass signs. They should assist their neighbors with flank attacks if they made better progress. Liggett also significantly added to his staff's brain power by making Colonel George C. Marshall his operations officer.
http://www.historynet.com/meuse-argonne-offensive-of-world-war-i.htm

One could imagine your uncle charging a machine gun nest with his unit.
Ron

Your location (optional): Northern Illinois

Re: 309th infantry WW1

At daybreak on October 18 two companies of the 310th Infantry Regiment were in position between Ferme des Loges and the westernmost tip of Bois des Loges. Here they were held up by a line of enemy machine guns on their front, were under heavy fire, and suffered severe casualties. Inside the woods two companies of the 310th had advanced to within 30 yards (27 meters) of the northern edge, and the 309th on their right had also advanced considerably. Desperate, confused fighting followed all day. The enemy counterattacks were too strong, however, and at nightfall the line in the woods was once more along the crossroads at its southern part. The companies between Ferme des Loges and the westernmost tip of Bois des Loges were still in their position, and all attempts to make a strong connection with these units were broken up by enemy fire. The left flank was more than 1 km. (0.6 mile) north of the 311th Infantry. In between, the enemy was in the Ferme des Loges. Operations planned to take place farther to the west were necessarily hampered so long as the enemy occupied his position at Ferme des Loges. Our troops between Ferme des Loges and the westernmost tip of Bois des Loges were therefore withdrawn to the southern edge of Bois des Loges.34

http://history.amedd.army.mil/booksdocs/wwi/fieldoperations/chapter25.html

Your location (optional): Northern Illinois

Re: 309th infantry WW1

My great uncle died there as well, on the 18th. He's buried in France, but has this memorial at a family plot in Binghamton, NY.


Your location (optional): Potsdam, NY

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