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Title:
AEF Rhineland Occupation 1919
Phys. Desc:

Available from the Chatham Area Library in digital format only.  Part of the Roy Sumpter Collection.

Text written by  Joshua Treviño:

Here’s what I’ve been able to piece together on his probable Army career, based on the Sangamon County Honor Book 1917-1919 and 33rd Division histories online:

            1)         Joined the First Illinois Cavalry in 1916, assigned as an artilleryman.

            2)         Deployed with the entire First Illinois Cav July 1916 to Cameron County, Texas, on border duty. (There is a good amount of evidence that the First Illinois saw some significant action in this period.)

            3)         Sometime around April 1917, left the border and went north to Camp Logan, outside Houston, for reorganization and training with the AEF.

            4)         Around this time, the First Illinois Cav is broken up. One of the successor units is the 142nd Field Artillery, in which he serves. It is attached to the 33rd “Prairie” Division, mostly Illinois men.

            5)         Ships out to France sometime in late spring 1918, I believe on the SS Melita, but that is opaque.

            6)         The 33rd Division enters the Meuse-Argonne offensive, 26 September 1918.

            7)         Roy Sumpter is wounded 5 November 1918, dies of wounds on 6 November 1918, on the front.

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