Gresham, James Bethel, CPL

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Last Rank
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Last Primary MOS
521-Basic Soldier
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1914-1917, 521, HHC, 16th Infantry
Service Years
1914 - 1917


One Service Stripe

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
McClean County
Last Address

Casualty Date
Nov 08, 1917
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War I
Location of Interment
Locust Hill Cemetery - Evansville, Indiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Wound Chevron (1917-1932) WWI Discharge Pin (Wounded) World War I Honorable Discharge Chevron

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 Military Association Memberships
World War I Fallen
  1917, World War I Fallen

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Infantry Division16th Infantry
  1914-1917, 521, 1st Infantry Division
  1914-1917, 521, HHC, 16th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1911-1919 Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)
  1917-1918 World War I
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

He was a member of
Co. F, 16th Infantry. Before daylight on November 3, 1917, Gresham
was killed by the Germans in a raid near Artois, France.

  Prof. John B. McMaster in his work, "The United States In The
World War," gives the following account of the battle:
   "The first trench fighting occurred just before dawn on the morning
of November 3, when a small detachment of Americans in a front line
instruction salient were attacked by a superior force of Germans,
and the salient cut off from the rest of the men by a heavy barrage.
The fighting then became hand to hand.  In the course of it three
Americans were killed, five wounded and eleven taken prisoners. The
dead were buried on the slope of a hill overlooking a little village
Somewhere in France, and the site a few months later was marked by a
stone monument bearing the name and regiment of each of the dead,
and the inscription: 'Here lie the first soldiers of the great
Republic of the United States who died on the soil of France for justice
and liberty, November 3, 1917."

Name: Gresham, James Bethel
Rank: Corporal
Home of Record: Evansville, IN\
DOB: Aug 23, 1893
POB: McLean County, KY
NOK: Unknown
DOE: Active Duty: Apr 23, 1914
POE: Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO.
DOS: Nov 3, 1917 (KIA)
POS: Artois, France (KIA)
Remarks: In September, 1901, the family moved to Evansville, IN, where he attended the Centennial School. Later he worked in the Cotton Mill and different furniture factories. In June, 1914, he went with General Pershing to El Paso, TX, during the Mexican crisis. 
In June, 1917, he was sent from Ft. Bliss for service in France, with the first American soldiers of  the A. E. F. "I have hear, "his proud mother said, "that he was the first American to step on foreign soil." He was a member of Company F, 16th Infantry, 1st Division. Before daylight on November 3, 1917, Corporal Gresham was killed by the Germasn in a raid near Artois, France.
Source: "The Yanks Are Coming: The United States in the First World War" Author: Albert Marrin: ISBN #1-893103-11-0 Copyright 1986. p. 77;
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