Pumphrey, Homer Thomas, Pvt

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Infantry (Enlisted)
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1918-1918, 1st Battalion, 160th Infantry
Service Years
1917 - 1918


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Brea, California

Casualty Date
Oct 16, 1918
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Unknown, Not Reported
World War I
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Meuse-Argonne, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot G Row 32 Grave 35

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Wound Chevron (1917-1932)

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1st Battalion, 160th Infantry 40th Infantry DivisionHHC, 1st Battalion, 308th Infantry
  1917-1918, 1st Battalion, 160th Infantry
  1917-1918, 40th Infantry Division
  1918-1918, HHC, 1st Battalion, 308th Infantry
  1918-1918, 1st Battalion, 160th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I/Meuse-Argonne Campaign
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Last Known Activity

Name:  Homer T. Pumphrey
State Registered:  California
Death Date:  16 Oct 1918
Cemetery:  Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
Cemetery Burial Plot:  Plot G Row 32 Grave 35

Cemetery City:  Romagne
Cemetery Country:  France
War:  World War I
Title:  Private, U.S. Army
Rank:  Private
Service:  U.S. Army
Division:  308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division
Data Source:  World War I Honor Roll

The Lost Battalion is the name given to nine companies of the United States 77th Division, roughly 554 men, isolated by German forces during World War I after an American attack in the Argonne Forest in October 1918. Roughly 197 were killed in action and approximately 150 missing or taken prisoner before 194 remaining men were rescued. They were led by Major Charles White Whittlesey. 7 men were awarded the Medal of Honor and 28 were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
Pvt Pumphrey obviously was one of the survivors, because the battle ended on 7 October 1918. He died on 16 October. It is not clear whether he died of wounds from this battle or in a following action.

77th Division

Units involved

308th Infantry Regiment:

A,B,C,E,G,H Companies

307th Infantry Regiment:

K Company

306th Machinegun Battalion:

C, D Companies

Pvt. Pumphrey enlisted in 1917. In July 1918, he joined L Company, 160th Infantry, 40th Division ("Sunshine Division") at Fort Kearney, California.  This was a National Guard unit. L Company had been a part of the former 7th California Infantry from Santa Ana, California.

Leaving for France in August 1918. He sailed with this unit from Brooklyn, New York on 8 August 1918, aboard the Nestor.

Listed as serving with 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division at his death in France.

His unit fought alongside the 307th Infantry Regiment in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, and was part of what was known as the "Lost Battalion".

He and his family had lived in various parts of California and into Oregon.

He had been working on a farm near Burns, Oregon prior to being drafted. He listed himself as having been born in Memphis, Texas on his registration documents while working in Burns, Harney County, Oregon.

"Homer T. Pumphrey of Brea Dead of Wounds", Santa Ana Register, Santa Ana, California, 30 December 1918.
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