Auterson, Frank Harvey, Pvt

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1917-1919, 745, HHC, 1st Battalion, 357th Infantry
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1917 - 1919


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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SGT Mark Atterson to remember Auterson, Frank Harvey, Pvt.

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Siloam Springs
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Feb 01, 1968
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"Where were you when the armistice was signed?" , Miami Daily News Record, Miami, Oklahoma, November 11, 1934

"Where were you when the armistice was signed?" A score of war veterans in Miami and adjacent communities were asked that question last week by an inquiring News-Record reporter. Here are their answers:

F. AUTERSON OF QUAPAW (90th Division, 357th Infantry, Company B)-

"One hour before Armistice was signed (November 11, 1918) I was in a shell hole with comrade who now lives at Nowata, trying to amputate his shattered arm with a bayonet, but before it could be done we were gassed."

This happened on the Argonne front. Although the Meuse-Argonne was remembered as "probably the bloodiest single battle in U.S. history," in that it had the largest number of U.S. dead in a single battle (over 26,000), sadly the battle is largely forgotten in the United States, and the Argonne war cemetery is often ignored by tourists. The battle also hailed the debut of the Browning Automatic Rifle in combat, with both the US and France using them significantly for the first time in battle. According to the American view, the battle's pressure on the Germans was an important factor in their agreeing to the armistice: "Until the last, this battle had worried German commanders most; unlike other sectors of the front, here they had little space short of a vital objective that they could afford to trade for time." Historians have since begun to debate the legitimacy of this claim, with many believing that the Meuse-Argonne offensive was simply a diversion from greater Allied offensives and successes elsewhere.

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The 357th Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Travis, San Antonia, texas in Sseptember 1917 and sailed for Europe in June 1918, disembarcing near Aigney-le-Duc, France . The unit entered into combat in August 1918 in the St. Mihiel operation. Subsequently, in October, the Meuse-Argonne Operations. Following the Armistice of November, the unit entered into Occupation Duty in Germanyon 23 November 1918.

Frank Auterson was interred in Ross Mayes Cemetery, Salina, Oklahoma.
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1st Battalion, 357th Infantry, 357th Infantry
  1917-1919, 745, HHC, 1st Battalion, 357th Infantry
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  1918-1918 World War I/St. Mihiel Campaign
  1918-1918 World War I/Meuse-Argonne Campaign
  1918-1919 Occupation of Germany, 1919 to 1923
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