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Biographical note: After severe attacks with mustard gas, Blaine suffered chronic stomach problems the rest of his life.
For the Squad mates of Pvt. Joseph Blaine Jensen, Battery C, 146th Field Artillery Battalion, 66th Field Artillery Brigade, 41st Infantry Division, A.E.F., U.S. Army
WORLD WAR ONE
Blaine Jensen’s Army records were destroyed in an Archives fire in 1973, So I can find no official record of what medals or ribbons he earned, Probably also destroyed were the records of his squad mates of Battery C. Idaho national guard record shows him as fighting in 4 major battles, so deserves Victory medal with 4 bars. Maybe medal for Mexican campaign and Purple heart. French general sent unit commendation letter to his CO after batle of St. Mihiel, so maybe should have some French medal.
On his death, Blaine left behind His war diary, the two French texts he used to teach himself French, and numerous photos from the war, including several of unidentified squad mates of his from C Battery during their battles across France and into Germany between 1918-1919.
Those have all been donated to the World War One Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. However I have copies of all the photos and his war diary pages, and would like to find living members of his squad mates’ families who might want them.
One document was not destroyed by the fire, the final pay voucher of the men of Battery C from June 26, 1919, the day they were released from the Army because of the end of the war. It lists all their names and dates and places of their enlistments.
If anyone seeing this memorial has clues as to where their families are today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 406-534-6019 so I can send the photos or more to their family members. I would also appreciate if if his famoly could send photo of a squad mate's ribbons if they have one, to help me see what medals Blaine should have had.
Blaine’s son and Vietmam vet Theodore W. Jensen Jan 2016
Battery C, 146th Field Artillery. 66th Field Artillery Brigade, 41st Division, A.E.F..
John G. Harem Enlisted 1917 in Terrry, Montana b. 27 June 1890 in Norway, d. 3 May, 1961
Dewitt Hasbrouck Enlisted 29 Mar 1914 in Nampa, Idaho, d. 26 Apr 1981
Clarence O. Harbert Enlisted 26 July 1917 in Denver, Colorado b. 29 Oct 1893
Bryan A. Huff Enlisted 2 Jun 1915 in Sand Point, Idaho. d. 18 Aug 1972
Lee W. Johnson Enlisted18 Apr 1917 in Sand Point, Idaho
Earl D. Johnson d. 24 July 1958 Enlisted 28 May 1917 in Boise, Idaho
Joseph Blaine Jensen Enlisted 19 Jun 1916 in Twin Falls, Idaho. b. 7 Apr 1897 in Brigham City, Utah.
May have fought and been shot in abdomen as an Idaho guard infantryman In Pershing Mexican Campaign. Served as Battery C’s liaison and French Interpreter and commander of 30 Americans with French Battery of 240 mm guns. for several weeks. Came home with chronic stomach pain from mustard gas. d. 25 Aug 1960 in Sacramento, CA bur. in Newburg Cemetery, Fortuna, Humboldt County, CA.
Aften W. Kidd Enlisted 17 Sept 1917 in Twin Falls, Idaho Fought as Sgt. in WW II also. d. 1983 in LA County, CA ,l buried Westminster Memorial Park Cemetery in Westminster, Orange County, CA.
Ray R. Liddiard Enlisted 5 Jun 1917 in Boise, Idaho, d 1972
Severin D. Larsen Enlisted 1 Nov 1917 in Garfield, Utah . b Apr 1889 in Hunter, Utah. d 16 Sept 1950 in Hunter, Salt Lake Co, Utah, died in VA Hospital. Never married. No family. bur. Elysian Burial Gardens, Mill Creek, SL Col Utah .
The families of the following squad mates of Joseph Blaine Jensen have been found and photos and other info provided as of 2016:
Earl D Johnson