Carlson, Charles, PFC

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Primary Unit
1919-1919, HQ Troops, Camp Lewis, WA
Service Years
1917 - 1919
Foreign Language(s)
French
Norwegian

Private First Class


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Home Country
Norway
Norway
Year of Birth
1889
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Fredrikstad
Last Address
Tip Top Hill
Vista, California

Date of Passing
Oct 01, 1960
 
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
SECTION O SITE 2841
Military Service Number
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Wound Chevron (1917-1932) World War I Victory Button


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Post 365
  1935, American Legion, Post 365 (Member) (Vista, California)1 - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
From Surviving Records maintained by the National Personnel Records Center, St Louis, MO.  

PFC Carlson's official records were partially destroyed by the fire in St Louis on 12 July 1973.  The below is based upon information in the surviving records provided by the NPRC. 
 
Certificate of Military Service

This certifies that Charles August Carlson, 1 183 428, was a member of the United States Army from December 12, 1917 to February 18, 1919.  Service was terminated by Honorable Discharge.

PFC Charles A. Carlson  accepted enlistment at Havre, Montana. 

 He enlisted in the US Army Air Service, Signal Corps at Fort George Wright, Washington on 12 December 1917 for a "Period of the emergency unless sooner discharged". 

His enlistment assignment was the 23d Balloon Company, Air Service and was initially assigned the 2nd Training Brigade, Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas.

Upon completion of his training at Kelly Field, he was assigned to Camp MacArthur Waco, Texas with the 23d Balloon Company in March 1918.

On 1 May 1918, the 23rd Balloon Company was stationed at Post Field, Fort Sill, Oklahoma and started their training schedule which included Field Service Regulations,  Manual of Interior Guard Duty,  Infantry Drill Regulations, Telephones, Windlass, Balloons and Machine Guns.  Training was scheduled to be completed by 1 July 1918.  (Aerial Age Weekly Vol 15, Page 374, 26 June 1922)
 
Records indicated that his foreign service was from 21 October 1918 to 21 January 1919.  He departed France from the port of Brest in January 1919 and assigned to Camp Devens, MA.  From Camp Devens,he was transferred to Camp Lewis, Washington for the purpose of being processed for discharge.  He was discharged on 18 February 1919.

CARLSON, CHARLES A  
  PVT   US ARMY AIR SERVICE
  WORLD WAR I
  DATE OF BIRTH: 10/17/1891
  DATE OF DEATH: 10/01/1960
  BURIED AT: SECTION O  SITE 2841 
  FT. ROSECRANS NATIONAL CEMETERY
   
Other Comments:

I remember him telling me that his duties in France were to man the machine gun which guarded the base device which held the observation balloon.  As I recall he said they landed in Brest and were stationed in the vicinity of Nancy.

I wish I had been more interested at the time to try to extract information from him.
SGM Charles R. Carlson (his son) 

   

   1918-1919, 103rd Aero Squadron

Private
From Month/Year
September / 1918
To Month/Year
January / 1919
Unit
103rd Aero Squadron Unit Page
Rank
Private
MOS
Not Specified
Base, Fort or City
Nancy
State/Country
France
 
 
 Patch
 103rd Aero Squadron Details

103rd Aero Squadron
Type
Aviation
 
Parent Unit
Aero Squadrons World War I
Strength
Not Specified
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: May 9, 2022
   
Memories For This Unit

Chain of Command
At the start of World War I, observation balloon units were organized into companies, squadrons, and wings. Each company was equipped with one balloon. Five companies comprised a squadron, and three squadrons made up a wing. By the end of the war 110 companies had been created. In the field Balloon companies were allotted to the ground units they supported as needed. In 1918 June, with squadron organization discontinued, company designations were numbered and organized into groups. Only 35 companies made it to France with the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). 17 companies served at the front, making 1,642 combat ascensions, while six other groups were en route to the front at the armistice. The 23rd Baloon company was not assigned to a Squadron but was an independent unit assigned to support units at the front.

Other Memories
Combat duty with the 23d Balloon Company. PFC Carlson Served as an observer and machinegunner.

   
   
My Photos For This Unit
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France - 1918
WWI Balloon Badges
Obervation Balloons
WWI Observation balloon
1 Member Also There at Same Time
103rd Aero Squadron

Rapp, Walter, PFC, (1918-1919) OD 000 Private

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