Austin, Francis Reed, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Primary Unit
1918-1918, 28th Division
Service Years
1918 - 1918


First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Jamaica Plains
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Nov 11, 1918
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War I
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - St. Mihiel, France
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 Official Badges 

Wound Chevron (1917-1932)

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World War I FallenThe National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1918, World War I Fallen [Verified]
  1918, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

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World War I/Oise-Aisne Campaign
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Oise-Aisne, 18 August - 11 November 1918. In mid-August the French started a series of drives on their front, which extended about 90 miles from Reims westward through Soissons to Ribecourt on the Oise River. These operations continued into late September, when they merged into Foch's great final offensive of October-November. Five French armies (from right to left the Fifth, Sixth, Tenth, Third, and First) advanced abreast, in coordination with the British on the Somme to the north and the Americans to the east.

The American 32d Division was a part of the French Tenth Army, which spearheaded the penetration of the enemy's main line on 22 August. The 32d was instrumental in the capture of Juvigny on 30 August, which secured tactically important high ground for the Allies. The German front was so badly breached that the enemy was compelled to abandon the Vesle River line. On 9 September the 32d Division was ordered east to join the American First Army.

The American III Corps (28th and 77th Divisions) was a part of the French Sixth Army east of Soissons, which held in late August the western part of the Vesle River sector extending from Braine to Courlandon. As the Germans retired from the Vesle northward to the Aisne valley in early September, the III Corps took part in the aggressive pursuit operations. Its two divisions carried out successful local attacks, but failed to break into the German line before they were relieved to join the American First Army-the 28th on 7-8 September and the 77th on 14-16 September.

No American divisions participated in the subsequent Oise-Aisne operations, which by 11 November had carried the French armies to the Belgian border. A total of about 85,000 Americans took part in the Oise-Aisne Campaign.
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  24 Also There at This Battle:
  • Adkison (MOH), Joseph Bernard, Sgt, (1917-1921)
  • Beckwith, Edward (SS), MAJ, (1895-1925)
  • McGuire, Frank Harlan, PFC, (1917-1919)
  • Robinson, John, CPL, (1916-1919)
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