Sep20

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Yesterday I made a nice discovery by simply trolling through the NYS Archives documents on Ancestry: my great-uncle Thomas F. Tierney enlisted in World War I, was stationed at Fort Slocum, and eventually made Sergeant and getting assigned to the Cavalry. We already knew another brother Michael had been over there and was a part of the Meuse-Argonne offensive, but Uncle Tommy’s service was new info to me. Turns out the war ended before he could be deployed overseas.

So, with some down time last night I began to look for the assignments listed on his Abstract card: “4 Rct Co GSI Ft Slocum NY” and “MG Tr 310 Cav”, followed by “20TM Btry”. That poking around led me to find an interesting book on Archive.org: Brooklyn & Long Island In the War (1918) contains more than 200 pages of vignettes about the war, stories and photos of men from the area and lists of the killed and wounded. Published by The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, it has the feeling of a newspaper with focus on the men.

If you have family from the New York area that fought in WWI or are just interested in that period in history, you should give this book a look.

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    Comment by Denise Irwin — September 20, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

    Thanks for that link to that book! In the picture above is my 2X great uncle John Friedman!! Very exciting find!

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    Comment by John — September 21, 2016 @ 9:17 am

    That’s excellent!
    That sort of thing is why I love sharing these old books.

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