A few weeks ago, there were 2 e-mails in the Discussion Group about WWI
field records. Neither applied to the specific time frame or U.S. Army
unit that I am researching. The one I am seeking is the Texas National
Guard >from Camp Bowie, 36th Regiment, 133d Field Artillery.
Your help in directing me to actual filed records may lead us to solving
a family mystery. Also, any information you may have about the recorded
discharge during WWI of mustard-gassed soldiers as being "in good"
condition" would help me with the following mystery.
My maternal great-uncle Lehman (Lee) Dreyfus served in the U.S. Army
during WWI. I have a copy of his discharge papers in which it is stated
that he left service in "good condition." My grandmother who was his
sister and my aunt shared with me the story that Uncle Lee was injured
by mustard gas and never regained his strength and intellectual
capacity. And because of his impaired health, he never again traveled
from his home in Kansas to visit his sisters in Texas. His sisters wereabsolutely not the kind of women who held grudges or fought with family
so their version makes sense to me. The granddaughter of Lee, however,
maintains that her grandfather was not impaired at all and sent
discharge papers as proof. Thus, the actual field reports may hold the
key to this mystery.
Lee Dreyfus enlisted July 4, 1917 in Ft. Worth, TX, discharged by Major
A. L. Ward,133rd Field Artillery and by First Lt. William B. Miller,
Supply Company, April 2, 1919. Lee Dreyfus "participated in three naval
battles Aug. 11, 1918, left U.S. July 31, 1918, arrived overseas Aug.
12, 1918. Left France March 9, 1919. Arrived in U.S. A. March 20, 1919."
Thank you in advance for any help that you can provide.