Friday, November 10, 2006

Veteran's Day Nov 11th

My dad Pedro

Pedro proudly served our country in WWI

He enlisted on Oct 2, 1917 in Globe AZ.
He was sent to Camp Kearny in California as part of the First Arizona Volunteer Infantry.
The 158th Infantry Regiment was known, as the First Arizona Volunteer Infantry.
The Regiment was drafted into Federal Service for World War I, August 5, 1917 as part of the 40th Division.

The 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized) was born at Camp Kearney California at San Diego on 16 September 1917 in response to the nation's entry in to World War I.
Known simply as the 40th Division (there were not yet cavalry or armored divisions) it was made up of National Guard unit from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. It was soon decided that the new division's nickname would be the "Sunshine" Division

He was honorably disharged on April 7, 1919
His rank was sargeant of Company L, 158th Infantry, US Army
He served overseas in France from June 28, 1918 - March 11, 1919

My Dad's Medals

The "Croix de Guerre" (Cross of War) is a french award for bravery for military personnel mentioned in dispatches. There was a red ribbon with vertical green stripes that went with this award.

This is a web photo of the Victory Medal of WWI. Everyone who was shipped to Europe received one and my dad's had a bar across the top that said France.

Both medals have been passed down to my nephew Kurt who is now in the miltary.