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158th Aero Squadron

1ST LIEUTENANT
William Jackson Blackman
James R. Bost
Phil E. Davant
Miner C. Markham
Merle H. Howe
Herbert B. Bartholf

2ND LIEUTENANT
Kenneth S. Hall

SERGEANT MAJOR
Henry A. Skinner  KIA

1ST SERGEANT
Jesse E. Nelson

SERGEANT
L. S. McCoy
Stanley Dean Anderson
Christopher J. Hamilton
George F. Putnam
Bernard L. Tullington  MIA

ALABAMA

PRIVATE
Eugene D. Johnstone

ARKANSAS

PRIVATE
Ralph A. Kramer

CALIFORNIA

COOK
Adaliale Leroy Shortridge

CORPORAL
Guy Rutledge
Elmer Leamon Lord
Marion Cecil Moore
Philip C. Richter

PRIVATE
Edward Herbert Edgeworth
Emmett Selden White
Francis Aloysius Gocher
Jerry Austin Flood
John B. Fleming
James Johnson
Elmer Ambrose Ingham
Leslie Brownlee Lambert
James Leroy Lake
Charles Edward Marsellis
Stephen William Ryan
John T. Grenfell
Erin Nagle
Charles A. Lewis
William J. Miller
Glen B. Meredith
C. P. H. Movry
Ora Leland McCoy  KIA 
Delbert E. Inglehart  KIA
Samuel P. Riggs  KIA
Charles P. H. McVey  MIA
Reed Clyde Davis  MIA

CONNECTICUT

PRIVATE
Allen O. Abrahams
Frederick James Thomas
George A. Clarke
Nathan Perlman
Raymond W. Somerset
Dudley H. Marsh  MIA

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

PRIVATE
Jerome Kennerly

IDAHO

PRIVATE
Delmer J. Hockersmith

ILLINOIS

CORPORALS
Jerry L. Manda
Guy W. Burnett

PRIVATES
Clarence M. Napier
Kendall Herring Peck
Maurice Elwood Peck
John A. Booth
Alexander Gronquist
Arthur Goldstine
Fred O. Barger
Isreal Levine
Robert P. Leonard
James J. Norris Jr.
Joseph Gail

INDIANA

PRIVATE
Lawrence C. Bell
Lloyd Ledbetter
Frank Crzeszczyk
Ray D. Orebaugh
O. L. Nickel

IOWA

COOK
Vernon H. Mann
Clyde C. Pelley  KIA

PRIVATES
William Guy Morris
Sam Heathershaw
Drew Smith Ryan
Clifford G. Smith
William W. Wingler

KENTUCKY

PRIVATE
C. B. Pennemaker

MASSACHUSETTS

COOK
Arthur Joseph Gosselin

PRIVATE
Jacob Zolkind
Cornelius F. Riordan
John P. Hendrick
Ernest K. Swanson
Walter F. Steibel
William F. Staples

MICHIGAN

CORPORAL
Stanley Frederick Wellman

PRIVATES
Leonard Edward Read
Carlo Rosignoli
Mack C. Rogers
Ernest N. Shields
Clarence W. Allen  MIA  

MINNESOTA

PRIVATES
G. H. Russell
Walter L. Nelson
Joseph A. Allen
John Connolly Doherty
Walter Crellin  KIA

MISSISSIPPI

PRIVATE
A. J. Jones

MISSOURI

PRIVATES
Jesse Fisher
Roy William Grear
Herman L. Bennett
Vernon A. Baldwin
Ambrose V. Bullock
George H. Lewis
Percy H. McCallister
F. L. Perry
Emil Christman

NEBRASKA

PRIVATES
Albert Larson
William H. Richards

NEW JERSEY

PRIVATES
Andrew J. Cory
Reuben J. Logan

NEW YORK

COOK
Carl S. Winnie

CORPORAL
William E. Evans
Thomas P. Riley

PRIVATES
Louis Tudor
Walter J. Martin
Charles Pausewang
Bennett H. Peterson
Edward C. Teffeau
Lawrence E. Wise Jr.
Frank Soffin
Thomas C. Perrott
Joseph F. Leem
James L. Kirwin
John E. Helse
Julius Notkowitz  MIA
Herman Rupp  KIA

OHIO

PRIVATES
Kenneth B. Martin
Phillip R. Berkowitz
Valford S. Clark
Richard A. Nineheart  MIA
Carroll Scully  KIA

PENNSYLVANIA

PRIVATES
Elmer E. Holmes
Rufus Ward Hufford
Earl W. Widdop
Roy H. Oplinger
Floyd I. Price
M. R. McLaughlin
Elmer S. Landis
Albert R. Jacobs
Edward J. Kirby
Edward F. Klingmann
L. T. Dubbs
Clarence W. Short  KIA
Edward C. Grahamer KIA

RHODE ISLAND

PRIVATES
Edgar H. Taber
Harry Fontaine

SOUTH DAKOTA

PRIVATES
Gustave Friederich
Ralph Harold Aaron
Emil F. Balvin

TENNESSEE

CORPORAL
Ora H. Campbell

PRIVATES
William T. George
R. Love

TEXAS

PRIVATE
G. J. O’Brien

VIRGINIA

PRIVATE
John V. Phipps

WASHINGTON

PRIVATES
Winfield S. G. Megquier
P. L. Martin

WISCONSIN

COOK
Edward Harry Livens

CORPORAL
William O. Jeager

PRIVATE
Fred E. Mundt

NORWAY

CORPORAL
Gunner E. Solheim

POLAND

PRIVATE
Anthony Burzykowski

 


My Grandfather was Guy Rutledge, a survivor of the Tuscania sinking. My elderly father gave me my grandfather's WWI scrapbook some time ago which I have scanned into my computer, and I could easily make a CD or send a zip disk of his memorabilia if you are interested. It includes a telegram relating his rescue from the disaster and materials for a program honoring the survivors of the attack. If you are interested, I'll try to get this material to you in the near future. I'm a professor of Classics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and this is a busy time of year for me, but by early summer I could have some of this stuff to you provided I get some decent tech support at school.

"I have in mind, a floral piece to grace the Kaiser's tomb,
Of poisoned hearts and poisoned darts to rest his soul in gloom.
The poisoned hearts and poisoned darts will be in red and  white and blue, and they shall spell, "He's gone to Hell."
When Pershing's men get through.
Here's to the Kaiser - the Limburger cheese,
May the swell in his head go down to his knees,
May he break his damm neck on the Hindenburg line,
And go to "Hell" croaking the "Watch on the Rhine." 
  
Corporal Guy Rutledge - 1918

Steven Rutledge 
stevenrutledge{at}comcast.net
April 3, 2005


My uncle, William Guy Morris, 23 yr. old, common name, Guy, was on the Tuscania. He was saved. I don't know how. He arrived in Ireland wearing seaman's clothes and could not stand because his legs had become so cold. We have a couple of pictures of them in Ireland after the rescue. One picture has 18 men in it. The other is two men with Guy on their shoulders. There are, unfortunately, no names on the pictures. The only other things I have is a couple of articles from newspapers, one the St. Joseph (MO) Gazette and the other the Bedford (IA) Free Press. Not a lot of info. other than he was in the "aviation branch" of the service. 

Donna M. Rhodes
February 3, 2001
 
I found out how my uncle Guy Morris survived the sinking. He had told the story to one of my cousins. (Pvt. William Guy Morris, 158th Aero Squadron) "that he was on that ship when it was hit by the Germans. There was not enough boats and log rafts for everyone so he jumped over the side into the water. The water was very cold and he knew that he needed to be quite a ways from the ship when it went down as it would suck downward as it sank. He swam as fast as he could in the cold water. All at once he saw a raft with lots men on it. They let him get on one of the logs that was sticking out from it a few feet. He wrapped his legs around the log and locked them together. When the English ship picked them up later they had to dive down under the logs and get his legs unlocked. He had no feeling in them but they were not frozen, just so cold that the blood was not moving at all. He told me that the English ship had liquor on board and they gave him plenty of it. That's all I know."

Do you know any more about the log rafts? Would they have had them on the ship?

Donna Rhodes
robdon72{at}comcast.net
July 27th, 2004


It was not until I web searched the artist of a print of Tuscania's sinking that my father always had with him throughout his MSTS ( Military Sea Transport Service) career in the Pacific that I learned about his father, my grandfather Sam Hethershaw's role in this World War I event. Thank you for the outstanding information that has been provided on this website. Recently I gave photos of my grandfather Sam Hethershaw, news stories from the local Iowa newspaper, and the print of Tuscania's sinking, as well as a photo my grandfather kept of King George reviewing the survivors of this event to the Swea City Historical Museum. Such an amazing story; I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that Harry Truman, of Mt St Helen's fame, was a shipmate of my grandfather, survived the sinking...and went on to live a forceful life in Oregon. (Mt. St Helen's has been a favorite destination since its eruption...and of course I was so surprised to read of his part in WWI)
 
I learned from my father that my grandfather dropped the "a" in Heathershaw-- long ago.....
 
Cheree Hethershaw
64rocks{at}sbcglobal.net
September 11, 2007


My grandfather Drew S. Ryan was aboard the SS Tuscania when it was sunk in 1918. From what I understand he was wounded and remained in England, working at a hospital as an orderly. I have pictures of him before and after, as well as a sitting card from the Tuscania he was carrying at the time of the sinking.
 
Jeff Ryan
jryn{at}msn.com
March 26, 2010


My uncle, Walter Crellin, was a private in the 158th Aero Squadron, Signal Corps who was on the Tuscania. He was the first WWI soldier KIA from the City of Virginia, Minnesota. The local VFW Post in Virginia is named after him representing WWI.
 
Robert J. Muhich
rjmuhich{at}mchsi.com
October 7, 2009


I recently came across an award of the Purple Heart in my grandfather’s name while looking for some stored summer items in my father’s closet. After doing some more looking around I found a letter stating that my grandfather was on the Tuscania and was injured, but does not say what kind of injury he sustained. It listed the ship name as HMS Tuscania. His name was Larry Tudor (Todar, Todor). These other spellings have appeared on various documents. He was a Polish immigrant born in 1899 and came to the USA when he was 13yrs old. He served in the 158th Aero Squadron, Air Service. He survived the sinking and after the war worked his trade as a sewing machine mechanic. He married and had two children, my father and aunt. He died in 1972 when I was a young boy of ten. I never really knew him well but when I came across this site I wanted to tell his story so that someone else might also know of him. I'm proud of him and all the men that served during the Great War, and very respectful of the ones that gave their lives in service of their country. I would be very interested in hearing anyone else's stories and encourage emails to my listed address.

Mark Tudor
mstudor{at}juno.com
April 6, 2000


My Grandfather's name, who was in the 158th Aero Squadron, is Elmer E. Holmes. I also have several pictures of him at Verdun and one of him being reviewed by King George, and a very interesting picture of him in a British sailor’s uniform which was given to him after the Tuscania was sunk.
 
Robert C. Holmes (Major USAF - R)
tnrholmes{at}hotmail.com
December 23, 2007 


I recently came into possession of an old US flag; it was left behind in the garage of a home I recently purchased. It is in quite bad shape, as our memorial day is approaching I was going to fly it one time on the newly erected flag pole and then give it a proper disposal, as I unfolded it this evening I found that it had a note and newspaper clipping attached. The note reads "This flag given by Mrs. Beard of 3215 Midway Dr. (San Diego, CA) it was on the coffin of her brother killed in the first war." The clipping has a photo captioned Winfield S. G. Megquier, it tells of his survival of the sinking of Tuscania, gives a personal account of communication with parents in Hillyard, WA, and indicates his attachment to the "158th (torn out) Squadron A.E.F. I assume that the Megquier of the news clipping is the same as the W.S. Megquier on your roster from the sinking. i hope this is of interest to someone. I would like to pass along the flag, note and clipping. El Cajon, CA, USA.
 
Steve Horstman    
horstmans{at}saic.com
May 30, 2010


Thank you so much for this website. It enabled someone to return to me a US 1936 Casket Flag that belonged to my Great Uncle Winfield S.G. Megquier.

Illa Watson
i72watson{at}yahoo.com
Aug. 6, 2010


My Grandfather Fred E. Mundt enlisted in the service November 1917 in Milwaukee Wisconsin. He was in the 158th Aero Squadron and aboard the Tuscania when it was torpedoed. He made it to a life boat and was later rescued by a British Destroyer. He died in 1955 so this information came from my father as I had not been born yet. Coincidentally I was born on February 5th. I only wish I could have met my grandfather but I will always be thankful for the sacrifices he and his generation have made for all of us. If anyone has any other information on him or the 158th Aero Squadron please contact me.

Don Mundt 
df.mundt{at}verizon.net
April 10th, 2002 


My grandfather Ralph H. Aaron was one of the last to be in the group of Tuscania survivors Club. I recall him getting newsletters from the group and was touched to see the group dissolved in 1982.
 
Patricia Aaron Kratochvil
trd8pm7k{at}brookings.net
July 1, 2012


 

 

 


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