This is the day to honor all veterans, of course. But it has its root in Armistice Day of World War I, so I tend to think of my maternal grandfather on this day.
Peter Kenny was a Irish immigrant who became of a citizen of the United States in 1915.
In 1917, Uncle Sam drafted him into service.
It's funny that sometimes family stories are like onions - layers come out after many tellings and discussions.
I knew he died of cancer in the 1940s. What I didn't know - until recently talking with my mother - is that in the end, he was at the V.A. hospital - and the wounded soldiers coming back from the WW II theaters were admiring him for what he had done.
No higher tribute I can think of.
When he was in France, he kept a "diary." It is really a rough itinerary - a jotting of places he went, nothing deep or revealing. It was just a pencilled pocket notebook, fading fast - I transcribed it years ago.
I get the feeling he wrote out some of the names phonetically. And, some names might be hamlet names you wouldn't find on a map. But someday I want to trace his route on a map - and maybe someday beyond that get to France and follow the journey.
It also includes names - I assume of comrades. Whether he kept in touch with any of them after the war, I don't know.
If you want to read it, follow the "Read more >>" link...
The Diary of Peter J. Kenny
1918 – 1919
Phillip W. Monagh
81 Mayfield St
1625 ??? St
April 22nd Left Camp Upton, 7 A.M. for S.S. Maurtania
Transferred to S.S. Karmals
April 24th 1918 -------------
Apr 25th Left N.Y. 9 A.M.
May 7th Sighted land coast of Ireland later coast of Scotland
May 8th Landed in Liverpool, passed through Birmingham and Oxford detrained at Camp Winchester
May 11th Paraded in London
May 12th Winchester to Southampton
May 13th Left Southamp, crossed the English Channel to La Harve France.
May 17th La Harve to Ell.
May 18th Ell. Worgnarue
June 1st Worgnarue to Gamaches.
July 24th Lagny Sector frontline Limey
July 31st Relieved returng to Mannonville
Aug 6th Mannonville to Pafiny (sur Muse) near Toul.
Aug 16th Pafiny to ville An val.
Aug 16th Ville-an-val to Support trenches
Aug 25th Support to front line a Chateau Dombasle
Aug 28th Ambush patrol
Sept 2nd Relieved back to Landremont
Sept 12th Support trenches St. Michiel sector
Sept 19th Relieved by the French back to Marbache
Sep 25th Marbache to Froiders Argonne Forest
Oct 4th Froiders to Gamgh Brure
Oct 4th – 8th Reserve for the first army
Oct 8th Chapentry for the first army corps
Oct 9th to the dead mans Hill
Oct 10th Chatel Cherery to Fleville
Oct 11th Over the top first time
Oct 31st Relieved by the 77 and 80th Divisions back to reserve
Nov 3rd Relieved from reserve by the 6th Divisions and left lines
Nov 5th Laneufor
Nov 7th Left La Peufor for Pagmy a la Blanche Cote.
Nov 11th Armistice day
Nov 19th Arrived in Chassigny.
Feb 28th Left Chassigny
Mar 3rd Arrived in Podensack to arbantas
Mr. Ray Thornton
West Harwich Box 76 Mass
Henry W. Edwad, Jr
145 South Main Ave
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2714 S. Jefferson ??
St Louis MO
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Fall River Mass
Chassigny Sunday – Feb 16th
Making flap jacks B. 77
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St Louis Mo
Feb Frid 20th – Left Chassigny
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68 Tremont St
North Dighton Mass