WWI veteran Frank Alexander Sladey, Rainbow Division 42nd

Bethlehem, PA

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Frank A. Sladey, Corporal, Company M, 149th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division, The famous Rainbow Division “Who helped close the lid of hell”, IV Corps, First Army, American Expeditionary Force, United States Army, enlisted on August 19, 1912, Mexican Service, discharged on August 29, 1915 reenlisted on July 19,1917, WWI, honorably discharged on April 18, 1919, character excellent.

Frank Alexander Sladey, the grandfather of my wife, Eleanor Callan Roberts, was a WWI veteran and a member of the American Legion post in Fountain Hill, Lehigh County, Pa. His brother, Martin S. Sladey, served in the same unit at the same time. His brothers George and John served in WWI and were members of the same American Legion post.
His credentials are:
Frank A. Sladey, Corporal, Company M, 149th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division, The famous Rainbow Division “Who helped close the lid of hell” in WWI, IV Corps, First Army, American Expeditionary Force, United States Army. Enlisted on August 19, 1912, Mexican Service, discharged on August 29, 1915. Reenlisted on July 19,1917, WWI, honorably discharged on April 18, 1919, character excellent. He was gassed by the Germans in 1919 and had been shot in the face. He was a chaplain in The American Legion and performed military burial services. His Purple Heart medal accidentally dropped in a veteran's grave during a burial service. His only comment was, "He deserves it better than me."

Submitted by:
Arthur W. Roberts III, Post 117, Reedville, Va.

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