16 December 2010
Treasure Chest Thursday: World War I Mementos
So, yes, my father, James Francis Hanlon, born in 1898 in Polk County, Iowa, WAS in World War I; he enlisted at Camp Dodge, Iowa and served in a platoon of black soldiers picking up armaments in the fileds of France that had not discharged during battle. Being Irish, he was grouped in with those soldiers, in what I can only imagine, must have been a very dangerous job.
I have kept very few mementos from my family, feeling they should go to my sister's children instead. I did hold on to this little cup, however. The story goes dad fashioned it from a bullet casing. Has anyone else ever seen anything like this? What war memento does your family hang on to?
Posted by Midwest Ancestree