"Over There": Northwest Ohioans in the American Expeditionary Forces

First issue of "The Stars and Stripes," February 8, 1918

First issue of "The Stars and Stripes," February 8, 1918

From the small towns and farms dotting the rural landscapes of their homeland, thousands of Northwest Ohio troops were deployed "Over There" to Europe during World War I to serve in the American Expeditionary Forces, the U.S. Army's formation on the Western Front.  The majority of Northwest Ohioans who enlisted or were drafted into the U.S. Army served in the 37th Infantry Division, or "Buckeye" Division, and were deployed to France in June 1918 following training at Camp Sheridan in Montgomery, Alabama.  These soldiers would go on to participate in some of the war’s most decisive military campaigns, including the Lorraine, Meuse-Argonne, and Ypres-Lys campaigns.  They remained in Europe for months after the Armistice of November 11, 1918 that ended the war, returning home in the spring of 1919.

This gallery showcases materials representing Northwest Ohioans' service in Europe during the war, including photographs from the scrapbook of Daniel H. McCullough of Toledo, Ohio, who served in the Buckeye Division's 135th Field Artillery, and diaries and letters home from troops Ferris Wellman Myrice (332nd Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division), Myron Hanna (132nd Ambulance Company, 33rd Infantry Division), and Albert Krueger (147th Infantry Regiment, 37th "Buckeye" Infantry Division), as well as Red Cross nurse Esther Martha Palmer.