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Descendants of William Floyd Belcher Sr.

Generation No. 5


13. JOHN5 MILLS (MARGARET PEGGY4 BELCHER, JOHN3, TOBIAS2, WILLIAM FLOYD BELCHER1 SR.) was born July 28, 18973, and died August 26, 1964 in Wyoming Co, VA. He married NANNIE KIDWELL.

Notes for J
OHN MILLS:
Funeral Card:
In Memory of JOHN MILLS
July 28, 1897 August 26, 1964
Place and Time of Service
Guyandotte Baptist Church
Herndon, Heights, WV
Saturday, August 29, 1964 - 11 a.m.
Clergyman - Rev. Hersie Lane
Place of Interment Lusk Cemetery Herndon Height, WV
Arrangements By Sam Foglesong Funeral Home


Newspaper article found in Ida Mills Smith's bible
JOHN MILLS
Funeral services for John Mills 67, Herndon, will be conducted
at the Guyandotte Baptist Church at 11 a. m. Saturday with the Rev. Hursie Lane
officiating. Burial will follow in the Lusk Cemetery at Herndon Heights.
Mills died at 11:55 a. m. Wednesday at Bozo.
The body will be removed from the Sam Foglesong Funeral Home in
Mullens to the residence of his sister, Mrs. Walter (Ida) Smith,
Herndon Heights, at 4 p.m. today, where it will remain
until the funeral hour.

More About J
OHN MILLS:
Burial: August 29, 1964, Lusk Cemetery Herndon Height, WV
     
Child of J
OHN MILLS and NANNIE KIDWELL is:
  i.   PAUL6 MILLS.
  More About PAUL MILLS:
Residence: 1995, Thomason, GA



14. IDA MAY5 MILLS (MARGARET PEGGY4 BELCHER, JOHN3, TOBIAS2, WILLIAM FLOYD BELCHER1 SR.) was born May 17, 1900 in Herndon Heights, WV, and died November 24, 1981 in Mullens, WV. She married WALTER B. SMITH, son of THOMAS SMITH and JUDY MEADOWS. He was born January 30, 1893 in New, WV, and died March 23, 1990 in Pineville, WV.

More About I
DA MAY MILLS:
Burial: Herndon Heights, WV
Social Security Number: 232-56-8909

Notes for W
ALTER B. SMITH:
HONORABLE DISCHARGE WWI
Walter Smith Serial No. 540769
Rank & organization Pvt. Co. A. 7th Infantry
Born January 30th, 1893 New, WV
Occupation at Enlistment: Farmer
Blue Eyes, Brown Hair, Fair Complexion
Height 5 feet 7 inches Married American Citizenship
Enlisted September 22, 1917 at Mullens, WV
Prior Service: None
Rank or rating at enlistment: Pvt
Promotions, reductions or rtings during enlistment: Pvt. 1st. Class
Battles, engagements, skirmishes, expeditions:
Marne Sector 1-11 June 1918
Marne Sector 1-14 July 1918
Champagne Marne Defensive
Occupation given at discharge: Farmer
Wounds received in serice: None
Character of discharge: Excellent August 27, 1919 Reason Cir. 106.W.D
Physical condition when discharged: Good
Name and rank of officer signing discharge: Arthur Cyrell, Capt U.S.A.
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This data was on a small business card size card in Walter's papers


THE MARINE DIVISION

This is to certify that:

Walter Smith Pvt
-------------------------------- -------------
name rank

has accepted the Pledge on the back hereof, and is, until the annual
MEETING in 1920 a MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING of the

SOCIETY of the THIRD (REGULAR) DIVISION
of the
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE

signature of member Madison Pearson
Lt Colonel Infantry
--------------------------------- ------------------------------------
Secretary Treasurer

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this is on the back side of the card

PLEDGE
I pledge to the "Society of the Third (Regular) Divi-
sion of the Expeditionary Forces" in the achieve-
ment of the objects for which it is formed, that same full
measure of loyalty and devotion, which my comrades who
have fallen gave to the Division itself and to the cause for
which they fought.
Through my loyalty and devotion to their memory,
their loyalty and devotion shall no more be forgotten by
the country for which they died than by the comrades at
whose side they fell.
To them, I pledge, in Peace, the dedication of myself to
that country, that cause and those ideas of right and civ-
ilization, to which they consecrated themselves in war.

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letter
U.S. Department of Commerce
Bureau of the Census
Washington 25, D.C May 26, 1958

Walter Smith
Herndon Heights
West Virginia

The following information, including spelling of name, relationship, age
etc., is an EXACT COPY of the census record as reported by the census taker on the
original schedule.
Census of 1900, taken as of June 1
Richmond district
County Raleigh State: West Virginia

Relation- Month & year Place of
Name ship Age of birth birth Citizenship

Smith, Walter Son 7 Jan. 1893 West Virginia

enumerated in the family of Thomas L. Smith

Robert W. Burgess
Bureau of the Census

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I searched the internet some information concerning these WWI battles
http://www.perscom.army.mil/TAGD/TIOH/medals/wwivm.htm
Champagne Marne Defensive listed some of the following data:
Battle clasps were awarded for each of the major operations for individuals actually present under
competent orders. The clasps, with a star on each side of the name of the campaign or one of the defensive sectors, were worn on the suspension ribbon for the following campaigns:
Champagne-Marne: 18 Jul - 6 Aug 1918 (was one of the battles listed)

From: http://www.hourigan.com/~69thny/worldwar.htm
During World War I the 165th Infantry took part in the following campaigns:

Lorraine
Champagne
Chamapgne-Marne
Aisne-Marne
St. Mihiel
Meuse-Argonne

They were in contact with the enemy a total of 180 days.

They advanced a total of 55 kilometers against strongly
held defensive positions.
They marched a total of 1,146 km and were transported
1,778 km.
They suffered a total of 3,501 casualties,
644 killed in action, 2857 wounded.




From: http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/2marne.htm
Quick Facts

Where: The Aisne-Marne Sector, 75 Miles Northeast of Paris
In a Triangular Area Bounded by Chateau-Thierry, Soissons and Reims
Check the Location on a Map of the Western Front

When: July 15 - September 16, 1918

AEF Units Participating: Nine U.S. Divisions Under French Command,
Coordinated by Marshal Ferdinand Foch
Click Here To See a List of U.S. Divisions and Their Commanders

Opposing Forces: German First, Third, Seventh and Ninth Armies

Memorable For: Starting with the Last German Offensive of the Great War and
Becoming the Allies' First Victorious Offensive of 1918

Background


The Second Battle of the Marne marked the turning of the tide in World War I. It
began with the last German offensive of the conflict and was quickly followed by the
first allied offensive victory of 1918. The American Expeditionary Force with over
250,000 men fighting under overall French command played key roles both in the
initial defense and the later advances. In the Second Battle of Marne with 30,000
killed and wounded, the United States started suffering casualties on the enormous
scale usually associated with the battles of the Great War.





More About W
ALTER B. SMITH:
Burial: Herndon Heights, WV
Military service: September 22, 1917, Enlistment Mullens, WV
Social Security Number: 233-17-3220
Veteran: Bet. September 22, 1917 - August 27, 1919, WWI Pvt Company A. 7th Infantry U.S. Army
     
Children of I
DA MILLS and WALTER SMITH are:
20. i.   LEATHA6 SMITH.
21. ii.   ELMER JAMES SMITH, b. December 25, 1917, Herndon Heights, WV; d. July 10, 1995, Princeton Memorial Hospital, Princeton, WV.



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