With the 364th Infantry in America, France, and Belgium

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Knickerbocker Press, 1919 - World War, 1914-1918 - 264 pages
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My deepest appreciation for those all responsible for writing and digitizing this book. My grandfather, Austin Bresnen Richeson, is mentioned in it as a major in command of the 1st Battalion, 364th Regiment, 91st Division of American infantry. He and his fellow soldiers trained out of Fort Lewis in Washington state. This book is apparently the only record of his WW I service in existence; the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has nothing other than his date of mustering in and discharge. Makes you wonder how many other WW I soldiers this applies to. His WW I records and his previous 9 years of service in the U.S. army prior to 1915 were apparently wiped out in the archives fire in St. Louis, MO in the early 1970s.
Without this book Austin's grandchildren would literally not know what units he served with, what he did, or even where he was in the Great War other than his final rank of major. He was shot in the chest at the front while the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalions were taking on the German machine gunners and cutting their way through German barbed wire at the Meuse-Argonne. He was shot while on the radio phone calling for reinforcements, taken behind the lines and driven around for 24 hrs. in search of medical help. When he was finally dropped off for care it was decided to leave the bullet in him, and he carried it to the day he died.
I spent a full evening reading this book in utter fascination. Sincere thanks to Bryant Wilson and Lamar Tooze, who kept notes and got to work on this book so quickly after the end of the war, when memories were still fresh.
 

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This book was written by my Grandfather, Lamar Tooze, whose twin brother, Leslie, also served in the 364th Infantry Division. Alas, Leslie was killed by a sniper shortly after the armistice. Lamar went on to become a distinguished Oregon attorney, and also served in World War II, eventually retiring from the Army as a Major General. 

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