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Private Stanley T. Sargent
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Stanley Sargent
Stanley Sargent
son of Emery & Ophelia Waite Sargent
Photographer: Geo. W. Roe, Strawberry Point
Stanley T. Sargent with two of his WWI buddies
Stanley T. Sargent (left)
with two of his WWI buddies


Stanley T. Sargent draft registration card, June 5, 1917

Stanley T. Sargent draft registration card, June 5, 1917

No. 119
Stanley T. Sargent, age 30, home address Strawberry Point, Iowa. Date of birth: September 15, 1886, Natural born citizen, born at Strawberry Point, Iowa, USA. Occupation, Farming. Employed by: Self, Strawberry Point. No dependents. Single. No previous military service. Medium height, medium build, gray eyes, brown hair.
Geo Opperman, Registrar
Cass Precinct, Clayton County, Iowa, June 5, 1917


A Letter Home

France, Aug 10, 1918

Dear folks at home:
Will write you a few lines to let you know I am still on top of the sod, and feeling fine. We are having dandy weather here at present. It sure looks like sunny France. And the days are sure long. It doesn’t get dark until about 9:30 o’clock.

We are still at the same old trade. Ellsworth Alderson got the Strawberry Point Press and the Elkader paper today. It was an old paper though, June 27 but it was good to read. I did not get mine. Will you tell Mr. Clark to send mine and Ellsworth’s to Co. B instead of Co. A.

I was down town last Sunday and these are some places believe me. They look like they were laid out about one hundred years before Christ was born. The streets are narrow, about room for one team or rather one horse to pass another. And you can’t walk more than 8 or 10 rods in a straight line on a street when you zigzag around and you don’t know if you are on a street or not. If anyone gets out of this they sure will have something to talk about, although we will all be glad when we get back to God’s country. I suppose we would like it a little better if we could talk French.

I expect by the time you get this they will be done threshing there, and the next will be corn cutting time.

I will try and finish my letter tonight as it is now Aug 15. Have just made another move. We have seen quite a lot of France already, but I want to see Paris yet. Then I will be ready to leave France any time they see fit to let me go.

I am still feeling fine and so are the rest of the Strawberry Point boys. There seems to be quite a nice climate here. Have not had much rain lately.

You will have to excuse these short letters as I don’t know what to write. Tell the rest hello and write and let me know where Elwin is and how you are getting along.

Will close now, hoping you are alright. With love to all,

Stanley Sargent

Stanley Theodore Sargent service card
Stanley T. Sargent service card

Army serial number 2,139,438. Residence: Strawberry Point, Clayton county, Iowa. Inducted at Elkader, Iowa on Feb. 25, 1918. Place of birth: Strawberry Point, Iowa. Age: 31 5/12 years.
Organizations served in, with dates of assignments and transfers: Co C, 313 Engrs to Mch 26/18; Co B, 55 Engrs to disch. Grades: Pvt. Served overseas from June 30/18 to July 14/19. Honorably discharged on demobilization July 21/19.


Stanley T. Sargent Soldier's Discharge and Enlistment Record
Stanley T. Sargent Soldier's Discharge and Enlistment Record

Honorable Discharge
from the United States Army. #1827, page 56. Stanley T. Sargent 2139438, Pvt. Cas. Det 1078 Demobl Group. Last Ass'd Co. B, 55th Engrs. Honorably discharged from the military service of the United States by reason of Tel. W.D. Nov. 15-18 Letters A.G.A. Nov. 30-18.
Camp Dodge, Ia. 21st day of July, 1919.
Louis Causler, Maj. Sig. Corps, U.S.A., Commanding

Enlistment Record
Grade: Private. Enlisted Febr. 25, 1918 at Elkader, Iowa. Serving in First enlistment period at date of discharge. Prior service: None. Noncommissioned officer: Never.
Marksmanship, gunner qualification or rating: Not Rated
Horsemanship: Not Mounted
Battles, engagements, skirmishes, expeditions: A.E.F.
Medals, Deco., Citations: None
Knowledge of any vocation: Farming
Wounds received in service: None
Physical condition when discharged: Good
Triple Typhoid prophylaxis completed: Mar. 16-'18. Paratyphoid prophylaxis completed: Mar. 16-'18
Single. Character: Excellent
Remarks: No A.W.O.L. No absence under G.O. 31 or 45 W.D. 1912-14. Entitled to travel pay to Strawberry Point, Iowa. Left U.S. June 30-'18 Ret'd July 14-'19.

Camp Dodge, Iowa. Jul 21, 1919. Paid in Full Including Bonus $95.40
A.A. Padmore Capt. Quartermaster U.S.A.
H.C. Vermilya Capt. Inf. U.S.A. Commanding Cas. Det 1078
Filed for Record 27th day of April, 1942


~sources: photos courtesy of Joan Patterson, cousin of the contributor; WWI Draft Card, ordered on line from the National Archives; Record of Service Card, from the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum Camp Dodge, IA; discharge papers from the Clayton County Recorder's office and the letter home, published in the Strawberry Point Press, September 12, 1918
~contributed by Terry Sargent, nephew. Terry's contact info. can be found in the surname registry for Sargent
~see also "Our Heroes" page for another photo and more about Stanley T. Sargent.


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