John Alfred Amoth, my great, great uncle, was a veteran of the First World War. He was one of ten children born to pioneer farmers in Grant County, Minnesota. John registered for the draft on 5 June 1917, and was inducted into the US Army on 19 Sept 1917. He was originally assigned to Company M, 352nd Infantry Regiment of the 88th Division at Camp Dodge, Iowa. He trained and/or was stationed with the 352nd Infantry as follows:
Camp Dodge, IA 20 Sep 1917 to 23 Nov 1917
Camp Pike, AR 27 Nov 1917 to 12 Jun 1918
Camp Merrit, NJ 15 Jun 1918 to 20 Jun 1918
He was shipped to Europe on the British transport ship Bohemian. The Bohemian left from Boston, MA via Halifax on 22 Jun 1918 and arrived at the Port of London, England on 6 Jul 1918. The 352nd Infantry spent one day at Southampton, England before crossing the English Channel and arriving at Le Havre, France on 9 Jul 1918. They then traveled to St. Agnem and Yazze where they remained until 24 Jul 1918.
On 3 Aug 1918, Pvt. Amoth was transferred to HQ Company, 23rd Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Division located at Nancy, France. He first entered combat with the 23rd Infantry on 12 Sep 1918 in the St. Mihiel Offensive. Additional battles in which he participated:
Meuse Argonne 1-10 Oct 1918
Meuse Argonne Offensive 1-11 Nov 1918
March to Rhine 11 Nov to 12 Dec 1918
Army of Occupation 13 Dec 1918 to 16 Jul 1919
Pvt. John Amoth returned to America arriving at Hoboken, NJ on 3 Aug 1919 and was discharged from military service at Camp Dodge, IA on 14 Aug 1919. He returned to the family homestead and was the last of siblings to leave the farm when he moved to Denver, CO in the late 1920's to live with his sister Mable and her family. He worked as a self-employed carpenter and contractor in the Denver area. He never married and passed away on 14 April 1969.
His WWI uniform and gas mask were donated to and are on exhibit at the Grant County Historical Museum.
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