I was recently
going through some photos belonging to my mother and came across this
group photo of the 147th Howitzer Company taken at Camp Perry, Ohio
in 1929. Camp Perry still exists and is located near Port Clinton, Ohio on
the Southwest shore of Lake Erie. It is operated as a shooting range and
training camp by the Ohio National Guard.
I don't know, or
recognize any of the men (However, I believe one of them to be my father,
Charles W. Chapman, at age 18.) in this photo, and furthermore, I don't know
anything about the history of this particular group. Do any of you local
historians know if the 147th was a unit of the Greenfield National Guard
and thus made up of locals? If it helps the photo was mailed to my mother
in a mailing tube with the return address of, Fred Wright, Greenville,
Ohio. Email your input to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because of the
size of the photo I had to scan it in two sections, left and right. I did
paste them together and will include all three. To keep the photos large
enough to make out the faces, however, I had to keep the images pretty
large. Give them time to download. Click
photos to enlarge.
Full group photo
of the 147th Howitzer Company.
I also have that
grandfather Edwin Robbins is also in the photo. I located this photo
while helping my mom and her sisters go through his stuff a couple days
after his funeral in 2001. According
to my mom and aunts he is on the second row third person from the left
he is wearing glasses. They
knew he was in the military but couldn't confirm it other than through
his story's until I found the picture rolled up and put away in a box in
his closet. Anything you can tell me about the unit would be
appreciated. I know from what he told me he was in the unit for several
years but was discharged prior to WWII and during the war was an Air
Raid Warden in Cincinnati Oh. He lived there until he came to FL
in the 50's. thanks
for your help
William Anno, WannoIII@aol.com
My step grandfather, Capt. Nelson Edward
Heaton, commanded that company around that time through 1939
when he was dismissed as unable to go to war in WWII because of three
wounds sustained at Soissons, France in 1918. My father, First Lt.
Stanley Strobel, ran the unit for some years in the early 1950's after
his tour in the Korean war with the 3rd Armored Reconnaissance Company,
3rd Infantry Division. I had my grandfather's national guard
company book from 1939 but donated it to the Southern Sate Community
College library in Hillsboro, Ohio. Further, I donated many of his
WWI First Expeditionary Force (now American First Division) maps, unit
pictures, etal to the Ohio historical society. Yes, these boys were all
local or from very close by neighboring towns..
I still have my grandfathers regular army
and national guard commission (Captain) certificates from 1929.
Brett Strobel 7/19/2005