Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Fred Manis - World War 1 Veteran - Red Arrow 32nd Infantry

My grandmother's brother little brother was Fred Manis.  He was born to Lester Manis and Cora Gibson on October 1, 1899.  He lived in Wabash for a short while and then the family moved to Richmond.  He worked as a truck driver until he enlisted in the military.  He joined up on January 20, 1915, in Columbus, Ohio.  I have not been able to find a copy of his full military record yet, so I don't know where he started out.

According to his files when he was at the U.S. National Homes for Disabled Soldiers Records he was Sergeant in the 32nd United States Infantry.  I am not sure how he got into this division since it was made up of men from Wisconsin and Michigan.  It sounds like they were in some of the fiercest fighting in World War 1. This is one area where I plan to do more research.  He spent 52 months in the military.  His father Lester also fought in World War 1. Fred spent a lot of time in the Veteran's Homes for the rest of his life.

He married Elsie McDowell on June 4, 1919.  They had one son, Harold Manis.   They lived in Richmond, Indiana, where he worked as a mechanic.

He died in the Veteran's Home in Grant County, Indiana on December 20, 1940.

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