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world war 1 military records of caost and geodetic survey personnel


C. W. Pittman, U.S. Army (rank unknown),

Served as a hand in one of the field parties operated under the Division of Geodesy, Coast and Geodetic Survey until Aug. 17, when he separated from the party and entered the U.S. Army.


John D. Powell, Captain, C.A.R.C., U.S. Army,

On Sept. 24, 1917, by Executive Order 2707, he was transferred to service and jurisdiction of the War Department. Previous to his transfer he was a commissioned Junior Hydrographic and Geodetic Engineer in the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Effective Sept. 24, 1917, he was commissioned First Lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Reserve Corps of the U.S. Army, and soon thereafter entered upon duty at the Artillery Training School at Fortress Monroe, Va.

After completing his course at this school, on Nov. 27, 1917, he was assigned to duty with the Coast Defenses of Charleston, S.C., at Fort Moultrie, where he was attached to Battery “B” 61st Artillery, C.A.C., for another course in training and equipping for services in France. For several months during the period of training at Fort Moultrie, during the absence of the Captain of the battery, he was commanding officer of the organization, and among other duties instructed in the regimental schools on subjects pertaining to engineering, surveying and range finding. He sailed from Newport News, Va., on July 18, 1918, and arrived at St. Nazaire, France, July 31, 1918.

In the reorganization of the regiment for active field service he was made regimental orientation officer, and in this work he was called upon to conduct various schools for training in orientation and later he was engaged in extending by survey the artillery range at Camp de Longe, France.

On Oct. 26, 1918, he was promoted to Captain in the Coast Artillery Corps, and was transferred to the Railroad Artillery Reserve Corps for duty at Mailley de Camp. He was assigned to Battery “F” and in the absence of a superior officer acted as commanding officer of the 3rd Battalion, 52nd Artillery. The material of this battery consisted of two pieces of 32 cm. French guns, mounted on railroad trucks.

He was later transferred to the command of Battery “B” of the first Battalion and in that capacity returned to the United States on January 3, 1919. Upon arrival, he was assigned with his organization to Camp Eustis, Va. and later to the Heavy Artillery School at Fort Monroe, Va.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on May 5, 1919 and returned to the Coast and Geodetic Survey on the following day.


William B. Powell, Officer’s Steward, U.S.N.R.F.,

On Sept. 24, 1917, by Executive Order 2707, he was transferred with the Coast and Geodetic Survey Steamer Surveyor to the service and jurisdiction of the Navy Department. Previous to his transfer he was Officer’s Steward on the Surveyor.

Effective Sept. 24, 1917, he was enrolled as Officer’s Cook in the U.S. Naval Reserve Force and he served on the U.S.S. Surveyor, but the length of his service is not known at this office, as he did not return to the Coast and Geodetic Survey.


Theodore Prenzlau, Machinist’s Mate, first Class, U.S.N.R.F.,

On Sept. 24, 1917, by Executive Order 2707, he was transferred with the Coast and Geodetic Survey Steamer Bache to the service and jurisdiction of the Navy Department. Previous to his transfer he was Assistant to Engineer on the Bache.

Effective Sept. 24, 1917, he enrolled as Machinist’s Mate, first class in the U.S. Naval Reserve Force and he served on the U.S.S. Bache in that capacity until June 12, 1918, when he returned to the Coast and Geodetic Survey.


Clifford G. Quillian, Lieutenant Commander, U.S.N.R.F.,

On Sept. 24, 1917, by Executive Order 2707, he was transferred to the service and jurisdiction of the Navy Department. Previous to his transfer he was a commissioned Hydrographic and Geodetic Engineer in the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

At the date of the issue of Executive Order 2707 he was in command of the Coast and Geodetic Survey Steamer Patterson, engaged in surveying Lisianski Straits, S.E. Alaska. He was notified by radio that he had been commissioned Lieutenant in the U. S. Naval Reserve Corps and received orders to close work and proceed with the vessel and party to Seattle, Washington.
On Dec. 29, 1917, upon arrival at Seattle he was enrolled as Lieutenant, U.S.N.R.F. and received orders from Rear Admiral R.E. Coontz, U.S.N. to report to the Officer in Charge, U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, Seattle, Wash., for duty as Commanding Officer of the Coast and Geodetic Survey Steamer Patterson.

He remained in command of the Patterson, closing up field records and getting the vessel ready for transfer, until Feb., 1918, when he received orders to report on board of the U.S. Naval Transport Northern Pacific, enroute to the Supervisor, U.S. Naval Reserve Force at New York. These orders, however were revoked by wire, and he was ordered to report for duty at the U.S. Naval Hydrographic Office, at Norfolk, Va.

On Feb. 22, 1918, he was relieved from the Patterson and proceeded to Norfolk, Va., where he arrived on March 1, 1918 and reported to the Officer in Charge of the Branch Hydrographic Office of the U.S. Navy.

He remained at this station until July, 1918, when upon his own request for more active sea service, he was detached and ordered to New York for reassignment to duty by the Supervisor of the U.S. Naval Reserve Force.

On August 4, 1918, he was ordered to the U.S. Naval Transport Manchuria as Navigating Officer, and he served under Captain C. S. Freeman, U. S. N., Commanding, until the latter part of August, 1918, and after that under Captain Adrian Zeeder, U.S.N.R.F.

The U.S.S. MANCHURIA was formerly in the Pacific Mail Line, running from San Francisco to the Orient, Japan, China and Manila, Philippine Islands. It was a vessel of 13639 gross tons, 600 feet long, with a breadth of 65 feet and draft of 31 feet. It was a troop transport during the war and had a troop capacity of approximately 5,000. The vessel was engaged in carrying troops and cargo to France until the armistice and after that time was engaged in carrying troops from France to the United States.

On October 16, 1918, Lieutenant Quillian was promoted to Lieutenant Commander, U.S.N.R.F. He served as Navigating and Division Officer during the entire time that he was attached to the U.S.S. MANCHURIA, from Aug. 4, 1918, until the latter part of March, 1919.

He was relieved from active duty in the U.S. Navy on March 31, 1919, and returned to the Coast and Geodetic Survey on the following day.


Bernard A. Ramberg, U.S.N.R.F. (rank unknown),

On May 16, 1918, by Executive Order 2861, he was transferred with the Coast and Geodetic Survey Steamer PATTERSON to the service and jurisdiction of the Navy Department. Previous to his transfer, he was Boatswain on the Patterson. There is no information available regarding whether or not he was enrolled in the U.S. Naval Reserve Force.

Andres Ramos, U.S. Navy (rank unknown),

Served as ship’s cook on the Coast and Geodetic Survey Steamer Pathfinder, until December 31, 1917, when he separated from the vessel at Manila, Philippine Islands and enlisted in the U. S. Navy.


Apolonio Ramos, U. S. Navy (rank unknown),

Served as Seaman on the Coast and Geodetic Survey Steamer Pathfinder until March 1, 1918, when he separated from the vessel and enlisted in the U. S. Navy.


Howard S. Rappleye, Second Lieutenant, E.O.R.C., U.S. Army, Captain, U.S. Guards, N.A.

On September 24, 1917, by Executive Order 2707, he was transferred to the service and jurisdiction of the War Department. Previous to his transfer, he was a Geodetic Computer in the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Effective September 24, 1917, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Engineer Officers Reserve Corps and on October 15, was ordered to active duty at the Engineer Officers Training Camp at American University, D.C. After completing his course of training, on November 27, 1917, he was ordered to duty with the 104th Engineers at Camp McClellan, Anniston, Ala., when he reported on December 10, and was assigned to special duty as assistant topographic officer of the regiment.

On January 11, 1918, he was discharged on account of physical disability.

He was reinstated as computer in the Coast Geodetic Survey on February 1, 1918, and served until May 24, 1918, when he resigned to accept a commission as First Lieutenant, U.S. Guards National Army. He was ordered to duty as Adjutant to the 9th Battalion, U. S. Guards, National Army at Fort Niagara, N. Y.

In August, 1918, he was promoted to the rank of Captain, U.S. Guards, N.A. and was assigned to Company B 32nd Battalion at Fort Niagara, N.Y., but was placed on special duty as Post Adjutant, in which capacity he served until ordered to Camp Dix, N.J., for discharge, on December 17, 1918

He was honorably discharged from military service on December 23, 1918, and returned to the Coast and Geodetic Survey as Computer in the Division of Geodesy on January 2, 1919.


Leroy P. Raynor, Lieutenant, U.S.N.R.F.,

On September 24, 1917, by Executive Order 2707, he was transferred to the service and jurisdiction of the Navy Department. Previous to his transfer, he was a commissioned Junior Hydrographic and Geodetic Engineer in the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Effective September 24, 1917, he was commissioned Lieutenant (j.g.) U.S. Naval Reserve Force, and on November 21, 1917, he received orders to report to the Supervisor, U.S. Naval Auxiliary Reserve, at New York.

Although requests for information relating to the war activities were mailed to Lieutenant Raynor, up to the date of the writing this report no information has been placed on file, further than he was promoted to Lieutenant, U.S.N.R.F., and that he was relieved from active duty in the U.S. Navy on December 21, 1918.

He returned to the Coast and Geodetic Survey on February 26, 1919.


Clarence F. Ready, U.S.N.R.F. (rank unknown),

On September 24, 1917, by Executive Order 2707, he was transferred with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Steamer ISIS to the service and jurisdiction of the Navy Department. Previous to his transfer he was serving on the ISIS as Assistant to Engineer, third class.

There is nothing on file in this office to indicate whether or not he was enrolled in the U.S. Naval Reserve Force, or how long he remained attached to the U.S. ISIS after his transfer.

Ernest E. Reese, First Lieutenant, Ordnance Department, U.S. Army,

On September 24, 1917, by Executive Order 2702, he was transferred to the service and jurisdiction of the War Department. Previous to his transfer he was a commissioned Junior Hydrographic and Geodetic Engineer in the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Effective September 24, 1917, he was commissioned First Lieutenant Coast Artillery Corps, U.S. Army, and on October 22, 1917, he was assigned to the Officers Coast Artillery Camp at Fort Monroe, Va. He remained in training until November 27, 1917, and was then transferred to the Ordnance Department at Washington, D.C.

He was first assigned to the Supply Division, where he had charge of allotment records of all money handled by the division, revising of allotment papers, and matters relating to travel orders.

On April 1, 1918, he was ordered from this duty and was assigned to the Production Division, Plant Section, Engineering Branch. While upon this duty he was Aid to the Major in Charge of the Engineering Branch, prepared estimates on building construction, and was in charge of units relating to various records and files.
From November 1, 1918 until March 20, 1919 he was on the sick list with no duty, and on account of an ulcerated eye, which followed influenza.

On March 21, he was again assigned to active duty in the Ordnance Department, where he served in the Administration Division until March 31, 1919, when he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. He returned to the Coast and Geodetic Survey on the following day.

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