WWI Recruits leaving Woodhaven, NY








In 1919, fifty-three Memorial Trees were planted in Forest Park to honor fallen Work War I Soldiers from Woodhaven. 17 trees were later added, bringing the total to 70. Each year for Memorial Day, the trees were decorated with ribbons by the soldiers' families. The trees became a focal point for Memorial Day Parades and other ceremonies that would march through Forest Park and end at Victory Field. Unfortunately, as families either moved or passed away ,the trees and the soldiers were forgotten.

In 2015, the tradition of decorating the Memorial Trees and honoring our fallen soldiers was revived. This was a joint effort by Project Woodhaven, American Legion Post 118, and the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society.


Listed below are the names of fifty-three Woodhaven men who last their lives during WWI. In the next few weeks we will be adding information about each of them. (Cypress Hills National Cemetery listed below as CHN, Cypress Hills Private Cemetery listed as CHP)


*If one of the man listed below is a member of your family we would love to hear from you. Please email WoodhavenSoldiers. We are looking for family stories, photos of the men and in some cases the grave location.

Francis L Allyn - Private 1st Class. Francis was born on 13th of January 1894 in Woodhaven to Francis Allyn Sr. and Cora Gibson. He died of wounds on the 10th of August 1918. Burial CHP Section 8 Lot 50 E 1/2


John A Baccus - Private 1st Class. Died in Action on 22 July 1918. Burial Oise-Aisne American Cemetery Fere-en-Tardenois, France


Gustave Becker - Died 12th of October 1918. Burial CHN Section 2 Site 8445


Arthur P Billings - Private, died of wounds on 1st November 1918. Buried Cedar Grove Cemetery Flushing, NY Hem-1/2 of Lot 12-1A Grave 1A

Peter A Braemer - Private, died of pneumonia, 5th November 1918. St. John's Cemetery Hem-1/2 of Lot 12-1A Grave 1A

Warren Carroll - Private, died of pneumonia, 10 November 1918. Brookwood American Cemetery Brookwood, England

Leonard Chambers - Private, died of a heart failure, 18 Oct 1918. St. John's Cemetery Section 14 Row R Plot 17 Grave 8

Alfred G Cocquelet - Corporal, died of wounds, 6 November 1918. CHN Section 2 Site 8587

Arthur E Coffin - Private 1st Class, died of wounds, 4 November 1918. CHN Section 2 Site 8521

Warren C Condit - Died 18th October 1918. CHN Section 2 Site 8400

John D'avella - Private, Killed in action, John D'Avella was born in the city of Napoli in or about 1895. Emigrated to America he settled in Brooklyn, NY where he worked as Engraver for the Eugenio D'Avella. He was inducted in the Army with serial number 1701578 and he was assigned to the 306th Infantry, Company D as part of the 77th Division. He was Killed in Action on November 05, 1918. Notified his godfather Alessandro Marasciullo.


John DelVecchio - Private, killed in action, died 12th September 1918. Burial unknown. John was born in Castelmore, Italy in 1895. Before being inducted in the Army he lived with his sister and brother-in-law, Mr, and Mrs. Michael Cassillo at 1130 Lawn Ave, Ozone Park, NY. He was born Giovanni Del Vecchio in the village of Castelnuovo di Conza around 1895. He migrated to America settling in Ozone Park,Queens, NY where he worked as Pipe Maker for the William Demuth Company. He was inducted in the Army with serial number 1908114 and he was assigned to the 327th Infantry, Company L as part of the 82nd Division.


Charles E Denon - Died 30th July 1918. Buried Oise-Aisne American Cemetery Fere-en-Tardenois, France

Otto G Dietter - Died 29th September 1918. Buried Somme American Cemetery Bony, France

Jules C Dulong - Private, died of influenza and pneumonia, 26 September 1918. St. John's Cemetery, Section 11 Row 2 Plot 1 Grave 3

Arthur L Engles - 1st Lieutenant, died of wounds, 8 November 1918. Burial Aisne-Marne American Cemetery Belleau, France

Fred Fempel - Died 25th January 1919. Buried The Evergreens Cemetery Mt. Seir Lot E 1/2 of 900-937

Morio Ferraro - was accidental knocked off a passenger coach and killed on 29th of June 1919. He was a Corporal with Butchery Company, 347 Infantry


Arthur N Frank - Died 14th October 1918. Buried Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France

Harold C Fulton - Chief Gunners Mate, died 14 October 1918. Buried Waldon, NY Family Plot

David E Gladd - Died 8th October 1918. Buried CHN Section 2 Site 8489

Milton J Hall - Sergeant, died of influenza and pneumonia, 4th November 1918. Buried CHN Section 2 Site 7952

Goldsmith H Hardgrove - Died 27th September 1918. Buried Somme American Cemetery Bony, France

Robert Jackson - Died 19th July 1918. Buried CHN Section 2 Site 8468

Edwin H Jelley - Corporal, killed in action, 15th July 1918. Buried Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France

John H Kohl - Private, died of pneumonia, 16th November 1918. Buried CHP Section 119 Lot 119 SE 1/4

Edmond La Chance - Landsman Electrician Navy, died 14th October 1918. Buried St. John's Section 11 Row S Plot 8 Grave 1

Cecil E Lanyon - Private 1st Class, died of wounds 30th August 1918. Buried Oise-Aisne American Cemetery Fere-en-Tardenois, France

Charles C Lerner - Private, Killed in Action 30 September 1918. Buried Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France

George H Leary - Died 29th August 1918. Burial place unknown

Frederick J Lindemann - Died 6th November 1918. Buried CHN Section 2 Site 8384

Leroy W Livett - Died 22nd of November. Burial place unknown

William H Manning - Died 19th December 1918. Buried The Evergreens, Nazareth Lot 2881

James G McArdle - Private 1st Class, died of wounds on 1st November 1918. Buried Brookwood American Cemetery Brookwood, England

Robert James McBurnie - Cook, died of broncho pneumonia. Was originally buried in Rouen, France St. Sever Cemetery with at least 30 others from Brooklyn. These soldiers were moved to another cemetery. Presently burial is unknown.

Robert J McCook - Private, died of Nasal hemorrhage 29 November 1918. Burial CHN Section 2 Site 8378

John J Metz (Mertz) - Died 23 August 1918. Buried Oise-Aisne American Cemetery Fere-en-Tardenois, France

John Meyer - Died 18 August 1918 Buried Oise-Aisne American Cemetery Fere-en-Tardenois, France

Archibald Motz - Died 29 September 1918. Buried Section 2 Site 8327

Morris Peliz or Peltz - Died 9th June 1918. Burial unknown

Arthur V Pempel - died 26th of January 1919. Buried CHN plot 8219

Charles P Prince - Sergeant, Killed in Action. Buried Oise-Aisne American Cemetery Fere-en-Tardenois, France

John S Riley Jr. - Private, died of pneumonia 5th October 1918. Burial unknown

John Ruoff - Corporal Killed in action, 14th August 1918. Burial CHN Section 2 Site 8454

Frederick W Sassen - Private 1st Class, killed in action. Buried CHN Section 2 Site 8524

George E Schneider - Private, died of wounds 7th October 1918. Buried Section 2 Site 8477

John C Schramm - Private, killed in action, 29th September 1918. Buried Somme American Cemetery Bony, France

Herman H Smith - Died 29 July 1918. Buried Oise-Aisne American Cemetery Fere-en-Tardenois, France

Waldo M Smith - Private, died of Pneumonia, 20th October 1918. Buried Union Cemetery Bedford, Westchester County, New York, USA

Frederick Spahn - Corporal, died of wounds. Burial Canarsie Cemetery Section 8 Lot 73

Richart Strong - Corporal, killed in action on 3rd of November 1918. He is buried at Muese-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France Plot E Row 26 Grave 31


Charles G Tumm - Corporal, killed in action, 8 October 1918. Buried unknown

Edward Victory - Died 11 March 1919. Buried Somme American Cemetery Bony, France

Clemente Vitale - Private, killed in action, 15 October 1918, Tablets of the Missing Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Romagne, France. Clemente Vitale or Clementi Vitali was born in Casamarciano, Italy around1890. He emigrated to America settling in Ozone Park, Queens, NY and worked as a baker. He was inducted in the Army with serial number 2444602 and he was assigned to the 308th Infantry, Company L as part of the 77th Division.

Howard Von Dohlen - Sergeant, killed in action, 17th October 1918. Buried Lutheran All Faiths, Lot 13326-13328 Map 3A ((Howard Von Dohlen Playground)

William Frederick Zahn - Chief Boatswain Mate, died 18th May 1918. Buried CHP

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