WEEK 21: Francis Vincent Logue – World War I

Memorial Day was this past week, so this week’s 52 Ancestor’s theme is “Military.”

I had recently discovered that my grand uncle, Francis Vincent Logue, served during World War I. He was the eldest child of Michael and Elizabeth (Donnelly) Logue, born on September 9, 1894 in Philadelphia, PA. He was baptized at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church on September 23, 1894. His godparents were his father’s siblings, Bernard and Mary Logue.

In 1917, the United States had entered World War I. However, at the time, the United States Army was small compared with their European counterparts. So the Selective Draft Act of 1917 was initiated, authorizing the government to draft young men to raise an army to go fight in Europe. All males between the ages of 21-30 were required to register for military service.

Francis was 22 years old at this time, and registered. At the time, he was employed at Midvale Steel in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia as a stock accountant.

005270445_04829He was assigned to the 112 Signal Corps, 37th Division and sent to France. His aunt, Catherine “Kate” Logue, was also in France serving with the Army Nursing Corp. The two had never seen each other while serving in France. However, they were very close and in some cases in the same area. One time, Francis had come down with influenza while in Nantes, France and was sent to a hospital ward there. His Aunt Kate was working in the same hospital, and was unaware that he was there until after his discharge.

World War I ended on November 11, 1918. Francis sailed home on the George Washington in March of 1919. He was honorably discharged on April 11, 1919. He went back to live with his parents at their home on Wentz Street in Philadelphia, PA. He got a job as a clerk at the furniture warehouse that his father was also working at.

In 1928, he married Marie R. Collins. They had one child (who is still living). Francis and Marie lived for a short time on Walnut Street, but then eventually they and their child moved back with his mother on Wentz Street. His health was poor since he returned from the war. He had chronic asthma, blamed on the use of mustard gas in the war.

Francis died on March 19, 1941 at his mother’s home from bronchial asthma. He was aged 46. He is buried in the Philadelphia National Cemetery.

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