Saturday, February 28, 2009

This is My Grandfather

He came to America at age 10 from the Austrian-Hungarian Empire village of Ungvar. In 1918, he was Corporal Steve Buda of the United States Army. Years later, we called him Granpa.

Training for The Great War in North Dakota, Cpl Buda prepared for a life and death struggle against his own family serving in the enemy armies of the Hapsburgs. In early November, Cpl Buda and his unit were ordered to ship out to the French front, but they never left Camp. The War to End All Wars ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Granpa was saved from the horrors of war, but he was not spared tragedy. His first wife and twins boys died during the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic.

These are Granpa's army buddies. Their ranks, names, and nicknames were typed on the back of the photo.


Top row from left to right.
Sgt Russel Koons, Original; Cpl Jack Kennedy, Bad Eye; Cpl Fred Pieper, Sleepy; Sgt John Atkinson, Grand Pa; Sgt Edward Ochs, Hard Shell; Cpl Clarence Tracht, Wonder; Sgt George Brenner, Wonder.

From left to right 2nd row.
Sgt Otis Christmas, Doppie; Sgt Alfred Hoffman, Dr. Pest; Cpl Henry Ude, The Mascot; Cpl Sidney Thorpe, Silence; Cpl Steve Buda, Beautie.

[From left to right front row.]
Cpl Julius Paprockski, Smilie; Cpl Dan Goodrich, Killumdead; Pvt Fames Greco, Bad-Guy; Cpl Louis Patkk, Noisie.

This looks like the bunch the morning after the night before.
Yours truly,
Smilie





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3 comments:

indigo rose said...

Thanks for the family history. I did not know any of this, but will download to add to my files.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Those photos are awesome! I envy you; the details of my own family background are very scarce.

Indigo Red said...

I am very fortunate to have family members interested in geneology and family history. Cousin Lisa deserves much of the credit for bringing the many resources together.

Scarcity of family identity is all too common in America. But given the reasons so many came here, it's not hard to understand why they left their histories behind.