Battery F, 136th Field Artillery, American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.)
Posted On: 05/17/2017 - 12:54pm, Posted By: Other
This article was written by Katie Fiorelli, University of Cincinnati graduate intern (2015).
April 6, 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. Every other Wednesday, we will present items from our collections that highlight life in Cincinnati, around the nation and from the battlefields during the war.
An element that draws historical researchers into the archives is the quest to discover and assemble the puzzle pieces that make up our history. While researching the stories of local Cincinnati veterans of the First World War, I discovered an interesting pattern; though some men (and so far, they have all been men) enlisted in the Navy or Marines, and others served as doctors, veterinarians and cooks, an unusual number were members of Battery F, 136th Field Artillery. With this first puzzle piece in hand, I investigated further.
Many Cincinnatians enjoy the overlooks of Eden Park, particularly by the Twin Lakes. What they might not have noticed is a memorial to Cincinnatians who fought in WWI, tucked next to the children’s playground. This striking memorial honors the 324 men who served in this unit. Why are such a large contingent represented locally? Many of the men signed up with the Ohio National Guard prior to the draft in 1917, and some were even from Northern Kentucky. They went down to Camp Sheridan in Alabama for training, left the United States on June 28, 1918. After they arrived in France, they participated in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, where some received commendations, while others received wounds. Some even gave the ultimate sacrifice during their service. Battery F, 136th did not return to the United States until March 24, 1919.
Their services is honored in the aforementioned plaque, located in Eden Park, put up with funding raised by their mothers. It is a striking piece, and worth a visit if you are in the area. It is a reminder of how involved Cincinnatians were in the Great War and many other international conflicts.
Battery F, 136th Field Artillery Memorial (World War I). Located in Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Link to image.