Information?

The card pictured above was in my Grandfather’s wallet from WWI, along with passes, a picture of his parents and various other documents. I have no idea who Howard H. Bridgman was (on Oct. 3, 2005 that changed, see his name below), but my grandfather thought enough of him to keep his name card until his death in 1992.

I’m looking for information about my grandfather, people he knew and his ambulance company in the 2nd Division. I’m compiling a list from my grandfather’s letters and documents which you’ll find below. If you have information or know where I can get more information please contact me. One of the things I’d really like to find is a first person account of the First Ambulance Co during the years 1918-1919. Thank you for your help. You can contact me here.

Robert E. Schalles

First Ambulance Co
A.P.O. 710
2nd Division
Serial Number: 5529

Names My Grandfather Mentions in His Letters:

Ray Armstrong: From Durango or Cortez, Colorado?

Robert Armstrong: From Durango or Cortez, Colorado?

Harry Goulding: 7th Regiment of Engineers. My grandfather writes: “Joe got a letter yesterday from Harry Goulding he is at Ft Riley, Kans. in the 7th Reg. of Engineers. he seems to like it fine but says he is like the rest of us hates to hear the bugle in the mornings at getting up time, but likes to hear it at Mess call.” I have since learned that this is the Harry Goulding who founded the Monument Valley Trading Post. He also went to Hollywood to convince Director John Ford that Monument Valley would be good place to film westerns. John Wayne was in the first movie filmed there, Stagecoach, and it went on to win an Academy Award. You can read more about Harry Goulding here.

Jess Smith

Charles Hickey: From Durango or Cortez, Colorado?

John Hickey: From Durango or Cortez, Colorado?

Names in other Documents my Grandfather Kept

Howard H. Bridgman: Sydney, Manitoba, Canada. Howard was born in Manitoba, Canada. He later moved to Clio, Michigan and became a U.S. citizen. He graduated from Albion College in Albion, Mi and was inducted into the army before the end of his senior year in 1918. A small diary he kept begins with training in May of 1918 and ends in New York on March 7, 1919 (There is no mention of my grandfather or any of the other names on this site in the diary.). He served with the First Ambulance Company, 2nd division and, like my grandfather, was wounded in action in October, 1918. ¬†Howard received the French “Croix de Guerre” for outstanding bravery while rescuing wounded men in No Man’s Land in France. After returning from the service, Howard attended the YMCA college in Chicago and worked for the Y in Piqua, Ohio. Howard died in a boating accident in 1933, leaving behind a wife and three young children (9, 8 & 6).

This information was provided by Howard’s Son, Dick Bridgman (6 at the time of his father’s death) and his grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Tom Bridgman and Amy Koepnick. Many thanks!

The back of Howard H. Bridgman’s card has a note on it which says:

Give to:
Biggs
Bialozynski [spelling?]
Butler
Boutens

Biggs: Mentioned on the back of Howard H. Bridgman’s card. I assume this is a last name.

Bialozynski: Mentioned on the back of Howard H. Bridgman’s card. I assume this is a last name.

Butler: Mentioned on the back of Howard H. Bridgman’s card. I assume this is a last name.

Boutens: Mentioned on the back of Howard H. Bridgman’s card. I assume this is a last name.

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