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Conflict Period:
World War I 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Private First Class 1
Birth:
11 Feb 1887 1
Samsonville, Ulster County, New York 1
Death:
02 Aug 1943 1
Broadview Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio 1
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Full Name:
Coleman Palen 1
Birth:
11 Feb 1887 1
Samsonville, Ulster County, New York 1
Death:
02 Aug 1943 1
Broadview Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio 1
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World War I 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Private First Class 1
Service Start Date:
25 Mar 1918 1
Service End Date:
02 May 1919 1
Service Number:
574,130 1
Unit:
Co. K, 39th Infantry 1

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Coleman Palen enlists in the Army

Kingston Daily Freeman
Thursday evening
April 18, 1918
page 8

SAMSONVILLE

Samsonville, April 18

... Coleman Palen, son of Edgar Palen, has enlisted in the army and is stationed at Camp Greene. His mother is sending him a parcel post package of cigars and maple sugar and other good things. ...

Coleman Palen letter home # 1

Faded photocopy of undated newspaper clipping, probably Kingston Daily Freeman

WANTS "A CRACK AT DAMN DUTCH"

Co. K, 39th Infantry, Camp Greene, Charlotte, N. C. Son of Mr. and (Mrs.) Edgar Palen of Samsonville, Mr. Palen ahd (sic.) travelled in various parts of the world for 10 years prior to enlisting. In a recent letter to his parents he writes:

Camp Greene, Charlotte, N. C.
Co. K, 39th Infantry

Dear Mother and Father:

I got your letter tonight, and say wasn't I glad to hear frome home? Well I guess I was.

I am glad my trunk came alright and don't I wish I could have been with the trunk. But never mind mother perhaps I will have a chance to see all of you when we come north to take the ship to France.

We are having very bad weather down here, cold and rainy.

I am feeling fine, am getting fat, have taken on five more pounds, I now weigh 185 pounds stripped.

Well Dad I wish I was with you and mother tonight, I have so much to tell you but hard to write, all about the country and the people of their different ways. Dad I wish you could see the western country especially North and South Dakota, some change from what the hilly country of the east is. I don't think much of this country here, but then I don't suppose I will have to stay here long for the word is we will be sailing over there soon. I hope so anyway for I sure want to see Paris and London, but most of all I want to get a good crack at the damn Dutch and I will take a punch at them for you to. (sic.) Well dad, how do you like the gun I sent? That is some turkey gun. I wish you could have been with me last fall in the mountains of Pennsylvania, but I will hunt the Huns now instead of game.

Well mother I wish you could see the camp here it would be quite a sight for you, we went for a hike the other day. It was just fun for me, but there were many which had to drop out, a great many of the boys think they are having an awful hard time, but they will find they are having a picnic compared to what they will go up against over there. Well as I have a lot of more letters to write I will close by sending my best love to Ruth and Jack, also keep a good share for yourself. Write me soon and all the news.

Your (clipping ends here)

Coleman Palen letter home # 2

Kingston Daily Freeman
Saturday evening
December 7, 1918
Front page

HUN AEROPLANE FIRED ON WOUNDED

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Coleman Palen, 36 Hours on the Field Before Picked Up. Tells of Germans Firing on Stretcher Bearers and Wounded, Killing Three

The following letter has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Palen of Samsonville from their son Private Coleman Palen, who was wounded some time ago, and is still in a hospital in France.

France, Oct. 27

Dear Father and Mother:

Will write to let you know I am getting along as well as can be expected. How is everything at home? All enjoying the best of health I hope.

Say, but I had the blues yesterday. Was wishing I could be home to take a hunt with you and Jack. I was in hopes I could be back in the states before the season was over, but there is not much chance, I guess.

Well, dad, whate are you doing these troublesome days. Now to tell you about myself. Well, I have written so many letters and have received no answers, so now I will again try to see if I cannot get a letter from you.

I was in the start of the Verdun drive. My outfit was in the front line. On the second day, Friday morning, I was wounded. We had reached our objective the day before about 1 o'clock, but our relief had not come up yet, so we got orders to keep going, and believe me we did keep the Boches going. They counter-attacked at different times, but they only lost more men by doing so, and gave us a better chance at them meanwhile. As I told you, I was hit Friday morning, and they did not get me off the field until Saturday afternoon. Most of the time I was nearer to the enemy's line than to our own. But believe me, there was some hot fighting around there all day Friday and Friday night. You can guess they were pretty busy when they could not get the wounded off the field for 36 hours. Once the Germans passed very near me. I guess they thought I was accounted for. But they sure would have found me very much alive had they come too near. Saturday morning about day break, our boys got them on the run again. Oh boy! That sure was some welcome sight. So after that we could breathe a little more natural. By about noon they had gotten mosts of the wounded off the field. But when the stretcher bearers were taking the wounded boys off the field, eight Hun planes came over and tried to pick up off then. I heard later when we reached the first aid stations, that they got three of our boys. So you what coyotes we have to fight. But they are paying dear, and will keep on paying. You would never believe what crimes they have committed against the women and children here in France; things too contemptible to mention. I wonder if the world can ever look at a Hun again with anything but disgust.

Well, dad, here's hoping we knock hell out of them soon, for I am longing to see that old Statue of Liberty again.

Now, I will have to cut this short as here comes the nurse to dress me (I mean my wounds). So I will say good bye to you and mother. Write me often. Do not wait for an answer as it takes too long. Write me now how you all are and what you are doing.

Mother, I am looking forward to that good dinner that no one but you can cook, for I am so tired of corn Willies. I have been hungry every minutes since I left the states. I sure would give one month's pay for a stack of your pancakes a foot high and that good butter. You see I have remembered the name, but I have forgotten the taste. With lots of love to all.

Address:

PRIVATE C. PALEN
Base Hospital No. 7
A. P. O. 717
Amer. Ex. F. France

Coleman Palen on casualty list - "severely wounded"

Utica Herald-Dispatch
Monday Evening
January 6? 1919
page number illegible

Coleman Palen on casualty list among "Severely Wounded"

"New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919" confirms "Severely" wounded "about Nov 11, 1918", but does not mention a specific battle - states "0 % disabled"

Two Coleman Palens may be confused with each other

Birth and death information in U.S. Veterans gravesites conflicts with info given in Ohio Deaths. There may have been another individual with the same name and similar dates who is being confused with our Coleman (there is a Coleman Palen born ca. 1889 in New Jersey of Irish parents living in Manhattan in 1910). I am giving preference to the Ohio Death database (found on both Ancestry.com and Familysearch.org) since it confirms his parents' names. Birthdate of Feb. 11, 1887 also confirmed by World War II draft registration card.

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