How should I categorize Harry Brosius's WWI military service?

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I'm rather unclear on the finer points of WWI military structure. I have some information on the service of my half-great-uncle Harry Brosius, but I can't figure out how to categorize it. The information I have:

On 26 Mar 1918, Harry enlisted from Tucumcari, New Mexico, in the U.S. Army.[14][15] He began as a private in Company F of the 30th Engineers, and departed from Hoboken to Europe aboard the President Grant on 30 June 1918. [14][16] According to the Brosius genealogy book by Lewis W. Brosius, Harry himself related that he "was sergeant in Gas Guard of Chemical Warfare Service in 89th Division and was in St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne drives and with the army of occupation on the Rhine."[12] At the end of the war, he was a corporal in the 6th Casual Company Chemical Warfare Service, and departed from Le Havre aboard the S.S. La Lorraine on 23 Mar 1919.[17] He was discharged on 18 Apr 1919.[15]

I can't find the Chemical Warfare Service in the category structure, nor the 89th Division, and when it comes to the "30th Engineers," I don't know if that's a regiment, battalion, brigade, or what. I will definitely appreciate some advice! Thank you.

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in Policy and Style by Amber Brosius G2G6 Mach 2 (22.3k points)

3 Answers

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I'm looking at this book:

https://archive.org/stream/historyof89thdiv00engl#page/68/mode/2up/search/chemical

and there is definitely a Chemical Warfare Service in it. The Chief of it had a code name: Immortal No. 20.  The CWS fell under G-3, which was Operations. But anyway the 314th Engineers was part of 89th Division, according to that book. So, there is a category already:

[[Category: 89th Infantry Division, United States Army, World War I]]

[[Category: 30th Engineer Regiment, United States Army, World War I]]

(see information here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2nd_Chemical_Battalion_(United_States)#World_War_I)

Also see these newspaper clippings:https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20529762/letter_from_harry_brosius_to_his_father/

https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20529835/harry_brosius_war_news/

Evidently, Harry was also a Spanish-American war vet. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/20530035/decoration_day/
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (829k points)
edited by Natalie Trott
Wow, you really went above and beyond in answering my question! Thank you so much! Thanks for finding those categories for me; I was so overwhelmed by all the divisions and regiments that I just couldn't figure it out.

And those newspaper clippings are fantastic! I hadn't seen any of them before. I did know that Harry had enlisted during the Spanish-American war, but according to the records I found he was discharged after just a month of training. That article definitely makes it sound like he did more than that, so I'll have to do some more searching on that front.
You're welcome, Amber. I find that certain newspapers did a lot of reporting on the local boys during WWI (found a bunch about my great uncles in Indiana) so I thought I'd check. Love the letter he wrote home. :-)

Have a good day!
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Have you gone through the Great War Project page? I'm assuming so. At a minimum you can add the {{The Great War}} sticker and fill in what you know.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (424k points)
Thank you. I had focused on the categorization aspect and missed the sticker.
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Natalie's answer is best so far. I can't find a 30th Engineer in any category yet. I'm just getting up to speed on WWI and still sorting things out. Canada has been easier than the USA.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (424k points)
The 30th Engineers are under [[Category: American Expeditionary Force (AEF) Regiments, World War I]]
Whew! Never even thought of looking there for it. No wonder I couldn't find it!

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