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Admin/Biog History William Pechmann was born June 20, 1894, the son of Jordan Pechmann. He enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard on March 1, 1914. He was assigned to Company C, 150th Machinegun Battalion on Augst 9, 1917. He was promoted to corporal on August 15, 1917. He was appointed Sergeant on September 26, 1918. He was killed in action on October 22, 1918 from severe shrapnel wounds during the Meuse-Argonne Campaign.
Classification Archives
Collection William Pechmann
Dates of Accumulation 1918
Abstract Notebook used by Sergeant William Pechmann, Company C, 150th Machinegun Battalion, 42nd Division,. It contains clothing lists, duty rosters, pat recieved, and a list of significant dates:

"Called Out July 15, 1917
Camp Douglas (Wisconsin) August 6, 1917
Left Camp Douglas for Camp Mills
September 3, at Camp Mills
September 5, 1917 left Camp Mills, NY for France
October 18, 1917 arrived at St. Nazairre, France
November 1, left the boat
Monday November 6, 1917 to Meligny le Grand
November 8, First Mail...
November 23, first pay in France
First Days in Trenches March 9, 1918
march 12, 1918 in Sector of Lourraine to march 21
April 11, 1918 at Mignivillers
April 18 to Ancervillers
4/18/18 to 4/25/18
back 4/25/18"

The book also contains notes on machinegun firing tables and rates, signal flair colors for artillery barrages and Tank attacks, and machinegun squad formations in open order, in column, and in action.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.26.1
Object Name Notebook
People Pechmann, William
Subjects World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Trench warfare
Title Notebook
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