Machine Gun Squad, Company C

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Collection John T. Matschi
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of Machine Gun Squad, Company C.
Year Range from 1917
Event World War I
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1917
Medium Photographic Paper
Neg # 23353
Notes Candid outdoor image by Sergeant John Matschi. The image shows a Machine Gun Squad of Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division, at Camp Mills, New York. The men are wearing pistol belts, holster, and first aid carriers marked"3/150/M.G.". The soldier standing third from left is Walter Thorne. Taken prior to their departure for France.
Walter Thorne was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1898. He was the son of Robert and Emma M. Thorne. They moved to Oshkosh prior to 1916. He worked as a laborer. Walter enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard; saw service on the Mexican Border; promoted to Corporal; company transferred and became Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division during World War I. He was killed in action from massive shrapnel wounds to both legs on July 30, 1918 during the Ourcq River Battles near Servinges and Maronil, France, Chateau Thierry Campaign.
Object ID P1935.27.562
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Thorne, Walter
Place Camp Mills, NY
Print size 3" x 4"
Subjects Group Photographs
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
World War I
Military camps
Title Machine Gun Squad, Company C
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