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Four Machine Gunners, Company C

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Collection John T. Matschi
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of Four Machine Gunners, Company C.
Year Range from 1917
Event World War I
Year range to 1917
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Candid outdoor image by Sergeant John Matschi. The image shows Four Machine Gunners, 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 man standing second from left is Corporal Adolph Sphatt. The soldier standing third from left is Frank Fuchs. Taken prior to their departure for France.
Adolph Sphatt (also spelled Spatt or Sphaat) was born April 17, 1896 in Fond du Lac, WI. He moved to Oshkosh and worked for Paine Lumber Company. He enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard on July 1, 1914. He served with the regiment in Texas during the Mexican Border War 1916-1917. Company F became Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd "Rainbow" Division in July 1918. Sphatt was promoted to Corporal on August 15, 1917. He was wounded by shrapnel in the left knee on July 30, 1918 at Chateau-Thierry. He was again wounded by shrapnel on October 22, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne Campaign.
Frank Fuchs was born November 15, 1889. He enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard on April 11, 1917. Company F became Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd "Rainbow" Division in July 1918. Frank was slightly wounded by shrapnel on October 18, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne Campaign. He was promoted to Private 1st Class on November 24, 1918.
Object ID P1935.27.564
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Sphatt, Adolph
Fuchs, Frank
Place Camp Mills, NY
Print size 3" x 4"
Subjects Group Photographs
Male
Soldiers
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
World War I
Military camps
Tents
Title Four Machine Gunners, Company C
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