Doughboys in Cemetery

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Record 378/678
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Collection John T. Matschi
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of Doughboys in Cemetery.
Year Range from 1917
Event World War I
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1919
Medium Photographic Paper
Neg # 23354
Notes Candid outdoor image shows a group of five Doughboys standing in a French cemetery. They wear uniforms and helmets. The soldiers are probably members of Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd "Rainbow" Division. John T. Matschi is the soldier at far right.
Johann Thomas Matschi was born in Austria on January 4, 1892, the son of Joseph and Mary (Vlavitsch) Matschi. The family immigrated to the United States in 1894 and settled in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. John enlisted in Company F, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard June 1, 1911. He was promoted to 2nd Corporal on May 31, 1914 and promoted to Sergeant on July 24, 1916. He served in Texas during the Mexican Border War 1916-1917. He was transferred to Company C, 150th Machine Gun Battalion, 42nd Division in August 1917. He attended Officer's Candidate School in France from December 1, 1917 to March 14, 1918. He was promoted to Mess Sergeant on September 25, 1918. He returned to Oshkosh after World War I, married Mary M. Youngwirth and worked for Paine Lumber Company. He died in Oshkosh in September 1972.
Object ID P1935.27.606
Object Name Postcard, Photographic
People Matschi, John T.
Place France
Print size 3.25" x 4.5"
Subjects Villages
World War I
150th Machine Gun Battalion
42nd Division
Group Photographs
Title Doughboys in Cemetery
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