All of the 14 Following Men are related to me who served, drafted, joined the US Navy or the Army from the time of 1899 to 1955. Also all of these men lived in the small town of Lyndon Station, Wisconsin. Many were born and raised there, died there or called it home for the majority of their life. It is an honor to have known 5 of the 14 during my life. They all served in various parts of the world and many participated in battles, saw horrible things. A couple died as a result of their service.
Spanish -American War period
Great Grandfather: Joseph C Podrasky – Navy 1899-1903 Served overseas June 1900 – November 1903 Philippines, China and Japan
World War I
Great Uncle: Theodor A. Rettammel – Army 1917 – 1919 Wounded in France, August 2, 1918, Gassed and died in Military Hospital in March 1919.
Great Uncle: William Wendland – Army 1917 – 1919 Overseas in France: February 1918 – February 1919 Wounded and gassed in battle August 2, 1918
Great Uncle: August Wendland – Army 1917 – 1919 Overseas in France February 1918 – April 1919 Wounded in battle August 30, 1918 near Valtrinz Farm.
Also served but State Side:
Great Uncle: Henry Wendland – Army 1918 Died from Pneumonia/Flu Oct 1918
Great Uncle: John Wendland – Army August 1918 – December 1918
Great Uncle: Louis Wendland –Army – Post War period
World War II
Uncle: William T Rettammel – Army 1941 – 1945 Overseas Europe: April 1942 – September 1945 Several battles France, Germany, Central Europe & MP
Both in 32nd Division Both overseas in Australia, New Guinea, Phillipines May 1942 – August 1945
Also in 1942 all were listed, along with their brother and another Uncle Ed Rettammel
Uncle: Norman Rettammel 1945 – 1947 Post War Germany
My Father: August H Rettammel Jr. 1953 – 1955 In Germany
One thought on “Memorial Day 2020: Honoring 14 Ancestors who served from the Spanish-American War to the Post World War II era”
Bob — Tanks for posting in honor of Memorial Day all this detail about your ancestor Retammels who served in our wars!