Steven Clement Dooley’s World War I draft registration may not be found, but I believe we are in possession of ample evidence of his military service. I am speaking of his Purple Heart. The Purple Heart is awarded to the brave members of the United States Armed Services who are wounded in war at the hands of the enemy. The Purple Heart is a combat decoration.
“COLUMBIA GIVES TO HER SON THE ACCOLADE OF THE NEW CHIVALRY OF HUMANITY”
This poster acknowledges Steven Clement Dooley’s service during the First World War confirming that he was in the 131st Infantry and the wagon supply company.
“Steve C. Dooley, Wag. Sup. Co., 131st Infantry SERVED WITH HONOR IN THE WORLD WAR AND WAS WOUNDED IN ACTION.”
Steven C. Dooley’s service record included the following battles:
July 4, 1918 Battle of Hamel and Vaire Woods
The 131 and 132 Infantry regiments brigaded with Australian troops.
August 9, 1918 Battle at Chippilly Ridge and the Gressaire Woods
Fought with the 58th British Division in difficult terrain.
September 1918 -
October 21, 1918 The 131 Infantry took part in the opening of the Meuse-Argonne offensive. During this period of time, Steven C. Dooley was constantly subjected to heavy artillery and machine gun fire. This is where he earned his Purple Heart. Sadly the German military bombarded the U.S. troops with mustard gas.
October 26, 1918 The 131 Infantry drove the enemy from St. Hilaire and Marcheville and occupied Butgneville and Riaville.
November 11, 1918 The World War ends!