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Lloyd R. LANCE
Pvt., 332nd Inf., Co. "K"

Submitted by Alan Lance, grandson of Lloyd R. Lance

Ohio Soldiers LANCE Lloyd


Lloyd R LANCE Pvt Co K Machine GunnerLLOYD R. LANCE was born in Wood County, Ohio (Weston) 1894.  He took the soldiers oath on April 27, 1918 at Bowling Green, Ohio.  He was assigned to the Infantry and later assigned as a Machine Gunner in Company K of the 332d.  I am not positive what type of machine gun he was issued, but most Allied units were using the Model 1914 Hotchkiss machine gun.  (French made).   Anyone familiar with the unit's history knows of the tremendous amount of marching and counter-marching the unit did to convince the Austrians that there were many more American troops at or near the front.  The Hotchkiss machine gun weighed 53 pounds and its tripod mount 58 pounds.  A case of ammo (288 cartridges) weighed 28 pounds.  So it is probable that Grandpa Lance was carrying a substantial load on these multiple marches.

     In August of 1918 his father, Albert,  died unexpectedly on the farm in Ohio leaving Grandpa's 45 year old mother with younger children, Grandpa being the oldest son.  The family decided to withhold this information from Grandpa Lance for fear of causing him undo stress while he was trying to fight a war.  On February 5, 1919, after the Armistice,  his mother, Emma Lance, wrote him concerning the death of his father.  He received the letter February 26, 1919 in Genoa, Italy.  In a letter dated February 27, 1919 he responded to his mother's letter expressing his surprise and sorrow and pledged to help his mother and the family survive these desperate times.  Keep in mind there was no social safety net at that time and family units WERE the safety nets.  This was a working, labor intensive farm in the early 20th Century.

     Upon his return from Italy, he paraded and out processed with his unit.  He was given his final pay, a $60.00 bonus and a train ticket to Bowling Green, Ohio.

     Shortly after his return he married my Grandmother.  They had three children, my father being the oldest.  Grandpa Lance farmed and taught school  for a number of years in Wood County and got his mother and her family on their feet and then bought a dairy farm near Sullivan, Ohio.  He developed a superb herd of Holstein Dairy cattle by selective breeding.  In 1948 he held a dispersal sale of his pedigreed herd, sold that farm and bought another also near Sullivan, Ohio.  The family lore is that when he moved to the Sullivan area---about 100 miles--he rented  train box cars and had his farm implements and livestock shipped with himself as well.

     Grandpa Lance died in 1971 near Sullivan, Ohio leaving his 3 children, his wife and 11 Grandchildren of which I am proud to be one.

      Lloyd R. Lance was a modest, quiet and very intelligent man who never spoke of the war in front of his grandkids. When I was very young I used to admire his unit insignia (beautiful) and collection on top of the piano in the parlor.  His enlistment documents containing his picture, a quote from Woodrow Wilson and the flags of many allied nations were on the wall of that same parlor.  I have the enlistment documents and have displayed them in my office for many years.  He smoked Chesterfield Kings, probably a residual habit from the war years.   He had tremendous upper body strength although he was not exceptionally tall or large framed.  Perhaps he developed his upper body strength packing the machine gun up and down mountains in Italy.  He was a proud member of the American Legion and the American Flag always flew from his flag pole.

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