Charles William Melville Sr

Charles William Melville Sr

Charles Melville SrOur Grandfather, Charles W. Melville, Sr., served the US Army during World War I.

He headed up the Horses needed at that time. See pic below. Our Grandfather, second soldier, first row, seated, watch on left arm, wrist. Animals were used in World War I on a scale never before seen — and never again repeated. Horses by the millions were put in service as cavalry mounts and beasts of burden, but they were not the only animals active in the war. Mules, dogs, camels, and pigeons all played vital roles, as well as many others — all at great risk,  and with heavy cost.

 

 

 

 

    By | 2015-10-08T18:52:30+00:00 October 8th, 2015|1910's, Army|2 Comments

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    1. usafusarmy123 October 8, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      This great man soldier: Charles W. Melville, Sr., who happened to serve the US Army, World War I, later became Commander of the American Legion, and was very active in other organizations and loved to play golf with many friends. He truly cared about and loved all his family, especially his dear wife, Ella. They were so special in love with one another. They were married for over 60 years. At 88 years old, this great Grandfather of ours passed on. His wife, Ella, our dear Grandmother, decided to stay on till she reached 101 years old. Mr. Melville was very musically inclined. At 10 years old, he learned to play the accordion by ear. Later he pleased many family members and friends with this great talent for many future decades. He passed away September 12, 1986. He was born March 25, 1897. All three of his sons served in military: US Navy and US Army. Grandsons of his served in the military: one with the US Air Force, NC Air National Guard and NC Army National Guard; one with US Army.

    2. Bert Gillette October 8, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Great story about your grandfather and his contribution. He had an impressive life of service. R4 has done some equine events highlighting the contribution of the Calvary. You family has a long military history. Thank you all for your service.

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