Last week a coworker of mine brought in a group of items related to her grandfather's World War One service. These items have remained in the family, and there is more to the group than I've seen yet, including a helmet and all of his letters he wrote home during his service. I'm hoping to see these additional items at some point.
Carroll Eskert Griffin was born on February 27, 1896, in the town of Oberlin, Ohio. He was the oldest child of Allen Griffin, a brick manufacturer in Oberlin, and Helen, a homemaker.
From the book Ohio Soldiers in WW1, 1917-1918, it appears that Carroll was drafted and reported to Camp Zachery Taylor in Louisville, KY, on May 25, 1918. He was assigned to the 25th Company, 159th Depot Brigade for basic training. However, at the same time the 39th Infantry Division at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, was being stripped of some of its men and component units to replace casualties in France. The Army made the decision to send a large group of draftees from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana to the 39th Division, and Carroll Griffin was one of these men. He left Camp Taylor, KY on June 1, 1918 and reported to the 39th Division a few days later. He was assigned to Company C, 114th Ammunition Train (originally an Arkansas National Guard unit) that was severely short of its authorized strength.
Carroll was promoted to the rank of Corporal on August 11, 1918, just as the 114th Ammo Train left the United States for France as part of the 39th Division's movement overseas. Carroll and the 114th Ammo Train arrived in France and officially joined the AEF on August 29, 1918.
The 39th Division was used as a depot unit in France, training other newly arrived units and sending individuals and component elements of the 39th to frontline divisions as replacements. It appears that Carroll Griffin left France on December 31, 1918, and was discharged from military service on February 28, 1919.
After the war Carroll trained as a chemist and worked in this field for the remainder of his life. He relocated to Niagra Falls, NY around 1925. In 1934 he took his family across the border into Canada and became a chemist for a Canadian manufacturer. His residence was in Welland, Ontario. He remained in Canada for the rest of his life, dying there in August, 1969.
Pictured below: Carroll Griffin's overseas cap, tunic, trousers, and some items from his WW1 service.