Many from county served in World War I

LAST SUNDAY, November 11, marked 100 years since the signing of the armistice that ended the fighting in what we now know as the First World War.

Last week The Columbia Paper published photos of some county residents who served in the U.S. armed services during that war along with brief accounts of their service as originally reported in the book “Columbia County in the World War.” Accompanying them was an overview of the county’s contribution written by Copake historian Howard Blue. This week we conclude his presentation with additional photos he selected of other WWI veterans. Copies of “Columbia County in the World War” are available at local libraries.

Physician Hamilton Southworth of North Chatham served in the Army even though, as the father of three children, he might have been exempt from military service.

Floyd Tanner of Ancram finished his training, traveled with his unit by ship from England to the continent on his way to the front when word of the Armistice reached the ship.

Willis Russell of North Chatham guarded German prisoners of war in France.

Copake’s Lester Raught, was wounded, hospitalized and then died of pneumonia, giving him the sad distinction of being his town’s only serviceman to perish during the war.

Herbert Taylor, whose family summered in Spencertown, became a pursuit pilot and held the record of 250 hours in the air.

Richard Saulpaugh of Hudson was drafted only four days before the armistice.

George Snyder of Claverack served in the infantry and fought in 11 battles.

Leo Delaney of Hudson trained as a balloonist in Virginia. The war ended before he was shipped overseas.

Abraham Silberberg of Hudson, a Jewish immigrant from Russia, was drafted in June 1918 and spent the war at a camp in Georgia.

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