|WWI Draft Card:
Victor Wm. Romain born: 01-Jan.-1892 in Primrose, Washington Co. PA.
Caucausian recruited in McDonald, Washington Co. Pa.
My Grandfather, Victor W. Romain, was born 10, Jan. 1982 in Primrose, Pa. A child of immigrant parents from
Belgium, they were Gus and Clementine Romain.
At the age of 26 Victor enlisted in the U.S. Army. The day of his enlistment was
April 26th, 1918 at Draft Board # 5 in McDonald, Pa. (At the time of enlistment he was a miner.)
Victor was shipped to France on June 11th, 1918 as
part of Company L 28th Infantry. He served in the battles of St. Mihiel Salient, and the Verdon Sector. On
September 28th, 1918 he was shot and suffered being gassed.
Victor was sent back to the U.S.A. on March 24th, 1919 and arrived in Camp Dix,
N.J. He was released from the Army with an Honorable Discharge on April 19th, 1919. He
had only served 1 year. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart Medals, along with 17 other Certificates, 4 medals, 3 ribbons and 5 badges. He returned home to McDonald, Pa. Both parents were
deceased so he lived with his sister (Alida Dhans) while he
In 1929 Victor met Anna Rushin and they married. They had 2 children, William Victor Romain and Helen Romain Dalton. They all settled in Pleasant City, Ohio near her family. Victor worked in the mines and also did carpentry work.
In 1941 his wife Anna was killed in a train - auto accident.
At the time, Victor was working in Huntingdon, Pa. in the mines. By the time
the authorities notified him of his wife's accident and
death, his children were taken and moved around so much he was never able to find them.
He then moved to Canton, Stark Co. Ohio. In 1944 he met a women, Bertha L. Gongloff of Nanty Glo, Pa. She worked for the Defense Dept.. They married in August 19th, 1944 in Canton, Ohio. Victor and Bertha looked for his children, William and Helen, until his death in December 11th, 1956. She died in 1967. He died at home from lung injuries and other complications from the war.
He is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Canton, Ohio. The Overlook section Lot 5, Row
I did this research for my father William Romain. He was actually 8 years old when his mother died and he
was taken from his father.
Victor W. Romain has left behind a big family now,
who love and miss him even though we never met him.
William's children are Michelle Klobusnik of Ohio, Patricia Halliburton of Tn., Christopher Romain of Il., Robin Wilk of Il., and Jason Romain of
Ill; 11 Grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. William lives in Ohio.
Helen Romain Dalton has 4 children: Paula, Tina, Billy Jo, and
Cletus - Helen lives in Ohio. There are 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
We are all proud of Victor W. Romain!
Tribute written by Patricia Romain Halliburton
Victor W. Romain
PVT CO L 28 Infantry
World War I SS -PH
Jan 10, 1892 - Dec 11, 1956