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Veteran of World War I - U.S. Army

Repectfully submitted by Ann Ellen Barr

My uncle, Floyd WREN who was born in Oconto Oct 25, 1891 moved to Milwaukee in 1910 and then volunteered in Philadelphia, PA to serve in WWI (the Wisconsin units were already filled with volunteers!). He served as an ambulance driver and was awarded the Croix de Guerre. He survived the war, married Ann KETTER of Milwaukee in Chicago in 1935 and died in Chicago Dec 1, 1954.

He was skilled both with horses, having worked alongside his father at the Holt-Balcom Logging Camps (based in Oconto County), and with trucks, working as mechanic for his sister's firm, Fetter Storage Warehouse, in Chicago. He could fix a truck when others had given up. Not a book-smart man, he was skilled with people, horses and mechanical vehicles, which served him well in WWI, keeping his ambulance running when others had to be abandoned.

He served and was decorated for his bravery; he deserves to be remembered.

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