”Honor the Past; Deserve the Present“

Clyde Kelso

Private, Army
(1887- 1956 [?])

Contributor:  Elena Sakopoulos

Background

  • 5'4"; brown eyes; black hair
  • Lived in Sacramento, California
  • Occupation as barber prior to WWI

WWI

  • Inducted at age 31 on April 30, 1918, in Sacramento, California
    • Note—family records do not indicate whether Kelso volunteered or was drafted [Elena Sakopoulos, telephone conversation with Sharon Blaziek, 1 December 2009]
  • Joined 363rd Infantry (nicknamed "San Francisco's Own"), 91st Division (nicknamed "Wild West Division")
    • Note—The nickname "San Francisco's Own" was due to the 363rd Infantry's large numbers of men from San Francisco [Mike Hanlon, e-mail to Frank Mazzi, 27 October 2009]
    • Note—the 91st Division was one of two divisions (the other was the 37th Ohio National Guard Division) to fight in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and in Flanders [Mike Hanlon, e-mail to Frank Mazzi, 27 October 2009]
  • The 91st Division trained at Camp Lewis, Washington
  • Departed U. S. on July 16, 1918
    • Note—The first contingents of the 91st Division had sailed for France beginning on July 6 [I-E Section of 91st Infantry Division, The Story of the 91st Infantry Division, August 1917-January 1945 (Information Education Section MTOUSA, 1945), p. 1; http://www.lonesentry.com/91stdivision/ch1.html]
  • Fought in St. Mihiel, September 11-13, and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, September 21-October 18 [Honorable Discharge document, Presidio of San Francisco, 26 July 1919]
  • Injured by German machine gun fire on September 27, 1918
  • Returned to U. S. on July 13, 1919
  • After the 363rd Infantry paraded on San Francisco's Market Street on July 26, 1919, Clyde Kelso received his Honorable Discharge on the same day

After the War

  • Married after the war (marriage ended in divorce); had one son, Edmond Wayne Kelso (who died in 1982)
    • Note—Edmond Wayne Kelso was a dental technician at the Yountville, California, Veterans Home until WWII, when he enlisted and became a Navy medic. After the war he opened his own dental lab, Kelso Dental Lab, at the corner of First and Main Streets (address was 942 Main Street), above what was then Levinson's Drugs, in Napa, California. His office upstairs was next to the then State Senator Samuel Geddes [Sharon Blaziek, e-mail to Frank Mazzi, 16 October 2009].
    • Note—Edmond Wayne Kelso had three daughters, two of whom were twins; one of the twins died in 1998
  • Kelso spent the last years of his life at the Yountville, California, Veterans Home
    • Note—family records do not indicate his years of residence there [Elena Sakopoulos, telephone conversation with Sharon Blaziek, 1 December 2009]
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