Pvt. Leon J. Roy, Company M, 314th Infantry, 79th Divsion, A.E.F., Serial# 3193054
Born July 30, 1896 Newmarket, NH Died May 15, 1970 Portsmouth, NH married at the approx. age of 46-47 and had three children. Doris being the oldest, including sons Richard J. Roy and George H. Roy.
Served with 314th Inf. during the Meuse Argonne Offensive and wounded in action at Nantillois, France Sept. 30, 1918. Nature of wounds; shrapnel to both legs. Awarded Silver Victory Button along with US Victory Medal. As such, was entitled to wear honorable discharge and wound chevrons.
Deployed to France July 8, 1918 returned home May 10, 1919
Sept. 30th time period found the 314th Inf. under German artillery shell fire while being relieved by US 3rd Division. Cite pages 165-174 79th Division AEF Official History
Leon's vocation is listed as an "Operator" no mention of what type. Suspect wireless radio/telephone and was fluent in French. Family also notes statement of Leon as "at one point, guarded a lot of prisoners". War time diary now lost but collective memory notes last page as quoting "war is hell".
During WWII Leon worked at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard clocking shifts of 12-hour days, seven days a week.