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Oscar Lysne

Submitted by: Jay Lysne {Grandson}

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Oscar Lysne was born around 1890, Oscar Lysne served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service


Oscar Lysne was born in Moscow, Minnesota on June 24th, 1890 to Norwegian immigrants Ole and Kate Lysne. He was mustered into the service on Sept 22, 1917 at Albert Lea, MN. He trained at Camp Dodge, IA and Camp Cody, NM until June 28th, 1918 when he shipped off to France as a replacement.

He landed in Le Havre, France on July 15th, 1918 and was assigned to I Company, 3rd Bn, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42nd Infantry Division. I Company had just suffered very heavy casualties in the Champagne Marne Defensive, including the loss of an entire section in a “sacrifice post”. He first went into action with the Rainbow Division on July 25th, 1918.

Oscar participated in the Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne Operations, where he was wounded below the knee by machine gun fire and a second time by artillery.

Oscar received a regimental commendation. Cited as follows:

“St. Michael Offensive. Put. Lysne with only one companion attacked and engaged a machine gun nest until other units could approach it from the rear. Sept, 12, 1918. Signed by Benson W. Hough, Colonel U.S.A Army Commanding 166th Infantry.

During the occupation of Germany, Oscar was stationed in Oberwinter. He returned to New York on April 25th, 1919 and was discharged from the service at Camp Dodge, Iowa on May 12th, 1919 as a Private First Class.

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