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John Moss Cope

Submitted by: Joseph Cope {Son}

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John Moss Cope born around 1897. John Cope served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1916 and the service was completed in 1919.

Story of Service


My Dad was in the 47th Regiment Company D from Brooklyn, New York. Their first duty as the US entered the war in April of 1917: His COMPANY D were posted at Ellis Island, NY . It was turned into a prison for all German Nationals, Merchant Marines, Business Men, German Embassy etc. They were held there till they could be exchanged for Americans caught in Germany.

It took 3 months to accomplish this assignment. The Company then joined up with the rest of the Regiment In Richmond, VA . They were assigned to Guard every Railroad Bridge and crossing in a 50 mile radius of Richmond. He was at a RR Bridge at Druy’s Bluff, VA between Petersburg and Richmond.

He was a corporal and he had his own Squad that lived in a tent right along side the Bridge. (The trains still use it as a main North and South route. I will look up some of the Bridge Photos I have.) That assignment lasted till they were replaced in Oct. 1917. 

From there the Entire Regiment was sent to Camp Wadsworth, SC to train for France and get redesigned as The 53 rd Pioneer Infantry, US Army. They fought at St Miehel, and Meuse Argonne, France. They were cited for their work in No Man’s Land at St Miehel, France

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