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177th Aero squadron USA


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My grandfather's record states he was in the 177th aero squadron as an ignition mechanic.

The record is quite faded and it doesn't appear he was in any major battles.

I was lucky to find his discharge papers, as many records were destroyed in a fire.

This is part of what I could transcribe. Hopefully I got it all right.

Any info on their location or involvement appreciated.

Enlisted January 19th 1918 at Boston Mass.

Served as an ignition mechanic on planes

177th Aero Squadron

Service honest and faithful

Entitled to wear one blue service chevron

Private First Class

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Mass. National Guard Museum & Archives

44 Salisbury St

Worcester, MA 01609

You can write to the above to get a copy of his summary service card.

The 177th was a Service Squadron organized December 1917 at Kelly Field Texas. It was overseas from Feb 1918 to March of 1919 it did not participate in any campaigns and were used as Service of Supply (SOS) troops.

Hope this helps,


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The "blue service chevron" would indicate he served overseas for less than six months. Gold service chevrons denoted six or more months of oversease service.

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