Registered by the Selective Service Act of 1917
Draftees and volunteers alike would serve
Would never come home
Army of Occupation: NOV 1918 – AUG 1919
Discharged from Service: 27 AUG 1919
Wounded in Action: 12 OCT 1918
AEF, 3rd Division, 7th Infantry Regiment:
- Battle of Saint-Mihiel: 12–15 SEP 1918
- Meuse-Argonne Offensive: 26 SEP–11 NOV 1918
Mobilized to European Theater: JUN 1918
83rd Division, Camp Sherman, Ohio: APR 1918:
- 158th Depot Brigade
- 330th Infantry Regiment
Draft Registration: 05 JUN 1917
Drafted: 20 JUL 1917
Pvt. Adam Otto Brigner
A WWI Historical Timeline
This was taken on April 2, 1918 on the steps of the courthouse in Waverly, Ohio, just prior to being
transported to Camp Sherman in Chillicothe to begin their training. Official Army induction occurred the
day before, on April 1.
Adam is in the middle row, fourth from left.
One of 17 camps built across the United States, Camp Sherman was constructed in 1917 solely for
the purpose of processing the influx of inductees, following America's entry into the War in Europe.
Now known as the Camp Sherman Joint Training Center, it serves the Ohio National Guard.
After arriving in the New York area, Private Brigner would have stayed in one of the three embarkation
camps operated by the New York Port of Embarkation, while awaiting ship transport.
On June 12, 1918 the HMT Nevasa would get underway for Liverpool. She had served as a hospital ship
immediately before transporting troops, so this is likely how she looked when Private Brigner boarded
The first independent American offensive of the war and the single largest American military
undertaking to that point, the battle involved 550,000 troops of the American Expeditionary
Force (AEF), and 110,000 French. There were 7,000 Allied casualties.
Records indicate that this was Private Brigner's first major engagement of The War.
While St. Mihiel was the first operation of the war wholly under U.S. leadership,
the Meuse-Argonne was the largest. It involved 1.2 million American troops, and
stretched along the entire length of the Western Front. Lasting 47 days, it ended
only when the Armistice was signed, on November 11.
On October 12, Private Brigner was exposed to the mustard gas agent. Although
information states that he was wounded severely, he was one of the fortunate ones,
as many gas survivors were horribly disfigured.
During the Occupation period following the Armistice, the 3rd Division set up its headquarters
in Andernach, a small German town along the Rhine River.
This image shows the Army Signal Corps' photo as the building looked during the Occupation.
Other than the modern addition of skylights, the Magistrates' Court building appears much the
way it did when these Doughboys posed on its sidewalks, a century ago.
Here, Private Brigner's Great Grandson poses in front, in 2017.
The SS Kaiserin Auguste was a luxury cruise ship that had served with the Hamburg-America line prior
to the war. She was allocated to the British after the Armistice as part of the imposed reparations.
The troops were sent back in true style on this ship.
On August 13, 1919, she sailed from Brest, France, and Private Brigner was on board, headed for home. He
arrived in Brooklyn on August 22, and was placed in the Camp Merritt disembarkation camp in New Jersey.
From there, he was sent back to Camp Sherman, where he was discharged from the Army on August 27.