m a r k e r i c k s o n p a i n t i n g s Frank Severin Erickson Ernest Julius Erickson Andrew Anders Sebran Erickson American Expeditionary Force 1918 - 1919 Out West & North Dakota
The Heroes of the Argonne Drive - The "Lost Battalion."
Frank was from Regan (Wilton) North Dakota and joined the American Expeditionary Forces while he was living in Oregon in mid 1917. He trained at Camp Upton in Long Island, New York. Frank was a Runner / Rifleman with Company H and served under Lt. William J. Cullen of the 77th Division (Statue of Liberty Division) and 308th Infantry.
One of Frank's first involvements in the war was soon after he arrived in France was the Meuse Argonne Offensive. He would fortunately become a surviving member of the "Lost Battalion," under the command of Major Charles White Whittlesey. Frank served in France till early 1919 and then headed home by steamer to the states and the eventual return to Dakota.
Photograph below of Frank (laying on ground, smoking a pipe) along with Company H relaxing late in 1918 after escaping from "pocket" in the Argonne Forest.
Over the years Frank has been referenced in various books and newspaper articles published throughout the states on the subject of the Lost Battalion. Some are below along with the Company H photo taken in France designating some of the individual soldiers present & Major Charles White Whittlesey and Captain George G. McMurtry photographed in early October of 1918.
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