A World War I Mystery

The Gilbrith family recently donated a large collection of various artifacts. Among the rest we found this photograph. It shows Company D, 362 infantry 91st division of the US Army shortly after they returned to the Untied States. This Division was known as the “Wild West” division because most of its members were drawn from Utah, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, California, and Washington. As the writing on the bottom indicates, they were involved in many major battles at the end of the war including Argonne and Flanders.

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Because this company contained members from Utah, we think there are Iron County residents in the picture. The only man who we know was in this division was Lionel Charles Dover. A resident of Cedar City, Lionel was killed in the battle of Meuse-Argonne on September 29, 1918.

The men in this picture survived the war and returned to their families, but we don’t know who they are. Look closely. Do you recognize a grandfather or uncle? Perhaps your family stories include one of these brave men who left their home to go halfway around the world and fight. They deserve to be remembered.