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John M. Powers Album Photos

Photos of Brian Pohanka's Grandfather

The two Great War era photos below were emailed to me by Brian Pohanka, on December 28, 2000. In both pictures, the man on the farthest right is his maternal grandfather, John M. Powers.

John M. Powers and friends in 1915

The photo above was taken circa 1915. The photo below shows Powers and his friends in uniform.

John M. Powers and buddies in uniform


Comments by Brian Pohanka - December 30, 2000

William C. GreifzuThought you'd find this of interest. Looking through that little snapshot album of my grandfather's [John M. Powers], I found this image of one of his friends -- a fellow who played on the baseball team with him -- William C. Greifzu. He went into World War One with most of the other kids, and in his case he did not come back. Doing some research on the 'net', I found that Bill Greifzu died of wounds May 16, 1918 -- he was a Corporal in the 1st Engineer Regiment of the 1st Division -- I suspect he was hit during the fighting for Cantigny -- one of the first engagements of the AEF (American Expeditionary Force) in France. He is buried in the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery -- same place the poet Joyce Kilmer is interred (whose grave I visited, as you know). The VFW Post in Darby, PA, was named for William Greifzu.


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