''World War One 332nd Infantry named grouping''

Original WWI grouping named to Harry C. Ventling, a soldier of Company C, 332nd Infantry, AEF which was part of the 83rd Infantry Division during World War One. The soldier was also an amateur photographer so the photos in this group are of high quality.  The grouping includes a Yard long photo of the 332nd Camp in the Blizzard of November 23, 1917 at Camp Perry, Six photos of 332nd soldiers including some real photo postcards of Soldiers in the 332nd with writing on the backs, two pins from the 11th Annual reunion in Toledo, Ohio with 332nd Lion insignia and two paper labels with the 332nd Lion insignia.

The history of the 332nd Infantry commenced with its organization on 30 August 1917 at Camp Sherman, Ohio, and assignment to the 83rd Division. The regiment was comprised of large numbers of men from Ohio, including many from Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown. Those assigned to the regiment came from a variety of socioeconomic and ethnic groups, leading one soldier to claim that the regiment resembled a “polyglot boarding house.”

After initial training and drill at Camp Sherman, the 332nd moved by train on 18 November to Camp Perry, Ohio, for rifle training. Located near Toledo along Lake Erie, Camp Perry proved to be a miserable experience. Upon arrival, the soldiers were greeted by a cold rain, which later turned into wet snow. The camp turned into a sea of mud, and the tents sheltering the troops offered little protection from the elements. As a result, many men fell ill, and a suspected case of smallpox forced the vaccination of the entire regiment. When the 332nd began departing Camp Perry for Camp Sherman on 11 December, the camp was struck by a furious blizzard, further adding to the soldiers’ misery.

Harry C. Ventling, third from left   Harry C. Ventling

Harry C. Ventling

Harry C. Ventling, right
Harry C. Ventling
Real Photo Postcard taken in Italy, 1918
Note the C/332nd Collar Disc


HARRY CLEVELAND VENTLING was born on June 19, 1888, in Remington, Indiana to William and Pauliana (Gleitzman) Ventling.
Harry C. Ventling (#1947530) 29 years old at that time, enlisted in the Army on September 22, 1917 in Akron, Ohio and was assigned to Company C, 332nd Infantry Regiment. He remained with this unit for his entire army career earning a promotion to Corporal on February 5, 1918. Together with Company C he arrived in Europe on June 8, 1918 and fought with the 332nd in Italy during the Vittorio-Veneto campaign. Harry returned to the US on April 14, 1919 and was honorably discharged on May 2.



He married Martha Edith Wetmore on March 30, 1923. During their marriage hey had a son Harold D. Ventling (1923-2013) who served during WW2 and a daughter Jean Ventling (1925-2015).

United States World War II Draft Registration Card 1942, referred to as the "old man's registration", conducted on 27 April 1942, for men born on or between 28 April, 1877 and 16 February, 1897 (age 45-64).

Harry C. Ventling died on August 31, 1945, in Danville, Knox County, Ohio at the age of 67 and is burried togheter with his wife Edith (1897-1977) at the Workman Cemetery, Danville, Knox County, Ohio.

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