WWI Liberty Truck & WWI Veteran Reunited!

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WWI Liberty Truck & WWI Veteran Reunited!

Post by Steve Greenberg » Mon Jan 16, 2006 11:08 pm

W.W.I Veteran Howard Ramsey Honored
On January 8th the Oregon Military Museum dedicated their 1918 W.W.I Liberty Truck to a special guest of honor, World War One Veteran Howard Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey is 107 years old now and in very good health considering his age! Mr. Ramsey served in the Oregon Naval Militia from January 1916 to August 1916. He volunteered to serve his country during W.W.I in June 1918 and was assigned to a Motor Transport Center in France where he drove Liberty trucks and other similar trucks mainly transporting water to the troops at the front. Mr. Ramsey served as a Corporal with the 302nd Water Tank Train and also chauffeured officers. After the November 1918 Armistice, he was reassigned to transport war dead from temporary graves at the front to permanent cemeteries.

About 40 people showed up to share this great honor of witnessing Mr. Ramsey experience something he had done almost 90 years ago! That is sitting in the drivers seat of a restored W.W.I Liberty Truck. Hearing the sound of the engine and feeling that old wooden steering wheel in his hands once again. This brought back some fond memories for Mr. Ramsey.

Mr. Ramsey lost his wife in 1982 and lived in his home until he was 104 years old. He drove a car up to the age of 100! He is now living in a care facility in Portland.
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W.W.I Veteran Howard Ramsey in the drivers seat of the Oregon Military Museum’s W.W.I Liberty Truck. Sitting next to Mr. Ramsey are Sgt. Mark Stevens OMM Detachment on the right, Tracy Buckley OMM Curator and Steve Greenberg OMM volunteer on the left. Standing behind are members of the OMM Detachment: rt. To left. Bob “50” Frasco, PFC Dave Wilson and Ricky Roselle.
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God Bless him...

Post by Nickatwork » Tue Jan 17, 2006 7:21 am

107, WOW, amazing, and still in good health. More power to him. I'm sure the feelings he got sitting in that truck made him feel very honored...

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Post by cessna » Thu Jan 19, 2006 4:24 pm

Steve, thanks for the article! That is most amazing, him almost 90 years after serving with a truck he drove through France, God bless him!
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Great Picture, Great Subjects

Post by M-37Bruce » Fri Jan 20, 2006 7:00 pm

Not many of either around, the WWI Vetrans or the Liberty Trucks! Any more pictures of the finished truck, I remember when the project was started?
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WWI Liberty Truck

Post by Steve Greenberg » Fri Jan 20, 2006 8:14 pm

Bruce,
Here are a few more photos of the Oregon Military Museun's Liberty Truck.
Thanks,
Steve 8)
This was at a Veterans Day Parade in Albany, Oregon last year.
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My M3A1 Stuart Tank & Liberty Truck at a memoerial Day event last year
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WWI Veteran Howard Ramsey & his 2 granduaghters
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Post by Mark Warner » Sat Jan 21, 2006 11:07 am

Steve, well done!

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Post by M-37Bruce » Sat Jan 21, 2006 3:04 pm

Very Well Done, Outstanding!
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Post by Jeroen Sleijpen » Sun Jan 22, 2006 10:19 am

This is why we put ourself thru all the hard work to restore the vehicles! Honor the people who had to work and suffer for our freedom!

Great job Steve!! keep up the good work!

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Post by 68427vette » Tue Jan 24, 2006 8:59 am

Incredible,,,, awsome,,, You should get him to sign the HOOD, or AIRCLEANER or DASH, glove box etc,, be a nice contribution,,, and make him feel good,,just too add a piece of realism to the truck, for the kids and youngster too see jc

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Another Great Idea

Post by M-37Bruce » Tue Jan 24, 2006 2:34 pm

Hey Steve,
I think Jeff is on to something? Sounds like a good idea, all of your photo's look great!
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Post by jnealsc » Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:54 pm

Steve,

What a GREAT story....thanks a bunch for posting this. That is the reason we restore these historic vehicles :D

On a related story...As the last Neal left, I received my grandfather's WWI artifacts when I was 12. Included his dogtag, compass, tunic, helmet, captured German helmet, photos, postcards from Camp Sevier, service ring, discarge papers, Soldier's Record and Roster posters and other bits and pieces. That was the catalyst for 34 years of military collecting and research. Since back problems have sidelined me restoring vehicles for a while, I have thrown myself back into researching Camp Sevier where he and 100,000 other troops from the 30th, 81st and 20th divisions trained. The coolest part of this lengthy story is that I ended up living 4 miles from the camp. I have explored the 1900 acre area in my 1942 Dodge WC23 command car (some times with my 75 year old father and 18 year old son (now the last Neal :wink: )) and have found a dozen or so remaining buildings or foundations from the camp as well as training trenches dug into back yards. No local books have ever been written or even newspaper articles done since 1958. I am trying to pull enough research together to publish at least a short history with before and after photos of the area. What I'm getting to is that we need to get as much information as we can from the ones who lived through it while we can. Just wish there were some 30th soldiers left to interview. The last one I knew died in 1989 and I did get him to sign my grandfather's divisional history book before he died. Like Jeff suggested, get him to autograph it...I will be treasured and appreciated for generations.

Sorry for highjacking your post, but this really hit a sentimental soft spot with me.

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Not Highjacked?

Post by M-37Bruce » Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:09 pm

But extended, Jamie, I sure we would all enjoy reading it, even if it doesen' get published. None of us are getting any younger? :(
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Post by Steve Greenberg » Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:53 pm

Hello,
Here is another photo of Howard Ramsey. He does look like he was having a good time! This photo was submitted by Katherine L. Huit.
Thanks,
Steve 8)
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What An Oppertunity

Post by M-37Bruce » Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:07 pm

I wish I could have been there. My grand-father was in WWI, barely knew him, when I was a young teen, he was already bed ridden. He was a Navy man, my dad was a Merchant Marine. Unfortunately, most of these folks are disappearing, fast!
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Post by Scott Hubbard » Sat Feb 04, 2006 5:31 pm

Gee whiz..even his grandaughters look old enough to be AARP members.

Most unusual. Thanks for posting.
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