Frank Wesley Andrews, Corporal in Co. M 138th Infantry, enlisted July 10, 1917 at St. Louis, Mo. He was involved in the Argonne Meuse offensive in France in September and October 1918. He was gassed September 29, 1918 and was taken to a hospital in France for treatment.
The hospital was bombed and no records existed of his injuries. He applied for the Purple Heart, but the government needed information from the first place that treated him. I have the letters and correspondence between my grandfather and the government. Frank stopped trying when he realized that the information was impossible to obtain.
Frank’s father was James W. Andrews and his mother was Ida Hinkle. Frank was born September 30, 1894 in Izard County Arkansas. His father, James W. Andrews, was traveling through the state when Frank arrived. They settled in St. Louis, Mo. Frank’s grandfather, John W. Andrews, served in the Civil War, 46th Ohio Infantry, Co. B, Union Army. My father, Frank’s son, served in the Army as a Captain in WWII. His name was Eugene W. Andrews of St. Louis, Mo.
Frank was an electrician and a musician and lived in St. Louis before the war. His bride-to-be was Lillian Murray. Frank was honorably discharged on May 12, 1919. He and Lillian married on November 23, 1919 in St. Louis. (Contributed by grandson, Bob Andrews.)