John L. Shetler
John L. Shetler was born January 1, 1891 in Washingtonville, Pa. He died at the age of 73 on October 27, 1964 in Danville, PA.
He was a graduate nurse class of 1914 from the Danville State Hospital where he also served as a chef.
A resident of Danville during WWI, John registered for the draft on June 5, 1917, entered US Army service on September 1, 1917, and was honorably discharged on May 30, 1919.
He was assigned to Camp Meade Maryland and was among the nucleus of men who formed the 314th Inf. Machine Gun Co. In addition to regular training, John was detailed to the MG Co. rolling kitchen with Sgt. Evans and men Warga and Cashman.
While stationed at Camp Meade, he married Ethel Cromley on Nov. 3rd 1917 in Baltimore, Maryland.
The unit entered front line action in France on September 26, 1918 at the start of the Meuse Argonne Offensive. On or about September 28, the rolling kitchen was shelled and destroyed. Lt. John Kress wrote:
The 314th was relieved September 30th, being refitted and reinforced, entered front line action again on November 1st. This time, the rolling kitchen was stationed in a safer place. Lt. Kress wrote:
The war ended November 11th, 1918 and John L. Shetler wrote home on Thursday May 29th 1919 from Camp Dix, NJ, that his wife could look forward to having someone home for breakfast on Saturday morning. "Don't tell anybody I am coming home".
He came home with his service stripe, honorable discharge stripe, Lorraine Cross, and Victory Medal with two clasps. He was always proud of his service and would become a member of the Veterans of the 314th Infantry -- Sunbury District and also American Legion Post #40 Danville, PA.
He worked as chef at the Geisinger Medical Center from 1925 to 1955 when he retired.