Howard H. Bridgman . Sidney, Manitoba, Canada. (The Card Below)
Howard was born in Manitoba, Canada. He later moved to Clio, Michigan and became a U.S. citizen. He graduated from Albion College in Albion, Michigan and was inducted into the army before the end of his senior year in 1918. A small diary he kept begins with training in May of 1918 and ends in New York on March 7, 1919 (There is no mention of my grandfather or any of the other names in this book in the diary.). He served with the First Ambulance Company, 2nd Division and, like my grandfather, was wounded in action in October, 1918. Howard received the French “Croix de Guerre” for outstanding bravery while rescuing wounded men in No Man’s Land in France. After returning from the service, Howard attended the Y.M.C.A. college in Chicago and worked for the Y.M.C.A. in Piqua, Ohio. Howard died in a boating accident in 1933, leaving behind a wife and three young children (9, 8 & 6).
This information was provided by Howard’s son (6 at the time of his father’s death), his grandson and granddaughter-in-law.