HERMAN ANDREW HELFRICH
(Chuck Helfrich's Dad)
Photo Courtesy of Sandra Brandon
USS CLEVELAND (LPD-7) was
commissioned April 21, 1967 at Norfolk, Virginia. CLEVELAND is the
third ship to be named after the city of Cleveland, Ohio. The first was the Protected Cruiser (C-19) from 1903-1929
and the second a light Cruiser (CL-55) from 1942-1947.
Herman Andrew Helfrich enlisted
in the U.S. Marines on November 20, 1923 at Parris Island, South
Carolina at the age of 15 years and 11 months.
His record shows that he
served at sea service on the USS Cleveland from October 1923
to August 11, 1925. When they discovered that he was under age,
he was discharged August 15, 1925, having served 21 months in the U. S.
Marine Corps, and still not 18 years old yet.
Sandra said that the name
"Herman" was written on the front of the picture and it was her mother's
handwriting, but I just wanted to make sure this was Chuck's dad "Herman
So, I contacted Marine Sgt. Grit's Texas
location and a very nice lance corporal did some research for me and
these following excerpts were his response, after I sent this picture to
him for identifying the uniform:
"WOW, OUTSTANDING SHOT FROM OUR HISTORY.
WILL RESEARCH THIS UNIFORM AND REPORT BACK AS SOON AS I HAVE SOLID
INFORMATION ABOUT IT."
and then this:
Please be advised I believe that your dates are very close it seems to
be a uniform from around 1915-1925. This picture is an outstanding
example of our rich
family history. This appears to be a modified U.S. Army
uniform of the period. Due to marine and naval uniform
shortages the Corps bought army blouses and trousers, removed the
buttons and insignia and used ours. The weapon this marine is
holding (appears to be a 03 Springfield) dates the picture some time
after 1903. I hope that this information is helpful."
LCPL COREY N.
SGT GRIT, INC
just found this at Ancestry.com with Herman A. Helfrich near the end
of the first page listed as a trumpeter. We are checking to
see if it was a true trumpeter or a rank.
Herman A. Helfrich's
August 5, 1925
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