Paul C. Rhoads

Paul Cyrus Rhoads was born 13-MAR 1894, in Reading Pennsylvania.  His father was Harry W. Rhoads (1864-1919) and his mother was Mary May (1867-1949).  They had four sons (Walter, Ralph, Paul, and Raymond.  They had one daughter, Eva May. In the 1915 census, Paul was 21 and he lists his occupation as a Corresponding Clerk.  When he registered for the World War I draft in 1917, he was 23.  Paul’s draft registration states he had completed three years of high school. 

Private First-Class Paul C. Rhoads served in the US Army during World War I as a Medic.  Paul left for France on the troopship Northern Pacific on 3-AUG 1918 out of Hoboken New Jersey. Paul Rhoads kept a pocket diary recording his experiences during his first three months in France, from October 12, 1918, until December 1, 1918.

Click on the link below for his story.  Transcribed from his diary, is his story and account of the day the Armistice was signed, and the war officially ended, on November 11, 1918.



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