Michelle Ann Kratts

Welcome to the Army

In Arthur E. Barthel, Off to War on November 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Induction into ArmyWelcome to the Army

On May 7, 1942, two busloads of men from Niagara Falls left their usual lives behind and entered into the service of the United States Army. They had been called upon through the operation of Draft Board 583. They assembled at the Gorge Terminal at 7:15, were called by name and promptly inducted. By 8:00 they were on their way to Buffalo.

Further research may reveal that some never made it home. My grandfather, Arthur E. Barthel, was among the men who left. He served the entirety of the war in England with the 8th Air Force. He survived, but he would never be the same after that fateful day.

Here is the list of men with addresses. Perhaps your grandfather was among these men.

There were many sorts of Niagara men. Interestingly, there was one (unnamed man) who “refused to be sent to Buffalo, claiming that he was a conscientious objector.” He said he would rather go to jail than war.

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