Carlie Lawson and the Battle of the Argonne Forest

Carlie Lawson was born in 1897 in Valdosta, GA, the son of Missouri Spivey and Mitch Lawson.  Some time before 1910, the Lawson family moved to Ray’s Mill, GA (nka Ray City) where Mitch Lawson was engaged in farming. 

In 1917,  20-year-old Carlie Lawson left Ray City and went to  Ft . Oglethorpe, GA where he enlisted in the Regular Army on August 11.  He served as a Private First Class in World War I and fought in France. 

His service record shows that he served in the 11th Infantry, Company G throughout the war. He served overseas from April 24, 1918 to Dec. 30, 1918.  On May 5, 1918 he was promoted to Private First Class. 

PFC Lawson was in the engagement at St. Mihiel – Meuse, Argonne, France. 

 The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, also called the Battle of the Argonne Forest, was a part of the final Allied offensive of World War I that stretched along the entire western front.  The Meuse-Argonne offensive, fought in the Argonne Forest September 26 – November 11, 1918, was the biggest operation and victory of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in World War I. The bulk of the AEF had not gone into action until 1918. The Meuse-Argonne battle was the largest frontline commitment of troops by the U.S. Army in World War I, and also its deadliest.  The scale of the overall offensive, bolstered by the fresh and eager but largely untried and inexperienced U.S. troops, signaled renewed vigor among the Allies and sharply dimmed German hopes for victory.  The Battle of the Argonne Forest is credited in part for leading to the Armistice on November 11. The American forces suffered 117,000 casualties and losses in the battle. Although the Meuse-Argonne was “probably the bloodiest single battle in U.S. history”, in the sense that it had the largest number of U.S. dead in a single battle it is little remembered today in the United States.

 BATTLE OF THE ARGONNE FOREST. <br> THE FIRST DAY AT ST. MIHIEL.<BR>Temporary trenches dug by American s on the first night of the St. Mihiel drive, near Beney, Meuse.  Shortly after this picture was made, the troops drove five kilometers further ahead, September 25, 1918.

Carlie Lawson received an honorable discharge on March 22, 1919.

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  1. January 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    […] service records, were culled from old Berrien County   records.  One interesting veteran was Carlie Lawson, who fought at St. Mihiel in the Battle of the Argonne […]

  2. Fred said,

    February 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I just found your site looking around for info on a piece of brass stamped ARGONNE FOREST OCT 1918 MADE FROM FRENCH 75

    It looks like a small boock cover. Anyway, it was from my grandfathers belongings left to me by my late Mother.

    My grandfather and your relative may in a long shot have known each other.

    Enjoyed your story, thanks


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