Army Badge
  • Name: Recroft Gilbert Fenton
  • Location of Birth: Galway, Ireland
  • Date of Birth: June 6, 1872
  • Date of Death: October 20, 1956 (86 years old)
  • Parents: Gilbert and Emily Fenton of Ireland
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  • Highest Rank: CPL (Corporal)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: May 22, 1898
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  • Date of Discharge: October 28, 1898
  • Place of Discharge: Galveston, Texas
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    The 1st United States Volunteer Infantry was mustered into service between May 25 and June 4, 1898 at Galveston, Texas. The unit initially consisted of 46 officers and 971 enlisted men. By the time of their muster out on June 22, 1899, also at Galveston, Texas, the unit had decreased in size, having only 956 enlisted men. During its service, the 1st U.S. Volunteer Infantry did not serve outside of the continental United States. During its period of service, the unit had lost one of its officers and two enlisted men killed in accidents, three enlisted men to disease, one enlisted man murdered, and sixteen enlisted men deserted.
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  • Military Highlights:
    Recroft served with Company A, 1st Regiment United States Volunteer Infantry in the Spanish American War.

    Wounded when boiler blew up and received on going pension for this during the remainder of his life.

  • Wars Involved:
    Spanish American War - The 1st United States Volunteer Infantry was mustered into service between May 25 and June 4, 1898 at Galveston, Texas. The unit initially consisted of 46 officers and 971 enlisted men. By the time of their muster out on June 22, 1899, also at Galveston, Texas, the unit had decreased in size, having only 956 enlisted men. During its service, the 1st U.S. Volunteer Infantry did not serve outside of the continental United States.
    During its period of service, the unit had lost one of its officers and two enlisted men killed in accidents, three enlisted men to disease, one enlisted man murdered, and sixteen enlisted men deserted.

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  • Civilian Life:
    After discharge from service, homesteaded in Grattan Township, Itasca County, next to brother Alexander Wesley Fenton. Lived on homestead until early 1950's when he moved to Grand Rapids, where he died and was buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery. (Plot I-C-33-20)

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