USS Noordham





George Toriello sent me this information researched from census and military records on February 12, 2020.

  Elmer R. Herring, whose name is on the World War I First Baptist Church Plaque in Hackensack, was born on February 25, 1892 in Tenafly, NJ.  Private Elmer R. Herring, who had sailed for France on October 8, 1917 with the 103rd Field Artillery, 26th Division known as the “Yankee Division” fought in six major campaigns, Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Ile de France and Lorraine. 

According to the U.S. Army transport Service, Passenger list of the USS Noordham, Elmer R. Herring departed Brest France on board the USS Noordham on June 25, 1919 and arrived in Hoboken, NJ 11 days later on
July 6, 1919.  At this time, he was living at 111 Maple Avenue Hackensack, NJ and his mother, Louisa Herring, is listed as his next of kin.

It is very possible that before being discharged, Elmer R. Herring will have gone to Camp Merritt to be discharged.   The 1920 Census has his parents, John and Louisa Herring, living on River Street in Hackensack.   Elmer R. Herring died February 1970, while living in Park Ridge, New Jersey at the age of 78. 

Written by:
Bob Meli
April 26, 2020



Click here to view the brief article in the The Evening Record dated March 29, 1919.

The article tells of Private Elmer Herring and Sergeant Major Willard Demarest serving with the 26th Division leaving France for home.   

Written by:
Bob Meli
July 23, 2012




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