Carl B. Whittlesey was born in 1894 and died in 1986, and is buried in Saint Joseph Memorial Park, Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri, USA. He was married to Louise H. Whittlesey (1900-1989). Whittlesey enlisted in the United States Army on April 26, 1918, at the sheriff's office in Boone, Iowa. He was trained at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa, and left for France on August 15, 1918, arriving on September 1, 1918. In France he worked on making and maintaining trenches until the end of the war, and then he helped repair and rebuild horse stables and railroads after the war ended. Whittlesey shipped home on March 12, 1919.
The 88th Division was a National Army Division that was created late in the war on September 4, 1917, with men coming from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Later a majority of men were from Missouri or Nebraska. Training largely took place at Camp Dodge, Iowa. During the time period between July 25, 1918, and September 4, 1918, the division moved to France. The first few weeks in France the division was trained for open warfare as part of the First Army, 6th American Corps. The 88th Division's first major assignment was to relieve the 29th American Division at the Haute-Alsace Sector, so that they could take part in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. When the 88th Division left the area on September 14, 1918, they were transferred to the 7th American Army Corps. From September 23, 1918, to November 1, 1918, the 88th Division held the Center Sector of Haute-Alsace. At times they held the line by themselves, at other times they had help from French troops. From September 20, 1918, to October 12, 1918, the division suffered from an epidemic of influenza and pneumonia, resulting in 444 deaths. Raids that resulted in capturing of some of the enemy forces were taken throughout the operation. Counter raids by the Germans were largely unsuccessful against the 88th Division. On November 2, 1918, until the end of the war the 88th Division transferred to the 4th American Army Corps and moved to the Meuse-Argonne front to relieve other divisions to attack the Germans. After the war some troops from the division helped rebuild in France.
Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society. Carl B. Whittlesey. Find A Grave, 2014, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/126339289/carl-b.-whittlesey. Accessed 22 August 2018.
The 88th Division in the World War of 1914 – 1918. New York, Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Company, 1919.