World War I Honor Roll

Leon A. Dickinson

Sergeant, U.S. Army

Company G
28th Infantry Regiment

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: July 20, 1918
Buried at: 

SERGEANT LEON A. DICKINSON born in December of 1893 to John and Elizabeth Dickinson. John Dickinson was a ship's carpenter. The family, which included an older daughter, Alberta, lived at 424 Royden Street when the Census was taken in 1900. Elizabeth Dickinson passed away prior to the next Census, When it was enumerated, in the summer of 1910, the Dickinson family lived at 631 South 4th Street. Leon Dickinson last lived at 915 Newton Avenue in Camden NJ before entering the military. The Camden Post-Telegram reported his address as 917 Newton Avenue in September of 1918.

Leon Dickinson first entered the United States Navy in 1912, serving all of his enlistment aboard the battleship USS Vermont.

USS Vermont, a 16,000-ton Connecticut class battleship, was built at Quincy, Massachusetts. Commissioned in March 1907, she spent most of the rest of that year on trials, "shake down" operations and fleet maneuvers. With other Atlantic Fleet battleships, she left Hampton Roads, Virginia, in December 1907 to begin the era's most important demonstration of Naval mobility, the World cruise of the "Great White Fleet". Over the next fifteen months, Vermont steamed around South America to the U.S. west coast, crossed the Pacific and Indian Oceans, transited the Suez Canal and returned to Hampton Roads via the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

Modernized after this trip, Vermont received two "cage" masts and other new features. After completion of this work in June 1909, she spent most of the following eight years taking part in fleet operations along the U.S. east coast and in the Caribbean. In 1910-11 and again in 1913, the battleship crossed the Atlantic to visit European ports. She also participated in the Vera Cruz intervention during April-October 1914, and supported U.S. Marines in Haiti in 1916-17.

In December of 1914, Leon Dickinson's enlistment in the Navy expired. He subsequently enlisted in the United States Army around March of 1916, and served with General John J. Pershing's expedition into Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa. When America entered World War I, Sergeant Dickinson went overseas, as a member of Company G, 28th Infantry Regiment.

Sergeant Leon Dickinson was first reported missing during the battle of Chateau-Thierry on July 20, 1918. The War Department changed his status to killed in action in May of 1919. Although he is not memorialized as Missing in Action in any of the overseas cemeteries operated by the American Battlefield Monuments Commission, it is not known at this time if his remains were ever recovered.

Camden Post-Telegram * December 11, 1914C

Having served a regular enlistment as a sailor in the U.S. Navy, Leon Dickinson has arrived at his South Camden home. “Dick” as he was familiarly known in sporting circles, was a crack baseball and basketball player, and during his time on ‘dry land” participated in several games of both sports. Leon recently returned from Mexico, where he said the heat was almost unbearable. He is delighted to be home with his relatives and friends and is undecided whether or not to re-enlist.