Veterans of the American North Russia
Expeditionary Force (ANREF) march through White Chapel Cemetery on
their way to the Memorial Day service at the
Polar Bear Monument.
This was exactly 40 years after the first Memorial Day service for fallen members of the ANREF was held at the Allied Cemetery in Archangel, Russia.
Louis H. Stark is in front and center looking away from the
camera as he shakes hands with John Toornman (wearing bow tie).
The two ANREF veterans were members of Sgt. Burke’s squad in G Company, 339th Infantry Regiment.
On Dec. 4, 1918, Louis and John participated in the Battle of Karpogora along with Clarence Malm and Jay Pitts.
Louis was wounded and Clarence and Jay were both killed during that battle and are buried alongside the Polar Bear Monument.
Memorial Day Service at the Polar Bear Monument, May 30, 1958.______________________________________________________________________