148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division
Plot D, Row 4, Grave 5
Pvt. Anthony P. Durand served in the 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division. He was born in Romelfingen, Lorraine, Germany on October 23, 1887, the second of two children. His parents immigrated to the United States in 1890, settling in Albany, N.Y., where they had seven more children.
On April 5, 1918, Durand was drafted and began training with the 153rd Depot Brigade and 10th Training Battalion. He eventually joined the 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division on June 10, the same month that the division departed for Europe. His division entered the front lines on August 4, 1918, taking over the Baccarat Sector of the Western front in Lorraine. Here they saw little action, and on September 22 moved to the Avocourt Sector to relieve the 79th Division and take part in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. They were relieved by the 32nd Division on September 30, and were shifted to relieve the 89th Division in the Pannes Sector of Loraine between October 7 and 16.
The 37th Division replaced the French 132nd Division on October 30 to support the Ypres Lys Offensive in Belgium. It pushed the German line backwards, and crossed the Escaut/Scheldt River. During this push Durand died of wounds received in action on November 2, 1918.
In 1930, the Gold Star Mothers’ Pilgrimage brought his mother from Albany to visit his grave in Flanders Field.
Anthony P. Durand is buried in Flanders Field American Cemetery Plot D, Row 4, Grave 5.