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Re: WWI Draft/Enlistment/Release Questions
Posted by: Sue Fealko (ID *****7810) Date: May 09, 2012 at 09:42:13
In Reply to: Re: WWI Draft/Enlistment/Release Questions by Sandie Richardson of 9054

Hi, Sandie,

I don't have any information about your great-grandfather Asa, just thought you might like some additional feedback. My grandfather did practically the exact same thing. He registered in June 1917 and was subsequently called up in September 1918. Well, the war ended on November 11, 1918. He was still in training camp then, and with no need to send him "Over There," he was honorably discharged in December. I've done a lot of work on WWI soldiers, and I discovered that virtually no one who was called up after the third registration (12 September 1918) actually went over to Europe and saw any fighting. There simply wasn't enough time to get them trained. I am blessed to have my grandfather's official discharge paper, which tells his wartime experience story quite concisely. He was a very patriotic man--seems like everyone was then--and your great-grandfather probably was too even though he didn't actually do any fighting.

Sue Ellen Fealko


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