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An ancestor on the WWI Draft Registration and not serving in the War.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
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Question: I am confused why I can not find a World War I record for my great-grandfather.  He appears in the draft registrations I have found online.

 

Answer: When your relative signed up for the draft it did not always mean he served.  Another deception this may cause for a researcher is someone who is already in the military before the draft registration.  They may ignore the fact that the person served in World War I when they do not find them on the draft registration.  Even though many records were destroyed in the fire in St. Louis in 1973, I suggest to contact the Adjutant General in your state to see if his discharge record is on file.  In most cases a veteran's honorable discharge was filed with the Adjutant General's office of his state of enlistment.


Posted by David Lambert at 01/12/2012 11:15:05 PM | 


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David writes "When your relative signed up for the draft it did not always mean he served"

That is _logically_ correct, not all who registered went on to serve.
It is also misleading to those among us who are not analytic. MOST who registered did not serve. Registration was required for (basically) all men born between 1875 and 1899 (or 1900)
Few of these men actually served
Posted by: hubherby@rcn.com ( Email ) at 1/17/2012 5:53 PM


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