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Deciphering a World War I gravestone.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Recently I was transcribing a hard to read military headstone.  And wanted to determine what some of the abbreviations meant.  Can you tell me what this World War I inscription means [L.J. Smith, PVT BTRY F 38 ART CAC, WWI]?


Answer: The following breakdown will explain what the gravestone is abbreviating: PVT= Private; BTRY = Battery; the "F" is the Battery letter; 38 ART = 38th Artillery; CAC = Coastal Artillery Company.  So the inscription in full would be [Private L.J. Smith, Battery F. 38th Artillery of the Coastal Artillery Company].

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