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WWI Uniform?

WWI Uniform?

Posted: 31 Aug 2012 4:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: O'Malley
My Grandfather: George Patrick O'Malley born 1888 Montgomery, Minnesota..died 1963 Shelton, Washington.
Census records: 1900 Montgomery, Mn. age 11. 1910 Tacoma, Washington age 21. Approx 1918-1924 he would have been in Powell River, B.C. Canada. 1930 Tacoma, Washington age 41.
Have no idea where these pics were taken and am hoping someone can identify the uniform. Thank you
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Re: WWI Uniform?

Posted: 2 Sep 2012 2:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
It's a regulation US Army enlisted mans uniform from the WW 1 period. The collar discs would tell you what branch he was assigned to if they were clear enough to make out any detail. There is no rank visible, also no overseas/wound stripes- so this photo must be when he was home on leave after recruit training. He has a draft card dated June 1917 from Washington so we know he there at the time. He's in uniform so he had to have enlisted or been called up after, and most troops served until early to mid 1919. He doesn't list himself as a veteran in the 1930 census however. That could be an oversight on the part of whoever provided the information to the census taker. Have you sent away for his service records?

Re: WWI Uniform?

Posted: 2 Sep 2012 5:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: O'Malley
Thank you for the info. I have never heard any family talk of my grandfather being in the service. These photos were just negatives waiting to be developed all these years. I have one other, same uniform, differant hat altogether, which I will try to post. This is turning out to be quite a mystery.
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Posted: 2 Sep 2012 8:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
He has corporal stripes just visible on his left sleeve. The cap looks like an Model 1917 enlisted mans visor cap. Looks like it was taken at the same time as the first photo, he just switched hats it looks like. If you look at the buttons and belt buckle placement, it looks like the image was "flipped" in the second photo. I would suggest sending away for any military records he may have-
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

Re: WWI Uniform?

Posted: 3 Sep 2012 3:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Sep 2012 2:52PM GMT
Thank you so much for your help. Guess it's time to find his military records, if possible. I have searched Ancestry and only came up with the WW1 and WW2 draft registrations. Now I know there must be more to the story. Thank you again, Linda
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