Monday, April 20, 2009

Emery SCHELL's World War I Service

According to Eastman's Online Genealogy,

World War I Veterans' Records now Available at State of Washington's Digital Archives

The following article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 1996 - 2009 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at
The Washington state Digital Archives has a new program allowing people to access records of about 48,000 World War I veterans from Washington. Copies of World War I Service Statement Cards from 1917 to 1919, recently indexed by Washington Historical Records Project volunteers, are now available and searchable online at the Digital Archives. The United States War Department had originals of the cards, and copies were provided to the Washington State Auditor many years ago.

Information contained in the records includes full name, serial number, race, place inducted, place of birth, unit assignments, ranks attained, engagements fought in, wounds received, dates served overseas, date of demobilization, and degree of disability (if any). Volunteer Sam Cagle has provided added value to the records with a glossary that fully identifies the many military abbreviations used in the records.

To search, go to For more information on the World War I Service Statement Cards and related records, contact the Washington State Archives at (360) 586-1492 or visit its Web site at

Here is my Grandmother Elsie SCHELL COWAN's brother Emery's record


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