“Willie” and WWI

William Washington BARKER born in 1898, was in World War I, also known as “The War to End All Wars”.  Here is his service record card:

WWI Service Record of William Washington BARKER

He joined the U.S. army at age 19 on 5 June 1917.  He served for about 20 months with only three months service overseas after the war was over.  This information along with a good health record during his service indicates that he may have never seen battle.

“Willie” brought back this little leather shoe as a souvenir.  It measures 7.5 inches in length and has a wooden sole with the marking of “Galoche Nationale” on it.  Perhaps he served in France.  Future research might reveal where his company actually served.

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William Washington BARKER was the father of Evelyn Roberta BARKER.

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