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:
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.
William Washington BARKER was the father of Evelyn Roberta BARKER.