Georgia was home to more training camps than any other state during World War I, and the state’s sons proudly served in the U.S. Armed Forces. This collection contains more than 100,000 service cards for Georgia men who served in the U.S. Army or Navy.
Details on the cards were abstracted from federal military service records in 1920 for Army and Navy enlisted men; cards for officers begin in 1917 and continue through 1919. Because the service records for most World War I Army veterans were destroyed in a 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center of the National Archives, this collection is a particularly important resource.
The cards include the following details:
- serial/service number
- place and date of enlistment or induction
- place of birth
- age or date of birth
- service organization(s) with assignment dates and transfers
- rank (grade) with date of appointment
- whether wounded in action, degree and date
- overseas service dates
- discharge/separation date and information
- degree of disability at discharge
Note: Two boxes of cards are missing from this collection. They cover
- Bonapart, Ervin – Brown, Hubert
- Bay, Tom – Bomer, Tom
Also included are some application cards for Victory Medals that give the soldier or sailor’s name, military unit, country or countries in which he served, and major combat operations he took part in. Note: This collection does not include all available application cards.
Cards listing casualties among Georgia servicemen are included as well. These provide much of the same information as the service cards, adding the date and cause of death and the name and address of the person notified.