Monday, February 09, 2015

Military Monday : Gerald Walker LeMaster, World War II Draft Registration, 1942

Working my way through the hints in the Ancestry database for World War II Draft Registrations, 1942 and located this registration in Jay County, Indiana for Gerald Walker LeMaster, my paternal granduncle. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data : United States, Selective Service System. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration. Records of the Selective Service System, Record Group Number 147. National Archives and Records Administration., Gerald Walker LeMaster, Jay County, Indiana.

This draft record adds to the information I've collected about Gerald, who was the son of Luman Cooper Lemasters and Barbara Isabel Wehrly.  Gerald's draft registration gives his date of birth as January 15, 1896 in Jay County, Indiana.  This differs by exactly one year the record found in Social Security Records.

Gerald was 46 years old at the time of this registration, and his nearest living relative was his wife, Pearl (Smith) LeMaster.  Note on the registration card that her maiden name was written on the card and then scratched out and "LeMaster" written down.  Gerald's place of residence was Madison Township in Jay County, Indiana and his telephone was at Salamonia.  His mailing address was Rural Route 6, Portland.  He was a self-employed farmer.

Physically, Gerald was described as having a ruddy complexion, white male, 5' 8", with brown hair and brown eyes.  He weighed 220 lbs.

The draft registration card notes that Gerald had operational scars on his breast.  What medical procedure did he have done? Something with the heart?

Military Monday – We all have ancestors who have served in the military. Military Monday is a place to post their images, stories and records of their service in various branches of the military. Military Monday is an ongoing series by Cindy at Everything’s Relative – Researching Your Family History.

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