Abstract of Military Service for Nelson Phelps

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Abstract of Military Service for Nelson Phelps

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Abstract of World War I Military Service


World War, 1914-1918


The abstract of World War I military service for Nelson Phelps (1899-1989). The abstract features Phelp’s name and service number, his enlistment location and date, his age at entrance, current rank, home address, duty stations and time periods of service, discharge date and location and rank at discharge.

Born on August 4, 1899, in Gouverneur, New York, Phelps served in the United States Navy during World War I after enlisting on January 28, 1918. He served as a Landsman for Electrician General Training at the Naval Training Station in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Naval Operating Station in Hampton Roads, Virginia. After the war, he returned to New York, marrying Marguerite Magdaline Burkhard, and fathering two daughters: Margaretta and Catherine. He spent much of his working life as a superintendent and inspector at the Sheffield Farms Milk Company. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Hillsborough County, Florida. Phelps died on March 22, 1989, and is buried at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


Adjutant General's Office, New York


Digital reproduction of original typewritten abstract of military service, February 19, 1919.


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Connolly, Lehman
Cravero, Geoffrey

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External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017. https://today.ucf.edu/va-selects-ucf-historians-archive-stories-deceased-veterans/.
Tuchman, Barbara W., and Robert K. Massie. The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I. 2014.


Adjutant General's Office, New York, “Abstract of Military Service for Nelson Phelps,” RICHES, accessed April 20, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/10245.