U.S. Marine Corps Service Card, 1925

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Title

U.S. Marine Corps Service Card, 1925

Alternative Title

WWI Military Service Card

Subject

World War, 1914-1918
Veterans--Florida

Description

The World War I military service card for Luther Wade Pilcher (1898-1918). This card, and the others in its series, was created in 1925 for the Floridians who served from 1917-1919 in World War I as part of the U.S. Marine Corps. On these cards, the serviceman's full name, place and date of birth, place and date of enlistment, promotions, and other such identifying information were listed. This series was created by the Florida Department of Military Affiars and is held by that department today

Luther Wade Pilcher was born in Dothan, Alabama on January 1, 1898 to Richard and Della Pilcher, the second of their five children. In 1910, the family moved to Noma, Florida, though Pilcher's last known residence was in Chipley, Florida. Pilcher enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on May 4, 1915, and served from 1915-1917 in Haiti and Cuba. After the U.S. entered the Great War, the 5th Marine Regiment was activated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As part of the regiment, Pilcher shipped out to France in August of 1917, arriving in France on the 22nd. The 5th was among the first of the American Expeditionary Forces to arrive in Europe. Pilcher and his regiment took part in the Battle of Belleau Wood (June 1-26) against the Germans in 1918.

The battle became a defining moment in Marine Corps history, as the troops succesfully stalled the German advance toward Paris. However, the bloodiest day of the battle, June 6th, saw Pilcher, among many others, killed in action. He posthumously received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, and the French Fourragere for his service and sacrifice.

Pilcher is buried in the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at Plot B Row 10 Grave 68 in Belleau, France.

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.

Creator

The Florida Department of Military Affairs

Source

Digital reproduction of original service card.

Publisher

The Florida Department of Military Affairs

Date Created

ca. 1925

Contributor

Pilcher, Luther Wade

Format

image/jpg

Extent

67 KB

Medium

1 World War I Marine Service Card

Language

eng

Type

Document

Coverage

Dothan, Alabama

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

Provenance

Originally created and published by The Florida Department of Military Affairs

Rights Holder

This resource is not subject to copyright in the United States and there are no copyright restrictions on reproduction, derivative works, distribution, performance, or display of the work. Anyone may, without restriction under U.S. copyright laws:

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This resource is provided here by RICHES for educational purposes only. For more information on copyright, please refer to Section 5 of Copyright Law of the United States of America and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code.

Curator

O'Neil, Rhiannon

External Reference

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"Aisne-Marne American Cemetery." FL-GenWeb Project, Inc. Accessed June 22, 2018. http://fl-genweb.org/mpc/citrus/military/am_cem.html.
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Keene, Jennifer D. World War I: The American Soldier Experience. Lincoln [u.a.]: University of Nebraska Press, 2011.
"Luther Wade Pilcher." FloridaMemory.com. Accessed June 22, 2018. https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/209562.
"<a href="https://www.ancestry.com/mediaui-viewer/tree/47905480/person/13348591176/media/aace5887-407c-44e3-6319-b2c751791bfb?_phsrc=GCH17&amp
_phstart=successSource" target="_blank">Luther Wade Pilcher." Image. Ancestry.com. 2013. Accessed June 22, 2018. https://www.ancestry.com/mediaui-viewer/tree/47905480/person/13348591176/media/aace5887-407c-44e3-6319-b2c751791bfb?_phsrc=GCH17&amp
_phstart=successSource.
"<a href="https://marines.togetherweserved.com/usmc/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&amp
type=Person&amp
ID=168102" target="_blank">Pilcher, Luther Wade, Sgt." TogetherWeServed.com. Accessed June 22, 2018. https://marines.togetherweserved.com/usmc/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&amp
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"Series Description." FloridaMemory.com. Accessed June 29, 2018. https://www.floridamemory.com/collections/wwi/series.php.
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usePUB=true" target="_blank">1900 United States Federal Census. Dothan, Henry, Alabama. Ancestry.com. Accessed June 25, 2018. https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&amp
dbid=7602&amp
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U.S. Census Bureau. <a href="https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&amp
dbid=7884&amp
h=154365013&amp
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usePUB=true" target="_blank">1910 United States Federal Census. Noma, Holmes, Florida. Ancestry.com. Accessed June 26, 2018. https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&amp
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Yardley, Jim. "When the Americans Turned the Tide." The New York Times, June 26, 2014. Accessed June 27, 2018. https://www.nytimes.org/2014/06/27/world/europe/world-war-i-second-battle-of-the-marne.html.

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