Draft Registration Card, 1917

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Title

Draft Registration Card, 1917

Alternative Title

World War I Draft Registration Card

Subject

World War, 1914-1918
Veterans--Florida
World War, 1914-1918--African Americans

Description

The draft registration card for Thomas Robert Savage (1892-1941). Approximately 24 million men registered for the draft between 1917-1918. The cards recorded name, age, date and place of birth, race, and occupation, and a corresponding registrar's card listed physical features.

Thomas Robert Savage was born on March 27, 1892 in Eastern Shore, Virginia. Though little is known about his childhood and early life, we do know he could read and write. On June 5, 1917, Savage, like many, registered for the draft in Portsmouth, Virginia. It is likely he married his wife, Della, before being inducted and serving in Europe. He was inducted into the United States Army on August 3, 1918 and served as a corporal in Company C of the 540th Engineers. From October 27, 1918 to May 21, 1919, Savage and his unit worked overseas in a behind-the-lines role, repairing roads and building barracks to keep the rest of the army moving. After returning to the United States, he resumed life with his wife. They eventually moved to Maryland, where Savage worked as a driver. He died on April 7, 1941. He is buried in the St. Augustine National Cemetery, Florida at Section D Grave 3.

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

Jones, William R.
War Department, Office of the Quartermaster General, Selective Service System

Source

Digital reproduction of original draft registration card by William R. Jones, June 5, 1917: Selective Service System, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, M1509, 4,582 rolls.

Publisher

War Department, Office of the Quartermaster General, Selective Service System

Date Created

ca. 1917-06-05

Contributor

Savage, Thomas Robert

Format

image/jpg

Extent

106 KB

Medium

1 draft registration card

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Portsmouth, Virginia

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by William R. Jones and published by the War Department, Office of the Quartermaster General, Selective Service System.

Rights Holder

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Curator

O'Neil, Rhiannon

External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017. https://today.ucf.edu/va-selects-ucf-historians-archive-stories-deceased-veterans/.
Dalessandro, Robert J. and Gerald Torrence. Willing Patriots: Men of Color in the First World War. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2009.
Keene, Jennifer D. World War I: The American Soldier Experience. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2011.
Office of the Quartermaster General. "db=NARAWWITroops&
h=1872914" target="_blank">Thomas R Savage." U.S. Army Transport Service Passenger Lists, 1910-1939. Online database with images, Ancestry.com. Hoboken, New Jersey. Record Group 92, Roll or Box Number 477, NAI Number 6234477. Accessed October 25, 2018. https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=try&
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h=1872914.
Office of the Quartermaster General. "db=NARAWWITroops&
h=672190" target="_blank">Thomas R Savage." U.S. Army Transport Service Passenger Lists, 1910-1939. Online database with images, Ancestry.com. Marseille, France. Record Group 92, Roll or Box Number 49, NAI Number 6234465. Accessed October 31, 2018. https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=try&
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Office of the Quartermaster General. "db=IntermentControlForms&
h=1839981" target="_blank">Thomas Robert Savage." U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962. Online database with images, Ancestry.com. St. Augustine National Cemetery, Florida. Record Group 92, A1 2110-B. Accesed October 24, 2018. https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=try&
db=IntermentControlForms&
h=1839981.
Selective Service System. "Thomas Robert Savage." United States World War I DRaft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Online database with images, FamilySearch. Portsmouth, Virginia. NARA microfilm publication M1509, FHL microfilm 1,985,046. Accessed October 25, 2018. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6ZW-RF9.
U.S. Census Bureau. "db=1940usfedcen&
h=149370885" target="_blank">Thomas Savage." 1940 United States Federal Census. Online database with images, Ancestry.com. Garrett, Maryland. Enumeration District 12-10A. NARA microfilm publication T627, Roll m-t0627-01550. Accessed October 31, 2018. https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=try&
db=1940usfedcen&
h=149370885.
U.S. Census Bureau. "db=1920usfedcen&
h=55825414" target="_blank">Thomas Savage." 1920 United States Federal Census. Online database with images, Ancestry.com. Postmouth Monroe Ward, Portsmouth, Virginia. Enumeration District 178. NARA microfilm publication T625, Roll 1905. Accessed October 25, 2018. https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=try&
db=1920usfedcen&
h=55825414.

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