Bird, William McArthur.

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WAR HISTORY COMMISSION

STATE OF VIRGINIA

MILITARY SERVICE RECORD

Name in full

(family name): Bird

(first name): Wm.

(middle name): McArthur

Date of birth

(month): July

(day): 6th

(year): 1893

Place of Birth

(town): Valley Center

(county): Highland

(state): Virginia

(country): U.S.A.

Name of father: D. O. Bird

Birthplace (country): Highland, U.S.A.

Maiden name of mother: Mary Lillie Shumate

Birthplace (country): Hath, U.S.A.

Are you White, Colored, Indian or Mongolian: White

Citizen (Yes or no): Yes

Voter (yes or no): Yes

Church (denomination): Methodist

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(Preparatory): Business

(College): Staunton, Va'

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Occupation before entry into service: Pay Roll Clerk & Cashier

employer: Lundale Coal Co.

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(town): Lundale, Va.

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(street number): Mill Gap, Va.

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WAR RECORD

Inducted into service or enlisted on (date): Sept. 19, 1917

at (place): Monterey, Va. Highland Co.

as a (rank): Private

in the: 317th Infantry Camp Lee, Va.

section of the : National Army

Identification number: 1816674

Assigned originally to

(company): Co. D

(regiment): 317th

(division): 80th

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to (date): May 25, 1918.

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to (rank): Sep. Sgt.

Date: Nov. 1917

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Embarked from (port): New Port News, Va.

on (ship): Mongolia

(date): May 26th

and arrived at (foreign port): Brest, France,

(date): June 8, 1918

Proceeded from : Brest

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(date): June 15, 1918.

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(date): Aug. 8, 1918.

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WAR RECORD

First went into action (place):

(date): August 8th, 1918.

Participated in the following engagements: Picardy Section, Somme Offensive, St. Mihiel Offensive, Sept 3rd to 23, 1918. Meuse Argonne Offensive Sept. 26th, Oct. 12th, 1918.

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RETURN TO CIVIL LIFE

Occupation after the war: Clerical Work

If a change of occupation was occasioned by reason of disability acquired in the service, describe the process of re-education and readjustment, and indicate the agencies or individuals chiefly instrumental in furnishing the new occupations::

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

What was your attitude toward military service in general and toward your call in particular?: Felt that I should go

What were the effects of camp experiences in the United States upon yourself -- mental and physical?: Made appreciate things better. Did not change me physically.

What were the effects upon yourself of your overseas experience?:

What effects, if any, did your experience have on your religious belief?: No effect

If you took part in the fighting, what impressions were made upon you by this experience?: Did not care whether I was killed or not, this was my feeling

What has been the effect of all these experiences as contrasted with your state of mind before the war?: I think the U. S. should continue to keep on the lookout hereafter.

Photographs-- If possible enclose one taken before entering the service and one taken afterwards in uniform, both signed and dated.

Additional data:

Signed at (place): 505 E. Grace St. Richmond, Va.

on (date): Jan. 22, 1920

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(full name): William McArthur Bird

(rank): Sup. Sgt.

(branch of service): 317th Infantry

The information contained in this record, unless otherwise indicated, was obtained from the following persons or sources::

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