Botkin, James Willis.

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WAR HISTORY COMMISSION

STATE OF VIRGINIA

MILITARY SERVICE RECORD

Name in full

(family name): Botkin

(first name): James

(middle name): Willis

Date of birth

(month): October

(day): 24

(year): 1893

Place of Birth

(town): Crabbottom

(county): Highland

(state): Va.

(country): U. S. A.

Name of father: Chas. Wesley Botkin

Birthplace (country): U. S. A.

Maiden name of mother: Margaret Elizabeth Halterman

Birthplace (country): U. S. A

Are you White, Colored, Indian or Mongolian: White

Citizen (Yes or no): Yes

Voter (yes or no): Yes

Church (denomination): Baptist

Married: Yes

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at: Harper Chapel, W. Va.

To (maiden name): Clara Rissa Rexrode

Born: Oct. 26

year: 1893

at: Rexrode, Va.

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Education

(Preparatory): 5th grade

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Occupation before entry into service: Farmer

employer: Self

Residence before entry into the service

(street number):

(town): Crabbottom

(county): Highland

Present home address

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(town): Vanderpool

(county): Highland

(state): Va.

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WAR RECORD

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

at (place): Monterey, Va.

as a (rank): Private

in the: Co. D. 317 Infantry

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Identification number: 1817649

Assigned originally to

(company): D

(regiment): 317

(division): 80th

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(ship): U. S. Mongolia

at (place): Brest

Trained or stationed before going to Europe:-

School, camp, station, ship: Camp Lee, Va.

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Embarked from (port): Brest

on (ship): U. S. S. Nansemond

(date): June 1, 1919

and arrived at (foreign port): Newport News

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From (date): July 5, 1918

to (date): Aug. 12, 1918

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WAR RECORD

First went into action (place):

(date): July 26, 1918

Participated in the following engagements: Artois Sector 23 July, 18 Aug, 1918. St. Mihiel Offensive Corps. Reserve, 12th Sept. 16 Sept. 1918; Meuse Argonne Offensive 26 Sept. 26 Oct. Nov. 1-7, 1918

Cited, decorated, or otherwise honored for distinguished services (give circumstantial accounts of exploits, including dates and places where performed, also by whom and in what manner the honors were bestowed): :

Killed in action, killed by accident, died of wounds, died of disease, wounded, gassed, shell-shocked, taken prisoner:

Nature of casuality: Measles

(place): Camp Lee

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Nature of casuality: Mumps

(place): Camp Lee

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Nature of casuality: Tonsilitis

(place): Camp Lee

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Under medical care:-

Name of hospital: Base Hospital

Location: Camp Lee

From (date): Nov 7

to (date): Jan. 1st

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Arrived at (American port): Newport News

on (ship): U. S. S. Nansemond

Date: June 1, 1919

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Discharged from service at (place): Camp Lee

(date): June 13, 1919

as a (rank): Private

RETURN TO CIVIL LIFE

Occupation after the war: Farmer

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?: Prefer peace and to stay at home with my family

What were the effects of camp experiences in the United States upon yourself -- mental and physical?: I am not able to say at present

What were the effects upon yourself of your overseas experience?: I do not see that it hurt me more than the training in camp

What effects, if any, did your experience have on your religious belief?: It made some impression on me for the better

If you took part in the fighting, what impressions were made upon you by this experience?: I could not tell at the time whether I would live through the battle.

What has been the effect of all these experiences as contrasted with your state of mind before the war?: I do not care to hear or think about war.

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

Additional data:

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(full name): James Willis Botkin

(rank): Private

(branch of service): Infantry

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

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