Transcription:: 2929 W Cary St. Richmond Va. Mr C.W. Smith Appomattox, Va. Dear Sir: Your card of 3/1/21 has been forwarded me here requesting data in connection with the recent Worlds War; my career was as f follows: Enlisted with U.S. Marines June 7, 1917 for training at Norfolk Va. where I drilled for several days, then was unfortunate and was taken to quartenteen Camp with "Mumps" after left Hospital was in the "Bubby" Squad for three days then was put back with my Company which was called "Training Co., "D" first Batallion." On July 29 or 30 which was a Sunday my Company was transferred to Quantico Va. there they we're in need of clerical men so service record books were examined by the "Post Sergeant Major" and my occupation was shown as a bookkeeper and I with several others were transferred to the Post adjucants Office for duty where I remained until Jan 1st, 1918. I had though in August 1917 been promted to Rank of Corporal with $6.00 increase in salary on Jan1, 1918 was transferred in same Camp to Depot Quartermaster Office under Captain Maxwell who was "Depot Quartermaster" and a fine Captain who had gone from the rank had been retired as a Quartermaster Sergeant (non-commissioned officer) several months after duty in that Dept I was promotes to Sergeant, and was sent to the Rifle Range temporarily where I qualified as Sharpshooted. I continued service with the Depot Quartermaster; was never up for office hour, or repromanded during my career, I always fulfilled my duty to best of my ability and obeyed my speriors, and on March 31, 1919 was honoraby discharged. I never went over seas although I volunteer and enlisted with that intention, but my superiors thought they could use me to a better advantage out of the rank & an a clerical corporal. Yours truly, Joseph Wiley Garrotte Ex Sergeant U.S. Marene Corps.
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