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  •  okay heres my Wall Buster issue that (7+ / 0-)

    I hope to tackle and make some progress with eventually... its a bit of a booga-boo. Im glad actually that my WW II veteran father never heard this but... it looks like his father somehow managed to get a dishonorable d/c from the US Army way back in 1903-04. In fact, if my sleuthing is accurate - and Im not 100% sure that it is - he was even in the brig for ? a couple of YEARS? Im not sure. Anyway, I have no idea WHY. The Register of Enlistments document with the disposition notes is hard for me to decipher. And who knows what the codes they were using in 1904 meant? It says:

    Des July 18 1903. XXX(cant read it) Nov 25 03. dishon dischd January 24 04 at Ft Thomas Ky per S.O. 9 Dept Lakes 04 Pvt
    So... Ive found a little more in the Returns docs, and it looks like he got released in 1905, maybe 1906. (So its not like he murdered somebody or something!) He spent most of that time in Columbus Ohio Barracks. Incredibly irony there as that is the same location (Ft Hayes after 1922) where my father enlisted in 1942.
    (btw, GFA died in 1939.)

    Anyway, if anyone knows military history better than me (I set a very low bar!) or how to search for what that code might mean or just what the hell happened!!! you could kosmail me!

    In my Dad's recollection notes, he says (he wrote this down @ 1991) that he always heard it that his father had "joined the US Army, hated Mexico, came back, saved his money and bought his way out."

    This man also claimed that he was the personal Barber to Teddy Roosevelt for a time, and the only one to ever have a personal invitation to the White House. Or some such. My Grandfather was apparently full of all kinds of, uhm, stuff. Heh. He was a Barber though, his entire adult life. That much is true. I think. (His life prior to meeting my grandmother at age 45 is all a big mystery.)

    Thanks in advance! ...

    Get out there and get peace, think peace, live peace, and breathe peace, and you'll get it as soon as you like.” ~ John Lennon

    by Lady Libertine on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:41:32 AM PST

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