I have been wondering about a proposed project and would like to have some imput from those of you who might contribute and/or have an interest in the final product.
It seems to me, there are a load of people who have had a father, uncle, grandfather, friend of the family, even maybe a brother or sister, that served in the Marines during WW One.
I think it is about time those "ordinary" people (not a Dan Daly, of Cliff Cates or???) got a mention in print. I suggest a biographical dictionary about them might appeal to the sons, grandsons, nephews, etc. out there.
If this idea seems to interest you, and you can contribute to it, please let me know. If you think it is ridiculous, please don't let me know. I get enough insults from my wife on a daily basis.
This isn't going to be just a "yes" or even a "no."
I would need information in order to build a modest sketch.
You would have to provide that info. I already have several dozen of them, but that ain't enuff for a publication.
You will be listed for the help given and the more people that show an STRONG interest, and help, will be able to obtain copies at a reduced cost.
Let me know. A yes or even a no will give me an idea if this is a feasible thing I am suggesting.
George B. Clark
Marines WW I, Biographical Sketches
To those of you who offered some biog sketches, please utilize the following as a suggested format for what you will send me.
OBVIOUSLY YOU MAY NOT KNOW THE ANSWERS TO SOME OF THE ITEMS LISTED BELOW.
Either send it email and I'll download or mail to George B Clark
379 Moody Road
Pike, NH 03780
NAME, FIRST LAST AND MIDDLE, IF KNOWN. (nicknames?)
PLACE AND DATE OF BIRTH (city or rural)
PARENTS (names if possible)
SCHOOLING (grammer or high or college)
REASON FOR ENLISTING IN THE USMC (avoid draft or patriotism or excitement)
DATES: IN AND OUT (where did he serve: Boot Camp at PI or Mare Island or?)
UNIT: ESPECIALLY PLATOON AND IF POSSIBLE REPLACEMENT BN.
NONCOMS AND OFFICERS IN HIS LINE OF COMMAND (or any mentioned)
WOUNDS OR GASSED? (dates if known)
PLACE OF OCCUPATION DUTY IN GERMANY
LEAVES WHILE IN EUROPE
AWARDS (especially if a Silver Star or Croix de Guerre, most aren't commonly known)
DID HE RETURN HOME OR?: (perhaps decided to not go back to Podunk, but Chicago or???)
OCCUPATION OR JOBS HELD. (any stories will be helpful)
FAMILY: WIFE, CHILDREN.
DECEASED WHEN AND BURIED WHERE: (he must be by now???)
OK, that will be great. I can stand anyone writing and will fully credit. However, if you want me to put it together will be pleased to do that and credit you anyway. Need enough material to try to bring out the entire man, so please don't stint.
Will keep you posted as I go along. I probably won't have enough for a full-fledged book but certainly can publish it in a limited edition for those interested. More on that that later.
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