Monday, December 22, 2008

Military Monday

Today, a view of a WWII Draft registration card for my Great Grandfather John Bellew. If you're not familiar with the draft registration cards, take a look - there's a lot of info to be obtained. This is a war that took one of John's son's lives and left another blinded in one eye. Surely he didn't expect to be drafted at the age of 52 but he was required to register nonetheless. This registration took place on April 27, 1942, and was required for all men born on or between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897 - between 45 and 64 years old - and who were not already in the US military.

Image: U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration. National Archives and Records Administration Branch locations: National Archives and Records Administration Region Branches.

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