Friday, December 15, 2017

U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939

I recently found on the U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939. What a find! It details the passenger lists of Army personnel traveling to and from France during and after the Great War.

Here is the page listing Irving Loucraft, a private in the Yankee Division (101st Company M), traveling to France aboard the Henry R Mallory on September 7, 1917 from Hobokon, NJ to St. Nazaire, France. Notice how many other Lowell men are traveling with him.

Here is Irving's return, now a Sergeant, destination Camp Devens, on the USS America on April 5, 1919.

This collection also contains the records of the remains of soldiers who were initially buried in France returning in the early 1920s to be re-interred in America. Although sad, these records are helpful to determine if the soldier is buried in France or back here in the United States. It was the  choice of the family if they wanted the remains to come home at the government's expense.

Below is the record of Lieut. Paul T. Kearney who was killed in action October 3, 1918. Initially buried in France, his body was returned on the USAT "Wheaton" leaving Antwerp, Belgium on June 19, 1921 and arrived in Hoboken, NJ on July 2, 1921.   His military funeral was held August 8th at St. Michael's Church and he is buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Lowell. Kearney Square in downtown Lowell is named in his honor.

You can research these records if you have an ancestry subscription or you can visit the Pollard Memorial Library and access ancestry for free.

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