53 Amazing Portrait Photos of North Carolina Soldiers in World War I

Nearly 100 years ago, thousands of North Carolina men shipped out to Europe to serve in the Great War. The photographs in this album are from the collection Warren County Compiled Individual Military Service Records (WWI 92) in the WWI Papers of the Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina.

The collection is composed of compiled military service record forms and photographs documenting the World War I service of 108 Warren and Halifax Counties, N.C., military service individuals. The majority of the collection documents men from Warren County. The collection also includes materials for men from Halifax County, N.C., who had been serving in the Warren County unit of the North Carolina National Guard—Company H, 3rd Infantry—which was converted into Company H, 120th Infantry, 30th Division, under federal U.S. Army service during WWI. The collection was compiled by W. Brodie Jones, the volunteer War Records Collector for Warren County, N.C., on behalf of the North Carolina Historical Commission during WWI.

This collection contains the largest set of North Carolina African Americans’ WWI portraits in the Military Collection. Many of these images were recently identified and had been unknown as representing black soldiers.

Bert R. Blythe of Tarboro, N.C., sitting in a chair in his Army uniform, holding onto the corner of an American flag, served in the 156th Depot Brigade and Company M, 321st Infantry.
Brady N. Burleyson of Albemarle, N.C in his U.S. Army uniform, leaning against a stand, served in 322nd Infantry, 81st Division.
Burnwell C. Jackson from Kinston, N.C., wearing his U.S. Army uniform, was killed on July 20, 1918, in Soissons, France, after being shot by a machine gun three times.
Capt. Wallace Whitfield Riddick Sr., of West Raleigh, N.C., served as a U.S. Army engineer with the 105th Engineers and the 115th Field Artillery, 30th Division, in France.
Captain Frank S. Spruill from Rocky Mount, N.C., wearing his U.S. Army uniform, served as a Captain in Company B, 52nd Infantry, 6th Division.
Captain Thomas Park, served in the U.S. Army during World War I.
Charles E. Hughes from Elizabeth City, N.C., wearing his U.S. Navy uniform, joined the U.S. Navy when he was just 16 years old in April 1917.
Charles J. Bailey, wearing his full U.S. Army uniform and hat, served as Major General of the 81st Division.
Chester Noah from Surry County, N.C. in his U.S. Army uniform., served in Company E, 321st Infantry, 81st Division.
Clarence E. Midgett of Rodanthe, N.C., served as a Surfman as the U.S. Coast Guard at Station 179.
Clifton Pittman, seated and wearing his U.S. Army uniform, served in the 81st Division.
Clyde Cockerham from Surry County, N.C, served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman 2nd Class.
Colonel Holmes B. Springs, wearing his U.S. Army uniform, served as an officer in the 30th Division, in command of many North Carolinians.
Colonel Paul C. Hutton from Goldsboro, N.C., served in U.S. Army Medical Department.
Corp. William S. Gardner from Duplin County, N.C. in his U.S. Army uniform, served in Company G, 16th Infantry, 1st Division, died on July 29, 1918, in France.
Corporal Kinchen C. Knight, of Whitakers, N.C., served in Company B of the 321 Infantry of the U.S. Army during World War I.
David K. Merritt of Raleigh, N.C., wearing his U.S. Army uniform, served in Company L, 5th Pioneer Infantry, and in Company F, 56th Pioneer Infantry.
Dewey A. Williams of Stanly County, N.C. in his Army uniform, served in the 38th Infantry, 3rd Division, was killed in action in France on July 18, 1918.
Edgar H. Bain of Goldsboro, N.C., wearing a suit and bow tie, served in the 119th Infantry, 30th Division.
Edward D. Bryan of Tarboro, N.C., served as Second Lieutenant with the 155 Depot Brigade, U.S. Army.
Edward L. Pitt of Wilson County, N.C., wearing his U.S. Army uniform and campaign hat, with a hand-painted backdrop, served in the 156th Depot Brigade.
Edward Theodore Quigley in the U.S. Navy uniform, served aboard the U.S. Navy battleship USS Mississippi.
Elmus E. Baker of Tarboro, N.C. in his Army uniform with an American flag in the background, served in Co. B, 322nd Infantry, and 317th Ambulance Company, in France.
G. M. O’Neil seated in a chair, wearing his U.S. Navy uniform and hat, served as a Fireman First Class in the U.S. Navy.
Grady C. Stone of Surry County, N.C., served in the U.S. Army in the 156th Depot Brigade, and in Company K, 324th Infantry, 81st Division.
Harvey R. Harris from Vance County, N.C., wearing his U.S. Army uniform, posing in front of a hand-painted backdrop, served in Company L, 321st Infantry, 81st Division.
Haywood Maurice Taylor of Tarboro, N.C., wearing his U.S. Army uniform and officer’s hat, served on the home front as a 2nd Lieutenant.
Henry G. Simpson from Wake Forest, N.C. in front of a hand-painted backdrop, served in the Headquarters Company, 316th Field Artillery, 81st Division.
Howard L. Strohl, wearing his U.S. Army uniform, served in the 109th Machine Gun Battalion, 28th Division, was killed in action in Fismes, France, on August 8, 1918.
Isaac G. Wilson of Trenton, N.C., wearing his Army uniform, served in Company E, 321st Infantry, 81st Division, and Company K, 119th Infantry, 30th Division.
J. Leslie Stillman from Cherokee County, N.C., dressed in a suit and tie, served in Company G, 119th Infantry,30th Division, was killed from shrapnel in Belgium on July 26, 1918.
James H. Baugham of Washington, N.C., wearing a heavy wool military coat over his military uniform, served as an aviator with the Lafayette Escadrille, and died in combat on July 2, 1918.
James H. Graham, wearing his U.S. Army uniform and campaign hat, served in Company J, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division, was killed in action in Europe on August 6, 1918.
James Hodges from Tarboro, N.C., seated on a bench, wearing his U.S. Navy uniform, served on the U.S. Navy battleship USS Alabama (BB-8).
Jesse M. Avery from Harnett County, N.C., seated wearing his U.S. Army uniform, with American flags draped in the background, served in Company M, 119th Infantry, 30th Division.
John A. Elmore from Selma, N.C. in his U.S. Army uniform and campaign hat, served in the 322nd Infantry, 81st Division.
John Burt Exum Jr. from Wayne County, N.C., wearing his U.S. Army uniform, served during much of World War I in a Motor Battalion in Company D, 306th Ammunition Train, 81st Division.
John E. King from Asheboro, N.C., wearing his dress Army uniform, served in two companies within the 18th Infantry, was killed in France on June 2, 1918.
John E. Ray Jr., of Raleigh, N.C., wearing his U.S. Army uniform, served in the Medical Corps, 119th Infantry, 30th Division, was killed in combat on October 5, 1918.
John N. Harrell of Raleigh, N.C., wearing his U.S. Army infantry uniform, served as captain in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps during World War I.
John T. Ring from Kernersville, N.C., served as a Corporal in 97th Company, 6th Marine Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps, was killed in action from shrapnel on July 19, 1918, at Tigny, France.
Joseph D. Boushall of Raleigh, N.C., wearing his Army Air Service uniform, served in the Army Air Service, primarily stationed at Eberts Field in Arkansas.
Joseph Edward Stephenson of Halifax, N.C, volunteered at age 19 for the U.S. Navy, serving as a pipe fitter on ships.
Joseph H. Johnston of Chapel Hill, N.C., served in the 322nd Infantry, 81st Division, U.S. Army.
Joseph J. Mackey Jr. of Raleigh, N.C., in his U.S. Army uniform.
Joseph L. Orr from Matthews, N.C., wearing his Marine Corps uniform, served in the 5th Marine Regiment, and was killed in action in Europe on June 9, 1918.
Leland Brown from Northampton County, N.C., wearing his U.S. Army uniform, served in Company F, 306th Engineers, 81st Division.
Lt. Buxton White from Elizabeth City, N.C., wearing his Army uniform and hat, served in the 2nd Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun Battalion.
Lt. Col. Hugh H. Broadhurst from Goldsboro, N.C., wearing his dress Army uniform and medals, served as Provost Marshall for the 2nd Division.
Lt. Frank M. Thompson of Raleigh, N.C., served in the 6th Infantry, 15th Machine Gun Battalion, 5th Division, was killed by machine gun fire at St. Mihiel, France in September 1918.
Lt. Thomas J. Bullock from Henderson, N.C., served in the 367th Infantry, U.S. Army, died in action at the Second Battle of the Marne in France on September 2, 1918.
Lyman A. Cotton of Salisbury, N.C., seated and wearing his U.S. Navy uniform, organized and commanded a flotilla of U.S. subchasers in the English Channel in 1918.
Major General Edward M. Lewis in his decorated U.S. Army uniform, commanded American troops with the 30th Division in World War I.

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