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In 1919 Congress passed an act directing the U.S. Department of War to compile a summary of each WWI veteran’s wartime record and provide this information to each state. The information taken from the veterans’ service records and placed on 4 x 6 index cards include full name, serial number, race, place inducted, place of birth, unit assignments, ranks attained, engagements fought in, wounds received, dates served overseas, date of demobilization, and degree of disability (if any). This database includes information taken from these cards, as well as a digitized image.
In March 1920 the State of Washington passed the Veterans’ Equalized Compensation Act, or the “Veterans’ Bonus” as it was known. Under the act, every “bone fide resident of Washington” at the time of enlistment would be eligible for bonus payment for every month served overseas. In order to apply, the veteran supplied evidence of service such as discharge papers. The World War I Service Cards, made available from the U.S. Department of War in October 1920, were used to authenticate the claims.
In addition to the World War I Service Cards, the Washington State Archives has all of the Veterans’ Bonus Applications which include an extensive application form, copies of the discharge papers, and significant other information about the veterans. These records are not included in this database, but can be obtained by contacting the Washington State Archives.
To obtain a copy of this record or to learn about related records, contact the Washington State Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org
Database: Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans’ Bonus Records, World War I Service Statement Cards. ONLINE 2009, Washington State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State. Transcribed/Proofread by Sam Cagle, Olympia, WA; Dick Allen, Olympia, WA; Cindi Bleazard, Pasco, WA; Bob Bush, Richland, WA; Michael Beaumont, Mill Creek, WA; Miklos Csibrany, Olympia, WA; Kathy Dunham, Shelton, WA; Crystal Dingler, Ocean Shores, WA; Jean Fisher, Maple Valley, WA; Forest Gilchrist, Olympia, WA; Pamela Hill, Bothell, WA; Jim Huggins, Olympia, WA; Henry Kayser, Richland, WA; Diana Klock, Bainbridge Island, WA; Jeannett Casey, McKenna, WA; Mary Davis, Tumwater, WA; Tamlee McGary, Mesa, WA; Sue Countryman, Yuma City, CA; Gloria Sanders, Kalama, WA; Jacquie Sands, Toledo, WA; Teddy Markhart, Allyn, WA; Emma Weiss, McCleary, WA; Brian Meyers, Cheney, WA; Ann Minter, San Bernardino, CA; Carolyn Ferguson, Vancouver, WA; Elizabeth Hoffman, Federal Way, WA; Darleen Stephens, Kent, WA; Peggy Beerbower, Shelton, WA; Patty Coughlin, Castle Rock, WA; Narda McNally, Okanogan, WA; Chuck Nelson, Vancouver, WA; Karen Daniels, Electric City, WA; Sheila Thayer, Seattle, WA; Eunice Duncan, Bothell, WA; Jarlee McCormick, Chehalis, WA; Lorie Parkhurst, Taholah, WA; Amber Brock, Seattle, WA; Rochelle Potter, Olympia, WA; Stan Staniforth, Bellevue, WA; Sandy Beames, Olympia, WA; Vanessa Stanley, Dupont, WA; Sally Swank, Shoreline, WA; Gene Burt, Seattle, WA; Beverly Jones, Spokane, WA; Louise Jones, Aurora, CO; Joe Drazan, Walla Walla, WA; Joyce Nelson, Olympia, WA; Carylon Viuhkola, Clackamas, OR; Jean Hirsch, Colville, WA; Joseph Coorough, Olympia, WA; Roger Newman, Shelton, WA; Gordon Merritt, Seattle, WA; Rose Brownfield, Rochester, WA; Sherry Santo, Rochester, WA; Cheryl Gunselman, Pullman, WA; Pat Harper, Olympia, WA; Marlene Schinnell, East Olympia, WA; Donna Turben, Touchet, WA; Marlene Stakkeland, Royal City, WA; Peggy Booth, Seattle, WA; Linda Smyth, Silverdale, WA; Joshua Matthews, Olympia, WA; Susan Koehler, Sequim, WA; Frances Baker-Spuler, Otis Orchards, WA; Kim Rancans, Burien, WA; Jeri Plumb, Everett, WA; Sylvia Richards, Olympia, WA; Sheila Spencer-Lein, Black Diamond, WA; Stephen and Lynne Baylor, Arlington, WA; Ina Engel, Mukilteo, WA; Vianna Jensen, George, WA; Dana von Veh, Seattle, WA; William and Joyce Wright, Kennewick WA; and Diane Mitchell, Regina Joseph, Mary Hammer, Devin McCosh, Terri Nelson and Andrea Watts, Office of the Secretary of State, Olympia, WA.
Source: Washington State Archives. Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans’ Bonus Records, World War I Service Statement Cards.
Original record held by the Washington State Archives, Olympia, WA.
All records are in English.
View the WWI Serviceman Glossary here.