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    I recently obtained a wonderful piece of militaria brought home by an "Army Balloon Corps Observer". His name was Clarence Reed Evans. Is there anyway to get any information on this soldier. A moderately quick search on the net yielded no joy.

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    There is no Clarence (R.) Evans, assigned to the air service corps, listed in the Ohio Roster Volume 5.

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    Thanks. He may have been from Arizona?

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    Call the National WWI museum in Kansas City. They have a pretty good database and someone might be willing to look for you...
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    ebeeby, Thanks for the suggestion. I will give it a try.

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    No joy. His name may be Clarence Read Evans from Union City, Indiana. His date of birth on his draft card is May 31, 1917 and obvious mistake. No contacts at the Kansas City National WW1 museum. Are there any balloon corps specific sites?

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    it's a long shot, but you might want to try National Personnel Records Center, just keep in mind they had a fire back in 1973 where 80 percent of those records were destroyed from 1912-1960


    https://www.archives.gov/personnel-r...tary-personnel

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    Gotcha; how's this?


    Clarence R Evans in the U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939


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    Name: Clarence R Evans
    Departure Date: 31 Jan 1918
    Departure Place: New York, New York
    Address: Rfd #41
    Residence Place: Union City, Iowa
    Father: Aaron L Evans
    Ship: No 501
    Military Unit: SC
    Rank: Private
    Notes: Enlisted Men Below Grade 16 8th Balloon Company 3rd Balloon Squadron Aviation Section, Signal Corps
    Search Photos: No image available
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    Thanks Shooter 5 but his middle name is Reed or Read. I found one hit on Ancestry.com. He was in a Balloon outfit.

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    Additional info:
    Clarence R Evans in the Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1930-1960


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    Name: Clarence R Evans
    Marriage Date: 16 Sep 1931
    Spouse: Ema Lussenhop
    Marriage Location: Cook County, IL
    Marriage license: {6E6AEF13-FC98-4FD8-B8C6-5B0A8259A562}
    File Number: 1324300
    Archive Collection Name: Cook County Genealogy Records (Marriages)
    Archive repository location: Chicago, IL
    Archive repository name: Cook County Clerk
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    Shooter 5, You nailed it!!! Thank you. The piece of history and this soldier's info will be forever linked. Jeff

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    You betcha; glad to assist. Have a great 4th of July. You can probably locate much for information now that you have the specific unit and troop transport ship name. Additional info:

    http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/173016.htm

    http://www.shipscribe.com/usnaux/ww1/ships/id3016.htm

    https://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/Onl...h-s/id3016.htm

    http://swansongrp.com/troopships_history.html

    https://www.gjenvick.com/Military/Wo...eGreatWar.html

    https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/...html?start=176



    Clarence R. Evans in the Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947


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    Name: Clarence R. Evans
    Birth Date: 31 May 1890
    Birth Place: Darke County, Ohio
    Death Date: 21 Jan 1947
    Death Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
    Burial Date: 23 Jan 1947
    Burial Place: Worth, Cook, Illinois
    Cemetery Name: Oakhill
    Death Age: 56
    Occupation: Engineer
    Race: White
    Marital status: M
    Gender: Male
    Residence: Chicago, Cook, Ill.
    Father Name: Aaron Evans
    Father Birth Place: U. S. A.
    Mother Name: Jenny Reed
    Mother Birth Place: U. S. A.
    Spouse Name: Erna
    Comments: Veteran I World War
    FHL Film Number: 1991464

    There is an obituary link which might have more information but I don't have the subscription:

    Clarence Read Evans in the Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current











    Name: Clarence Read Evans
    Gender: Male
    Death Age: 50
    Birth Date: abt 1897
    Death Date: Abt 1947
    Death Place: H 5 t Balmornl NV
    Obituary Date: 23 Jan 1947
    Obituary Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    Spouse: Erna

    Clarence Evans in the Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current













    Name: Clarence Evans
    Gender: Male
    Death Age: 56
    Birth Date: abt 1891
    Residence Place: Union City
    Death Date: Abt 1947
    Obituary Date: 24 Jan 1947
    Obituary Place: Richmond, Indiana, United States of America
    Spouse: Erma
    Siblings: Bruce Evans
    Benjamin Evans
    Paul Evans
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    Note: It is odd that his middle name is "Read" per his signature and Draft Card but his mother's maiden name was "Reed"

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