WWI at Home Pt 16
R. Lisle Smith of Cheney joined the United States Navy Hospital Corps on June 12, 1917. He was promoted to Hospital Apprentice 1st Class in October 1917.
George Trulll of Cheney joined the United States Navy on June 12, 1917. He served at the Puget Sound Navy Yard as a Carpenter’s Mate in the Artificer Branch. An artificer is a skilled craftsman or mechanic.
Originally from Richland, Washington, Normal School student William J. Dunning entered the United States Marine Corps on June 13, 1917. He served with the U.S. Marine Band.
J.E. Tomblin of Ione, Washington was attending the Normal School when he enlisted in the United States Navy on June 15, 1917. He served with the Hospital Corps and was sent to the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Rex E. Minnick enlisted at Portland on June 16, 1917 to the Enlisted Reserve Corps. He served with the 18th Engineers in France from August 1917 at Bordeaux, Tours, St Nazaire, and le Havre before returning to the States in July 1919.
Normal School student James A. Lybecker, of Fairfield, enlisted in the Army May 28, 1917. He attended officer’s training and was commissioned a Lieutenant in May 1918. On July 4th of that year he was shipped out from Palo Alto for France where he was, as he reported, “slightly wounded in arm and leg on arrival.”