Monday, September 2, 2013

Military Monday: Sidney T. Carter

"Military Monday" is a daily prompt suggested by Geneabloggers focusing on ancestors who have served in the military.

Washington Times (Washington, DC)
July 7, 1918


"Missing in Action" is the message received by by James E. Carter, a farmer of Vienna, Va., concerning his ninth and youngest son, Private Sidney T. Carter, of the marine corps.  Carter has nine sons, two of them in the military service and the others heads of families scattered over the United States who are too old to be included in the draft.  The wife who reared the nine sons was buried a year ago Fourth of July, and the old man is living alone on his farm at Vienna "doing his bit.

Known in Capital.  The youngest son, Sidney, who is missing in action, has been in Washington several times and has a host of friends here.  He is an expert rubber man, and prior to his enlistment was employed by the Goodrich Rubber Company, of Akron, Ohio.  He also has been employed by commission merchants in this vicinity.  In Alexandria he was employed by the May commission merchants and jobbers, and in Baltimore he was connected with Chesapeake Jobbers Association.  Private Carter was born in Prince William county, Virginia, and seven years ago moved to his father's farm at Vienna, whence he went to Alexandria, Baltimoe and Akron, starting a business career.  He is twenty-seven years old.

Another is Chaplain.  Lieut. Josiah Carter, the eighth son, is a chaplain in France with General Pershing.  He last year was given a commission as first lieutenant and, because so many ministers of his denomination were commissioned, the War Department anticipated keeping him from embarking to France.  He went to the commanding officer of his training camp and said:  "General, if you intend to keep me here I want to resign my commission and go as a private rather than stay here."  Whereupon the general asserted that Young Carter was the right kind of a chaplain to have among fighting men and made arrangements to have Carter attached to a regiment as chaplain.

Washington Times - July 7, 1918

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