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Hello everybody. So I recently found out I had a Great Uncle Marcus L. Owensby that served in the 3rd Pioneer Infantry, Co. F, AEF. He died in France in US hospital No. 1 in 1918. 

He had two brothers that I know filled out Draft Cards(found on fold3), but I have no idea whether or not they served. Fold3 has no records stating what unit they would have been in. Can anyone help me find out if they served?


his brothers names,

William Lee Owensby 1887-1936

James Roland Owensby 1890-1975





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Several documents on ancestry for 1,231,054 Private William Lee Owensby  - Company "L" Second Pioneer Infantry.


1.  Inducted into military service on 24 May 1918 and entrained for Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina:




2. Departed Norfolk, Virginia, 30 June 1918 aboard the Zeelandia for Europe:




3.  Departed Antwerp, Belgium, 16 October 1919 aboard the Pocohontas arriving Hoboken, New Jersey 31 October 1919: 




4. The Gaffney Ledger 10 March 1936:

WORLD WAR VETERAN PASSES SUNDAY NIGHT William L. Owensby, Cherokee Falls Man, to Be Buried Today. William Lee Owensby, 49, World war veteran, died at his home at Cherokee Falls at 10 o'clock Sunday night after an illness extending from October of last year until his death. Mr. Owensby was a member of the Second Pioneer Infantry, American Expeditionary Forces from July 13, 1918 until October 19, 1919. He saw service in France and was with the army of occupation in Germany. Funeral services will be held from the Cherokee Falls church at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon.



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