Just like today, persons serve in the United States military for economic or proof of loyalty. I remember watching a proud Latino being granted his citizenship at the Stadium of Fire Independence Day show in Provo, Utah, a few years ago. If you know your ancestor served and had not yet become a formal citizen due to the 5-year plus application process, he may have been awarded citizenship upon his return.
The Marine Corps muster rolls may divulge information about your Marine: his rank, unit, enlistments day, ship and other information. Active links this week's suggested sources are below.
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- United States, YMCA World War I Service Cards, 1917–1919. This unique collection of over 27,000 index cards includes names of people who served with the YMCA (Young Men Christian’s Association)—an organization that supported the troops by providing care to the sick and wounded as well as helping with other programs. The cards include names, addresses, religious affiliation, army service and other information.
- United States, Index to Naturalizations of World War I Soldiers, 1918. This is an index to over 18,000 records of individuals who served in World War I and were later naturalized.
- United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798–1937. Although not specific to World War I, these muster rolls include the period of World War I. They can tell you the rank and unit your ancestor served in, date of enlistment, name of ship, and other personal notes