Honorable Discharge August 9, 1919 | LETTERS FROM A DOUGHBOY, David Jesse Shumaker

DAVID JESSE SHUMAKER WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED FROM THE AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES ON AUGUST 9, 1919.

Damaged from age, his Honorable Discharge is now virtually impossible to read – I can make out only a few words here and there. WWI records from the U.S. government show that David did indeed receive it on August 9, 1919.

These twenty-eight letters that David Jesse Shumaker wrote to his family back home during World War I will be compiled as my mother compiled them, and published into the same book that she made single copies of, titled Letters from a Doughboy. I’ll let you know here in the blog when the book is available.

If you want to know more about how the American soldiers came to be called “Doughboys”, and how the American Expeditionary Forces were the precursor to the modern United States Army, here is the first in an excellent series of articles by The National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.

https://www.theworldwar.org/learn/about-wwi/doughboys

Here is David Jesse Shumaker’s WWI Honorable Discharge of August 9, 1919, and his Enlistment Record issued the same day.


Here are some additional items of family interest that my mother included on the same page in her original book Letters from a Doughboy. Enjoy!

David Jesse Shumaker at the National Maritime Union of America River Boatmens Conference, St. Louis, MO, 1944. He is third from right, third from top, wearing a tie but no coat.
David Jesse Shumaker at the National Maritime Union of America River Boatmens Conference, St. Louis, MO, 1944. He is third from right, third from top, wearing a tie but no coat.
Back of the photo above, with notation in Catherine Shumaker Brinson's handwriting. David Jesse Shumaker at the National Maritime Union of America River Boatmens Conference, St. Louis, MO, 1944. He is third from right, third from top, wearing a tie but no coat.
Back of the photo above, with notation in Catherine Shumaker Brinson’s handwriting.
Harry Edward Shumaker (son of David Jesse and Catherine Shumaker) and Bill Singleton, owners of S&S Air Service, were awarded the contract to distribute Mirex for the purpose of eradicating Fire Ants from three Mississippi counties along the Mississippi River in 1972. Edward Shumaker is pictured standing at far right.
Harry Edward Shumaker (son of David Jesse and Catherine Shumaker) and Bill Singleton, owners of S&S Air Service, were awarded the contract to distribute Mirex for the purpose of eradicating Fire Ants from three Mississippi counties along the Mississippi River in 1972. Edward Shumaker is pictured standing at far right.
Dr. Alan Brinson was an attending Neonatalogist for quadruplets born in Tupelo, MS. in 1990. Alan is the grandson of David Jesse Shumaker, and the son of Catherine Shumaker Brinson. He is pictured standing far right.
Dr. Alan Brinson was an attending Neonatalogist for quadruplets born in Tupelo, MS. in 1990. Alan is the grandson of David Jesse Shumaker, and the son of Catherine Shumaker Brinson. He is pictured standing far right.
Dr. Alan Brinson was an attending Neonatalogist for quadruplets born in Tupelo, MS. in 1990. Alan is the grandson of David Jesse Shumaker, and the son of Catherine Shumaker Brinson.
Dr. Alan Brinson was an attending Neonatalogist for quadruplets born in Tupelo, MS. in 1990. Alan is the grandson of David Jesse Shumaker, and the son of Catherine Shumaker Brinson.

If you would like high-resolution copies of any of these, just contact me and I’ll email them to you.

Did you enjoy this series of posts of WWI letters from David Jesse Shumaker to his family back home? Let me know in the comments below!

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