Mystery Military: William STRINGER (b. 1930) of Atlanta Georgia

William STRINGERI don’t have any family history to help with my Cousin William STRINGER (b. 1930) — yet!:)

I know he was the youngest child born to John STRINGER and Missie DORSEY of Atlanta, Georgia. William is Cousin Elbert’s baby brother.

I’ve always loved this image of William given to me by his only Sister [and my family research muse], Johnnie Mae STRINGER LONG (1923-2011). William looked GOOD in uniform!:)

There’s much work to be done to honor William’s ARMY Military Service. I’d like to know if he had any wartime service and where William was stationed.

Guide me William.



Parents John STRINGER & Missie DORSEY

Robert & Johnnie Mae LONG

Robert LONG & Johnnie Mae STRINGER (it appears Robert too was an ARMY man!:)

Ozzie & William STRINGER

Brothers Ozzie & William STINGER


WWI U.S. ARMY Pvt. Zack JONES (1891-1961) of Richmond, Georgia

Elbert CODY III & Zack Jones - Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Duty, 1917–1918Surprised doesn’t describe my feelings when I discovered Zack JONES (b.1891 – d. 1961), Grandfather of my Cousin Gwen STEGALL (Connected By Blood) being inducted into the Army on April 30, 1918 with Cousin Elbert CODY III in Warrenton, Georgia!

Focusing on Elbert CODY, I’d missed Zack’s name but he must have shouted out because I spotted him on a 2nd pass! Guess he said if you can poke around my family tree Luckie, you can make sure I’m recognized among my family!

And Cousin Zack is absolutely right!:)

After being inducted cousins Zack JONES and Elbert CODY were both sent to Camp GORDON in Atlanta for war-training.

From Zack’s WWI Service Card it doesn’t appear he was sent overseas. Much of his service from April 1918 to January 1919 was with the 157th Depot Brigade and Company B 403 Labor Battalion QMC, which is also inscribed on Zack’s military headstone at Cody Grove Baptist Church in Warrenton.

Perk JONESZack was Honorably Discharged on January 9, 1919. He returned to Warrenton where he would later marry Cousin Perk Jackson (b.1906 – d. 1959) and raise his family.

Zack JONES departed this life 31 May 1961 and was dearly loved by his family. I’m looking forward to Cousin Gwen sharing a few of Zack’s WWI stories with us!:)

Zack JONES - WWI Service CardZack JONES – Georgia, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919

Zack Jones - Army Registration CardZack JONES – Army Registration Card 1917

Additional Reading: To understand just how special finding Zack and Elbert being inducted together in 1918 is, visit Our Georgia Roots to read about how Cousin Gwen and I reconnected our CODY-DORSEY family line in 2010 – Sisters Ailey & Catie CODY: Separated By Slavery, Connected By Love

U.S. ARMY Sgt. Pierce DORSEY (b. 1891) ~ WWI Veteran of Athens, Georgia

Colored Troops of Camp [Fort] Jackson - Columbia, SC

It really just dawned on me this morning how I spend more time writing about Ancestors I have no memories or inherited history of, than those familiar to me. Seems these Ancestors fight hardest to be seen and heard, which does make sense. It’s the Ancestors we don’t know or remember that have the greatest possibility of being omitted [albeit inadvertently] from future narratives of our family’s history.

I’m thankful I got my descendant’s head on straight by taking time to share Great Uncle Pierce CODY’s life narrative. I should’ve never been so busy tracing the clues he deposited in his WPA Slave Narrative that I neglected to add more texture to the story of his 90+ year life. Forgive me Uncle Pierce!:)

And just as Ancestors work, as I was pulling together the story of Pierce [CODY], I discovered more than I ever knew about one of his namesakes, 1st cousin Pierce DORSEY, his sister Ailey and Elbert’s son!:)

Pierce DORSEY - Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Duty, 1917–1918Pierce DORSEY (b. 1891) was inducted into the U.S. Army on August 22, 1918 in Athens, Georgia. His training was conducted at Camp [Fort] Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. It *appears* he was assigned to Company D 346th Service Battalion, although me and my handy Military SMEs True LEWIS (Army) and Bernita ALLEN (Air Force) are still tracking down Pierce’s Roster and company details.

Cousin Pierce was sent overseas to serve almost immediately (September 30, 1918 – July 15, 1919) and was appointed to Sergeant on October 1, 1918. He was Honorably Discharged on July 23, 1919, where he returned to his wife Louise in Athens, Clarke County Georgia. In 1923 Pierce and Louise welcomed a son, Robert.

I’d mentioned to Bernita just last week how I had an Ancestor nudge telling me I was overlooking our family men with military service. Clearly, this is true!:)

Given Fort Jackson is a mere 70 miles from my home, the kids and I will travel there soon to visit the U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum. I want to learn more about what Pierce and other WWI negro servicemen encountered in 1918, given I know many (including Pierce) returned in 1919 to experience Red Summer and Jim Crow brutalities in FULL effect.

The above image of Camp Jackson’s Negro Troops was taken in 1918. I’d like to believe my Cousin, Sgt. Pierce DORSEY was among the proud men standing there. I have Cousin Gwen (Ailey’s 3rd Great Granddaughter) polling the family for an image of Pierce too!:)

Pierce lived to be 90 years old, passing December 26, 1983. I’ve included the Army service records of his I could find, and am proud to have had the honor of updating his Fold3 Memorial Page.

Neither U.S. Army Sgt. Pierce DORSEY nor his WWI Service will ever be forgotten — by anyone.


Pierce DORSEY - Georgia, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919

Pierce DORSEY – Georgia, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919

Pierce DORSEY - Army Registration Card 1918

Pierce DORSEY – Army Registration Card 1917

Camp Jackson 1918

Camp [Fort] Jackson, Columbia SC – 07.05.1918

The American Negro in The World War - Emmett J. ScottAnd if you REALLY need to be schooled on the military history of African American servicemen and the politics [and challenges] surrounding our integration of the armed services, read Emmett J. SCOTT’s The American Negro in The World War of 1919.

A Complete and Authentic Narration, from Official Sources, of the Participation of  AMERICAN SOLDIERS OF THE NEGRO RACE

Emmett J. SCOTT was the Special Adjutant to Secretary of War and for 18 years served as the Private Secretary of Booker T. WASHINGTON.

His narrative is first-account history we’ll never have privy to again, and the images of our servicemen (reference Illustrations) are enduring. They made me SO PROUD!:)


WWI Service of Pierce DORSEY Recognized in Athens GA News 1917 & 1922

Thanks to a tip from Athens Historian Al HESTER, I discovered two news articles recognizing Pierce DORSEY’S military service in WWI from the historic Athens Herald, 1917 and 1922!:)

500 Registrants Have Been Called – Athens Daily Herald
Tuesday, 21 August 1917 [Click to enlarge image]
Note: Pierce DORSEY is listed on the 4th column, 9 names down from top

Pierce DORSEY WWI Call To Duty

Clarke County Colored Men Who Served in The United States Army During World War – Athens Daily Banner
Saturday, 1 July 1922 [Click to enlarge image]
Note: Piece DORSEY is 4th column; upper 1/4th of page

Pierce DORSEY - WWI Service July 1, 1922

Reference: Athens Historic Newspapers Archive : Georgia Historic Newspapers