U.S. ARMY Pvt. Elbert CODY III (b. 1894) ~ WWI Veteran of Warrenton, Georgia

Camp Gordon 1918-1919  - IPvt. Elbert CODY III (b. 1894) descends from a long line of Elberts in our family. He was Grandson [and namesake] to my 4th Great Grandfather, Elbert CODY (b. 1820), the son of Elbert II (b. 1847) and Lula CODY of Warrenton, Georgia. If you need help keeping up with our Elberts, just check here – A Tale of Many Elberts ~ CODY, DORSEY, DAWSON, WINGFIELD & STRINGER.

Elbert CODY III is my 1st Cousin, 4xs removed.

As I’ve shared, I was delighted to find Elbert and Zack JONES, Cousin Gwen’s Grandfather, being inducted together and sent to Atlanta’s Camp GORDON for war-training. I’d give anything to know what they talked about on that day or how they felt being sworn in. Or to hear their experiences as part of the newly formed Colored Troops!

Cousin Elbert served overseas from July 1918 to July 1919 with Company C 327th Service Battalion and was Honorably Discharged July 15, 1919.

He departed this life on December 3, 1950 and is buried at the Highland Park Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio; a Military Headstone marking his grave.

Camp Gordon 1918-1919 - IINegro Recruits Camp Gordon 1918

I’m still seeking to learn where he served and to find his name on an official Roster List. Finding historical documentation of our African American in service has proven to be quite the challenge, and was the genesis for my creating this blog.

Our men deserve better. They are deserving of honor and recognition for their service. We can’t allow their stories, service and memories to be blotted out of history.

As you can see, I’ve discovered more than a few images of Camp Gordon Negro recruits 1917-1918 online via the National Archives.

Who can say? I could very well be looking in the face of Cousins Elbert and Zack as they made their way to Camp Gordon!

I’m hopeful some of my CODY-DORSEY-JONES cousins will find a familiar face among these young men. Now wouldn’t that be something!:)

Elbert CODY III - WWI Service CardElbert CODY III – Georgia, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919

Elbert CODY III - Army Registration CardElbert CODY III – Army Registration Card 1917

Camp Gordon 1918-1919 - IIIAfrican American Soldiers at Camp Gordon listening to another Soldier read 1917-1918

Camp Gordon GA 1918 - IVCamp Gordon New Recruits receiving instruction – 1918 Georgia


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