John William Tarter
Submitted by: T.J. Cullinane, community historian
John William Tarter born around 1895, John Tarter served in World War 1 with the United States Army . The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1919.
Story of Service
John William Tarter was a soldier of the Great War who was felled by to disease rather than German bombs and bullets.
He was born in Hartline, Washington on April 3, 1895 to Joseph Henry Tarter (1862 – 1925) and the former Nancy Ann Epperley (1864 – 1945). Hartline is a small town in Grant County located in central Washington. Tarter had four siblings: Joseph Clinton Tarter, Bonnie B. Tarter Neal (1886 – 1983), Maude D. Tarter Zetty (1890 – 1979), and Lonnie Clinton (1893 – 1966).
From John’s draft registration card, we learn that was tall with a medium build and had blue eyes and dark brown hair. When the United States entered the war in 1917, John was employed as a miner with the Federal Mining and Smelting Company in neighboring Shoshone County, Idaho.
At some point in 1917, John journeyed back home and enlisted in the Washington National Guard. He was given serial number 76284 and assigned to Company H of the 2nd Infantry Regiment. The insignia for this unit can be seen on the collar disc affixed to John’s uniform in his Army photo. John’s unit was called into federal service on March 25, 1917. In a series of consolidations carried out by the War Department, John’s unit was combined with elements of the 3rd Infantry Regiment belonging to the District of Columbia National Guard. The new unit was re-flagged as the 161st Infantry Regiment and assigned to the 41st Infantry Division.