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Dytiari R. Singh

Submitted by: Tanveer Kalo

no photo 300Dytiari R. Singh served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The dates of service are: Known July 25, 1918 to February 5, 1919.


Private Dytiari R. Singh was born in Calcutta, British East India on May 4, 1896 to Tadan Singh and Kointa Podhan. He immigrated to the United States in 1914 and settled in Brooklyn, New York City.

Singh registered for the draft on June 5, 1917 in in Brooklyn. His draft card listed his race as white, marital status as married, and served in the British cavalry with the rank of private prior to his arrival to the U.S. The exact time he served with the cavalry could not be deciphered on the draft card.

Private Dytiari R. Singh was inducted into the U.S. military on July 25, 1918 at LB 25 New York, New York. He was assigned to 152 Depot Brigade at Camp Upton in Long Island, New York until August 26, 1918. Then he was assigned to ordinance training camp at Camp Hancock near Augusta, Georgia until October 1, 1918.

His final assignment was ordinance detachment in Sheffield, Alabama. until discharge. Sheffield was one of the locations for processing and creating explosives and powder using nitrate. Singh did not serve overseas during the war.

Private Dytiari R. Singh was honorably discharged on February 5, 1919 for immediate re-enlistment. He was then assigned to the 11th Coast Artillery Corps. On May 19, 1919, Singh and his unit left for Manila, Philippines from San Francisco, California on the ship Logan. They returned to San Francisco, California from Manila on the ship Thomas on June 14, 1922. After returning to the U.S., he was discharged at some point.

He returned to Brooklyn after his military service. By 1930, Dytiari was naturalized and worked as a proprietor in the industry of herbs. His 1930 census recorded his race as white, language as Hindustani, and marital status as married.

By 1940, at the age of 43, Singh lived as a lodger in Manhattan. His 1940 census recorded his race as Hindu (East Indian), single, and highest level of education as 4 years of high school.

Private Dytiari R. Singh died on June 10, 1962 at the age of 72. His interment was on June 21, 1962. Singh is buried at the Long Island National Cemetery in New York.

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