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Tara Singh (Joseph Tarao)

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Tara Singh born around 1885. Tara Singh served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1918 and the service was completed in 1919.

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Tara Singh was born on June 6, 1886 or March 25 or 3, 1885 in Kharody, British India. He came to the United States on February 8, 1910. He settled in California and worked as gardener throughout his life.

On April 29, 1916, Singh applied for U.S. naturalization.

On June 5, 1917, Singh registered for the draft. His World War I draft card recorded his race as Mongolian, lived at 106 4 St Danville ,and declared his intention for U.S. citizenship.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 27, 1918. He was assigned to Company F, 1st Infantry. Singh was honorably discharged on July 8, 1919.

After the war, Tara Singh returned to California. On July 29, 1919, Singh under the name Joe Tarao married Delfina Enriquez in Los Angeles. He petitioned for U.S. naturalization on August 21, 1919 as Tara Singh. On August 25, 1919 he petition was granted as Joe or Joseph Tarao U.S naturalization.

By 1930, Tarao resided at S 1540 Lincoln av in Los Angeles and worked as a gardener. He also registered as a Republican.

By 1942, Tarao was still working as a gardener. He lived at 484 Monte St Pasadena, California. His World War II draft card recorded his birth date as March 5,1885 and birth of place as India.

On February 16, 1952 Tara Singh/Joseph Tarao died. He is buried at Los Angeles National Cemetery under the latter name.

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