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Charles R. Williams

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Charles R. Williams born around 1894, Charles Williams 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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Private Charles R. Williams was born in British East India on September 5, 1894 . He immigrated to the United States in 1904 and settled in Baltimore, Maryland. Williams married Mary E. at some point prior to his military service. Mary was from D.C. and was black.

Williams was inducted into the U.S. Army on September 10, 1918. He was first assigned to the 152 Depot Brigade at Camp Upton, New York until November 8, 1918. His next assignment was the colored unit 446 Res Lab Battalion.

He left for France on July 30, 1918 from New York City on the ship Megantic with an unassigned unit, but part of the 6th Division.

Williams departed from Brest, France on June 28, 1919 with Company 436, Motor Supply Train 413 on the ship Mount Vernon. He arrived to Hoboken, New Jersey for Camp Merritt on July 1919.

Private Willams was honorably discharged on May 21, 1919. The Maryland in the World War 1917-1919 Military and Naval Service Records, listed his race as Colored (Black) and birth place as East India.

After the war, Williams returned to Maryland. He was naturalized in 1919. By 1920, Williams and wife lived in Baltimore . He worked as laborer at a chemical factory and was naturalized. His 1920 census recorded his native tongue as East Indian LC, which meant language of country. However, East Indian was crossed out. The census also recorded his race as black and birth place as India.

On Jan 17,1930, Charles Williams was admitted into the Southern Branch of the U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers at age of 36 in Hampton, Virginia. He was having problems with his jaw and legs. One possible explanation for his problem is his jaw and legs were injured in some way in France. Southern Branch recorded his birth place as East India, complexion as colored, and religion as Protestant.

Williams was transferred to the Roseburg Branch of the organization in Roseburg, Oregon on July 29, 1931.He was sent back to Southern branch on August 9, 1930 and discharged from there on February 19, 1932.

By 1940, at age of 45 Williams and Mary in D.C. His 1940 Census recorded his citizenship as alien, birth of place as India, race as Negro (Black), and unable to work.

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