A Tradition of Service Logo 75Harold William Jenkins

Submitted by: Thomas H Jenkins (Son}


Harold William Jenkins was born around 1896. Harold William Jenkins served in World War 1 with the United States Army. The enlistment was in 1917 and the service was completed in 1918.

Story of Service


The story of my dad really is the story of 2 generations overlapping 3 wars.

Firstly my dad was a farmer from Missouri born 1896, and drafted in 1917 into the Army. He was initially stationed in Texas. It was later that he was shipped to France as a Sgt. that his tour ended.

Much of his stories were never told, for I was only a minor, born 1949 and my mother was born 1927, so big age difference. He begin to relay stories as I as growing, spending much of the summers with him on the street cars, the "LA RED CARS".

My dad passed in 1965 at LA County Hospital, after many visits to the Veterans hospital. Which to me, I was 14, was an time of seeing much suffering of that generation. I myself and my brother served in the Marines in Viet Nam era, being draft inducted. I now started to understand what it meant to be up on duty during a War.

Thanks to all those that served in all wars to end the previous wars, and Happy Birthday Dad.

Your son, Thomas H Jenkins USMC 1968-1979 27th Marines