Letters Home From Soldiers During World War I-19170604

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From Tyler Daily Courier-Times, June 4, 1917:

Tyler Boy Serving on U. S. S. Jupiter

It is not generally known in Tyler that there is a citizen of Tyler serving on the Collier Jupiter, which has just arrived in France with ten thousand tons of wheat, but it is a fact.

About three years ago Lee Wallace, son of Mrs. Floy Wallace, enlisted in the navy and has recently been placed on the Jupiter. He was night baggage agent at the Union depot.

Of course, the relatives and friends of the young man are expecting that he will make good, and he is doing that very thing. He is a young man of fine character.


Lee Morris Wallace was born 31 May 1894 in Texas to Williamson Albert Wallace and wife Florence “Floy” Jarvis Wallace. Florence “Floy” Jarvis is the daughter of Thaddeus Warsaw Jarvis and wife, Louisa T. Caylor Jarvis.

Lee Morris Wallace enlisted in the Navy at the Recruiting Station at Dallas Texas on February 17, 1914. He was 19 years 8 months old at that time. His home address was 1505 North Fannie St., Tyler, Texas. He served on the U. S. S. Jupiter from April 6, 1917 to June 27, 1917 as a Coxswain and served again from August 11, 1917 to January 3, 1918 as a Boatswains Mate 1Class. He also served on the U. S. S. Bavaria from January 4, 1918 to February 18, 1918. He was discharged on June 14, 1919 at the Recruiting Station at Dallas, Texas.

L. M. Wallace and Ruby Fite were married 23 December 1920 as filed in Volume 24 Page 459 of the Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas. I have not found any children born to Lee and Ruby Wallace. I also have not found if they divorced or Ruby Wallace died. In 1942 I found a marriage between Lee Morris Wallace and Mary Dell Shipley as shown on Ancestry.com Collin County, Texas, Marriage Index, 1800-2010 [database on-line] Original data: Collin County, Texas. Marriage Index. McKinney, Texas: Collin County Vital Records Department.

Lee Morris Wallace died 12 February 1962 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. L. M. “Shorty” Wallace and wife Mary Dell Wallace (1910-1995) are buried at the Mills Cemetery in Garland, Dallas County, Texas as shown by a findagrave.com entry created by EJ Brown on 7 March 2005, Memorial #10573984.

Information about the U. S. S. Jupiter can be found here at http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/02/0203.htm.

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