Jesse Elmer Shelton – WW1 Servicemen Sponsorship 2018

Jesse Elmer Shelton – WW1 Servicemen Sponsorship 2018

Sponsored by Wanda Barber

Life Before the War

When Jesse Elmer Shelton was born on February 24, 1896, in Richland, Navarro County, Texas, his father, Joshua F Shelton, was 35 and his mother, Laura Elizabeth (Dunn), was 20. He had one brother and three sisters.

At the time of Elmer’s enlistment in Army in 1916, the family is living in Troup.

World War 1 Service

Inducted Date and Location: July 26, 1916 – Camp Wilson, San Antonio, Texas

Army Serial Number: 1,493,199

Killed in Action: November 4,1918

Overseas: July 18, 1918 to Death

Unit: 9th Infantry, Co K

Elmer was 19 ½ years old when he joined.  He was sent to Camp Wilson for basic training.  Camp Wilson was located on the grounds of Fort Sam Houston.

Camp Wilson 1916

His initial enlistment company was the 3rd Infantry, Co C, Texas National Guard.  In September of 1917 his unit was renamed the 143rd Infantry, Co E.  The men were sent to Camp Bowie, Ft. Worth, Texas for further training before going overseas.

Elmer’s unit was engaged in combat at St. Mihiel, Mt. Blanc and Argonne.

He was wounded in action on October 19, 1918.

Jesse Elmer Shelton was buried in Bullard Cemetery located in Bullard, Smith County, Texas.

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