With Memorial Weekend soon coming up I would like to share these old photographs over several days, although not daily, until Memorial Day. Many men and women lost their lives while serving in the military and Memorial Day is when they are remembered. Roy LILLIE was not one of these men, he served in the U.S. military and was a veteran.
On 5 June 1917 when the World War I Draft Registration Card was filled out Samuel Royalty LILLIE was 22 and still working for his father on the home farm in Jefferson Precinct, Pope County, Illinois.
A year later in 1918 at the age of 23 Roy had his picture taken standing in full uniform in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois. The tall, slender man with grey eyes and dark hair, as he was described on the WWI draft card, was quite handsome in his uniform. He’d enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army on 31 Aug 1918.
More about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
and links to previous posts in the series can be found here.
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