It’s Memorial Day and I’ve saved the best and the saddest for last. In this 1918 photograph Samuel Royalty “Roy” LILLIE marked himself with an x and his nickname. As Roy only served three and a half months in the U.S. Army as a Private he likely spent his entire service time at Camp Lewis near Tacoma, Washington. No location is given for this photograph but it most likely was taken at Camp Lewis.
The Standard B “Liberty” Truck was a U.S. Army 4 x 2 drive setup, 4-ton vehicle with open cab and wooden-spoke wheels. In 1917 during World War I the U.S. Army employed the first motorized military vehicles replacing the conventional horse-drawn wagon. Here Roy is standing with his Army buddies on the flatbed of the 3rd of 4 Liberty trucks, without canopy covers.
Roy’s nephew Everett was wounded in France on 6 June 1944 and died two days later. Please take a moment to honor him and others who lost their lives during wartime and while serving in the military. Old Photographs Saved From Trash Can ~ #11 In Remembrance of Everett Isaac LILLIE (1915-1944)
More about this collection, how it came to be in my possession,
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