Army papers transferring Leo W. Hamilton to Ft. Meade North Dakota dated July 5th 1932 along with a old and yellowed article clipped from a newspaper stating that this soldier has died...October 31st.
I purchased a box of miscellaneous papers and photographs at an auction quite some years ago. Among the papers is this sad collection of items is a certificate of promotion from Private to Corporal in the 4th Cavalry at Fort Meade, South Dakota dated June 1931.
His Honorable Discharge papers which also say he has re-enlisted July 1932. He enlisted July 1929. His papers list him as Corporal Machine Gun Troop, 4th Cavalry. He was born in Eureka, California and the paper states that he was 21years 3months at enlistment. His occupation at that time was listed as Lumber Grader.
Also found is a letter addressed to Leo from his friends who are evidently in the hospital in Fort Meade. They seem to be consoling Leo for a mishap that has made him ill. I think this letter reached Leo after he had the surgery that resulted in his death. There is also contained in this letter, a very interesting look at army life from the view of an enlisted man, his friends misdeeds, his interest in the nurses and his troubles with commanding officers.
The last piece of paper in this collection is a very old and yellowed clipping from a newspaper announcing the death of Leo W. Hamilton. A very sad collection from a very short life.