Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Treasure Chest Tuesday -- Lyle L. Carringer U.S. Marines Muster Roll Card - July 1918

 Today's Treasure Chest document is the July 1918 U.S. Marines muster roll entry for Lyle L. Carringer in San Diego, California:

The entry for Lyle L. Carringer is near the bottom of the top page of the image:

The transcription of the record is:

"[No.] 6   Carringer, Lyle L.  [Enlisted] 7 May [19]17   [Remarks]  SD Salesman PE."

The source citation for this muster roll is:

U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 September 2018), T977 > US Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1893-1958 > Roll 0144, Sheet No. 5 (image 279 of 434), Lyle L. Carringer entry; original data in U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1893-1958. Microfilm Publication T977, 460 rolls. ARC ID: 922159. Records of the U.S. Marine Corps, Record Group 127; National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Lyle L. Carringer enlisted in the United States Marines Reserve on 7 May 1917 at the Marine Barracks in San Diego, California as a Private in MCRs Class 4.  There are 24 muster cards like this one from May 1917 to December 1921 with some cards missing.  He served throughout his enlistment in San Diego.

From July 1917 through September 1918, the "Remarks" for his service were similar - "SD Salesman PE."  I finally figured out that this meant that he was a salesman in the San Diego Post Exchange, which I believe was in Balboa Park in San Diego.  The family story is that he served in the "PX," essentially a store for Marine personnel.  I found two other men who served in the Post Exchange - one with a Salesman job and the other with a Clerk job

I don't know how much time these Reserves had to put in each day or week - perhaps it was a full-time job.  Lyle was married in June 1918 and I believe that he commuted to this job in Balboa Park - probably on the streetcar (down 30th street to downtown San Diego), and then up the Balboa Park streetcar line to the Marine encampment.

From what I can tell, everyone on these Muster Rolls for San Diego in the 1917 to 1921 time frame were in the Reserves, serving in non-combatant positions so that the active service men could be on or supporting the war front.  Other "Remarks" note that the Privates served at the Post QuarterMaster office, the Radio Station, the Navy Fuel Depot, as a cook, as a messman, a plumber, a truck driver, a painter, a motorocycle driver, a post librarian, rifle range, a clerk, etc.  If someone was in the hospital, that was noted.  

Lyle was very proud to have served his country.  Here he is in his Marine uniform:

Lyle L. Carringer (1891-1976) is my maternal grandfather, who married Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) on 19 June 1918 in San Diego.


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