Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Treasure Chest Tuesday -- Lyle L. Carringer U.S. Marines Muster Roll Card - March 1919

Today's Treasure Chest document is the March 1919 U.S. Marines muster roll entry for Lyle L. Carringer in San Diego, California:

The entry for Lyle L. Carringer is in the middle of the bottom page of the image:

The transcription of the record is:

"8   Carringer, Lyle L.    7 May 17 [Enlisted]   Jd. by S/Rs. fr. MB, San Diego, Cal.

                                                                           29 Mar 19.  Home address 2054 Harrison
                                                                           Ave., San Diego, Cal."

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 0166, Sheet No. 841 (image 58 of 651), March 31, 1919, 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 December 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.  

This is the first card with something different in the "Remarks."  This is because, of course, World War I had ended in November 1918.  I don't know what "Jd. by S/Rs" means, but I can figure out that on 29 March 1919 something happened - perhaps he was moved to an inactive status, and his home address was 2054 Harrison Avenue in San Diego.

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.

Lyle was very proud to have served his country.  Here he is in his Marine uniform, all 5 feet 7 inches and 125 pounds of him:

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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