Here is some information below. WW1 and WW2 Draft Registers (click on images to enlarge). https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/75318550/john-russell-bell
Name: John Russell Bell Gender: Male Race: White Age: 21 Years 10 Months Birth Date: abt 1895 Birth Place: Baltimore, MD. Residence Place: 6 Lewiston Ave., Arlington, Baltimore Co. Decorations: Order of St. Sava (Serbian) Military Year: 1917-1919 Military Place: Maryland, USA Comments: Ind 9/28/17 pvt; pvt 1c 12/1/17; corp 3/14/18, 154 Dep Brig; Co D 313 Inf 10/11/17; Co D 307 Am Tn 10/15/17, Deserted 5/17/18
Thank you so much for the info. Do you know how I can find out more? I am wondering why he deserted and what happened to him. I cannot find him in the 1920 or 1930 census. I have found a John Bell in 1930 housed at the Maryland House of Corrections in Jessup, MD that might be him. I'm trying to find more info on that person also.
Dear Ms. Taylor,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Records of the 1st Through 338th and the 559th Infantry Regiment, 1/1/1916 - 12/31/1921 in the Records of the U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391) that includes information about the 313th Infantry Regiment; Records of Ammunition Trains, 1917 - 1920 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) that includes information about the 307th Ammunition Train; and Court Martial Case Files, 1917 - 1938 in the Records of the Judge Advocate General (Army) (Record Group 153) for possible information about his courts-martial for desertion from the Army during WWI. The records are not yet digitized. For information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
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We suggest that you contact the Maryland State Archives for any information and/or records in their custody pertaining to the John Bell imprisoned in Jessup, Maryland.
You may wish to review these websites: The National World War I Museum & Memorial; 82d DIVISION (NA); World War I American Expeditionary Forces Table of Organization, 1917-1919; and 79th Infantry Division (United States), Summary of Operations in the World War for additional information and/or resources.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!