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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Lists of Outgoing Passengers, 1917 - 1938 in the Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General (Record Group 92) that includes a William W. Wyrick of Soper, Oklahoma; Serial Number 3657430; Company K, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Division on the digitized listing (see the record below). His name is crossed off with a notation that he was transferred to the 34th Division Casual Detachment per War Department General Order Number 64, July 1918. We were unable to locate his name on other lists of outgoing passengers. We also searched Lists of Incoming Passengers, 1917 - 1938 in Record Group 92 but were unable to locate his name on the listing.
We searched online and located a copy of War Department General Order Number 64, July 1918. Pages 3 through 4 indicates that persons absent at the time of embarkation would be assigned to casual detachments.
The incoming and outgoing passenger lists are available through Ancestry.com as the data collection U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939. Ancestry also has the data collection U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942. This database is an indexed collection of the draft cards from the Fourth Registration, often referred to as the "old man's registration." William Wyrick’s registration card in this collection records his birth date as 24 August 1892. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Archives has partnered with Ancestry to make the vast majority of their NARA-digitized holdings freely available to the public. Anyone with Internet access can create an account and access NARA records and use other Ancestry resources, such as their educational offerings and family tree-maker application. For more information see their announcement at Free At-Home Education Resources From Ancestry® and Access to Nearly 500M National Archives Records.
We also searched online and located the unit history Twelfth U.S. Infantry, 1798-1919 that lists him as a member of Company A, 12th Infantry Regiment.
In addition, we located Records of Divisions, 1917 - 1920 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) that includes files of the 34th Division and its subordinate units, to include files on casual detachments. Plus, we located the Records of the 1st Through 338th and the 559th Infantry Regiment, 1916-1921 in the Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units (Record Group 391) that includes records of the 12th Infantry Regiment and the 135th Infantry Regiment. For access to and/or copies of these files, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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