1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 8, 2020 8:06 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking WWI Standing Order No. 89


      I have discovered in WWI muster rolls that my grandfather, Oswin P Rands, was "transferred as Wagoner from Wagoner per SO 89, Ex. 3, HQ. 57th F.A. Brigade June 13/18." (See FamilySearch.org Film # 106303505, image 1161)  I assume that SO 89, Ex. 3 means the transfer was documented in a standing order no. 89.  Are these documents available for public access?

        • Re: Seeking WWI Standing Order No. 89
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Rands,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          “SO” in this context normally refers to special orders, as opposed to general orders (GO).


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Records of Field Artillery Brigades, 1917 - 1919 in the Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (Record Group 120) that includes records of the 57th Field Artillery Brigade.  We also located Records of Divisions, 1917 - 1920 in Record Group 120 that includes the 32nd Division and files of the 57th Field Artillery Brigade in Entry P 1241-32, box numbers 26 or 27. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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