Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Record Group 391: Records of Battery D, 129th Field Artillery

Dates: 1917-1919

The records of Battery D, 129th Field Artillery, provide administrative information about the unit primarily during the period of its service in France in 1918 and 1919. They give information about enlistments, discharges, furloughs, transfers, training, promotions, equipment, medical problems, disciplinary actions, pay allotments, and disbursements. They do not include reports about action in combat experienced by the unit. The records are copies of original documents in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: About 800 pages
Access: Open
Copyright: The records are copies of the original documents in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration. The records are in the public domain.
Processed by: Anita M. Holland (1993)


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HISTORICAL NOTE, 129TH FIELD ARTILLERY

1917, Aug. 5 Mobilized as 2nd Missouri Field Artillery, Kansas City, Missouri
1917, Sept. 26 Entrained for Camp Doniphan, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma
1918, March 31 Advance detail, including Lt. Harry S. Truman, departed for France to receive training at the 2nd Corps Field Artillery School at Chatillon-sur-Seine
1918, May 20 Sailed for France via England
1918, June-Aug. Stationed at various locations in northern and northeastern France
1918, Sept. 26-Oct. 2 In action in the Argonne-Meuse offensive
1918, Nov. 9 In action near Conflans and Metz
1919, Jan-April Stationed near Bar-le-Duc, LeMans and Brest
1919, April 9 Sailed for the United States
1919, April 20-30 Stationed in New Jersey and New York
1919, April 30 Entrained for Kansas City and Ft. Riley, Kansas
1919, May 6 Final discharge at Camp Funston, Ft. Riley, Kansas

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The records of Battery D, 129th Field Artillery, provide administrative information about the unit primarily during the period of its service in France in 1918 and 1919. They give information about enlistments, discharges, furloughs, transfers, training, promotions, equipment, medical problems, disciplinary actions, pay allotments, and disbursements. They do not include reports about action in combat experienced by the unit. The records are copies of original documents in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration.

The records are arranged in a subject file. Two "Correspondence Books" index a body of correspondence by the name of the person involved and provide a brief description of the purport of each item. These two books apparently do not list items from the three folders of correspondence that are present in this file group. There is some correlation, however, between the listings in the correspondence books and the material in the other folders. The extent of correlation is uncertain, but at least some of the items listed in the correspondence books are present in these folders. Harry S. Truman is a frequent correspondent in this material.

Other collections in the holdings of the Truman Library that relate to Battery D, 129th Field Artillery, and to the military career of Harry S. Truman include the following: the Papers of Harry S. Truman Pertaining to Family, Business and Personal Affairs (Correspondence File and Military File); Records of the Missouri National Guard, Office of the Adjutant General, State of Missouri (eight pages relating to Truman's service in the Missouri National Guard); Record Group 15, Truman's Veterans Administration benefits claim folder, 1927-73; Record Group 120, records of the American Expeditionary Forces General Headquarters, 1917-19, and documents relating to the 35th Division, U.S. Army, from September 11, 1918 to March 26, 1919; Record Group 407, military personnel file of Harry S. Truman, 1917-55; the papers of Rufus B. Burrus (U.S. Army File), Lorain H. Cunningham, Edward Jacobson, and L. Curtis Tiernan; and the records of the 35th Division Association.

The following oral history interviews also relate to Battery D and Truman's military career: Mary Ethel Noland (OH 19), Frederick J. Bowman (OH 96), Ted Marks (OH 5), Carleton Kent (OH 164), Cornelius J. Mara (OH 127), Ruby Jane Hall (OH 360), Tom L. Evans (OH 28), William J. Bray (OH 21), Matthew J. Connelly (OH 70), Edward T. Folliard (OH 83), John W. Meador (OH 313), Floyd T. Ricketts (OH 243), Robert L. Riggs (OH 114), John W. Snyder (OH 404), Harry H. Vaughan (OH 11), Arthur W. Wilson (OH 122), Vere C. Leigh (OH 58), Eugene Donnelly and Edward Meisburger (OH 397), and Mrs.Francis H. Montgomery (OH 331).

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1 SUBJECT FILE, 1917-19
Correspondence, correspondence registers, memoranda, personnel records, disciplinary charge sheets, equipment lists, pay allotment forms, receipts and rosters relating to Battery D, 129th Field Artillery, during World War I. The series contains administrative information about Battery D, rather than descriptive information about its movements and combat experience. Arranged alphabetically by type of document or subject and thereunder chronologically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1

    SUBJECT FILE, 1917-19
  • Correspondence Book [I], July 1917-March 1918
  • Correspondence Book [II], August 1917-March 1919
      [1 of 2]
      [2 of 2]
  • Correspondence
      [1 of 3, February-August 1918]
      [2 of 3, September 1918-January 1919]
      [3 of 3, February 1919 and undated]
  • Disciplinary Charge Sheets, November 1917-March 1919
  • Equipment Lists, Battery D
  • Furloughs and Passes
  • Pay Allotments
  • Rosters
  • War Risk Insurance
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