The records of WWI draft registrations for Berrien County, Georgia give H.C. Futch’s full name as Hartridge Columbus Futch.
On Sept 12, 1918 when registering for the draft, Hartridge gave his permanent residence as Ray City, Berrien, Georgia, although he was already working at Camp Wheeler, GA at the time. His occupation was carpentry. He was described as medium height, medium build, with blue eyes and black hair. He listed his wife, Ethel Estelle Futch, as next of kin. D.A. Sapp signed his draft card as the registrar. The birth date given on his record confirms the date found on the faded marker found at his grave in Beaver Dam Cemetery, Ray City, GA. Hartridge Columbus Futch was a son of Julia Ann Taylor and John M. Futch.
Construction on Camp Wheeler, named for Confederate cavalry General Joseph Wheeler, began in July, 1917. Camp Wheeler, located just east of Macon at Holly Bluff, would become the temporary home to tens of thousands of “Doughboys” on their way to the WWI battlefields of Europe.
Later, Camp Wheeler would serve a whole new generation of soldiers as a training camp for WWII.
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