The Fraudulent Enlistment and Honorable Discharge of Virgil Clarence Sirmans

Virgil Clarence Sirmans was born February 16, 1900 in Milltown, GA the son of Mary Langdale and Benjamin Franklin Sirmans. 

 In 1918, during World War I,  he was living in Ray City GA.  He traveled to Ft.  Oglethorpe, GA where on July 15, 1918 he enlisted as a private in the Regular Army.  He was 18 years old.

His service record shows that he was in the Infantry but was never assigned to a unit.  He was discharged after about 10 weeks, on Oct 1, 1918, with the notations, “Fraudulent Enlistment” and the further comment:

“Remarks: Under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved March 2, 1929. (Public #950-70th Congress), in the administration of any laws conferring rights, privileges or benefits, upon honorably discharged soldiers, their widows and dependent children, the above named soldier shall hereafter be held and considered to have been honorably discharged October 1, 1918.”

More Sirmans  family history can be viewed at but the question remains:

What was the “fraudulent enlistment”  that was serious enough to cause the discharge of Virgil Clarence Sirmans, but forgivable enough that he was retroactively granted an Honorable Discharge?

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