My 4th cousin Henry was born 4 July 1893 in Lincecum – just outside of Selma – Grant Parish, Louisiana. He was one of six sons born to Dixie G. Lincecum (d. 1952) and Mary Ida Brister (d. 1950).
Henry married Zilla, daughter of Jonathan and Margarette Sketoe, about 1918, and the couple had three children. A son was Max Henry (d. 1981), and a daughter was Wytona (d. 2008).
While I wouldn't call Henry a "career" military man, he certainly stepped up at wartime. He entered into service with the United States Navy mid-December 1917. His initial training was at the Naval station in Great Lakes, Illinois. After surviving that, Henry went on to spend five months at the Harvard Radio School at Cambridge, Massachusetts. Per Wikipedia:
Training focused on raising the student’s Morse Code operating ability, measured at the rate of words per minute. Students were drawn from Naval Reserve stations around the country. A recruit was sent to Harvard upon reaching an aptitude of 10 words per minute; when he improved to 22 words per minute he was graduated and immediately transferred to the fleet.
Henry was transferred to the USS Missouri, and served until the 11 November 1918 armistice. The image below contains Henry's draft registration cards for both World Wars, as well as a Louisiana WWI service record.
When it came time to serve during World War II, Henry found a way. It is documented, in the early 1940s, that the blue-eyed and blonde-headed Henry served his country and fellow veteran soldiers by working at the U. S. Veterans Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Henry H. Lincecum died 15 October 1968. His remains rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Pineville, Louisiana. Zilla joined him 18 years later.
Are you wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts? I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off. Each day follows a different letter prompt, in order, from A to Z. Click here to see all my letter posts on one page (in reverse order). Though this is my second year in the challenge, it's my first with two blogs. My theme here is "kinfolk direct." Versus any name from the one name study, these genealogy and history posts all involve someone to which I am related. You may follow along with me by RSS feed and other social media platforms listed at the top of the sidebar. I and other bloggers in the challenge on Twitter will also be using #atozchallenge.
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