Recently I , along with the help of my brother, Don Wellman and husband Bob prepared dad's WW1 Navy uniform to donate to the Amboy IL Depot Museum. . Considering it was over 92 years ago, the wool uniform is in pretty good condition. .I purchased his old military records from National Personnel Records.. for his Military Personnel records ( these can be obtained by family members @ 9700 Page Avenue, St Louis Mo 63132.) Dad went into the Navy when he was very young. . He had left home at age 16 years to work on the Louisiana Pipeline after his mother died , and shortly returned to enlist into the Navy in 1917 to serve in the war effort. He was assigned on the USS Rainbow as a stores keeper , and was Yeoman 3rd class . Pictured is his ship at Boston yards 1920. Also photos of dad I put into a collage to display with his uniform.
The Amboy Depot Museum will be open today Nov 25th.. 1-4pm and welcomes all , open during the Amboy Christmas Walk.