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Oral Longstreth of Oakwood, Illinois

Oral Longstreth was born 26 March 1895 in Oakwood, Illinois. According to the roster of the 5th Regiment Infantry, Illinois National Guard, he enlisted March 30, 1917 and reported for duty the same day at Danville, Illinois. He was an alto player in the original 5th Illinois Regimental Band.

He is not listed in the roster of Headquarters Company, 129th Infantry, 33rd Division, on its return to the United States nor in the list of former members. Paul indicates in his letter of November 9, 1917 that Oral had stayed with the 5th Band during the reorganization of the 33rd Division while Paul became part of the Signal Platoon, Headquarters Company, 129th Infantry.

He may have been among band members from the former Headquarters Company, 5th Illinois Infantry, who were transfered to the 304th Cavalry (later the 54th Field Artillery) which trained at Camp Stanley, twenty miles northwest of San Antonio, Texas. There is a picture of his sister Leah Longstreth which Paul B indicated was taken at Camp Stanley.

Source: Paul's photo album. Caption: Oral Longstreth

Oral Longstreth
Oral Hendrickson and Paul Hendrickson

Source: Paul's photo album. Caption: Oral Longstreth - Oakwood with me; Camp Parker - Quincy Ills.

Source: Paul's photo album. Caption: Camp Parker Quincy. Oral [Longstreth] - Esther [Ritter] & Friend & myself [Paul B].

Oral, Esther, friend and Paul B

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