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Exhibition Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I

"'Barrington, George William,' Service Record of the World War, City of Oswego." Oswego, New York, ca. 1923. Bound records. General Collections, Library of Congress (184.00.00)
Washington Photo Co., photographer. Missouri Gold Star Mothers with General John J. Pershing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, September 21, 1930. Panoramic photograph. John J. Pershing Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (183.01.00)

Service Records

Communities across the country memorialized their members' service and sacrifice in the war in a number of ways. The City of Oswego, New York, compiled individual service records of Oswegans who served in all branches of the military, as well as those who served in foreign allied forces during World War I. Each service record is a typed form, and is signed by the individual service member. If the service member died in the war, the form is submitted by the member's parent or nearest relative and carries a gold star.