A quick post for today: I have been trying to get my great uncle Michael Edward Tierney’s military records from NARA for awhile – even though I had everything but his shoe size and army serial number I kept getting the response “Not enough information to find his records.”

I was surprised at the response, actually since I included his birth and death dates, known addresses, parent’s names, burial location and his division and other Army info from his headstone. But I suppose there’s no cross-referencing for those old records

But, it wasn’t until Ancestry recently published the U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962 that I finally turned up his Army Serial Number, and that unlocked the box.

I received about 48 pages of records, and even with duplicated info I have a fair bit of research to go through and write up. But for now I thought the service pay card below was an interesting thing to post – the soldiers were paid $1.00 a day when stationed in the US and $1.25 when overseas. Great Uncle Michael was paid a total of $416.50 for 337 days of service, including stints as a Wagoner in the Meuse-Argonne offensive and in the St. Die Sector of France.

(Updated later: looking at the records again, it appears this card may be a pay adjustment and not the complete pay he received during his service. There are some other records that mention $15 per month – and what looks like the application to receive this money was from several years post-war in 1925.)

WWI Army Pay Card for Michael Edward Tierney


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    Comment by Robert McConnell — November 18, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

    John, that is a pay compensation sheet. If your great uncle was entitled to additional pay, this would cover it. The actual Soldier Individual Paybook, would show the amount he received each pay period and would be stamped and initialed by his unit. U.S. Army pay records indicate that a Private (lowest rank) would have received $15.00 per month pay in 1916.

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    Comment by John — November 20, 2014 @ 1:10 pm

    Robert, thanks for the info!

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