to fight in World War I on May 1, 1918 at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. he
retired as First Lieutenant on November 30, 1946 after also having served in
World War II and the Korean War.
Grady was well known in Worth County for his hunting
of rattlesnakes and the work he did locating, identifying and cataloging
Both Grady and Jewel spent their last years living
with their oldest son, Chuck in Keystone Heights, FL.
Both Grady and
Jewel are buried in the Willis Cemetery in Worth County, Georgia.
Back in the
1900's the Army was much more strictthan it is
now. Going to town was a privilege and not
considered a right.As a Buck private Grady had no
stripes on his uniform.His rank was E-1. On his
adventures to town he wouldimpress the ladies by
wearing 2nd Lt. bars. It wasn't very long before
he got caught. It only cost him anight in the
brig. I imagine he got in a little moretrouble
than he remembered. He always told this storywith
a smile so I guess whatever happened it was worth
it!I know Granddad was in the engineer corp and I
believehe built bridges.
Submitted by Brian Willis
via email dated 1/24/2002.
My dad was
quite the rounder in his young days and he did get caught wearing the Lt's
bars, but it was not in WW1. It was discovered that he was underage
prior to arrival in Europe and he was immediately returned to the states on
that trip. The Kaiser agreed to an Armistice at the same time, so my dad
took credit for the victory. Said the Kaiser heard he was coming.The incidentinvolving the Lt's barsoccurred near Ft Benning and was a contributing factor for numbers of
demotions from PFC. A lot of his misadventures occurred as a result of
prohibition. On one occassion he was transporting a number of bottles under
a heavy overcoat when an MP approached him and tapped him down with his
baton. No physical damage but he got pretty wet and donated his PFC stripe,
again. I don't know how many times he made PFC, but he was one when I was
born and must have really settled down, retiring less than 10 years later as
abonafide Captain. Not bad for a 4th grade
education, even during a War.