June 30, 2014

Great News! J. L. McFarland (Case #21) Dog Tag - Family Found

Two days ago I posted about the dog tag of J. L. McFarland. I am really pleased to say that with the help of one of my amazing readers G. Johns, we have found this soldier's nephew. Here are some details for those interested:

J. L. was born Junior Lee McFarland

US MILITARY GRAVE SITES shows his death:

MCFARLAND, JUNIOR LEE 
CPL   US ARMY AIR FORCES
WORLD WAR II
DATE OF BIRTH: 06/17/1927
DATE OF DEATH: 09/23/2009
BURIED AT: UNION CEMETERY
HWY 857 BASKIN, LA 71219

U.S. Second Draft Registration Cards show him living in  Baskin, Louisiana. He registered in Franklin Parish, Winnsboro Louisiana.

His serial number from this source is the same as the found dog tag. (See image on right)

The name Aline McFarland was given as someone who would always know his mailing address.

A search of the 1940 census for Franklin Louisiana showed 12  year old Junior Lee McFarland with his parents Abe and Alene [sic], and siblings. Searching his siblings led to a nephew.

Thank you to all who contributed with research and ideas for tracking down the owner of this dog tag.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

OUTSTANDING!

Emma Compton said...

I think I must be missing something here because the service number on the document pictured doesn't match the service number on the dog tag?!

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Emma, you are absolutely correct. The man who found the dogtag and I have been corresponding all morning and we noticed that discrepancy too.

I was pretty excited at G. Johns' find and admit I did not have a good look before posting this morning.

Dave (the man who found the dogtag) and I are continuing to research.

Thanks for noticing the boo-boo though as we might have missed it!

Celia Lewis said...

I'll be very interested in finding out about the non-matching dog tag numbers! Hopefully you'll get a quick answer. Happy Canada Day, Lorine, and thanks so much for all you do for genealogy!!