Date Original

1919 Jun 26


U.S. Army Honorable Discharge form for Marcheal Thomas, Camp Pike, Arkansas, Private, Co. D, 544th Engineers, June 26, 1919.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marcheal Thomas was an African American solider, who served as a private during World War I. He was born in Dardanelle, Arkansas, on November 25, 1895. His discharge records list his place of residence as Alexander, Arkansas. Thomas was inducted in Little Rock, Arkansas, on July 18, 1918, and served in Company D, 544th Engineers until February 7, 1919; then in the Casual Detachment Demobilization Group (in hospital) until his discharge on June 26, 1919. Thomas served overseas from September 23, 1918 until May 30, 1919.
Camp Pike, known as Camp Joseph T. Robinson since 1937, is located in present day North Little Rock, Arkansas. Named in honor of Brigadier General Zebulon M. Pike, Camp Pike served as a home and training camp for the 87th Division (National Army) and then as a replacement training facility after the division deployed to France during World War I. Construction totaling about $13,000,000 on the camp began in June 1917 and was substantially complete by November 1917. The post was a demobilization station and home for the U.S. Third Infantry Division as World War I came to an end. Between World War I and World War II, the camp served as the headquarters of the Arkansas National Guard. During World War II, Camp Robinson became a replacement training center, primarily for basic training and medics, and a German prisoner of war facility. As of 2014, Camp Joseph T. Robinson serves as a 33,000-acre training facility for the Army National Guard and is the headquarters for the Arkansas National Guard.


Honorable Discharge from the United States Army TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: This is to Certify That* Marcheal Thomas [symbol - cross] 3841601, Pvt. Co. D. 544th Engrs. Casual Det. Demob. Group. THE UNITED STATES ARMY, as a TESTIMONIAL OF HONEST AND FAITHFUL SERVICE, is hereby HONORABLY DISCHARGED from the military service of the UNITED STATES by reason of [symbol - "l" with two lines through it] Demob. for [convenience] of the Govt for W.D. Letter 11-30-18. Said Marcheal Thomas was born in Dardanelle, in the State of Arkansas When enlisted he was 22 years of age and by occupation a Teamster He had black eyes, black hair, brown complexion, and was five feet nine inches in height. Given under my hand at Camp Pike, Arkansas this 26th day of June, one thousand nine hundred and nineteen Reyburn Engles Major Inf. U.S.A. Commanding. BRONZE VICTORY BUTTON ISSUED. _____________ R 2 M Form No. 525 A.G.O. Oct. 9-18 3-3164 *Insert name, Christian name first: e.g., "John Doe." [symbol - cross] Insert Army serial number, grade, company, regiment or arm or corps or department: e.g. "1,620,302"; "Corporal, Company A, 1st Infantry"; "Sergeant, Quartermaster Corps"; "Sergeant, First Class, Medical Department." [symbol - "l" with two lines through it] If discharged prior to expiration of service, give number, date, and source of order or full description of authority therefor. Victory Medal (France) Issued 6/28/21 C B Moore Maj. Inf. ENLISTMENT RECORD. _________ Name: Marcheal Thomas Grade: Private Enlisted [crossed out], or Inducted, July 18, 1918, at Little Rock, Ark. Serving in First enlistment period at date of discharge. Prior service: * None _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Noncommissioned officer: Never Marksmanship, gunner qualification or rating: [symbol - cross] Not qualified Horsemanship: Not mounted Battles, engagements, skirmishes, expeditions: None Member of A.E.F. from Sept 23, 1918 to May 31, 1919 Knowledge of any vocation: Teamster Wounds received in service: None Physical condition when discharged: Good Typhoid prophylaxis completed Aug. 15, 1918. Paralyphoid prophylaxis completed Aug. 15, 1918. Married or single: Single Character: Excellent Remarks: No A.W.O.L. No absence under G.O. 45 WD 1914 Assigned to Co. D. 544th. Engrs. 8-1-18. Attached to Cas. Det. Demob. Group fr. 6-14-19 to date of Discharge. Entitled to travel pay to Little Rock, Ark. Signature of soldier: Marcheal Thomas Sidney S. Tracy 2nd Lt. U.S. Inf. Commanding Demob. Group. ______________________ * Give company and regiment or department, with inclusive dates of service in each enlistment. 3-3164 [symbol - cross] Give date of qualification or rating and number, date, and source of order announcing same. Camp Finance Service Camp Pike, Ark. June 26 1919 Paid in Full $ 112.90 Including Sixty Dollars -$60.00 - Bonus Pay W. M. Ash Capt. Q. M. G. U.S.A. By Leland S. Lamm Leland S. Lamm 1st Lt. Inf. U.S.A.HONORABLE DISCHARGE FROM THE U.S. SERVICE KEEP YOUR DISCHARGE NEAT AND CLEAN SOLDIER'S SUPPLY CO. CHICAGO, ILL.

Physical Description

Document (3 pages, front, back, and front), 11" x 8.5"


Military camps; Military training; War; World War I, 1914-1918; Soldiers


U.S. Army; Thomas, Marchael; Lamm, Leland S.; Engles, Reybern; Tracy, Sidney S.

Geographical Area

Camp Pike, Pulaski County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Small manuscript collection, SMC.00128.026


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

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U.S. Army Honorable Discharge for Marcheal Thomas, Small manuscript collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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U.S. Army Honorable Discharge for Marcheal Thomas