Out to Sea for Disposal

S/Sgt. Clarence Robert Stewart and Bessie Reva Washington. Courtesy of Jackie Faye Stewart Washington.
S/Sgt. Clarence Robert Stewart and Bessie Reva Washington. Courtesy of Jackie Faye Stewart Washington.
Before entering the service, S/Sgt. Clarence Robert Stewart worked as a messenger in Washington, D.C. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Myer—in Arlington, Virginia, adjacent to the National Cemetery—on February 5, 1943. According to U.S. Army World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, he had completed four years of high school and was a “messenger, errand boy, or office boy” in civilian life. At the time of his enlistment, he was still single; however, before he went overseas he was married to Bessie Reva Washington, and they became parents of a daughter, Jacquelyn Faye (“Jackie”). Robert received his basic training at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. He then received further training at Fort George Meade, Maryland; Savannah Proving Grounds, Illinois; and Orlando Air Base, Florida. He went overseas in January 1944. He served with the 1903rd Ordnance Ammunition Company in India before being transferred to the Pacific Theater. The following are some notes I found online about the 1903rd Ordnance Ammunition Company. This company handled tons of ammunition.
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