WORLD WAR I
Military Discharge

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Admin/Biog History William Wakeman Hackett was born in Oshkosh January 25, 1894. His parents were Carrie Wakeman and Richard H. Hackett, Sr. He attended the Training School and Oshkosh Normal School before studying at Phillips Exeter in New Hampshire. In World War I he graduated and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant from the Officer's Training Camp at Little Rock, Arkansas and sailed for France with the 121st Field Artillery, 32nd Division in January 1918. His battery saw action in two battles. He returned to the US in October 1918 where he was commissioned Captain of the newly formed 54th Field Artillery at Camp Travis, Texas. He was discharged February 27, 1919. He remained in the Army Reserve until his death and rose to the rank of Major in the 377th Artillery. He was a travelling salesman following the war, but was active with the Yacht Club and the American Legion. In 1933 he became ill while on maneuvers and returned to Oshkosh where he died six weeks later.
Classification Archives
Collection William Wakeman Hackett
Dates of Accumulation 1917
Abstract Discharge issued to William Wakeman Hackett on August 14, 1917, from the 1st Battery, 12th Provisional Training Regiment. He was honorably discharged to accept a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Officer's Reserve Corps. He is described as twenty-three years old, six feet and 1/2 inches tall, and in good health.
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG70.2
Object Name Discharge
People Hackett, William Wakeman
Subjects 32nd Division
World War I
Artillery (Troops)
Title Military Discharge
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