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World War I Selective Service System
Registration Card

Note: although this card was signed by Giovanni Valente, it was filled in by the registrar, as the handwriting of the document clearly shows.

Form 1 1730   REGISTRATION CARD   No. 21

1 Name in full  Giovanni Valente
  Age, in yrs.  30
2 Home address  212 Mickle St  Camden N.J.
3 Date of birth (Month, Day, Year)  Dec. 7th. 1887
4 Are you (1) a natural born citizen, (2) a naturalized citizen, (3) an alien, (4) or have you declared your Intention (specify which)?
5 Where were you born (Town, State, Nation)?
  Gambatesa Italy
6 If not a citizen, of what country are you a citizen or subject?  Italy
7 What is your present trade, occupation, or office?
8 By whom employed?  Victor Talking Mch. Co.  Where employed?
  Camden . New Jersey
9 Have you a father, mother, wife, child under 12, or a sister or brother under 12, solely dependent on you for support (specify which)?
  One child  5 Mos.
10 Married or single (which)?  Yes . Married  Race (specify which)?  White
11 What military service have you had?
Rank  Infantry ; branch  Army
years  one ; Nation or State  [Italy]
12 Do you claim exemption from draft (specify grounds)?

  I affirm that I have verified above answers and that they are true.

Giovanni Valente
(Signature or mark)

If person is of
African descent,
tear off this

[Back of card]

1 Tall, medium, or short (specify which)?  Medium
  Slender, medium, or stout (specify which)?
2 Color of eyes?  Brown
  Color of hair?  Brown
  Bald?  No.
3 Has person lost arm, leg, hand, foot, or both eyes, or is he otherwise disabled (specify)?

  I certify that my answers are true, that the person registered has read his own answers, that I have witnessed his signature, and that all of his answers of which I have knowledge are true, except as follows:

Nelson Bunker
(Signature of registrar)

Precinct  2nd.  3rd. Ward
City or County  Camden
State  New Jersey
Date of registration  June 5-1917

Source: World War I Selective Service Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.  New Jersey, Camden City, Local Board No. 1 (Code No. 29-3-7).  National Archives Microfilm Publication M1509, Roll NJ18

Giovanni Valente's Registration Certificate

Giovanni Valente's 1917 Draft Registration Card, 23 KB

Giovanni Valente saved this 2-1/2 by 4 inch card until his death in 1969, and, by an extraordinary oversight, his children did not throw it away after the death of their mother Nunziata DiRenzo in 1983.

The URL of this Web page: https://www.roangelo.net/valente/drftcard.html
Last revised: 5 March 2007 : 2007-03-05 by Robert [Wesley] Angelo.

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