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ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES


Hard Times in Illinois, 1930–1940

A Selection of Documents from the Illinois State Archives


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DOCUMENT 5
LETTER REQUESTING ASSISTANCE IN ARRANGING A HARDSHIP MILITARY DISCHARGE
March 5, 1931



Explanation

Military service was purely voluntary in 1931. After the Great War the U.S. Army had returned to being a token peacetime force. Fort Sheridan was located close to Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan, just north of Highland Park.

Gordon Canning was writing on behalf of the parents of Private Vincent Frederick. In Governor Emmerson's reply of April 22 he referred to a letter from Major General Frank Parker, Commander, Sixth Corps, U.S. Army, Chicago, a copy of which was enclosed. General Parker stated that in accordance with an application Private Frederick had made for a discharge on account of dependency, dated April 2, orders for that effect had been issued on April 17.

Points to Consider

What was Gordon Canning asking Governor Emmerson to do?

Why was the discharge put forth as necessary?

Where was Fort Sheridan?

What were Vincent Frederick's job prospects once he left military service?


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