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Hamilton Thompson Beggs Gold Star file.

The file includes a biographical form and three letters in addition to the photograph shown. Beggs first enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1912 and served for four years on the U.S.S. Michigan, where he became an electrician. He then joined the U.S. Naval Reserve Corps in 1916 and was called to active duty when war broke out. At some point he was promoted to electrician second class, but his uniform in this photo is that of an electrician third class. He was aboard the U.S.S. Cyclops when it disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle in March 1918.

Creator: Alabama Department of Archives and History
Date: 1917-1918 circa
Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History
Format: Photograph

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