The following excerpt is from the November 12, 2016 edition of pilotonline.com:
BARCO, N.C. – Capt. Basil Sherwood Snowden of Currituck County joined the Army on Sept. 2, 1917, as part of the 318th Engineers.
He died in a motorcycle accident in Gevrolles, France, in December the following year at 30 years old. He had been promoted to captain just two months earlier.
That brief but poignant information comes from a small document filled in with a typewriter and some scribbling almost 100 years ago.
World War I service cards from the State Archives of North Carolina are now available online at FamilySearch.org, according to a news release from the agency. The database of about 80,000 North Carolinians who served in the war allows searches by name, birthplace and life events.