The New York Times article dated June 14, 1917: "AN 'AMERICANIZED FOREIGN LEGION'" is written by a man who visited Fort Slocum to say good-bye to a younger brother. He notes that a full 60 per cent of the volunteers being trained there were from various foreign countries - speaking in "foreign tongues".
Ervin's registration card reads as follows:
Form 1 3-306 REGISTRATION CARD 1138 479
1 Name in full: Ervin Reuben Wakefield Age: 27
2 Address: 66 Northfield St., Montpelier, Vt.
3 Date of birth: Jan. 21, 1890
4 Citizenship: Natural born
5 Where were you born? Hardwick, Vermont, USA
6 If not a citizen._________________________
7 Present occupation: Manager Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. St[ore]
8 By whom employed: Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.
9 Anyone depends on you for support? No
10 Married or single? Single Race: Caucasian
11 What military service have you had? Nation or State: No
12 Do you claim exemption from draft? ___________
I affirm that I have verified above answers and that they are true.
Signed: Ervin Reuben Wakefield
44 - 1 - 13 - A
1. Tall, medium, or short? Tall Slender, medium, or stout? Medium
2. Color of eyes? Brown Color of hair? Black Bald? No
3. Any disabilities? No
Signed by registrar [name unreadable]
State: Vermont Date: June 5, 1917
[Stamped at bottom:] Local Board, Washington County, Vt.,
[unreadable] Room 12
[Source: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (available through ancestry.com)]