North Carolina Military
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World War I Roster Project
North Carolina State Archives

The North Carolina State Archives is recruiting volunteers for an ambitious project underway to recognize every North Carolinian who served in World War I. The primary goal is to develop a searchable, on-line roster of Tar Heels who served in “The Great War.”  The secondary goal is to collect and preserve original papers, such as letters, postcards, and diaries, as well as official government documents, such as sets of orders, discharges, certificates, citations, and the like.  Photographs of Tar Heels in uniform are also very much needed. These may be either donated originals, copy prints, or scanned images.  Due to the collection policy of the Archives, potential donations of artifacts, such as uniforms, helmets, medals, weapons, and other similar items, should be referred to the Curator of Military History at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh .  The World War I Roster Project coordinator is LTC (Ret.) Sion H. Harrington III , Military Collections Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina. The following is Si's description of the World War I Roster Project and the role of volunteers in its success.

“Those who served in World War I have been largely overlooked, overshadowed by World War II and subsequent military actions. Our World War I veterans deserve better, which is why we are going to do our best to insure that every North Carolina man and woman who served is included in the ‘Roster of North Carolinians in World War I’.

"But, in order to do that, we must have help.  We need to build a statewide network of volunteers to serve as points of contact to publicize the project within their respective counties and encourage the sharing of appropriate materials.  These volunteers will be both in the forefront of the collection and preservation effort, as well as helping to insure that no Tar Heel's service is overlooked.  I am convinced the critical element of success for this project will be the contributions of our volunteers.

"Won’t you join us as we seek to recognize the sons and daughters of North Carolina who defended democracy in what many thought would be “the war to end all wars?”

If anyone would like to be part of this important endeavor, Si Harrington would like to hear from you. 




  • Help develop an on-line roster of WWI Tar Heel Vets
  • Help collect and preserve their letters, postcards, diaries, and other papers
  • Help collect and preserve official goverment documents, sets of orders, deisharges, certificates, citations, etc
  • Help collect and preserve photographs of WWI Tar Heels in uniform
  • Serve as a point of contact to publicize the project
  • Encourage the sharing of appropriate materials
  • Insure that no Tar Heel's service is overlooked




LTC (Ret.) Sion H. Harrington III

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LTC (Ret.) Sion H. Harrington III
503 South 11th Street
Erwin, NC 28339-2715

(910) 897-7968