Veteran's History Project
William O. Graves, Corporal, US Army, 1952-1954
The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
It was a round-about route to get into the military for William O. Graves (Bill). At age 20 he was drafted by the Selective Service Board in Southern Illinois. He went to St. Louis, MO for the physical and other testing. He returned home for a short time. He went back to St. Louis to board a troop train that took lots of young men in a similar sit...