Ralph L. Emery and Men from Barracks Four
Camp S-116, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
Ralph L. Emery is the 3rd one in the 3rd row...the puney little guy with the curl on his forehead. The note on the back of the photo says Barracks 4. There are five such photos and as such presumably is all the men from each barracks in the camp. The photos seem to be taken on the front steps of a common building, which is probably the mess hall or possibly the Camp Headquarters.
Note the Sergeants Stripes on the man to the right of Center. Sergeants Stripes of some sort were often used to denote Enrollee Leaders. This man was probably the Barracks Leader and would be responsible for maintaining cleanliness and some order within the Barracks. For this duty he received extra pay. The man to his left has Corporal Stripes, denoting an Assistant Leader. He would probably have some other leadership duty in the camp, such as assistant to the Medical Officer or Assitant Team Leader in the Field or Assistant Cook or Clerk or Supply Assistant etc. Leaders would also serve in these roles as Team Leader Clerk, Cook, Supply Sergeant and so forth.
Photos are by Ralph L. Emery, Enrollee, CCCMan, Company 1910, Camp S-53, Sigel, Pennsylvania & Camp ANF-3, Kane, Pennsylvania & Camp S-116, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
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