Kay McCallister
 Spanish American War Soldier

Kay enlisted as a private in Company H, 1st Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, USA, on May 20, 1898 at Nashville, Tennessee.  Company H left Nashville for San Francisco on June 10, 1898.  They were encamped at Camp Merritt, later at Camp Merriman at the Presidio in San Francisco, California.  As part of the 5th Philippine Expedition, the company embarked for Manila on the City of Puebla, November 6, 1898.  Kay was at Manila when he was promoted to Corporal, effective January 1, 1899.  In December, 1898, he was hospitalized with acute diarrhea.  In March, 1899, he was fined $1.00 for being AWOL less than 24 hours.  In September, 1899, he was again hospitalized for malarial fever.  Company H was stationed at Manila and Iloilo in the Philippines.  Company H embarked for the US aboard the Indiana September 19, 1899, and was mustered out at the Presidio, San Francisco, California, November 23, 1898.  Their homecoming celebration is described in Along the Warioto.

Personal information in his records says that he was 22 when he enlisted, and a resident of Guthrie, Kentucky.  His description says he was 6 feet tall, weighed 143 pounds, had blue eyes and dark hair.  He was single and employed as a clerk.

Kay  McCallister remained in the Army and served in World War I.  He later taught ROTC at the University of Florida.

Compiled Military Service Record, NARA
Along the Warioto, Ursula Smith Beach, 1964

Submitted by A C Doggett At ACDOGGETT@AOL.COM

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