Putnam, Gordon M. | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Gordon Putnam selected a position with the Motor Transport Corps and was stationed in Tacoma, Washington during World War I. Putnam worked fairly regular hours, remained in Tacoma for the duration of World War I, and was able to visit home on a nearly monthly basis. While on duty, he moved freight, transported soldiers and their baggage, and stood guard.
His girlfriend, and then wife, Alice worked as an elementary school teacher in local districts. By October of 1918 they were expecting a child. The close of the war did not bring Putnam home as quickly as he and Alice would have liked. Many drivers from his company began hauling freight from greater distances to compensate for labor strikes in Washington and neighboring states. It is unclear when Putnam was released from service; in April 1919, he was still a member of the Motor Transport Corps.