George Lawrence Buhler, Civilian Conservation Corps Service

George Lawrence Buhler graduated from St. Aloysius High School in June 1938 at the age of seventeen. The Great Depression had started with the stock market crash in 1929 and wouldn’t end until 1941 when industrial output ramped up for World War II. At its peak in 1933 unemployment was at 25%. In 1938 George’s father was on government assistance and George’s employment prospects looked grim.

Many people in the US could not find work locally and took to “riding the rails” from town to town in search of work. A large percentage of these were teenagers. Many families struggled to feed their families and some of the older children would leave home to lessen the burden. Throughout the depression the US government took many actions in an effort to stimulate the economy. When Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1933 he enacted several programs that became known as the New Deal.  The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and the WPA (Works Progress Administration) were New Deal programs attempting to ease unemployment by hiring people for various projects.

In October of 1938 George Lawrence Buhler made application for the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was accepted and enlisted almost immediately, serving for approximately 8 months. The$22 sent home on his behalf each month was surely helpful to his family. George’s CCC records have been abstracted below.


I. General Information: George Lawrence Buhler (Jr. white), born 23 April 1921, at New Orleans, La., nearest relative, Florence Lusignan Buhler, 807 Atlantic Ave, New Orleans, La., his mother. George had no prior military or naval service. He stood 70.5 inches tall, weighed 122 pounds, ruddy complexion, black hair, brown eyes, and no scars or identifying marks. George had 4 years of high school education with training as a “typest”. George never served in the CCC previously and was judged to qualify as a laborer.

II. Oath of Enrollment: George Lawrence Buhler was administered the oath of enrollment by Dean Kendall Givan, 1st. LT. Inf. Res., Assistant Procurement Officer, C.C.C. George signed the oath to serve in the Civilian Conservation Corps for a full period of six months, expiring not later than 18 April 1939.

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Abstracted from: George L Buhler, enrollee service documents, page 1 of 13. Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps, National Archives and Records Administration, St. Louis, Missouri. [Image scanned 21 February 2016 by George L. Buhler Jr., 16034 Glenbrook Knoll Lane, Houston, Texas, 77095, from a copy in possession of same.]


III. Reenrollments: “Enrollment extended to June 30, 1939, per authority C.G., 4th Co A”

IV. Record of Service: George served from 19 Oct 1938 to 2 Jan 1939 under the War Dept, 4404th Company at Thibodaux, La. George was engaged in “drainage” work, his performance was noted as satisfactory. George was transferred to  Camp Beauregard, La. on 2 Jan 1939. At that time he had been paid through 31 Dec 1938 with a balance due the government of $2.31 for clothing and equipment.

Abstracted from: George L Buhler, enrollee service documents, page 3 of 13. Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps, National Archives and Records Administration, St. Louis, Missouri. [Image scanned 21 February 2016 by George L. Buhler Jr., 16034 Glenbrook Knoll Lane, Houston, Texas, 77095, from a copy in possession of same.]


IV. Record of Service (cont): George was “enroute to join” from Thibodaux to Camp Bearegard between 3-10 Jan 1939,

George left Camp Beauregard on 7 Jan being transferred to the Interior Dept Co. 5449, at Camp SNP-5 Kaweah, California. George performed satisfactorily doing “pick & shovel” work from 10 Jan until 1 Apr 1939. His last pay was through 31 Mar 1939 on voucher No. 110, under the authority of Joseph F Puett, 1st Lt. Inf-Res.

George was then transferred to Co. 1493, Camp SNP-9 at Buckeye[?] Three Rivers, California, still under the Interior Dept., where he served from 2 April through 22 Jun 1939. [Emailed the The Three Rivers Historical Society  requesting any resources which might tell of the CCC activity, specifically at this camp] His pick and shovel service was again deemed satisfactory. George’s last pay was through 31 May 1939 on voucher No. 28, owing the CCC store $0.95,  under the authority of Nugent Hill 1st Lt. QM-Res. The record shows at this time George had “no desire to reenroll”.

George was transferred to Camp Beauregard again, on travel status between 23-26 Jun 1939.On 26 Jun 1939 he was discharged having performed satisfactorily. His last pay was though 26 Jun 1939 on Voucher No. 338, under the authority of  Wm. B. Riley, Jr. 1st LT, C.A. Adjutant.

Abstracted from: George L Buhler, enrollee service documents, page 4 of 13. Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps, National Archives and Records Administration, St. Louis, Missouri. [Image scanned 21 February 2016 by George L. Buhler Jr., 16034 Glenbrook Knoll Lane, Houston, Texas, 77095, from a copy in possession of same.]


V. Physical Examination: George’s examination indicated a medical history of “usual childhood diseases” and a hospitalization for tonsillectomy in 1927. George was never specifically afflicted by bed wetting, unconscious spells, convulsions, fits, coughing or spitting blood, venereal disease or asthma. His vision was 20/20 with glasses, eye condition normal. Hearing was 20/20, ear, nose and throat condition all normal. George’s mouth and gums were normal, but the exam indicates he was missing four bottom teeth. George stood 70.5 inches and weighed 122 pounds. The general examination of his physique, skin, head, chest, abdomen, extremities, etc., were found normal.
Abstracted from: George L Buhler, enrollee service documents, page 5 of 13. Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps, National Archives and Records Administration, St. Louis, Missouri. [Image scanned 21 February 2016 by George L. Buhler Jr., 16034 Glenbrook Knoll Lane, Houston, Texas, 77095, from a copy in possession of same.]

V. Physical Examination [cont]: Based on this examination George was found mentally and physically qualified for CCC service. The examination was certified by Capt. George A. Ramsey, MC Res., 344th Med. Regt., Senior Medical Examiner at New Orleans, La. George was administered innoculations for typhoid and smallpox in Oct-Nov 1938. Upon discharge, George signed a statement that he had not sustained any disability or physical impairment during his service in the CCC. Medical examiner, H. P. Forsyth, Apt., M.C. CASC State Board District Surgeon, certified to no change in George’s physical condition on 25 June 1939 at Camp Beauregard, La.

Abstracted from: George L Buhler, enrollee service documents, page 6 of 13. Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps, National Archives and Records Administration, St. Louis, Missouri. [Image scanned 21 February 2016 by George L. Buhler Jr., 16034 Glenbrook Knoll Lane, Houston, Texas, 77095, from a copy in possession of same.]


VI. Specific Work Performed, etc.: George’s work chronology with the CCC included, one month and 14 days of drainage work at the Thibodaux, La. camp; pick and shovel work from 10 Jan 1939 to 1 Apr 1939; pick and shovel work from 2 Apr 1939 to 22 Jun 1939; and travel and pending discharge fron 23 Jun 1939 to 26 Jun 1939. All work was noted as being performed in a satisfactory manner. During his CCC service, George was not appointed as a leader or assistant leader, he had no absences, no illness or injury and did not attend any special schools or courses.

Abstracted from: George L Buhler, enrollee service documents, page 7 of 13. Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps, National Archives and Records Administration, St. Louis, Missouri. [Image scanned 21 February 2016 by George L. Buhler Jr., 16034 Glenbrook Knoll Lane, Houston, Texas, 77095, from a copy in possession of same.]


XI. Allotments: George’s monthly payment for CCC service began on 19 Oct 1938. The $22 allotment went to Florence L Buhler [George’s mother] at 807 Atlantic Ave, New Orleans, La. The last payment was disbursed on  26 Jun 1939, the date his service ended.

Abstracted from: George L Buhler, enrollee service documents, page 8 of 13. Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps, National Archives and Records Administration, St. Louis, Missouri. [Image scanned 21 February 2016 by George L. Buhler Jr., 16034 Glenbrook Knoll Lane, Houston, Texas, 77095, from a copy in possession of same.]


XIII. Discharge: Upon George’s discharge, CCC Company Commander Nugent Hill signed a statement of “estimate of enrollee value” as “a satisfactory worker”. George elected for the US government to provide him transportation from Camp Beauregard, La. to New Orleans, La. Georeg received an “honorary” discharge from CCC service on 26 Jun 1939 as signed by Wm. B. Riley Jr., Company Commander.

Abstracted from: George L Buhler, enrollee service documents, page 9 of 13. Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps, National Archives and Records Administration, St. Louis, Missouri. [Image scanned 21 February 2016 by George L. Buhler Jr., 16034 Glenbrook Knoll Lane, Houston, Texas, 77095, from a copy in possession of same.]


United States Department of labor, Certificate of Selection, for the, Civilian Conservation Corps: Dated 17 Oct 1938, application received by Department of Public welfare, 700 Lafayette Street, New Orleans, La., Applicant George Lawrence Buhler, residing at 807 Atlantic Avenue, New Orleans La., age 17, born at Algiers (New Orleans, La.) on “4 – 23 – 38” [obvious mistake on the year]. George was 72 inches tall, weighed 130 pounds, brown eyes, black hair, single, mother and father living with 2 sisters and no brothers. George’s father’s occupation given as “Relief”. There were 5 members in the household excluding George. George last attended St Aloysius school in New Orleans, La. for 4 years [4 years incorrectly indicated as college] George’s given vocational interest was bookkeeping. George wanted to enroll in the CCC for “financial aid”. George was not currently employed, needed employment, never had a paid regular job, was not eligible for unemployment compensation, was not receiving any compensation and had no claim pending. George was registered with the State employment service qualified for clerical work.

Abstracted from: George L Buhler, enrollee service documents, page 10 of 13. Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps, National Archives and Records Administration, St. Louis, Missouri. [Image scanned 21 February 2016 by George L. Buhler Jr., 16034 Glenbrook Knoll Lane, Houston, Texas, 77095, from a copy in possession of same.]


United States Department of labor, Certificate of Selection, for the, Civilian Conservation Corps [cont.]: George was not previously enrolled in the CCC. George’s mother, Florence Lusignan Buhler, was designated to receive his $22 monthly allotment at 807 Atlantic Ave., (Algiers) New Orleans, La. The Department of Labor certified George’s enrollment, pending physical examination, on 19 Oct 1938.

Abstracted from: George L Buhler, enrollee service documents, page 11 of 13. Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps, National Archives and Records Administration, St. Louis, Missouri. [Image scanned 21 February 2016 by George L. Buhler Jr., 16034 Glenbrook Knoll Lane, Houston, Texas, 77095, from a copy in possession of same.]


Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollee’s Cumulative record: 1. Personal History: George Lawrence Buhler, race white, entered camp  19 Oct 1938, Company No. 4404, Camp No. D-5 located at Thibodaux, La. George L. Buhler was born at New Orleans, La. on 23 Apr 1921. At enrollment his height was 70.5 inches, weight 122 pounds, religion was Catholic. and he was single.

His father was George H. Buhler, a US citizen with 5 years education who was on “relief” at the time. His mother was Florence Lusignan Buhler, a US citizen with 7 years education, a housewife.

George graduated 7 years of elementary school from Holy name of Mary in Algiers, La. in Jun 1934.He completed 4 years of high school at St. Aloysius in New Orleans, La. and graduated on 10 Jun 1938.

George had no previous occupational experience. His preference was given as “bookeeper” performing “general office work”.

Abstracted from: George L Buhler, enrollee service documents, page 12 of 13. Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps, National Archives and Records Administration, St. Louis, Missouri. [Image scanned 21 February 2016 by George L. Buhler Jr., 16034 Glenbrook Knoll Lane, Houston, Texas, 77095, from a copy in possession of same.]


Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollee’s Cumulative record [cont.]: II. Company Record: George Buhler, age 17, began service on 1 Jan 1939 at Company No 1498, camp No. SNP-5 at Kaweah, Califormia and on 31 Mar 1939 at Company No. 5449 Camp No. SNP-9 at Three Rivers, California. George received an “average” for typing class. George received 3 hours of instruction per month. The camp superintendant gave George a satisfactory, good work commendation, Company Commander gave a satisfactory and the Camp adviser stated he showed an average interest in education,had an interest in photography , was quiet and friendly, and had good physical health.

Abstracted from: George L Buhler, enrollee service documents, page 13 of 13. Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps, National Archives and Records Administration, St. Louis, Missouri. [Image scanned 21 February 2016 by George L. Buhler Jr., 16034 Glenbrook Knoll Lane, Houston, Texas, 77095, from a copy in possession of same.]