Help in interpreting the WWI US ARMY Reg/Company?

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need a little help in figuring out the Company Lem was with.  The military headstone receipt is attached.  "27 Co. Inf--  Div: none-- Auto Repl. Draft"   I did place him in the 27th Inf., as that is on the card.  Wikipedia does not have it, neither do we???
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in The Tree House by Carole Taylor G2G6 Mach 5 (54.9k points)

This might give you a idea about Auto Repl. Draft:

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According to this document, these were replacement personnel intended to keep numbers up after casualties were incurred:

"The automatic replacement drafts, devised by the War Department, were intended to furnish each month the equivalent of the estimated casualties for the following month. But the AEF was still drawing men from training divisions and from the Services of Supply to obtain the replacements needed for its combat units. There was a constant demand for as many men as could be sent overseas, irrespective of their state of training. The men who were called under the automatic replacement draft during July had received scarcely 2 weeks of actual training before their departure for overseas; and similar conditions continued during August and September."

It seems highly likely that young Lem may have been sent over with a serious lack in training.

How do you know he died of disease? There's nothing in the document to show this as a fact.
by Natalie Trott G2G6 Pilot (842k points)
selected by Susan Laursen
The 27th infantry regiment is the wolfhounds, because he served in Russia in 1918- 1918.

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