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Title: Joseph Walter (J.W.) ("Punk") Plunkett

Dates: 1917-1985

Collection Number: MSS 11086

Quantity: This is a digital file.

Abstract: Consists of digital scans of Plunkett’s correspondence, scrapbook, diary (transcription), news clippings, publications, and military biography while serving in World War I, as well as a funeral card, baptism information and publications. Material was scanned and returned to the donor.

Provenance: The collection was donated by Mary Young, Plunkett’s great-niece on July 6, 2011. The collection was processed, and this finding aid was created by Emily E. Schultz in June 2011.

Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Copyrights to this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs. Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code or an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.


Joseph Walter “J.W.” “Punk” Plunkett was born December 5, 1892 in Sheldon, ND to John Walter and Eva Mae (Durgin) Plunkett. He was baptized on February 19, 1893 at St. Mary’s Church at Sheldon.

Plunkett enlisted at Fargo in the American Expeditionary Force on August 11, 1917. He began basic training August 27th at Camp Kelly, San Antonio, TX. Plunkett served as a transportation supervisor for the 116th Aero Squadron (637th Aero Supply Squadron) in France. On April 26th, 1919, he left Marseille, France, for home. His grades were: Chauffeur, April 13, 1918; Private, May 1, 1918; Chauffeur, July 5, 1918. He served overseas from December 10, 1917 to May 10, 1919.

J. W. Plunkett passed away August 5, 1981 in Battle Creek, MI at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is buried at the Calvary Cemetery, Jamestown, ND.

Joseph Walter (J.W.) ("Punk") Plunkett. World War I Papers. MSS 11086. North Dakota State Archives.
North Dakota State Censuses, 1915 and 1925. Online at Accessed 14 June 2011.
Roster of the Men and Women who served in the Army or Naval Service (including the Marine Corps)
of the United States or its Allies from the State of North Dakota in the World War, 1917-1918. Vol. 3. Online at Accessed 14 June 2011.
“Soldier’s Chronicle of War: He Saw Little Glory With Those Who Weren’t Heroes.” John Damien. Jamestown Sun, 11 November 1985, 8.
World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Online at Accessed 14 June 2011.

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